Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda

Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators

"Sara Brown begins to remedy this in her excellent new study Gender and Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators (Routledge, 2017). Sara spent months interviewing Rwandan women. The result is a thoughtful analysis of the role gender played in facilitating or discouraging rescue and violence. As Brown says in the interview, she starts by asking the most basic question: how many, where, how? From there she moves on to examine the way women’s choices were rooted in a historical context in which a few women possessed power but many ordinary women found their choices and actions constrained. Brown highlights the way in which women were empowered by the context of genocide. Some used this opportunity to (attempt to) save lives. Others used it to loot, to demand violence, or even to kill or to rape."

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New Article by Tatiana Sanchez Parra

"The Hollow Shell: Children Born of War and the Realities of the Armed Conflict in Colombia"

" This article discusses tensions and dynamics around configuring children born as a result of wartime sexual violence as subjects within the realities in which transitional justice operates. Based on ethnographic research in Colombia, the article explores how a victimhood discourse and an explanatory framing to understand gender-based violence and sexual violence as a weapon of war, have restricted the emergence of these children as independent war-affected subjects. Instead, they have emerged as subjects that play a part in the social negotiations around victims of wartime sexual violence – for instance, gender and forced maternity – or around perpetrators and their constant presence in the history of the communities. To understand the plight and role of these subjects within the political community, transitional justice frameworks must contest the normative approach to harm, as these women and men were conceived by war but are not defined by it."

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Radiohinweis: Distelblüten

"Am historischen Tag, dem 9. November, durften wir in der Sendung "Plattenkiste" des NDR 1 Niedersachsen über Distelblüten berichten. Hörer fanden es so berührend, dass sie gern auf die Musiktitel verzichtet hätten. Aber es ist halt eine Musiksendung. Sie ist nicht in der Mediathek zu hören."

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Buchpremiere: Born of War – Vom Krieg geboren


"Als sich die Wehrmacht gegen Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs aus den von ihr besetzten Ländern zurückzog, hinterließ sie nicht nur Tod und Zerstörung, sondern auch Hunderttausende von Kindern, die deutsche Soldaten mit einheimischen Frauen gezeugt hatten. Die Frauen wurden von ihrer Umgebung meist geächtet und nicht selten härter bestraft als Kollaborateure. Doch was ist aus den Kindern geworden?"

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Stigma and Children Born of War

Workshop at LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

"On 25 September, the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security held a workshop on the issue of Stigma and Children Born of War.  The workshop aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange, critical reflection and dialogue between academics, policymakers and civil society." 

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Reaching Hidden Populations via Participatory Research Methods...

... Workshop.

"This workshop will discuss how hidden populations, i.e. groups of people which are not accessible for research via standard research methods, may be reached through so called “Participatory Research Methods”. These methods imply that members of the population are included at one, several or all steps of the research process, such as the development of relevant questions, the spread of the questionnaire and the interpretation of results. The workshop will discuss advantages of such methods and give practical knowledge on how such research may be carried out. Further it will be discussed which problems may occur (specifically if the researched topic is very sensitive), what to keep in mind when working with “lay researchers”. In particular research projects on the group of Children Born of War will be used as example in the practical part of the course."

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Ute Baur-Timmerbrink...

... received the Bundesverdienstkreuz September 1st 2017.

"Im Auftrag des Bundespräsidenten hat Reinickendorfs Bezirksbürgermeister Frank Balzer (CDU) im Rahmen einer kleinen Feierstunde Frau Ute Baur-Timmerbrink das Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland überreicht."

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“Children, Youth, and War Symposium"

Call for Papers for “Children, Youth, and War Symposium,” University of Georgia.

A one-day symposium on Children, Youth, and War will be held at the University of Georgia on March 19, 2018.  Hosted by James Marten, Professor of History at Marquette University, and Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era at the University of Georgia, the symposium will provide an intense exploration of all aspects—on both the home front and the battlefront—of the experiences of children in times of war in all eras and throughout the world.  Interdisciplinary (although historically based) approaches are welcome.  “War” will be defined broadly to include irregular and undeclared wars, as well as the aftermath and meaning of wars. 

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