Conference on Gender, Violence and Anti-Violence

Thu, 03/31/2016 to Sat, 04/02/2016
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

Gender Violence is a long-standing problem that has received increased attention in recent years. While women and girls are its primary victims, gendered violence has implications for many other groups as well. This conference will address vital topics, including radical violence against women; the slow violence of gendered inequalities; trafficking and health; performance and global violence; and the violence of the carceral state.

Interdisciplinary in focus, the conference will highlight gendered implications and manifestations of violence in the United States and internationally.

Free and open to the public.  

Locations:  March 31 Keynote Address:  McCosh 50
                    April 1 & 2 Conference Panels:  219 Aaron Burr Hall

The conference is organized and sponsored by PIIRS and is co-sponsored by Princeton Public Lectures, the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University's Women's Center, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. 


March 31

4:30 p.m. , McCosh 50                             

Keynote Address and Q&A
Angela Davis, Social Activist, Author, Professor Emerita at  University of California, Santa Cruz


April 1

(All sessions in 219 Aaron Burr Hall)

9 – 9:15 a.m.                        
Welcome From Organizing Committee

9:15 – 11 a.m.                    
Trafficking and Health
Moderator: Monica Duffy Toft, University of Oxford, Visiting World Politics Scholar, Princeton University

Elizabeth Bernstein, Barnard College
Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University 
Cole Bunzel
, Princeton
Annie Hill, University of Minnesota

11 – 11:15 a.m.                 

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.          
Cultural Representations of Gendered Violence 
How does live performance help us see the operations of gendered violence across the local and the global? How does the live body of the performer, as well as those of spectators, help testify to and witness gendered violence?
Moderator: Jill Dolan, Princeton University

Mojisola Adebayo, Performer, Playwright, Director; London, England
Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley
Sonja Kuftinec, University of Minnesota 

1 – 2 p.m.                            

2 – 3:45 p.m.                      
Women, War and Poverty
This panel will focus on the significance of rape in wartime focusing on the everyday forms of gender violence that lay the ground work for the use of rape in war. And what happens to women after political conflicts have ceased. Finally, this panel will address what the international community can do to stop gender violence.
Moderator: Carolyn RousePrinceton University

Dara Cohen, Harvard University
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary
Elisabeth Wood, Yale University

3:45 – 4 p.m.                      

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.                
Video Presentation: 
Specs of Dust 
Presenter: Azza Cohen '16
Location: 100 Jones Hall

April 2

9:15 – 11 a.m.                    

The “Slow Violence” of Gendered Inequalities in the U.S.
Forms of gendered violence are often quotidian, routinized, dispersed and naturalized and can therefore go unrecognized and unmarked as violence. This panel makes visible various forms of what scholars have come to call "slow violence," which as Anne McClintock writes, enact a toll "no less lethal and lasting for being slow and out of sight."
Moderator: Sarah-Jane Leslie

Lindsay Orchowski, Brown University
Amada Sandoval, Women's Center, Princeton University
Dara Strolovitch, Princeton University
Emily Thuma, University of California, Irvine

11 – 11:15 a.m.                 

11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.           
Gender and Extremist Violence

Extremist violence has negative consequences for societies writ large. Some forms of extremist violence disproportionately target women. This panel examines the social, political and economic realities underlying gender-specific extremist violence as well as its consequences on the lives of ordinary women.
Moderator: Amaney Jamal, Princeton University

Alesha Doan, University of Kansas 
Nimmi GowrinathanColin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College New York
Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University 
Monica Toft, University of Oxford, Visiting World Politics Scholar, Princeton University

1 – 2 p.m.                            

2 – 3:45 p.m.                      
Carceral Violence
Violence is often multiplied, compounded, and intensified in carceral spaces. This panel explores the gendered and sexual dimensions of violence in an array of carceral settings. 
Moderator: Regina Kunzel, Princeton University

Beth Richie, University of Illinois, Chicago 
Andrea Ritchie,
 INCITE! & Soros Justice Fellow
Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law

3:45 – 4 p.m.                      

4 – 5:45 p.m.                      
Anti-Violence and the Anti-Carceral  

Moderator: Dara Strolovitch, Princeton University

Kristin Bumiller, Amherst College
Christina Hanhardt, New York University
Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania 

5:45 – 6 p.m.                      
Closing Remarks by Organizational Committee