[CANCELLED] Troubling Testimonies: Annika Björkdahl on Women’s Narrative of War

Lecture organized by Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, TraCe and Center for Conflict Studies Marburg

Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled.

How do women wit­nesses use their narrative agency to contri­bute to transitional justice, peace­building and societal trans­formation?

In her lecture, TraCe visiting fellow Prof. Dr Annika Björkdahl (Lund University) addresses women’s testi­monies that collectively have played a key role in producing new knowledge about gendered experiences of war and its after­math. She analyzes a rich corpus of women’s testi­monies from four seminal conflicts: testimonies of the geno­cide in Rwanda (1994), testimonies pertaining to war­time rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992–1995), the civil war in Sri Lanka (1983–2009), and testi­monies of the violence perpetrated by the Islamic State (ISIS) in northern Iraq (2014). The testi­monies have emerged over the years in a multi­tude of modes and sites, and when we bring them together, we see how testi­fying is a gendered, agential practice: the women exer­cise what can be termed narrative agency.

When? Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 2:15pm

Where? Hörsaal­zentrum, Seminarraum HZ 14, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1, 60323 Frankfurt

This is a public lecture, no registration is needed.