Researching gender in development, conflict and security

University of Birmingham
Social Sciences
Monday 23rd April 2018 (08:00-18:00)
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For further information please email Sanne Weber:

This one-day workshop, to be convened at the University of Birmingham on Monday 23 April 2018, will bring together academics from across disciplines to engage with contemporary debates on gender and feminist theory in the fields of development, conflict and security.  

Although gender is increasingly seen as a central concern for the fields of development, conflict and security, partial or superficial approaches to gender are still common. Such approaches mainly address the participation of womenin these fields or their specific experiences of violence, failing to apply a more complex analysis of gendered dynamics. They risk obscuring men’s gendered experiences, how masculinities relate to gender inequality, the intersection of gender with other axes of social inequality, or an analysis of these issues through the lens of queer theory. 

This workshop instead aims to explore diverse, critical and innovative views of gender, contrasting with stereotypical approaches to gender as ‘adding women’ or ‘gender mainstreaming’. We aim to expose the ways in which genders – masculinities and femininities – inform and shape processes of exclusion, conflict, and violence, both structural and direct.

The workshop will be organised around the following three key themes.

  • Gendered approaches to global development 
  • Gendering peace and conflict
  • Gendered violence and (in)security

Call for papers

The International Development Department of the University of Birmingham is pleased to announce a call for papers for its forthcoming academic workshop entitled Researching gender in development, conflict and security. 

Researchers are invited to present their ideas on these issues from a variety of disciplinary, methodological and geographical perspectives. Papers are also invited on the gendered experiences of undertaking research in these fields, scrutinising issues of positionality, reflexivity and research ethics. Doctoral and early career researchers are highly encouraged to submit papers, with the intention to create an opportunity for networking and career development among researchers on these topics in and beyond the Midlands.

How to submit

 Deadline for submission of abstracts:  23 March 2018
 Details to include with submission:
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract of max 200 words
  • Author’s name and affiliation
  • Short bio highlighting any relevant publications
Submit to:  Sanne Weber:

Kindly note that there will be no charges for attending the workshop, but participants have to meet their own travel costs.