TM 5 + Gender Relations Revisited

TM 5  International Workshop

Gender Relations Revisited – Cross-Cultural Approaches to Violence and Agency in India and Germany 

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Date: 8 – 9 June 2017
Location: Univ. of Wuerzburg / Akademie Frankenwarte (Leutfresserweg 83-85)

Brief Outline

This workshop will focus on the numerous manifestations of gender-related violence, which include both direct and indirect forms of violence on the basis of unequal gender relations.

According to article 3a and 3d of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, signed on 11 May 2011 in Istanbul, “violence against women” is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and shall mean all acts of gender‐based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life; “gender‐based violence against women” shall mean violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately (Council of Europe Treaty Series; CETS 210).

To adequately address the different manifestations of gender-related violence, we will have to address cultural, political and economic issues that encourage violence. A cross-cultural approach will consider gender norms against the backdrop of different cultures, lifestyles and social conditions and it will critically examine structures, mechanisms and causes of, but also discourses, on gender-related violence. Against this backdrop, norms as “freedom”, “emancipation” or “liberty” should be questioned within the dynamic interplay of power, as the providers of “justice” and “rights” (i.e. the global north) mobilizes these norms against “receiving” groups and collectives of the global south, although predominantly in politically convenient cases. In Europe, the Western woman presents herself as emancipated against migrant (Muslim) women; they are presented as victims of their own culture, who have to be protected and saved from their own men.