Dr Jelke Boesten's research focuses on violence against women and the ramifications for policy in Latin America. Her latest book, 'Sexual Violence During War and Peace: Gender, Power and Post-conflict Justice in Peru' received the Flora Tristan Best Book Award of the Latin America Studies Association-Peru section. In 2016 the book came out in Spanish translation with the Bibliotéca Nacional del Perú.
In 2010, she published 'Intersecting Inequalities. Women and Social Policy in Peru', with Penn State University Press, which came out in translation with the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima in 2018. She has published widely on gender justice in Peru in international journals and books, as well as on gender, HIV/AIDS and activism in East Africa. She is currently interested in transformative gender justice.
Before joining King’s, Jelke taught at the University of Leeds, held a Senior Research Fellowship at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, and held a research fellowship at the University of Bradford. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Amsterdam.
- Debating, performing and curating symbolic reparations
- Transformative gender justice
Jelke works on issues regarding transformative gender justice in post conflict societies – the idea that interventions to address gendered injustice, such as violence against women and girls, should aim to transform the social, political and economic relations that underpin the possibility of violence.
Currently, she is exploring how commemorative practices address gendered harms and unsettle - or confirm - stereotypes and gender roles in a range of post conflict countries.
She is the founder and convenor of the Gender Studies Network, and co-founder and convenor of the Visual and Embodied Methodologies (VEM) Network.
Jelke is interested in supervising students focusing on the following research areas:
- Gender and social policy
- Gender based violence in war and/or the everyday
- Intersecting inequalities
- Gender and transformative justice
- Social development and emancipatory processes
For a full list of current and existing PhD students supervised by Jelke, see here.
See Jelke's research profile
McIlwaine, C., Boesten, J., Behzadi, N. E., Kerr, R., de Orellana, P., Redwood, H. & Peake, J., 9 Jun 2019, 32 p. Research output: Other contribution
Boesten, J., Jan 2019, Politics after Violence: Legacies of the Shining Path Conflict in Peru. Vergara, A. & Soifer, H. D. (eds.). University of Texas Press, p. 157-175 18 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Boesten, J., 2019, Rethinking Transitional Gender Justice: Transformative approaches in post-conflict settings. Shackel, R. & Fiske, L. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Behzadi, N. E., Boesten, J., McIlwaine, C. J., Datta, A., Espinoza, A. P., Mazzone, A. & Bradbury-Rance, C., 2019 Research output: Non-textual form - Exhibition
Boesten, J., 18 Dec 2018, In : SOCIAL POLITICS. 25, 4, p. 457-468 11 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxy035
Boesten, J. & Henry, M., Dec 2018, In : SOCIAL POLITICS. 25, 4, p. 568-588 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxy027
Boesten, J., Riazuddin, H. & Guerra, S., 2018, King's College London, 40 p. Research output: Working paper
Boesten, J., 2017, In : International Feminist Journal of Politics. 19, 4, p. 506-519 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2017.1367950
Boesten, J., 2016, Dando cuenta: Llos testimonios de la violencia política en el Perú (1980-2000). Denegri, F. & Hibbett, A. (eds.). Fondo editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Boesten, J., 2016, Histories of Violence: Post-War Critical Thought. Evans, B. & Carver, T. (eds.). Zed Books Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter