Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security

Images – photographs, cartoons, videos, posters, and paintings – are crucial for how threats and insecurity are communicated. Photographs of suffering and crying illustrate that there are humans in need of protection. Paintings of soldiers fighting on the battlefield show bravery as well as violence and atrocities. Whenever humans are featured in images, there are faces and bodies. Faces and bodies have gender.

The research project “Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security” is devoted to furthering our knowledge of how gender, images and security are connected. It provides theory and analysis of how images represent threats and danger by showing humans in specific and gendered ways. It studies if an increase in the level of violence has implications for gender roles. The research project is identifying and examining iconic representations of masculinity and femininity during times of war.

Hus gennemsøges i Husaybah, Irak, november 2005, Johan Spanner
Photo: Johan Spanner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal Investigator

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

 

 

 

 

 

Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Dean Cooper-Cunningham PhD Fellow +4535337312 E-mail
Jacob Gerner Hariri Professor with special responsibilities +4535323567 E-mail
Lene Hansen Professor +4535323432 E-mail
Matthias Humer PhD Fellow +4535331013 E-mail
Simon Polichinel von der Maase PhD Fellow +4535321217 E-mail

External group members

Name Title
MacKenzie, Megan Professor
Owens, Patricia Professor

Funded by

Logo - Independent Research Fund Denmark

Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark

Project: Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security
Project period: 2018-2024

Contact

Principal Investigator
Professor Lene Hansen
Department of Political Science
University of Copenhagen
Mail: lha@ifs.ku.dk
Phone: + 45 35 32 34 32