Visions of a Future Kurdistan(s): Gender, Politics, and Society

By 633470|December 27, 2017|Conferences|0 comments

Join us for a 1-day conference: The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, in collaboration with the Kurdistan Peace and Justice Foundation, invites you to a seminar addressing the topics of nation building, transitional politics, gender mainstreaming and governance, conflict and reconciliation. Date: Saturday, 13 January 2018 Time: 9.30-18.00 Film screening: 16.30 Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London Entrance: Free, please register via the Eventbrite link below The

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By 633470|December 27, 2017|CGS Seminar Series|0 comments

Speakers: Diann Bauer & Helen Hester (Laboria Cuboniks) Date: Thursday, 11 January 2018, 5-7pm Wolfson Lecture Theatre, SOAS Chair: Emily Jones, University of Essex Xenofeminism (XF) is a gender abolitionist, anti-naturalist, technomaterialist form of posthumanism, initiated by the working group Laboria Cuboniks. It is a project aiming to infect a wide range of fields, operating on the assumption that any meaningful change will happen at a range of scales and

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CGS Seminar Series Review Blog (Term 1)

By 633470|December 27, 2017|Blog Posts, CGS Seminar Series|0 comments

Author: Marianne Mesfin Asfaw[i] The Centre for Gender Studies Seminar Series between September and December 2017, has been an incredibly engaging and thought provoking. With discussions ranging from building feminist epistemic communities to those on right wing women’s performances of violence, the series tackled a variety of themes and did so with an impressive set of speakers. As such, a review of such a varied set of talks requires some in-depth

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Blog 2: Libya: On Constitution Making and Sustaining Rights (30.11.2017)

By 633470|December 14, 2017|Blog Posts, CGS Seminar Series|0 comments

Libya: On Constitution Making and Sustaining Rights By Princess Malebye and Marianne Asfaw[1] Libya has been thrust back into our consciousness due to the recent exposure of the buying and selling of black African migrant men in the country. A video surfaced on this issue through a documentary on CNN which gained traction in the media and sparked significant conversation on social media. A talk organised by the Centre for

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Seeing Ourselves in Our Universities (23.11.2017)

By 633470|December 14, 2017|Seminar Transcripts|0 comments

Seeing Ourselves in Our Universities CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES SEMINAR SERIES 23rd November 2017 A conversation between Lola Olufemi, Halimo Hussein and Awino Okech[1] Halimo Hussein is Co-President of Equality and Liberation at the SOAS Student Union and an active member of Decolonising Our Minds Society, a student-run organisation that challenges colonial legacies within and outside of the university. Lola Olufemi is the Women’s officer at the University of Cambridge

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Deviant, Leaking, and Unruly Bodies: Discursive Performances of Violence and the Everyday Politics of Right-Wing Women

By 633470|December 14, 2017|CGS Seminar Series, Events|0 comments

Please join us for our seminar with Dr. Akanksha Mehta: Right-wing movements that have mobilised women have had uneasy encounters with feminism and feminist politics. Focusing mainly on themes of motherhood and the familial, feminist scholars often view the increasing participation of women in the right-wing as a ‘problem’ that needs to be ‘countered,’ thereby silencing the multiplicity of narratives, roles, politics, and discourses that encapsulate the everyday experiences of

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Seminar: On Libya: Constitution Making and Sustaining Rights Movements

By 633470|November 17, 2017|CGS Seminar Series, Forthcoming CGS Seminar Series|0 comments

The Centre for Gender Studies invites you to attend our Seminar with Elham Saudi: Thursday, 30.11.17 5-7pm Wolfson Lecture Theatre SOAS, London The ‘Arab Spring’ moment for Libya came with much celebration at the overthrow of the dictatorship and the promise of a new society built on democracy and human rights. However, how can we face current challenges when the rule of law is an alien concept and human rights

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Blog 1: Reflections on Leadership and Building Feminist Epistemic Communities (12.10.17)

By 633470|November 7, 2017|Blog Posts, CGS Seminar Series|0 comments

Author: Sreya Banerjea PhD Candidate: Centre for Gender Studies The development of feminist knowledge is one of the strongest ways to connect locally, globally and transnationally. For many of us, this knowledge production emerges during our journey to pursue higher education. However, it is often difficult for students to think and reflect critically or understand which direction to channel their thoughts and ideas. The politics around knowledge production and power

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CGS Seminar (Nov. 16/2017): Bodies, Sexualities and the Arab Spring: The Wounds of International Human Rights

By 633470|November 1, 2017|CGS Seminar Series, Forthcoming CGS Seminar Series|2 comments

Please join us for a lecture by Scott Long: Bodies, Sexualities and the Arab Spring: The Wounds of International Human Rights  Thursday, 16 November 2017 5-7pm Wolfson Lecture Theatre Chair: Rahul Rao This is a strange moment for LGBT people’s human rights: huge, well-publicised triumphs in some regions (particularly Latin America and the global North), and massive, violent backlash in others. International human rights movements celebrate their success in recognizing and

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