Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS)

A map of FTGS's Proposals Received for ISA 2020

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The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of the International Studies Association brings together scholars who apply feminist theory to International Relations or look at the field through a gender lens.

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ISA Global Conversation Series Presents - Virtual Roundtable on Colombia: Feminist, Decolonial and Intercultural Politics in the Popular Resistance in Cali

A series of ongoing protests began in Colombia on 28 April 2021 against the militarised anti-popular nature of governmental politics and the state and reforms including a regressive taxation policy and health care reforms which would augment strategies of privatisation and commodification. Mass protests erupted all over the country with the epicentre being Cali, in the Valle de Cauca where there are strong lineages of feminist, decolonial and inter-cultural popular politics and organising. The protests and re-occupations of urban spaces with art, ritual, dialogue and multiple popular voices and repertoires of protest often excluded from formal politics were met with extrajudicial violence and repression across the whole country, including gendered violence and sexual harm perpetrated by the over 2500 police, riot police and the military sent to the city of Cali alone.

ISA Global Conversations Series: Ending the Conflict and Violations of Women’s Rights in the Ethiopia-Tigray Civil War

A deadly civil war has been raging in Ethiopia, Africa’s proud capital, historically unbowed to any European colonial power, and the continent’s second most populous nation. This war began in November 2020 in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, between the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) and the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) but has since metastasized within and beyond Ethiopia, with the potential to destabilize the Horn of Africa region. 
While there has been a communication blackout throughout the conflict, it is estimated that over 10,000 have already died, up to 230 in massacres, and about 900,000 refugees and 2.3 million IDPs have been created by the conflict, compounded by an ongoing famine. Grave atrocities are reported to have been committed by both sides in a conflict emanating from a power tussle in which the proverbial grass suffers the most as two elephants slug it out. Genocide, massacres, forced disappearances, attacks on refugee camps, destruction of cultural and religious sites, rape and sexual assault have reportedly been employed as weapons in this trenchant and unabating conflict. Once again, it is women and girls who bear a disproportionate burden of the atrocities of war and conflict, as both sides target them, and they are displaced, killed, raped, abducted, and denied humanitarian aid and assistance. The world looks on, and the African Union seems incapable of meaningful intervention to stop the carnage.

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ISA Global Conversations Series: Women and Girls’ Security, Agency and Rights Beyond the Current Afghan Crisis

Recent events in Afghanistan have left the world shocked, saddened and enraged as two decades of western and US interventions came to an end. In the wake of the military departure, the fundamentalist insurgent group, the Taliban, rapidly took control of key urban territories of the country and assumed overall governance of the state. The Taliban takeover in the remnants of decades of international interventions has dire consequences for all Afghan citizens, including growing threats against journalists, scholars, politicians, civil society leaders, human rights defenders and Afghans who supported US and allied efforts over the past two decades. 

Afghan women have histories and presents of agency, dignity and ongoing resistance both to the Taliban and to gendered violences committed during the course of the conflict. A resurgence of Taliban control has intensified the potential for violence and oppression of women and girls. Whereas all Afghans face the potential imposition of restrictive and repressive religious codes and civil laws on their everyday lives, it is certain that these policies will be heavily gendered, with greater consequences for women and girls, for whom their gender, ethnicity, class, political opinion, education, profession, and other identity markers pose additional intersectional threats. In this context, they also are subjects of conflicting local and global normative and institutional structures whose tension heightens the stakes for their survival.

As a leading global forum for international studies scholars from multiple disciplinary fields, FTGS and ISA are partnering with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to convene this roundtable on the gendered dynamics and impacts of the current situation in Afghanistan. This discussion will serve as an avenue for critical analysis of the above concerns from a diversity of scholarly, policy and political perspectives, with the goal of identifying entry points for concerted action.


Amanda Chisholm | Section Co-Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
King's College London

Toni Haastrup | Section Program Co-Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
University of Stirling

Maria Tanyag | Section Program Co-Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
Australian National University

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