Interviews conducted at the Conference by Soumita Basu
On Feminist Activism
Bernedette Muthien, Director and Project Leader of Engender, Cape Town
On the "Arab Spring"
Galia Golan, Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1st Annual Conference
August 2-4, 2012,
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Leaving the Camp – Gender Analysis Across Real and Perceived Divides
Link to Final Program.
The nature and quality of the insider-outsider feminist conversations with and about International Relations (IR) has captured the attention of many scholarly debates. However, it remains questionable as to whether the opening up of conversational spaces between Feminist IR and mainstream IR, and the perceived voice which may have been won, have indeed facilitated a questioning of IR’s traditional roots. Similarly, in a fast-changing world where rhetoric and reality are conflated in the discourse of interconnectedness, so-called divides between feminist academics and gender policy makers are taken as a given and hence, sometimes become weakly conceptualised and under-theorised.
Against the backdrop of this brief outline of the problem, the conference seeks to bring scholars and practitioners together to critically consider the implications of erecting epistemological and empirical fences, and to explore ways in which gender analysis – as it intersects with the analysis of other identities such as race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation – may be used to challenge preconceived ideas about camps, silos and borders. Perhaps answers are to be found in the shared assumptions of, for instance, feminist, queer and postcolonial activism and/or studying of global politics. ‘Gender’ as the dominant category of analysis for ‘borders work’ could therefore also be contested.
Sub-themes include the following: