This online course examines how the discourses and practices of war and its aftermath are gendered. Through mixing feminist theoretical approaches with concrete case studies, we consider the ways in which gender and sexuality function as central aspects of war, political violence, and armed conflict. In particular, we pay special attention to understanding notions of masculinity, sexual violence, peace, and justice. We begin by studying feminist theories of war which view war as a continuum of gendered conflict and violence; hence, this continuum also includes “post-conflict” periods, and justice and reconciliation efforts. We also consider the functions that gender and sexuality perform in state politics, national ideologies, and militarism; and the difficult topic of sexual violence during war. We conclude by examining the gendered dynamics of post-conflict justice, peace, and reconciliation.
- Teacher: Hannah Loney