Women and Militarization: Before, During, and After Wars

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
Location: 
016 Robertson Hall

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination hosted a lecture, "Women and Militarization: Before, During, and After Wars," by Cynthia Enloe on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The event was free and open to the public. This was the first lecture at Princeton in a series of events focusing on issues related to implementation of the UN's Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. This series is organized by the Institute's project on Women in the Global Community in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the UN and the PeaceWomen Project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Cynthia Enloe is currently Research Professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her career has included Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana, and guest professorships in Japan, Britain and Canada, as well as lecturing in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Korea, Turkey, and at universities around the US. Her books and articles have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, and German. Among Professor Enloe’s thirteen books are Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in The New Age of Empire (2004) and Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link (2007). In 2010, she published Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War. Her newest book (co-authored with feminist geographer Joni Seager) is The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (2011). She has also written for Ms. Magazine and has appeared on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, and the BBC.

In 2009-2010 Enloe was awarded an Honorary Doctorates from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Connecticut College. In May, 2012, she was awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lund, Sweden. At Clark University, Enloe has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and as Director of Women’s Studies. Among the several committees on which she has served have been the university’s Committee on Personnel and the Planning and Budget Review Committee. Professor Enloe was awarded Clark University’s Outstanding Teacher Award three times. She currently serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals, including International Feminist Journal of Politics, Security Dialogue, and International Political Sociology.

Cynthia Enloe was awarded the International Studies Association’s Susan Strange Award in 2007, in recognition of “a person whose singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and organizational complacency in the international studies community during the previous year.” In 2008, she was awarded the Susan B. Northcutt Award, presented annually by the Women’s Caucus for International Studies, of the International Studies Association, to recognize ”a person who actively works toward recruiting and advancing women and other minorities in the profession, and whose spirit is inclusive, generous and conscientious.” In 2010, Cynthia Enloe was awarded the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award.

A webcast of this lecture is available on LISD's YouTube channel.