Call for Papers and Posters: Postgrad Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender

A Postgraduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender will be held at the University of Ulster on Friday 8 May 2015.

The keynote speaker is Dr Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at London School of Economics and Political Science. The one-day event will be hosted by the Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Ulster).

From the call for papers:

This symposium seeks to explore the interface between occupation, transitional justice and gender. The starting point for exploration is based in feminist concerns that are broadly focused on issues of power, control and hierarchies. More specifically, feminist theorizing acknowledges that women’s needs during times of occupation, conflict, and/or transition are often ignored, sidelined or essentialised; recent research is also looking into masculinities during these periods. While much research has explored transitional justice and gender, there has been limited research on the relationship and complexities of occupation and gender. Furthermore, there is a dearth of research on how these three concepts intersect, inform and/or impact each other. Some questions to be explored during the symposium may include:

1. What might be the approach in exploring the interface between occupation and transitional justice while utilizing a gendered lens?
2. How does law capture modern instances of occupation that do not fit neatly into the existing legal coding?
3. Can transitional justice mechanisms be employed while there is an occupation and can such mechanisms take the gendered needs of the population into account?
4. Can the exceptionality of occupation reveal gender differences unapparent in normal settings and, if so, what are their implications for transitional justice theory and praxis?

We invite papers from postgraduate students (PhD and Masters) who are exploring the above-mentioned questions in any context and any time period; case studies and theoretical papers are also welcomed. We also invite poster proposals to be featured during a special poster session. For paper or poster proposals, please send a title, a 200-word abstract, and a short one-paragraph biography by 31 December 2014 to Rimona Afana (afana-r@email.ulster.ac.uk) and Stephanie Chaban (chaban-s@email.ulster.ac.uk). Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 15 January 2015.

All submissions will be eligible for Best Paper and Best Poster awards. Papers will get substantive and thorough feedback from faculty with expertise in gender/transition and/or law of armed conflict. The organizers are exploring the possibility of publication for the best papers. The symposium will feature Dr. Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as the keynote speaker. Gender experts from the Transitional Justice Institute and IRiSS will also participate. Furthermore, there will also be a praxis session involving domestic and international work related to women’s grassroots involvement in transitional justice mechanisms. The full schedule will be announced shortly.

The symposium is sponsored by the Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (FWSA): http://fwsablog.org.uk/

Further sponsorship is provided by the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, the Research Graduate School, University of Ulster, and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, University of Ulster. The event will be held at the York Street Campus, Belfast.

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