Scholar to discuss just-war theory at UM-Dearborn Nov. 30

November 22, 2006

DEARBORN / Nov. 22---Laura Sjoberg, visiting assistant professor of political science at Duke University, will present a talk about her book Gender, Justice and the Wars in Iraq at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Room 1072 of the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq offers a feminist critique and reconstruction of just-war theory,” according to Suzanne Bergeron, associate professor of women's studies and social sciences. “It points out gender biases in the just-war tradition and suggests alternative standards that emphasize women, political marginality and empathy.

“This talk applies a feminist just-war theory to analyze the wars that have happened in Iraq since the end of the Cold War,” she said. “Through the stories of key characters, like Jessica Lynch, Sjoberg reveals where women have been omitted and subordinated in global politics. The talk will conclude by proposing to replace righteousness in just-war thinking with dialogue and empathy for the good of human safety everywhere and concludes with alternative visions of Gulf War policies, inspired by feminist just-war theory.”

Sjoberg earned a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Southern California and is completing her law degree at Boston College.

Her teaching and research interests include international security; gender in international relations; international law; international ethics; international political theory; the Middle East; active learning (debate, mock trial, model UN); and quantitative and qualitative methods.

Sjoberg is completing a book, Mean Girls: Seeing Gender Subordination through Women's Violence in Global Politics, which studies treatments of women's violence in interstate and media discourses. In addition, Sjoberg is editing a textbook, Women and War in the 21st Century, with Carol Cohn.

For more information about the event, contact Suzanne Bergeron at 593-1391.



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