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Queer Futures for Women, Peace and Security

Tuesday 7 May 16:00 until 18:00
Fulton 213
Speaker: Jamie Hagen (International Studies Association James N. Rosenau Postdoc. Fellow / Brown University
Part of the series: Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research events, Spring 2019

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) architecture provided a powerful call for a gender perspective at the United Nations Security Council via resolution in 2000 with the passage of Security Council Resolution 1325. However, in practice this gender perspective is almost exclusively heteronormative and relies on dangerous assumptions about cisgender identities.  A queer approach to the implementation of the WPS architecture offers a vision for a new way to imagine this gender perspective. A queer approach is also valuable for reframing how practitioners, policy-makers and civil society members think about the inclusion of  sexual orientation and gender identity as a part of a gender perspective that then brings lesbian, bisexual and transgender women into conversations about women’s experiences in conflict-related environments. Based on interviews with WPS actors, this presentation applies a queer security analysis to how the 3 Ps (Participation, Prevention and Protection) of the WPS architecture matter to lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in conflict-related environments. Additionally, the presentation includes specific policy recommendations for the ways practitioners, activists and academics might work to queer different aspects of the WPS architecture more broadly in the future. 

Dr Jamie J. Hagen is the International Studies Association James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellow for 2018-2019, and an affiliated scholar at Brown University at the Pembroke Center. She received her PhD in Global Governance and Human Security from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2018. Jamie is a visiting scholar at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security for Spring 2019. Her research considers the integration of sexual orientation and gender identity into peace and security work, with a specific focus on the Women, Peace and Security architecture. Her work has appeared in International Affairs, Critical Studies on Security and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Jamie is a Member-At-Large for the LGBTQA Caucus of ISA.

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By: Martin Wingfield
Last updated: Thursday, 4 April 2019

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