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GI Interdisciplinary Conversations on State power, Geopolitics and Gender Imaginaries


Wednesday 15th March,
Graham Wallas Room

Maps and directions to LSE can be found here.

In their new books, Punam Yadav and Afaf Jabiri discuss key geopolitical features to think about the social construction and transformation of ideas of gender, looking at institutional, legal and post-conflict contexts.  


Punam Yadav (LSE)

Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective

The concept of social transformation has been increasingly used to study significant political, socio-economic and cultural changes affected by individuals and groups. This book uses a novel approach from the gender perspective and from bottom up to analyse social transformation in Nepal, a country with a complex traditional structure of caste, class, ethnicity, religion and regional locality and the experience of the ten-year of People’s War (1996-2006). Through extensive interviews with women in post-conflict Nepal, this book analyses the intended and unintended impacts of conflict and traces the transformations in women’s understandings of themselves and their positions in public life. It raises important questions for the international community about the inevitable victimization of women during mass violence, but it also identifies positive impacts of armed conflict. The book also discusses how the Maoist insurgency had empowering effects on women.


Afaf Jabiri (UEL)

Gendered Politics and Law in Jordan: Guardianship over Women

This book analyses how the state constructs and reproduces gender identities in the context and geopolitics of Jordan. Guardianship over women is examined as not only the basis of women’s legal and social subordination, but also a key factor in the construction and reproduction of a gender hierarchy system. Afaf Jabiri probes how a masculine state gives power and legitimacy through guardianship to institutions—including family, religion, and tribe—in managing, producing, and constructing gender identity. Does the masculine institution succeed in imposing a dominant form of femininity? Or are there ways by which women escape and resist the social and legal construction of femininity? The book additionally examines how the resultant strategies and tactics developed by women in Jordan are influenced by and affect their status within the guardianship system.

Chair: Marsha Henry

Afaf Jabiri is Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, University of East London. She was LSE Fellow in Gender until 2016. 

Punam Yadav is Teaching Fellow at the Gender Institute and Research Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. 



Afaf Jabiri