Gender, Peace, and Conflict: Toward a Deeper Understanding

An interdisciplinary conference for students and faculty

March 30-31, 2017

Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Please see this site to register for the Conference:  https://wipcsalvernoconference.eventbrite.com/

 

Alverno College, together with the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, is pleased to invite faculty, staff, and students from any Wisconsin college or university, as well as community members, to join us for an academic conference on topics related to peace and conflict with a special emphasis on the role of gender as a category of analysis.

Thursday evening keynote speakerEnaya Othman, Assistant Professor, Marquette University, and Director of the Arab and Muslim Women's Research and Resource Center, speaking on "Engagement Beyond Research: Muslim Women's Agency and Oral History in Wisconsin" 

Recommended hotel: Newly-opened Hampton Inn in Franklin, WI, about 10 minutes from Alverno. http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/wisconsin/hampton-inn-and-suites-milwaukee-franklin-MKEFKHX/index.html 

Location: the conference will take place on the campus of Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI. Campus Map:  https://www.alverno.edu/map.php. Parking is free in public lots and the parking ramp.

Schedule:

Thursday, March 30

6:00 – 8:00 PM             Banquet and Keynote, Bucyrus Conference Center, Sister Joel Read Center (RC)

Friday, March 31

8:00 – 9:00                   Registration, Alumnae Hall, Sister Joel Read Center

8:45 – 9:00                   Welcome, Alumnae Hall

9:00 – 10:00                 Paper Session 1, Alexia Hall (AX), AX 214, 215, 216

10:00 – 10:30               Break, Alumnae Hall

10:30 – 11:30               Paper Session 2, AX 214, 215, and 216

11:30 – 12:30               Paper Session 3, AX 214, 215, and 216

12:30 – 2:00                 Lunch with speakers, La Verna Commons, Founders Hall

2:00 – 3:00                   Paper Session 4, AX 209, 214, 215, and 216

3:00 – 3:30                   Awards Ceremony, Alumnae Hall

Alverno College, together with the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, is pleased to invite faculty, staff, and students from any Wisconsin college or university, as well as community members, to join us for an academic conference on topics related to peace and conflict with a special emphasis on the role of gender as a category of analysis. We hope participants in the conference will gain a better understanding of a wide range of issues by examining them through the lens of gender, seeing gender not as a category that excludes, but as a key to more comprehensive theoretical and practical analysis of phenomena of peace and conflict.

Women and girls are often seen as the primary victims of conflict whether the conflict is international or interpersonal. At the same time, the United Nations has acknowledged the important role women can play in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and recovery. As part of this, there has been a concerted effort to increase the participation of women in peacekeeping missions, and in governmental and civil institutions. Theorists and activists have acknowledged and responded to the role that notions of masculinity play in inciting and perpetuating conflict and violence, and have encouraged new ways to think about and practice gender socialization. Broader and more inclusive ideas of what it is to be gendered are being used as tools to address the marginalization of groups in society. 

In order to critically examine this topic from a variety of perspectives, this conference invites panels, paper presentations, performances, and posters that address questions such as:

  • How do men and women experience conflict differently, and what roles do they play in seeking justice and peace?
  • How are men and women and children affected differently by:   economics? politics? environmental degradation and resource scarcity? and struggles over refugees' rights of citizenship?
  • How does the understanding of gender vary across cultures, and how do we see this reflected in educational access, finance (such as micro-loan programs), and participation in politics?
  • What role do conceptions of masculinity play in current manifestations of violence, ranging from ISIS to mass shootings to soccer hooliganism?
  • How can we move beyond gender essentialism to a more integrated view of human identity when it comes to conflict analysis?
  • How are movements to change gender socialization and mitigate the negative effects of received notions of gender providing hope for change?

Call for Proposals: (deadline passed)

Papers and presentations are encouraged from across diverse fields: from the social sciences to the humanities, education to business, natural sciences to multidisciplinary combinations, to the arts and activist projects.  While we welcome papers that address the theme of the conference, submitters should feel free to submit paper proposals on any subject broadly related to peace and conflict studies.

We invite presentations in the following formats:

  • Traditional paper presentations:  Presentations should be 10-20 minutes long. Papers should be based on individual or collaborative research and critical thinking. Student papers are eligible for cash prizes awarded by the Wisconsin Institute. To be considered for the prizes, students must submit finished work by March 15, 2017.
  • Roundtable discussions:   Roundtables should include at least three participants.
  • Research posters:   The posters will be on display during a one-hour poster session. All student and faculty presenters will be available at their posters to answer questions about their posters.  
  • Creative presentations:   Creative presentations include poems, short stories, visual art, songs, brief performance art, and theater. Visual artists will present digital slide talks about their work. Creative presentations will range from 10 to 20 minutes; applicants should specify the amount of time needed. Proposals should include the imagery as .jpg files and proposed topic abstract. Artists may bring original artwork and their own display elements for their presentation. 

Proposals must designate the submission category and include your name, school, whether you are a student or faculty member, title of the presentation, and a 150-word abstract.

Student papers are eligible for cash prizes awarded by WIPCS.  To be considered for a paper award, students must submit finished work by March 15, 2017.

Proposals are due by February 15, 2017

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact david.brooker@alverno.edu.