Speaker: Prof. Elisabeth Jean Wood, Yale
Discussant: Dr Kieran Mitton, Department of War Studies, KCL
Chair: Dr des. Livia Schubiger, Department of Government, LSE
Thursday, 19 May 2016, 14:00 – 15:30. The Wolfson Theatre, LSE
About the event
On 19 May, The Conflict Research Group (LSE), The Centre for Women, Peace & Security (LSE) and the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group (King’s College London), will co-host a public lecture with Elisabeth Jean Wood. Professor Wood explains more about what she will discuss:
“Much of the literature (academic, policy and journalism) holds that when rape occurs frequently on the part of an armed organization, it has been purposefully adopted as a strategy of war. But rape by members of an organization during war is sometimes better understood as a practice: it is not organizational policy but is nonetheless tolerated by commanders.
“In this lecture I will present a typology of rape by armed organizations during war, one that distinguishes between rape adopted as policy (including as a strategy), as a practice, and opportunistic rape. I will discuss the conditions under which each is likely to emerge. After arguing that the typology contributes to analysis of political violence generally, not just wartime rape, I conclude with an assessment of the argument’s implications for researchers and policy-makers.”
About Elisabeth Jean Wood
Elisabeth Jean Wood is Professor of Political Science, International and Area Studies at Yale University and a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. She is currently writing two books, one on sexual violence during war, drawing on field research in several countries, and a second on political violence in Colombia (with Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín).
Tickets are free and available to book online via Eventbrite – tickets are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
This event is organised and hosted by:
The Conflict Research Group (Dept. of Government, LSE)
The Conflict, Security & Development Research Group (Dept. of War Studies, King’s College London)