WOMEN'S MEMORY-WORK: GENDERED DILEMMAS OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
One of the key issues raised in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and again in Resolution 1820 (2008) concerns the “urgent need to mainstream a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations” so as to assist a gender-sensitive implementation of national stability and peace. The aim of this project is to generate a transnational dialogue among scholars, activists and artists, whose aim is to evoke just such a perspective by reflecting on women’s production of and participation in public and collective commemoration rituals in polities emerging from conflict, or remaining entangled in dilemmas of uneven historical and political representation and economic/territorial disparities.
Accordingly, the objectives of this project are as follows:
1. To create a forum for the discussion and comparative exploration of women’s roles in the transmission and
representation of memories of repression and conflict.
2. To foster the collaboration between activists, scholars and artists in reconfiguring women’s agency in political and
social exercises of reparation and reconciliation.
3. To construct a theoretical paradigm of the dynamics of gendered memory in transitional, post-transitional and
reconstructive political processes internationally.
4. To assess the significance of popular cultural practices in the construction and affirmation of collective memories
of the past.