Masterclass: Gender-just peace and transitional justice


Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 21 March 2018


Level 3, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU Meeting room 3.19
ANU Canberra


Professor Annika Björkdahl


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
+61 2 6125 6033

Please note is masterclass is aimed at HDRs and ECRs. Places are limited.

Transitions from war to peace hold potential to transform gender relations. This masterclass will critically examine how transitional justice mechanisms may contribute to the building of a gender-just peace in societies emerging from violent conflicts. We will discuss transitional justice in different post-conflict contexts – such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.

In the masterclass we will: 1) map the international, national and local transitional justice mechanisms in place; 2) assess the impact of these mechanisms in terms of enhancing or undermining women’s agency and participation; 3) analyze how these mechanisms may contribute to the transformation of gender power relations in the post- conflict society and thereby to a gender-just peace.

Required reading before coming along to the masterclass:

Bell C, O’Rourke C (2007) “Does feminism need a theory of transitional justice? an introductory essay”. International Journal of Transitional Justice 1: 23–44 .

Björkdahl, A. & Mannergren Selimovic, Johanna (2014) “Gendered Justice Gaps in Bosnia- Herzegovina”, Human Rights Review. 15(2):201-2018

Buckley- Zistel, S and R. Stanely (2012) “Introduction: Gender in Transitional Justice”. In Gender in Transitional Justice eds. S. Buckley-Zistel and R. Stanley. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

O’Rourke, Catherine, 2009, “The Shifting Signifier Of “Community” In Transitional Justice: A Feminist Analysis”, Wisconsin Journal Of Law, Gender & Society, Vol. 23(2): 269- 291.

Further reading:

Gender in Transitional Justice eds. S. Buckley-Zistel and R. Stanley. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Mageza-Barthel, Rihandu, 2012. ‘Asserting Their Presence! Women’s Quest for Transitional Justice in Post- Genocide Rwanda’. In Gender in Transitional Justice, eds. S. Buckley- Zistel and R. Stanley. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 163–190.

About the speaker

Annika Björkdahl is Professor of Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, at Lund University. Her research includes post-conflict societies, peacebuilding, gender and transitional justice. She is currently involved in three collaborative research projects on i) Politics of memory & cultural heritage of violent conflict, ii) urban violence and urban peacebuilding and iii) Statebuilding. Her research contributes to debates in critial peace research and international relations.

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