FSE grant to new project on gender images and international security – University of Copenhagen

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06 December 2017

FSE grant to new project on gender images and international security

Professor Lene Hansen has received a grant of DKK 5.6 million from Independent Research Fund Denmark | Social Sciences to investigate how gender-specific security problems are constituted through images.

A number of fellow scholars will join her project  - Professor with special responsibilities Jacob Gerner Hariri, Department of Political Science, Professor Patricia Owens, University of Sussex, Associate Professor Megan MacKenzie, University of Sydney, and two PhD Students.

Research Abstract

Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security

This project addresses three themes: gender, security and images. Situating itself within the field of International Relations (IR) and Security Studies, it connects work on the visual turn in IR on the one hand and Feminist Security Studies on the other.

The project starts from a discursive conception of security, an understanding of gender as cultural, and the image as open to multiple interpretations. The overall research question of the project is: "How are gender-specific security problems constituted through images?"

The project employs a mixed-method strategy and is organized around four subprojects. These show the importance of historical contextfor how gender security problems might be shown, the relationship between levels of violence and gender representation in war photography, the way gender norms are reproduced or challenge in photographic images, and the possibilities of images to bring theoretical attention to "invisible" security problems.

Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security will run for four years starting 1 March 2018. The grant from FSE amounts to a total of DKK 5,656,235

 

Contact:
Professor Lene Hansen
Department of Political Science
Phone: +45 35 32 34 32
Email: lha@ifs.ku.dk