Public lecture on Gender, Silence and Images: Taking Feminist Security Studies Forward – University of Copenhagen

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26 February 2019

Public lecture on Gender, Silence and Images: Taking Feminist Security Studies Forward

One of the key issues in Feminist Security Studies has been to draw attention to the fact that many security issues related to gender are difficult to put into language. Speaking about one’s insecurity can draw attention to the threats one faces.
This creates a “Silent Security Dilemma” where speaking itself aggravates an already insecure situation. At the same time, if security problems go unvoiced, they are hard to recognize for outsiders, be they local authorities, the international community or scholars and students of Security Studies.

Silence is politically and analytically important, but it is also challenging to theorize. This event provides an up-to-date discussion of the challenges involved in theorizing silence and security, gender and agency. Professor Jane L. Parpart will speak based on a recent book edited by herself and Swati Parashar: Rethinking Silence, Voice and Agency in Contested Gendered Terrains (Routledge 2019); Ph.D. Fellow Dean Cooper-Cunningham will talk about his work on images and securitization of LGBT rights in Russia; Professor Lene Hansen will moderate and describe how she dealt with the “silent security dilemma” in her chapter in Rethinking Silence, Voice and Agency in Contested Gendered Terrains.

Program:
17.15 – 17.30: Welcome and introduction – Lene Hansen
17.30 – 17.55: Rethinking silence, rethinking agency – Jane Parpart
17.55 – 18.20: Silence, security and images – Dean Cooper-Cunningham
18.20 – 18.30: Break
18.30 – 19.00: Questions, answers, discussion

Read more about the event here