CALL FOR PAPERS: Feminist Security Studies at ISA 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 20:00 to Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights

As many of you know, Feminist Security Studies scholarship has proliferated in recent years raising important questions and critiques about the implications of global governance structures and institutions on women's rights and gender equality, particular in areas of armed conflict and violent transition around the world.

The Feminist Security Studies network is organising panels for the Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention. The theme of the ISA 2011, which will be held in Montreal, Canada from 16-18 March 2011, is Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition.
Given the growing significance of Feminist Security Studies in International Relations, they plan two roundtables as well as a series of themed panels for ISA 2011 (though they also welcome papers beyond these themes).

Roundtable 1: Feminist Perspectives on Global Governance in the Area of International Peace and Security
For this roundtable, they envision a mix of feminist scholars and practitioners reflecting on the practices and processes of those international actors in the business of promoting, protecting and maintaining international peace and security.
Roundtable 2: The WomensStats Project and its Implications for Feminist Security Studies
The purpose of this roundtable is to continue the discussions of the 2010 ISA Working Group which focused on delineating and developing the FSS subfield. Using the work by Hudson, Caprioli et al. (e.g., “The Heart of the Matter” International Security 2009) and its reception by the field of security studies and the policy world as a launch pad, the roundtable outlines what this body of scholarship is doing, how we might build on its success, and how we can push the conversation to also include broader feminist insights that might not be quantifiable in quite the same way.
Themed Panels:
  • Mainstreaming gender in peace and security sectors: What works, what doesn't, and where do we go from here?
  • Security Council Resolution 1325 at 10: Assessing impact and enhancing accountability
  • Feminist activism on security issues: Reports from the field
  • Feminist security theory: Epistemological and methodological questions
  • Feminist perspectives on the military: Women soldiers
  • Women terrorists: The media, the politics, and more
  • Women = peace? Debates and challenges

If you would like to present a paper on one of the panels please submit a title and brief abstract of your research to Natalie [] by 3 May 2010.
If you would like to participate in one of the roundtable discussions or have a recommendation on a potential participant please let Annick [] know as soon as possible.