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2004_11_01rev - November 1 2004 Readings were Ruth Seiferts...

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November 1, 2004 Readings were Ruth Seifert’s “War and Rape: A Preliminary Analysis,” and Rhonda Copelon’s “Surfacing Gender: Reconceptualizing Crimes against Women in Time of War,” both in Mass Rape: The War against Women in Bosnia-Herzegovina . Also Erica James’ “ ‘Political Cleansing’ in Haiti – 1991-1994: Gender, Sexuality, Political Violence and “Truth,’” and Dubravka Zarkov’s “The Body of the Other Man: Sexual Violence and the Construction of Masculinity, Sexuality and Ethnicity in Croatian Media,” in Victims, Perpetrators of Actors?: Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence. All readings dealt with the issue of rape (mostly as a form of torture). gender as a system of symbols that map socially constructed meanings onto the facts of biological differences between sexes social/cultural/historical/political (etc.) representations of gender in everyday life and social institutions are inextricably linked to the proliferation of sexual and gendered forms of violence in times of peace and conflict
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