The pop-up exhibition “Arts of Intervention” brings together an international group of artists connected to the working group on “Women Mobilizing Memory” of Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference in the context of the Third Annual Memory Studies Association Conference in Madrid, June, 2019.
Reframing Gendered Violence Human Rights Defenders Workshop “Voices on the Ground” in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) Building Safer Communities Program and the Center for Social Difference, Columbia University, are conducting a workshop on ‘Reframing Gendered Violence’ in Port Moresby. The Reframing Gendered violence workshop in Port Moresby stems from the Center for Social Difference annual seminar that is conducted at the Columbia University in New York. This program brings speakers to talk about how gender based violence is understood and addressed in different contexts.
“Part of CSSD’s Women Creating Change projects, the Reframing Gendered Violence working group engages critically with the terms, assumptions, and policies that have underwritten this unprecedented outpouring of attention. When invoked in the United Nations and used to shape international policy, VAW and GBV are often assumed to have stable meanings, yet they do not. What do different parties mean when they talk of violence against women or of gender-based violence? Do they focus primarily on sexual violence, occurring in domestic settings? What is left out when the problem is framed in this way, and whose interests are served by such a framing?” (Europe Journal, 2017). The focus of the workshop is on the recently launched ‘Human Rights Defenders’ Association. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to create a space where the human rights defenders can tell their own stories.
The theme of the workshop is ‘Voices on the ground,’ to encourage participation and telling of the story by the Human Rights Defenders.
Briefly, the HRDs are community leaders based in Port Moresby who were trained by UNWomen to become human rights defenders. Most were community activists well before they were trained and named as HRDs. Many wear ‘different hats’, as village courts officials, community mobilisers, and justice community leaders apart from HRD. Despite many challenges, these community leaders have been preventing and addressing human rights issues, including gender based violence in their communities for many years. There are approximately 230 Port Moresby based HRDs.
Some of the discussion points include:
• HRD’s work before they were recognized and trained by UNWomen?
• What are some preventive and response method they use to address GBV in their communities?
• How would they describe themselves before, compared to now?
• What are some challenges they face in their communities?
• What can we learn from the experiences of HRDs?
The NRI will be documenting the stories of the HRD and submitting a joint publication with Centre for Social Difference, Columbia University. The learnings from this workshop, will capture the HRD’s stories and how they prevent and address GBV within their communities.
Workshop speakers include:
Please join CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence for the final public workshop in this project, organized by Professor Kendall Thomas.
Videos from the workshop:
Day 1, Panel 1: Catherine Clune-Taylor & Asli Zengin, moderated by Jennifer Boylan
Day 2, Panel 1: Segio Suiama, Chinyere Ezie & Chase Strangio
Day 2, Panel 2: C. Riley Snorton & Christina B. Hanhardt, moderated by Kendall Thomas
Day 2, Panel 3: Joss Taylor Greene, moderated by Jack Halberstam
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Thursday, January 24th:
4:15-6pm: Catherine Clune-Taylor & Asli Zengin, moderated by Jennifer Boylan
Friday, January 25th:
10:15am-11:30am: Sergio Suiama, Chinyere Ezie, & Chase Strangio
11:30-1pm: lunch break
1-2:30pm: C. Riley Snorton & Christina B. Hanhardt, moderated by Kendall Thomas
2:45-3:45pm: Joss Taylor Greene & Che Gossett, moderated by Jack Halberstam
Reception to follow
Free registration here (requested but not required)
Thank you to:
Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere working group at CSSD
Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Just Societies Initiative
Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
Society of Fellows & Heyman Center for the Humanities
Dean of Humanities
The Reframing Gendered Violence project at the Center for the Study of Social Difference is proud to co-sponsor a talk organized by our affiliate the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality:
“Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)”
(in conjunction with the Posing Modernity exhibit at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery)
This talk will address the only two extant oil portraits of enslaved women produced during the periods of emancipation in the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. By underscoring the conflictive political and ideological forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work in their composition, it will focus on the conditions that made possible the visual configuration of black people as subjects of freedom and on its problematic re-articulation of the boundaries between the human and the animal.
Organized by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and co-sponsored by: Maison Française, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Barnard Art History, Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference: Reframing Gender Violence Project, The Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence co-sponsors an interactive panel exploring lessons learned from the past 40 years in the field of sexual violence, examine the current landscape, and identify key strategies for the future.
DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES: A conversation with photographers Nina Berman and Susan Meiselas
CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence co-sponsors DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES: A conversation with photographers Nina Berman, An Autobiography of Miss Wish, and Susan Meiselas, A Room of Their Own.
The Reframing Gendered Violence project at CSSD presents a panel discussion with Fiona Hukula (PNG National Research Institute), Mary Fairio (PNG National Research Institute), and Melissa Demian (University of St. Andrews).
A panel with Sherene Razack (Department of Gender Studies, UCLA), Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Law School, Hebrew University; International Visitor, Columbia Law School), and Miriam Ticktin (Department of Anthropology, New School University), moderated by Lila Abu-Lughod (Columbia University)
As part of the Reframing Gendered Violence project at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, BEYOND PREVALENCE brings together a nationwide group of scholars for a panel based on the consensus that campus sexual assault is a serious public health problem, and that innovative and effective prevention requires research that both includes and extends beyond simply measuring the scope of the problem
Friday, February 10, 4:10 - 6 p.m.
612 Schermerhorn Hall
“Rape Trees, State Security and the Politics of Sexual Violence along Migrant Routes in Mexico”
Wendy Vogt, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
“Suppliants and Deviants: Gendering the Refugee/Migrant Debate on the EU Border”
Chloe Howe Haralambous, Graduate Student, Engl
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 4:15 p.m.
203 Butler Library
“Child Marriage in the Feminist Imagination”
Dina Siddiqi, Professor of Anthropology at BRAC University, Dhaka
“Race, Religion, and Masculinity: Europe’s Obsessions”
October 13, 4:15 p.m., 203 Butler Library
"Feminist Politics, War Rapes, and Global Governance"
Dubravka Zarkov, Associate Professor of Gender, Conflict and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague