Women in War: BEIRUT CONFERENCE 8 – 11 June 2015

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WOMEN IN WAR’s 2nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Programme

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Women in War’s second Annual Conference is organised in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University Beirut  and Beit Al-Hanan (Evelyne Accad). 

“Upholding Gendered Peace at a Time of War: Academics and Activists Speak Out on the Shifting Places of Women in the Arab World”     June 8-9-10-11, 2015

With the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Lebanon (Rule of Law Program MENA Region) KVINFOOIF Office de la Francophonie

(to be held in English, French and Arabic with simultaneous translation)

Registration is free Send a mail to register at  iwsawATlau.edu.lb                                                                                                           For additional see section on practical details on the Women in War website

Deuxième conférence annuelle

Où sont les femmes dans un Moyen-Orient en plein bouleversement ?Universitaires et activistes débattent de la dimension de genre dans les conflits actuels. 8, 9, 10, 11 juin 2015

l’Institut d’études des femmes dans le monde arabe (IWSAW), Département des études de genre, l’Université libano-américaine de Beyrouth (LAU). Langues : français / arabe / anglais

About the conference

This unique conference brings together international researchers and activists united by their commitment to women’s rights. It will discuss is the multiple aspects of the gender dimension in the political and social upheavals that have swept the entire Middle-East and Central Asia that has amounted to a veritable war against women. Discussions will also include regional related issues such as the status of women in Iran, Yemen and Afghanistan, the fate of Yazidi and minority women, Kurdish female combattants and the Rojava egalitarian project, refugees, widowhood, cyberactivism and the backlash of Islamist ideology in Muslim communities in the Caucasus as well as Central and Western Europe. The exponential rise of sexual violence as a weapon of systematic oppression will be at the heart of the discussions. The surge of radicalism (especially through the IS/Daesh) has made it essential to review female recruitment both in the region and in the West.The future of Lebanon as well shall be the subject of a major debate: this pivotal country, more than any other, has been directly affected by the global consequences of regional unrest

Au sujet du colloque

Ce colloque réunit des chercheur/es  de pointe et des activistes régionaux et internationaux unis par leur engagement pour les droits des femmes. Les multiples aspects de la dimension de genre des transformations politiques du monde musulman au Proche et Moyen Orient, ainsi qu’en Asie Centrale seront au centre des débats. Ceux-ci porteront également sur les questions connexes régionales telles que la situation des femmes en Iran, Yémen et Afghanistan, les combattantes du Rojava et leur projet social égalitaire, les minorités religieuses au Moyen-Orient et la montée de l’idéologie islamiste dans les communautés musulmanes dans le Caucase ainsi qu’en Europe centrale et occidentale. L’augmentation de la violence sexuelle comme tactique d’oppression systématisée et arme de guerre sera largement débattue. Le développement du radicalisme salafiste (en particulier l’EI/Daesh) dans la région, a rendu indispensable le débat sur le recrutement des femmes à la fois dans la région et à l’Occident. A cela s’ajoute le cyber-activisme outil essentiel de la jeune génération des militantes. L’avenir du Liban, qui a pris de plein fouet les conséquences des bouleversements, fera l’objet de débats, d’autant qu’en dépend toute l’avenir de la région.
Any queries about the conference or the program should be directed to iwsaw@lau.edu.lb

 

Pour toute autre question, doute et ainsi de suite contactez nous au  info@womeninwar.org

PROGRAM

Monday June 8, 2015

Keynote Speech: Dr. Nawal El- Saadawi, Founder  of  The  Arab  Women ‘ s  Solidarity  Association, (Egypt): War , Women  and  Revolution

 Panel I: Gender and Armed Conflict                                                                                                      Moderator: Dr. Carol Mann, Director of Women in War (Paris).

