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Transnational Feminist Dialogues on Gender, Conflicts and Social Justice

About the event

The Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is organizing for this summer term 2022, the fourth edition of the Transnational Feminist Dialogues. The online series will be held in May, June and July under the title:

« Transnational Feminist Dialogues on Gender, Conflicts and Social Justice”

The current series focusses on the realities of (violent) conflicts, militarization and struggles for social justice, equality and peace that take place in different countries and regions from a gender perspective. For this new edition we have invited different experts to convene and collaborate in the conceptualization of the different sessions.

Our invitation is to reflect and discuss about the following questions:

  • How the rise in right-wing politics, fundamentalist religion, and radical nationalism is constructed and results in gendered/intersectional violence?
  • How are justice, human rights, violence, conflicts and social change framed and approached by different local, global and transnational actors from a gender/intersectional perspective?
  • Which complexities and particularities present specific gender based conflicts within different contexts?
  • Which actors are engage in resisting these conflicts and what strategies are used?

 

PROGRAM

Dates: Thursdays, 19.05.2022, 07.07.2022 and 21.07.2022 (3 sessions) always from 4:00-6:00pm (CEST)


19.05.2022 “Russia’s War on Ukraine from a Gender and Queer Perspective”

Convened by Tomasz Kitlinski (Academy in Exile, Freie Universität Berlin)

Warum Krieg? Why War? This is a title of exchange between Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein still topical today, but lacking a gender and queer aspect. That is why Tomasz Kitlinski convenes – to discuss the current Putin’s war on Ukraine – outstanding specialists in feminist and LGBTQ* Studies from Ukraine and its neighbor, which has accepted the most refugees, Poland.

The war constitutes the epitome of violent patriarchy, machismo, and homophobia. This is a clash of anti-woman, anti-queer, anti-foreigner totalitarianism versus an emerging democracy.

Warum Krieg? Why War? Has Putin desired more will to power over the “Other”? Has he wanted to eliminate the Kristevan “Strangers”? How the rise in right-wing politics, fundamentalist religion, and radical nationalism in Russia is constructed and results in gendered/intersectional violence? How are justice, human rights, violence, conflicts and social change framed and approached by different local, global and transnational actors from a gender/intersectional perspective? Which complexities and particularities present specific gender based conflicts within different contexts? Which actors are engage in resisting these conflicts and what strategies are used? How to approach peace and social justice?

These are some of the most important questions that Tomasz Kitlinski will be discussing with our guests.

Panelists:

Prof. Vitaly Chernetsky (The University of Kansas)

Prof. Pawel Leszkowicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Dr. habil. Ewa Majewska (University of the Arts Berlin)

Prof. Tamara Martsenyuk (National University of « Kyiv-Mohyla Academy »)

Dr. Nataliya Tchermalykh (Université de Genève)

Moderation:

Tomasz Kitlinski (Academy in Exile, Freie Universität Berlin), Sabina García Peter (Margherita von Brentano Center, Freie Universität)


07.07.2022 Researching War and its Aftermath through a Feminist Lens

Convened by Centre for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research (INTERACT).

The panel discussion is part of the event series Transnational Feminist Dialogues on Gender, Conflicts and Social Justice and brings together speakers from different disciplinary and regional contexts to discuss the challenges of doing research in/on conflict and post-conflict settings from a feminist perspective. The aim is to jointly discuss some of the issues that have been brought up by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but that are relevant to feminist conflict research more generally, including the importance of feminist methods/ethics in conflict research and the question of what conflict aspects it can highlight which are usually overlooked by more traditionalist research and reporting on war and violence; masculinity and its role in conflict; the relationship between policy making and knowledge production about gender/sexuality; and finally, the challenges of amplifying feminist/critical approaches in broader disciplinary discussions which are often dominated by realist war and security studies.

Panelists:

Lina M. Céspedes-Báez (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

Milli Lake (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Lewis Turner (Newcastle University, UK)

Moderation:

Hannah FranzkiJannis Grimm and Mariam Salehi (INTERACT, FU Berlin).


21.07.2022 Resistance, Activist Practices and Social Movements

Convened by Junior Research Group “Food for Justice” (Freie Universität Berlin)

The panel discussion  is part of the event series Transnational Feminist Dialogues on Gender, Conflicts and Social Justice and brings together speakers working on different regional contexts to discuss the contentious forms of challenging contemporary agrarian, environmental, and climate conflicts. The event is convened by the Junior Research Group “Food for Justice” (BMBF, FU Berlin), which  focusses on social mobilization targeted at injustices in the food system to establish a dialogue with researchers working on conflicts triggered by extractivism and anti-ecological authoritarianism.  Focusing on different levels of resistance, the aim is to jointly discuss the understanding of those practices that run between everyday resistance, and more organized forms of collective action, in which protesters gather in broader social or political movements to challenge authorities or hegemonic powers in national or transnational realms. In this event we want to revisit those questions that inspired the series to ask about the actors that engage in resisting agri-food, environmental, and climate conflicts and the strategies used by them, but also about the complexities and particularities of the resulting activist practices from a gender-based perspective in different contexts.

Panelist:

Janet Conway (Brock University)

Sabrina Fernandes (University of Brasilia)

Camila Ponce Lara (Philipps Universität Marburg)

Marco Antonio Teixeira (Freie Universität Berlin)

Moderation:

Renata Motta (Project Leader, Junior Research Group “Food for Justice”, Freie Universität Berlin)


The sessions will be recorded and available under the following Link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZLmXhRGuEQuoRxqHwQZ1iw/featured

Organizer: Dr. Sabina García Peter  

More information: mvbz@fu-berlin.de

Registration: www.mvbz.fu-berlin.de/registration-tfd