Filmmaking 1980 x 830


Visual Communications and Feminist Methodologies in Researching Peace

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Online public event


Dr Marjaana Jauhola

Dr Marjaana Jauhola

Ethnographer and Film Documentarist

Dr Evelyn Pauls

Dr Evelyn Pauls

Impact Manager, Gender, Justice and Security Hub

Dr Daniele Rugo

Dr Daniele Rugo

Reader in Film at Brunel University London


Dr Sarah Smith

Dr Sarah Smith

Research Officer, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

This panel explores filmmaking and visual communication as a feminist methodology in seeking a gender-just peace.

Panellists will share their experiences of using film to centre women’s experiences in conflict and peacebuilding and discuss how it offers a participatory methodology that allows for people to speak and be heard for themselves. Each panellist has utilised documentary and film to centre the voices and experiences of those who are often ignored in peace research and peacebuilding processes. The panel includes discussion and short screenings of the participants’ work.

Meet the speakers

Marjaana Jauhola holds a PhD in International Politics (Aberystwyth University) and is a university lecturer/docent and head of discipline in Global Development Studies, University of Helsinki. She is an ethnographer and film documentarist with eyes on feminisms and global politics of post-conflict/disaster reconstruction. Marjaana’s most recent OA monograph is Scraps of Hope in Banda Aceh: Gendered Urban Politics in the Aceh Peace Process, published by Helsinki University Press in 2020 – a media-enriched ethnography with 15 videos. The book received the IPS Section of International Studies Association’s Honourable Mention for the 2022 IPS Best Book Award.

Evelyn Pauls is the Impact Manager of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub based at the LSE Centre for WPS and a Researcher at the Berghof Foundation. Her participatory action research project examines the reintegration of female ex-combatants in Colombia and Uganda as well as Burundi, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines through documentary filmmaking. Her research interests include gender and conflict, participatory and visual methods and research impact.

Daniele Rugo is an award-winning filmmaker, Reader in Film at Brunel University London and currently a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po. His work focuses on conflict and sustainable peace. His latest feature documentary About a War explores violence and social change through the stories of former militiamen from Lebanon’s civil war. He is the author of three books and several journal articles. He is also an affiliate of the Centre for Lebanese Studies in Beirut.

Chair: Sarah Smith is a Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She is author of Gendering Peace: UN Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste (Routledge, 2019), co-editor of Feminist Conversations on Peace (Bristol University Press, forthcoming) and has published articles in International Studies Review, European Journal of Politics & Gender and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. She was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest and has also taught at Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She is currently researching gender and data in peace and security. 

Image credit: Juan Camilo Cruz Orrego

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