Upcoming – Call for Papers

“Conjugal Slavery in War (CSiW):  History, Marriage, Masculinities and Justice in Africa” 

International Conference ~ Kinshasa, DRC 

February 15-17, 2016 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

Recent reports from human rights monitoring organizations and journalists describe cases of militia forces abducting women and girls for forced sexual and other labour, including forced ‘marriages’, in the ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Nigeria, Mali, Somalia and Syria. This international conference will bring together experts on forced marriage in war and launch the Conjugal Slavery in War (CSiW) Research Network.

The CSiW research team, directed by Dr. Annie Bunting, is an interdisciplinary partnership that explores the social and legal meaning of “conjugal slavery” or servile marriage in times of war and the implications of this gender violence in post-conflict situations in Africa. Working from a collaborative approach, the CSiW team merges historians of slavery with frontline service providers and non-governmental organizations working on abduction and forced labour in war. The team has recently received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – <http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx>.

We invite your participation and engagement on the topic of forced marriage in war generally or under one of the following four thematic areas:

  1. History – research on historical gender norms and histories of enslavement in war;
  2. Masculinities/ Femininities – research on gendered experiences of forced marriage (including being ordered to be violent) and masculinity in times of conflict;
  3. Children Born of War – research on the experiences of children born to mothers in servile marriages in times of war; and
  4. Justice Mechanisms – ongoing debates about the effectiveness of the tribunals and commissions, including reparations programs.

This is a call for papers for cross-discipline academics, graduate students, advocates, service providers, and all those interested in or involved in any of the areas of the conference themes. We invite papers and case studies from those working in Africa and in other regions.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS 

Participants wishing to present a paper, film, or video documentary must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography to the conference organizing committee by email to CSiWproj@yorku.ca OR/ abunting@yorku.ca by January 30, 2016

(Limited funding is available for graduate students or NGO participants only.)


SOFEPADI (RDC) et l’université York (Canada) vous invitent à participer à la Conférence Internationale de Kinshasa sur l’esclavage conjugal en temps de guerre. La Conférence aura lieu du 15 au 17 février 2016, dans la ville de Kinshasa.

Des rapportsrécents émis par des organisations de surveillance des droits humains et par des journalistes décrivent de nombreux cas d’enlèvement de femmes et de filles par des groupes armés pour le travail forcé et l’esclavage sexuel, y compris les «mariages» forcés, dans les situations de conflits en cours, notamment en République démocratique du Congo, dans le nord du Nigeria, le Mali et la Somalie.

La Conférence Internationalede Kinshasa réunira des expert-e-s sur le mariage forcé en temps de guerre et marquera le lancement d’un projet de recherche sur l’esclavage conjugal, financé par une subvention de partenariat du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada.

Il s’agit d’une recherche interdisciplinaire dirigé par Dr. Annie Bunting de l’Université York (Canada) qui regroupe un réseau de recherche dont les partenaires sont issus d’établissements académiques et d’organisations non-gouvernementales. Ce réseau explore la signification sociale et juridique de “l’esclavage conjugal» ou du « mariage » forcé en temps de guerre et les conséquences de cette violence sur les hommes et les femmes dans les situations post-conflit en Afrique.

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