PGN event - Critical Military Studies: Panel discussions

This event will be in Zoom
  • What challenges do female combatants face during their assimilation in combat roles?
  • How to tackle hegemonic masculinities in the military?

We have organised two exciting one-hour panel discussions with a focus on Critical Military Studies. The first panel will delve into the core issues that female soldiers face while trying to integrate into roles traditionally fit for male soldiers. The second will address why hegemonic masculinities are toxic for both genders and how they can be tackled in state institutions including the military.

The panels have been organised, and will be chaired by, Mariah Loukou, Elections and Funding Officer of BISA PGN Committee.

The panellists include:

First panel discussion - 2pm

Dr Ayelet Harel-Shalev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ayelet Harel-Shalev is Associate Professor at the Conflict Management and Resolution Program, and the Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University. She is exploring war and gender; and in particular - the experiences of women in combat. Her recent book with Shir Daphna-Tekoah - Breaking the Binaries in Security Studies, was published by OUP in 2020. 

Dr Lauren Godier-McBard

Dr Lauren Godier-McBard is a Research Fellow at the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research in Anglia Ruskin University. Dr Godier-McBard's main research interests include the experiences of vulnerable women, and interpersonal/sexual violence in the military context. Her current research centres on the development and evaluation of strategies  to promote well-being and mental health of service personnel, veterans and their families.

Hannah West, University of Bath

Hannah West is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at University of Bath. Mrs West is exploring the idea of ‘women as counterinsurgents’ through a Foucauldian genealogy, analysing a number of moments or events in British counterinsurgency campaigns from Malaya, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and contemporary operations. Mrs West is also the Chair of the Defense Research Network.

Second panel discussion - 3pm

Dr Emily Yarrow, University of Portsmouth

Dr Emily Yarrow is a Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at Portsmouth Business School. Emily's research focuses on the impact of research evaluation on female academics' careers; gendered networks; and inequality regimes. Her work contributes to understandings of gendered organizational behaviour and women's lived experiences of organisational life.

Dr Nataliya Danilova, University of Aberdeen

Dr Nataliya Danilova is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. She has published in the fields of critical military studies, gender studies, heroism and identity politics, and politics of war memory. Her latest book, The Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and Russia (Palgrave, 2015) explores the normalisation of war through commemorative media coverage, memorials and annual rituals.

Dr Emma Dolan, University of Aberdeen

Dr Emma Dolan is Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies at the University of Limerick. She recently completed her PhD in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. Her work has been published in International Feminist Journal of Politics and her book project is forthcoming in 2021 within Routledge’s ‘Gender and Global Politics’ series. 

If you can't join us for both panels you are welcome to attend just one. The Zoom link will be the same for both.

Registration will close two hours before the event start time.

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