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Islamic State, Women, and Violence

April 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This event is part of the Carolina Gender, War and Culture Project and Series.

The millennial association of rape and war was challenged in 2001 when the ICTY decreed that rape in war constituted a crime against humanity. Although men in all parts of the world at war have not been dissuaded from attacking women and men sexually, their actions are now more likely to be publicized and sometimes even prosecuted. Above all, victims are no longer always shamed into silence. One of the most disappointing instances of the strategic use of rape in war comes from the 2011 Egyptian, Libyan and Syrian revolutions when men and women protesters were systematically targeted. Victims spoke out despite stigma and some organized campaigns to prevent further violence. One of the most alarming instances of the strategic use of rape in war comes from Islamic State whose brutalization of Yazidi women in 2014 shocked the world. This talk will focus on media and artists’ representation of sexual violence in the 21st century Arab world.

Miriam Cooke is Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has written about Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria and the Arab Gulf. She is the author of several monographs that include Women and the War Story (1996); Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official (2007); Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in The Arab Gulf (2014) and most recently Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience and the Syrian Revolution (2016).

In cooperation with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

CONVENERS: Carolina Seminars • Triangle Institute for Security Studies • UNC-Chapel Hill (Center for European Studies • Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense • Dept. of History • Center for European Studies • Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies) • Duke University (Dept. of History • Program in American Grand Strategy) • ORGANIZER: Karen Hagemann (UNC-Chapel Hill, Dept. of History)

Acknowledgement of Support:This event has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this event are the sole responsibility of The UNC Center for European Studies and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

See the event flyer here: Cooke event flyer


April 20, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Dr. Karen Hagemann


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