The Cunning of Gender Violence: Geopolitics and Feminism

25 Feb 2022


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh

Seminar | The Cunning of Gender Violence: Geopolitics and Feminism
Date: Friday, February 25
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m
Organizer: Brown University Center for Middle East Studies
Over the course of two decades, violence against women (VAW) and subsequently, gender-based violence (GBV) have emerged as powerful agendas within international governance and law, increasingly folded into state sovereignty and global security. What was once a marginalized and silenced feminist concern around the urgency of addressing gender violence, now sits firmly at the nexus of powerful global networks of institutions and practices that have recast governmentality, development, humanitarianism, and even human rights, in line with post-9/11 global security regimes. How did this happen? What are the politics, ideologies, and geographies of this feminist agenda? What are the modes and channels of operation of the master category of GBVAW as both a technology and apparatus of rule? And most urgently for feminists, what effects is this convergence on GBVAW having on those who are the subjects of violence, experiencing it inscribed on their bodies, psyches, lives, and relationships, whether through silence or hypervisibility?

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This seminar is based on the findings of a three-year collaborative research project between feminist scholars of the Middle East and South Asia that explored these questions across a range of intersecting local, national, and global contexts, in the process uncovering the ways in which religion and racialized ethnicity, particularly “the Muslim question,” run deeply through the international governance structures of GBVAW, even when insistently disavowed. The collaborative project entitled, "Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence" was generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Event Date: 
Friday, February 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Sponsored By: 
Brown University Center for Middle East Studies