Gender and Warfare

Call for Papers, deadline 1 August 2024

University Aix Marseille, 2-3 October 2024

Providing an intercultural and interdisciplinary space for exchange and discussion for researchers, this workshop aims to take a closer look at the nuanced interplay between gender and warfare throughout history and the multifaceted relationship between gender, conflict and society.

PhD students and postdocs from various disciplines are invited to present their research on the topic and engage in discussions meaning to enhance understanding of gender as a category in warfare.
The aim of the workshop is to question how gender influences the perception of war, violence and warfare, as well as shaping experiences, roles and remembrance. We will practice critical analysis skills for examining gendered narratives in conflict scenarios and also create a space for networking between researchers working in related fields.
Research on conflict tends to be focused on combatant experiences, excluding others’ experiences and perceptions of warfare.

Topics to be discussed include:
Female Militarisation (women in military adjacent organisations)
Occupation (how does this impinge on gender roles?)
Internment, POW Experiences (‘feminisation’ of male civilians/combatants/sexualization of female internees)
Gendering in Medical Care
Gender and Trauma
Women and Peace Movements
Reconstructing/Reimagining the Male Body After Amputation
Aspects of Women's Sexuality During Occupation Times

We encourage topical presentations as well as on methodological aspects.

Workshop languages are German and English


Please send a 300 word abstract and a short bio. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes.
We're interested in projects at any stage and in any form, i.e finished projects, parts of projects, early stage projects. We want to create a space for discussion and the exchange of ideas.

The workshop will take place in Aix en Provence.
Travel bursaries are available for those without funding.