Gender violence in the intercultural encounter, Danish Institute for International Studies

Thursday 19 January 2017, 15.00-17.45

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies
Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A
2100 Copenhagen

The sexual violence that took place New Year’s Eve 2016 in Cologne, Germany, sparked public, political and academic debates all over Europe about gender violence in the intercultural encounter. Parts of the debate have argued that gender equality in Europe is under threat by increased migration of men from the global south. Other people have sought to contextualize the actions of these men, arguing that this form of violence only takes place in exceptional situations.

One year later, this seminar takes stock of these debates and repositions them in the intercultural encounter by engaging a different set of questions. What are the experiences of male migrants negotiating their masculinity in a Danish context? What happens when we change the geographical perspective and look into the politics surrounding sexual harassment of tourists in Egypt or violent exchanges between European expat workers and women in Mozambique? Does violence happen because of culture clashes? And why does it matter how gender violence is defined? This seminar will bring these questions to bear on the topic in order to inquire into practical, political and conceptual aspects of gender violence in the intercultural encounter.

Elisa Wynne-Hughes, Lecturer in International Relations, Cardiff University
Bjarke Oxlund, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Christian Groes, Associate Professor, Intercultural Studies, Roskilde University
Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Rose Løvgren, PhD Candidate, DIIS
Moderator: Robin May Schott, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Robin May Schott

Self-governance in zero-tolerance zones: the spatial politics of stop street harassment campaigns in Cairo
Elisa Wynne-Hughes

New Year in Cologne: Culture clash or outbreak of a moral panic?
Bjarke Oxlund

Violence and control in bi-national couples on the migratory trajectory: Clashes between European expat men and Mozambican women
Christian Groes

Coffee break

Negotiating respectable masculinity: gender and recognition in the Somali diaspora
Nauja Kleist

Does violence come from failed men? A critique of popular explanations of the sexual violence in Cologne
Rose Løvgren
Plenary discussion

Practical information
The seminar will be in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 12.00 noon.

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