 – Gendered Borders and the Arab Uprisings, Dr. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss, Lebanese American University (Lebanon-USA)

– Gender and the Globalization of War, Dr. Awatef Ketiti, University of Valencia (Spain)

– Gender Reforms and Anti-Colonial Peace-building, Maliha Chishti, Former Director of the Hague Appeal for Peace (Canada)

– Quel avenir pour les femmes sous l’emprise de l’Islam radical, Dr. Khadija Arfaoui, University of Tunis (Tunisia)

Panel II: Session on Lebanon: Women, War, and Displacement 
Moderator: Dr. Evelyne Accad, University of Illinois (Lebanon-USA)

 “J’ai déposé les armes”, Régina Sneifer, writer (Lebanon)

– The Persistence of Gendered Narratives in Times of War & Displacement: Syrian Women Refugees in Lebanese Public Discourse, Adriana Qubaia, Central European University (Hungary)

-From Visibility to (In)Visibility, Tracy Chamoun (Lebanon)

 

– The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Lebanese Host Communities’ Security Perceptions Across the Country: A Gendered Angle, Lana Khattab, International Alert (UK)

 Panel III: Radicalism: The Many Faces of Religious Extremism

Moderator: Dr. Sami Baroudi, Lebanese American University (Lebanon)

– On Yazidi Women, Dr llham Hammadi, University of Saint-Joseph (Lebanon)

 – War, Religious Fanaticism, and Gender: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nermina Trbonja, University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

– From Comrades to Casualties: Women, Transformation, and Conflict in the North Caucasus, Khalida Nurmetova, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany-Azerbaidjan)

– Femmes françaises djihadistes en Syrie et en Irak: Dr. Armelle Le Bras-Chopard, Université de Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France)

Tuesday June 9, 2015

Keynote Speech:. Professor Valentine Moghadam, Northeastern University (USA)

Panel IV: Fundamentalism: Its Many Facets and Faces 

Moderator: Alia Ibrahim, Al-Arabiya News (Lebanon)

 – The Psychology of Terror and the active Role of Women Within it, Dr. Hussein Sharah, Mutah University (Jordan)

 – Quelle révolution pour les femmes Tunisiennes: Printemps féministe ou hiver islamiste, Dr. Najet Limam-Tnani, Faculty of Humanities, University of Tunis (Tunisia),

– Islamic Feminism in Iraq, Dr. Nahla Al Nadawi, University of Bagdad (Iraq)

 Femmes Africaines et fondamentalisme (Boko Haram au Nigeria, Ansar Dine et Mujao au Mali), Dr. Catherine Vidrovitch, University Paris Diderot (France)

 Panel V: The Decentering of the Intimate Sphere                                                     Moderator: Dr. Azza Sharara Beydoun, Lebanese University & Bahithat (Lebanon)

– Temporary Marriage in Sunni and Shi‘a Islam: Comparative Case Studies of Iran and Egypt after the Arab Spring, Dr. Atieh Asgharzadeh, CADIS (France-Iran)

 – La condition de la femme syrienne après le printemps arabe, Dr. Afraa Ismael, Tishreen University (Syria)

– Women in Libya: The Ongoing Armed Conflict, Political Instability and RadicalizationAsma Khalifa, Hacettepe University (Turkey)

– Addressing the Needs and Supporting the Roles of Widow Victims of the Conflicts in the Middle East, Dr. Margaret Owen, Widows for Peace (UK)

Panel VI: Female Fighters During Armed Conflicts 
Moderator: Dr. Samira Aghacy, Director, IWSAW, Lebanese American University

 – The Women’s Revolution in Rojava, Meral Cicek, Kurdish Women’s Relations Office REPAK (Kurdistan-Iraq)

– Women as Active Participants in Armed Conflict: Muslim and Non-Muslim Female Suicide Bombers, Dr. Joseph Alagha, Haigazian University (Lebanon)

– Forgotten Actors? Women-Soldiers in a Comparative Perspective (the cases from Armenian-Azerbaijani Armed Conflict for Karabakh and PKK Movement), Dr. Nona Shahnazaryan, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan (Armenia)

