Call For Papers

6th Annual Workshop for Women in International Security:
Women, Violence and International Security

31 May and 1 June 2013 – Toronto, Ontario

Women in International Security – Canada and the Centre for National Security Studies at the Canadian Forces College, in cooperation with the York Centre for International and Security Studies are pleased to host the 6th Annual Workshop for Women in International Security. We invite applications from graduate and law students for participation in this year’s Women in International Security - Canada’s workshop, to be held 31 May and 1 June 2013 at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. The workshop brings together students, scholars and professionals in the field of international security with the goal of advancing the position of women in the field.

The workshop is an opportunity for graduate students to join a growing network of Canadian scholars and professionals working in the areas of security and defence policy, foreign affairs and the military. The workshop will involve panels by mentors from academe, government, and the military, an interactive negotiation exercise, research presentations by graduate participants, and plenty of opportunity for networking.

Students may apply to participate as either presenters or observers (please specify). For the research portion of the workshop we invite graduate and law students to submit proposals broadly related to the conference theme, Women, Violence and International Security. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Women as Victims of Violence
    • Causes and consequences of rape and gender-based violence in zones of conflict and instability
    • Preventing and stopping violence against women and girls
    • Assessing the legacy of UN SCR 1325/2000 on Women, Peace and Security
    • Women as victims of human trafficking and organized crime
    • Military sexual violence in peacetime
  • Women as Agents of Violence
    • Women in combat: war-makers or peace-makers?
    • Women on deployment: lessons from Haiti to Afghanistan
    • Women and terrorism: agents, enablers, supporters? (Case studies and cross-regional comparisons focusing on the Middle East, Russia and the Caucasus, South East Asia, North America and Western Europe)
    • Women leaders in organized crime networks
  • Women as Scholars and Journalists Covering Violence
    • “Seeing like a woman”: raising new questions about old problems
    • Risks and opportunities for women studying or covering violence
  • Women as Policy-Makers in the Sphere of International Security
    • Taking stock of women’s leadership in international security
    • Challenges, opportunities and the future for women’s leadership.

Students are encouraged to submit research related to their thesis or dissertation projects. Proposals may be submitted in English or in French, and those selected for panels may present in either language. Selected papers will be considered for publication in International Journal. The Journal is interested both academic papers of approximately 6000 words and policy papers and commentary of approximately 3000 words.

To apply submit a proposal of no more than 250 words and a CV to Dr. Maja Catic by 31 March 2013.

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