CIS Essay Proposal/Abstract (Possible Topics (Women (Concepts (Resistance,…
CIS Essay Proposal/Abstract
Politically Active Refugees
Portrayal in the Media
Politics of Citizenship
Women de-politicised and often the face of subjectivation from humanitarianism.
Impact of neutrality mandate?
Failings of humanitarianism.
Look at Humanitarian literature and the way that even though they are trying to help, they subjectivate women more.
The image of the Woman
Feminist theoretical approach.
Butler and Power?
Different demographics within women - marital status, age, mothers.
New gender roles.
Try and include Racialisation
Spectacle of Suffering
Fineman's framework of vulnerability.
Agency and networks of support.
Continuums of violence.
Structural vulnerabilities and inequalities.
Male-centred paradigm on needs.
Empowerment and Involvement
Changing gender role (contested about how good this is).
Label of refugee.
Involvement in peace-building.
Problematising the migrant family.
Black feminist Theory.
Narrative as a mean of resistance.
Can work simultaneously with governance.(Foucault)
Treating Trauma - psycho-social support.
Humanitarian framework of the refugee.
Identify the Problem
When women are in fact political actors.
Linking Gendered experiences to Subjectivation
Women's experiences are crucial to understanding their political role.
Gender roles is part of their political action.
Political actors - acting around gendered issues.
Keeping it precise.
I have a word limit, i need to ensure my question is precise enough that i don't have too much to cover.
How can feminist theory help?
Erel, U. & Reynolds, T., 2014. Research note: Black feminist theory for participatory theatre with migrant mothers. Feminist Review, 108(108), pp.106–111.
Allows us to understand the ways ideology, identity and power intersect to maintain specific and varied patterns and processes of inequalities and discrimination.
Understanding subjectivation through feminism.
Women as the face of refugeehood.
Women subjectivated by organisation.
Resistance - women claim for themselves the identity of being a refugee, women refer to themselves as a 'displaced person'.
Women's experiences - gendered.
Subjectivation is gendered.
Perceptions of refugees are primarily represented as male (Freedman, 2008)
Women as more than just a spectacle of suffering.
Feminist theoretical approach.
Analyse how? Sources?
Narratives of women? Women's stories?
To contend and disrupt dominant narratives.
Stories as a form of resistance.
Arguing a need to understand the political actions of women?
What the benefits of this can be.
Understanding the interplay between power and agency in refugee women's role as political actors.
Risks of subjectivating women as non-political beings.
Highlighting importance of resistance and agency in women refugees lives.
Women as more than just victims and spectacles of suffering - agents capable of resistance and reform if helped by humanitarian theory.
Use of case-studies.
Refugee camps or refugees in general?
In the middle east?
Power exercised through disciplinary means.
Power is everywhere.
Power does not have to be coercive or negative but can also be productive.
Diffused and embodied in discourse.
Discourse can be the site of both power and resistance.
Fields and Fields, 2012 - people are more readily seen as inferior if they are already seen as oppressed.
What is the are the problems of humanitarian subjectivation of refugee women on our understanding of resistance, agency and action in refugee's lives?
What can feminist theoretical approaches add to humanitarian's understanding of the role of women refugees.