Call for Papers
Women, Peace and Security Conference
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
April 23-25, 2020
2020 marks a series of significant anniversaries for international women’s human rights advocacy. From their earliest work after the forming of the Commission on the Status of Women in 1946 to the breakthrough Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1980, the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and the adoption, by the Security Council of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000), feminists have used the United Nations to affirm the central role and right of women to participate in peace and post-conflict rebuilding, broadly conceived, and to address the particular forms of physical and legal vulnerabilities faced by women and girls worldwide. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of CEDAW, the 25th anniversary of Beijing, and the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325, this international conference of scholars and activists will evaluate the ways in which we understand and can respond to gendered forms of vulnerability and precarity today.
More specifically, this conference will address the unequal distribution of the rights of citizenship (women’s differential rights to civil, political, social, economic, and cultural citizenship), gendered vulnerability and cultural belonging, and particular ways state legal systems make women as a category of persons vulnerable to harm (whether in the context of international or intranational conflict, gun violence, forced economic migration and displacement, or environmental catastrophe).
UN Resolution 1325 focused on the vulnerabilities of women in peace-building and post-conflict settings; however its broader mandate was to integrate gendered perspectives (with a focus on women and girls) into United Nations’ human rights and development initiatives. Designed as a dialogue and working group among participants from a wide range of fields and experiences, our conference takes up this broader topic by examining:
● the unequal and gendered distribution of the rights of citizenship (women’s rights as civil, political, social, economic, and cultural rights) (e.g., Bunch, Grewal);
● particular ways international and domestic law make women as a category of persons vulnerable to harm (whether in the context of international or intranational conflict, gun violence, forced economic migration and displacement, national securitization initiatives, ecological degradation, etc.) (e.g., Fineman, Grear, Butler);
● how legal and policy failures to deliver security to women in the Global North (i.e., donor countries) impact on Rule of Law discussions/funding/delivery to women in countries without governments or with failing governments, that receive a lot of donor funding;
● approaches to women, peace and security that not only understand the category of women as an inherently dynamic and intersectional one, and that also take as a starting point the need to combine both scholarly and activist methodologies (e.g., Otto, Peroni, Chinkin);
● how feminist anti-racist approaches to gendered violence interface with legal institutions;
● revisiting the colonial histories of international law and their impact on contemporary legal frameworks; decolonizing international law from feminist perspectives;
● narratives from grassroot activists and organisations working in the area of women, peace and security (including creative engagement with communities);
● the role of cultural narratives in reimagining the intersection of women, peace and security;
● women’s participation in political/public life on issues concerning peace and security at the community, local, national, regional and international levels (as a way to invite discussion on women not only as victims but also as actors in the settings we list above).
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Laila Alodaat, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Noel Altaha (Ził Łigai Sian N'dee), White Mountain Apache Tribe, Center for Court Innovation
Shireen Hassim, Carleton University
Gina Heathcote, School of Oriental and African Studies
Ellyn Kaschak, Emerita, San Jose State University & University of Peace, Costa Rica
Lisa Levenstein, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
March for Our Lives national and regional representatives
Laura Murphy, Loyola University New Orleans & Sheffield Hallam University
Madeleine Rees, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Conference participants will have the opportunity to take part in three pre-conference activities:
a reading group on contemporary feminist approaches to international law, to run in the months leading up to the conference
a workshop with Dr. Nena Mocnik on embodiment and alternative discourses for expressing gendered violence
a workshop with Dr. Lourdes Peroni on writing feminist legal judgments
This conference is organized by the Human Rights Institute (Binghamton University), Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls (Binghamton University), Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (Sheffield Hallam University), and Vanessa Farr, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Academic Network.
We welcome proposals for traditional papers (accepted papers will be pre-circulated) as well as more interactive workshops, roundtables, panels, and other creative expressions. For individual papers or presentations, please submit a 300-word abstract and brief professional bio. For workshops, roundtables, or panels, please submit one 500-abstract accompanied by a brief professional bio for each speaker. Please consider ways of making your presentation as participatory as possible to engage the collective intellectual work of attendees. Submissions due by November 1, 2019 to: email@example.com. Please include “WPS” in your subject heading. For inquiries, contact Alexandra Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Alexandra Moore