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Women, Peace and Security: Exploring issues old and new with Cynthia Enloe

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  • 15 October 2015         
  • Speakers: Cynthia Enloe and Marsha Henry

Cynthia Enloe

In the first of a series of Women, Peace and Security Conversations, Dr Marsha Henry will explore Professor Cynthia Enloe’s years of research documenting women and men’s experiences both inside and outside of militaries.

Cynthia Enloe  is Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Professor Enloe's feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of gendered politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women's labor is made cheap in globalized factories and how women's emotional and physical labor has been used to support many governments' war-waging policies—and how diverse women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic and national identities, as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities, are common threads throughout her studies.

Professor Enloe's fourteen books include Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist (2004) and Globalization and Militarism (2007), as well as Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War, (2011), The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (co-authored with Joni Seager) (2012), Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered (2013). Her new, totally updated and revised 2nd edition of Bananas, Beaches and Bases was published by University of California Press in 2014.

Marsha Henry is Deputy Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Associate Professor in the Gender Institute.

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