Vision Series: Sandra Cheldelin to Discuss Women and Conflict

Posted: October 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm, Last Updated: October 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

By Erin Cushing

Sandra Cheldelin

The Vision Series lectures continue on Monday, Nov. 7, with a lecture by Mason professor Sandra Cheldelin titled “Women Waging War and Peace: A Gendered Challenge to Structural Violence.”

Cheldelin, the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, will give her talk at 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium on the Arlington Campus. The event is free and does not require tickets.

In her talk, Cheldelin will discuss the current narrative of violence and conflict that casts women in the role of victim. This trend marginalizes women and the role they play in conflicts across the globe, Cheldelin says.

Cheldelin will explore a number of true narratives from women actively involved in conflicts spanning 16 countries, highlighting the diversity of experiences during wartime and postwar reconstruction. This talk presents an opportunity to approach conflict resolution, development and peace building from an important and often overlooked angle, she believes.

Cheldelin, who directs Mason’s PhD program in conflict analysis and resolution, is the co-editor of Women Waging War and Peace: International Perspectives of Women’s Roles in Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction,” a book that explores the varied ways women engage in war and peacemaking. In addition to her solo projects, Cheldelin has contributed to several other books, anthologies and journals.

To see more of Cheldelin’s work, including an interview with her about the Virginia Tech Review Panel Report, visit her profile at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.




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