Panel VII: Screenings

 – Abounaddara, Le Cinéma pour Réinventer la Syrie, Dr. Chourouq Nasri, University of Mohammed I (Morocco)

– Mission Rape – A Tool of War, Dr. Connie Christiansen, University of Roskilde (Denmark)

 Wednesday June 10, 2015

Panel VIII: Displacement Through Occupation or Exile                                                                             Moderator: Samira Atallah, Director, ESCWA Center for Women (Lebanon)

– Palestinian and Kurdish Women in Occupied Areas, Conflict or Post-Conflict Areas in Different Countries in the Middle East, Maria Hagberg, Lund University (Sweden)

The Kurdish Women’s Movement: Challenging Gendered Militarization and the Nation-State, Meral Duzgun, University of Westminster (UK)

 Syrian Women and LGBTI Refugees in Istanbul: In the Middle of Legal and Structural Violence, Dr. Zeynep Kivilcim, Istanbul University (Turkey)

– Gender, Conflict and Development in Yemen, Dr. Connie Christiansen, University of Roskilde (Denmark)

Panel IX: Sexual Violence in;Conflict                                                                                                         Moderator: Ghida Anani, Director, ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender (Lebanon)

– Gender-Based Violence: Rape as Weapon of War, Maitre Lydia Farah, AUB (Lebanon)

 I Will Teach My Daughter How She Can Defend Herself: Fighting Back Against Street Sexual Harassment and Assault in Post-Revolution Egypt, Susana Galan, Rutgers University (USA)

– Blood, Bodies, and Violence: Women’s Bodily Experiences and Symbolic Meaning in the Egyptian Arab Spring, Katherine Van Den Bogert, Utrecht University (the Netherlands)

 – De la femme kamikaze au djihad du sexe: Une guerre faite sur le corps des femmes, Dr. Iqbàl Al-Gharbi, University of Zeytouna (Tunisia)

Panel X: Cyberactivism and Journalism                                                                                               Moderator: Diana Mukalled, Asharq Al-Awsat (Lebanon)

– Digital Activism for Women’s Rights in the Arab World, Aline Sara, journalist and researcher (USA)

Women’s Digital Activism and the Changing Nature of Politics in the Middle East, Professor Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS (UK)

 Women, War and the Media: Women’s Online Activism and the Gender Digital Divide, Samina Kabir SOAS (UK- Afghanistan)

 – The One Percent Syrian Women in Media and Journalism, Reem Maghribi, Director of Sharq CIC (Lebanon)

 Panel XI: Creativity in Times of Conflict                                                                                                  Moderator: Emilie Mansour, Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)

– Writing for Gaza Textual (Dis)Embodiment, Dissident Creativity and Social Justice in Arab Women’s Writing, Dr. Brinda Mehta, Mills College (USA)

– Sawtuha ‘ali min Zaman: Arab Female Musicians’ Collaborative Revolution, Alejandra Aguero and Angela Williams, University of Illinois (USA)

 Representing Violence Against Women Since 2012, Dr. Miriam Cooke, Duke University (USA)

– Song and Survival for Syrian Women and Children Living as Refugees in Northern Jordan, Karen Boswall, SOAS (UK)

Thursday June 11, 2015

Panel XI: Legal Accountability, International Instruments, and Peace-Building                                  Moderator: Former Minister Wafa Dika Hamzeh (Lebanon)

 On Legal Accountability and Peace-Building Initiatives in Egypt, Ambassador Moushira Khattab (Egypt)

– Legal Accountability for Sexual Violence in Syria: Taking Charge of Future Prosecution, Aarif Abraham, International Legal Accountability Unit (UK)

 Why the Arab World Needs More Female Decision Makers : Evaluating the effectiveness of UN Resolution 1325 and the UN’s Subsequent Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights,Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (Canada)

  Violence, War and Accountability: Gendered and Sexualized Dynamics of the 2014 Israeli Assault on Gaza, Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University (USA)

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