Gender and Geopolitics
As this year’s election cycle in the United States clearly demonstrates, gender and gender identity remain significant issues in the world of politics. International affairs and relations always involve some aspect related to gender, whether that is coded as women's participation – or lack thereof – in different aspects of public life or the manipulation of gendered categories by states and movements for domestic and foreign policy. This fall’s Global Studies Positioning Series explores the topic of “Gender and Geopolitics” from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective.
- September 15th, noon, GA3067
“Hillary Clinton in Global Perspective”
Diana O’Brien, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science
Abstract: The election of a female president would represent a historic moment for women in US politics. The Clinton campaign provides a unique opportunity to consider American women’s political representation in a global perspective. Drawing on examples from across the globe, Professor O’Brien discusses the election of female legislators and heads of government worldwide and addresses the consequences of women’s presence in elected office.
- October 13th, 6pm, GA0001 (Auditorium)
"The Geopolitics of Your Bathtub: Why who does your housework matters”
Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor at Clark University, Massachusetts
An Institute for Advanced Study Branigin Lecture
Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies
Abstract: Cleaning someone else's home is one of the most intimate kinds of paid work a person can do. But in today's world it has become also one of the most globalized sorts of labor. It is work done overwhelmingly by women, millions of women who regularly migrate far from their own homes. Against all odds, many of these migrant women have created effective worker rights organizations, which have altered the political and gendered landscape in which domestic workers are hired. The world of domestic housework therefore extends far beyond homes around the world and ultimately becomes a lens to global phenomena. Cynthia Enloe will describe the dramatic political change as domestic workers gain more rights and demonstrate how this exemplifies and challenges geopolitical realities and inequalities.
- November 10th, noon, GA3067
"Linking war economies and sexual violence. The case of South Sudan"
Clémence Pinaud, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies
Moderated by Aynur Onur-Cifci (Anthropology)
Abstract: The civil war that started in South Sudan in December 2013 has been dubbed one of the most violent conflicts in the world. Civilians have paid a high price: executions, mutilations, rapes, and other war-related factors account for civilian casualties whose scale remains impossible to estimate given the dearth of reliable data. The war has also been marked by widespread destruction and looting of civilian properties and humanitarian goods. Field research recently carried out in oil-rich Unity state, the scene of the most systematic violence by government troops against civilians so far, shows that sexual violence and looting have been and still are endemic. This talk will address the pattern of sexual violence committed for nearly three years in the country, including recently against foreign aid workers in the capital city, Juba. It will explore the rationale behind sexual violence and its impact on the communities’ practices such as bridewealth exchange. It will also unravel the ties between sexual violence and large-scale looting, and will highlight their relationship in regards to the “reinvestment” of both captive women and looted goods into sustaining the war economy and the running of the army.
- December 1st, noon, GA3067
“Outlaw Manhood: A Historical Account of Latino Citizenship”
Alberto Varon, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of English