Postgraduate workshop on “Masculinities, Violence and (Post-) Conflict”
On Friday 15th of January, WRDA intern Diane Izabiliza attended the postgraduate workshop on “Masculinities, Violence and (Post-) Conflict” at Ulster University, in Belfast. The event was organized by International Alert (IA), Saferword and Conciliation Resources (CR).
The Ulster University also offered a conference with the same topic on Wednesday 14th of January. This event was hosted by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). The conference and the workshop focused on the social construction of masculinities.
During the workshop the participating members worked in groups in order to discuss the different aspects of masculinities. Questions on intersectionality, “positive masculinities” as well as “military/ized masculinity” were raised and led to great debates.
The discussion also led us to question how and who produces and performs masculinity. Therefore we looked on different institutions, like schools or churches. These are examples for locations, in which masculinity is framed in a normalized dimension. It was interesting to see that this framework would always be in dependence and or in delimitation, to what we consider as ‘femininity’.
Further discussions looked at policy in terms of opportunity and challenges. The whole workshop was always from the viewpoint of violence in (post-) conflict situations. This led to an awareness of different geographical contexts.