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Chair: Dr Amanda Chisholm, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies / Researcher in Gender and Security
Speaker: Dr Julia Zulver, Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (UNAM, Mexico)
Discussant: Dr Jelke Boesten, Professor in Gender and Development at King's College London
Dr Julia Zulver documents the experiences of grassroots women’s organisations that united to demand gender justice during and in the aftermath of Colombia’s armed conflict. In doing so, she illustrates a little-studied phenomenon: women whose experiences with violence catalyse them to mobilise and resist as feminists, even in the face of grave danger.
Despite a well-established tradition of studying women in war, we tend to focus on their roles as mothers or careers, as peacemakers, or sometimes as revolutionaries. Dr Julia Zulver explains the gendered underpinnings of why women engage in feminist mobilisation, even when this takes place in a ‘domain of losses’ that exposes them to high levels of risk.
About the speaker
Dr Julia Zulver is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (UNAM, Mexico).
Her work investigates women’s high-risk leadership in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia. She has extensive research and practitioner experience along the Colombia-Venezuela border, when she supports Ladysmith's Cosas de Mujeres gender data project with vulnerable women. She earned her DPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford in 2018. Her book - High-Risk Feminism in Colombia - will be available from Rutgers University Press in May 2022.
Julia prioritises making her research accessible to diverse audiences, and frequently publishes newspaper articles and opinion pieces in outlets like The Guardian and openDemocracy.
This event is part of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Global Voices Seminar Series.
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