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Gendered Perspectives on War and Justice


15MayNew Voice May 2024 2 (1)

In this New Voices in Global Security Studies seminar, Sarah-Louise Miller shows how women in intelligence during World War II were at the forefront of the evolution of modern warfare. Jeanette Rodgers Dr Rodgers’ will present the content of her upcoming monograph, which makes the case for why, and how, child participation should be facilitated in transitional justice.


Sarah-Louise Miller - A Close Secret: Women in WWII Allied Military Intelligence

The current historical literature on Allied military services in World War II acknowledges women's military auxiliary roles but largely overlooks their significant contributions in the intelligence community. Sarah-Louise aims highlights the often-missed history of women in the RAF and the Royal Navy, emphasising their crucial role in gathering, analysing, and disseminating intelligence during major battles. By reframing women's contributions within the broader context of twentieth-century warfare and the importance of information and communication systems in battle success, this highlights the crucial role played by women. Sarah-Louise also explores how their intelligence work relates to the development of the modern 'kill-chain,' suggesting a need to reassess the 'combat taboo.'

Dr Sarah-Louise Miller is a historian of war and conflict, specialising in airpower and aviation, the Second World War and military intelligence and innovation. She is a lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the King’s Intelligence and Security Group and the Laughton Naval History and Maritime Strategy Unit at King’s College London.

Dr Jeanette Rodgers - 'Child Participation in Transitional Justice - The Case of Rwanda.'

Recovering from large-scale human rights abuses involves complex challenges, such as understanding the events, holding responsible parties accountable, transforming power systems, and rebuilding trust. Transitional justice encompasses mechanisms like criminal accountability, truth-telling, memory preservation, acknowledgments, reparations, and strengthening democratic institutions. Based on her upcoming monograph, Jeanette advocates for child participation in transitional justice. Drawing on global studies, she argues for a framework grounded in the 'right to be heard' for children under 18, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using focus group data from Rwandan children, the monograph explores their views on participation, highlighting the lasting effects of historical events. It aims to empower children as agents of developmental and social change for present and future generations.

Dr Jeannette Rodgers is a LISS-DTP Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Jeannette undertook her AHRC-funded doctoral research in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham and the Law School at the University of Nottingham and was awarded her doctorate in 2022.

New Voices in Global Security is an event series, organised by the School of Security Studies EDI committee, which seeks to promote new research within the field of Security Studies, as well as new and innovative approaches to teaching the discipline.

The series showcases the work of PhD students and Early Career Academics working both within and beyond the School of Security Studies.

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