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Hidden Voices: Women dealing with the Past in Central America and Northern Ireland

NUI Head Office, Dublin
Friday, 5th December 2014

(Space limited)

Looking at the current debate on women, peace and security, the seminar particularly reflects on the question of gendered silences in the narratives of conflict, which inform peace processes in Central America and in Northern Ireland. While the two cases are very different, they share similarities in the way women have been affected by the conflict and how their voices have been silenced in its aftermath.
The aim of this seminar is to extend the critique of feminist scholars on the lack of women’s voices in the conflict settlement and peace-building processes. It explores the gendered perspective in conflict narratives and post-conflict politics and the implications of this on how the conflict is framed.

Presentations from:
Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey - a Guatemalan lawyer, academic and human rights defender/social activist and Attorney General in Guatemala (Dec 2010-May 2014)

Dr. Mo Hume - University of Glasgow, expert on gender and violence in Central America

Laura McMahon - barrister in Northern Ireland


The seminar will close with the launching of the monograph Crossing Boundaries during Peace and Conflict: Transforming Identity in Chiapas and in Northern Ireland, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2014) by IBIS Deputy Director, Dr Melanie Hoewer

Though worlds apart, Chiapas, Mexico and Northern Ireland have both endured lengthy spans of ethno-national mobilization and conflict, making them ideal locations for a series of case studies exploring how women traverse social and identity boundaries during times of cultural flux. Combining traditional qualitative research methods with active-participatory, visual, and oral didactical research tools, Crossing Boundaries takes an immersive look at the way female activists make sense of themselves and the structures they live in, ultimately making valuable contributions to the study of identity, intersectionality, and boundary processes in peace and conflict situations.

IBIS gratefully acknowledges support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund