Women, Peace and Security Forum
A space for critical engagement with the latest research on gender, peace and security.
The WPS Forum is a space on the LSE WPS Blog to host a dialogue around a particular topic, theme or publication. These pieces will work in conversation, rather than being standalone commentaries, providing discussion and dialogue centred around particular publications – a new book, a collection of conference papers and/or panels, events, a journal article, for example.
The Forum will bridge the gap between individualistic blog pieces and longer writings. It will be a space for critical conversations that provide the reader with more in-depth analysis and different viewpoints on key themes and issue areas, aimed at advancing conversations in academic and practitioner spaces. The format of each forum may vary depending on the subject of the conversation. Responses and contributions from leading scholars, activists and practitioners will be sought on particular topics, and forum proposals will also be accepted and reviewed.
It is envisioned that the WPS Forum will host 2-3 forums in a calendar year. If you would like to propose a forum on a new piece of research and/or publication please email Nicky Armstrong and Dr Sarah Smith: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for LSE WPS Forum, Spring 2021
We are now taking proposals for the Spring/Summer 2021 Forum. Submissions should include the following:
Titles, authors and brief (2-3 lines) descriptions of each blog to be hosted in the Forum (3-5).
We welcome proposals on any topic connected to WPS, broadly understood. We are, though, particularly interested in the following topics:
Sexual and reproductive health
Forums with regional focus. This could include contributions such as: country case studies in the region; regional contributions to WPS leadership/development; regional WPS issues; women’s movements in the region.
WPS, gender and climate change
Monday 22nd March: deadline to receive Forum proposals
Monday 26th April: deadline to receive all blogs associated with the Forum
Monday 17th May: Forum publication begins.
New Directions in Women, Peace and Security
Twenty years on from the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020), edited by Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby, and Laura J. Shepherd, brings together critical thinking on the progress of, and new challenges for, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda as a global framework for advancing gender equality and feminist engagement with peace and security.
This forum brings contributors from New Directions into conversation with each other as well as opening space for critical engagement with the text; where it is situated in the current landscape of WPS literature; and the implementation and impact of the WPS agenda more broadly. On this final point the forum draws out the intersecting structures of power, oppression and resistance integral to examining WPS and that are woven throughout the chapters of New Directions.
This collection also launches the ‘LSE WPS forum’, what we hope will be a space to continue the work of advancing critical conversations surrounding gender, peace and security, broadly understood, in terms of policy development, activism and advocacy.
Race, Justice & New Possibilities: 20 Years of the Women, Peace and Security agenda
Toni Haastrup and Jamie J. Hagen