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Project led by Dr Dilar Dirik, Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow, 2019-2023

Women in regions affected by war and forced displacement are highly visible in media accounts. Yet, their resistance against different forms of violence – from so-called domestic abuse to large-scale state violence – often goes unrecognised. Women & War: A Feminist Podcast is a platform to learn about women’s struggles for liberation, justice and peace. The podcast amplifies critical contemporary feminist work in the field of war, violence, colonialism, and forced migration. 

Today, unprecedented amounts of funding are allocated to gender issues in the world of conflict and security. However, as feminists have pointed out for decades, gender is not something to ‘also consider’ during times of war and conflict. Since ancient times, gender has been a primary organising principle in war, militarism, occupation, and political violence.  

The invited guests – who are engaged feminist academics and activists - speak about legacies of genocide, femicide, occupation, and invasion in the context of places like Armenia, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Palestine, Pakistan and beyond. In addition to providing background and sharing knowledge, the guests reflect on their own scholarship and discuss contemporary knowledge production on women’s resistance. Together, guest and host counter Orientalist and patriarchal narratives and instead centre women’s practices of resistance and collective struggle, past and present. While offering historical context to contemporary wars and conflicts in the region, Women & War seeks to be a space to build transnational feminist solidarity.

This podcast is hosted by political sociologist Dr Dilar Dirik, Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre and Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, 2019-2023..

Listen on Spotify and SoundCloud.

Podcast episodes

#1 Women's Struggles in Afghanistan: Hazara Women and the Return of the Taliban

Dilar Dirik is joined by outspoken activists Noshin Rad (SOAS, University of London) and Homira Rezai (chair of the Hazara Committee in the UK).

#2 Women and Genocide: Insights from the Armenian Case

With Dr Lerna Ekmekçioğlu (Associate Professor of History at MIT)

#3 Theoretically Speaking: Capitalist Patriarchy and the Gendered War

With Professor Shahrzad Mojab (Professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto)

#4 Palestinian Women's Struggles against Colonization & Patriarchy

With Dr Yara Hawari (Senior Analyst of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network)

#5 Violence and Resistance in the Lives of Kurdish Women: From Dêrsim to Rojava

With Ozlem Goner (Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Staten Island, and Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York)

#6 State Violence, Militarism and Gender in Pakistan

With Mahvish Ahmad (Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics)