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"Reconceptualizing Transitional Justice: Taking Gender and Care Seriously" Talk by Laura Roost

When Feb 15, 2017
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Dr. Laura Roost,

Lecturer, Department of Political Science

Laura Roose

Within care ethics, questions about gender, and the specific relationship of gender to care, has been a central point of contention.  When applying care ethics to transitional justice, this question remains, and must be addressed to fully articulate the caring   transitional justice I envision in my research. Does focusing on care perpetuate gendered dichotomies? Does emphasizing care continue to relegate women to caring duties in ways that perpetuate women’s political exclusion? And does emphasizing care in transitional justice relegate women to the care work of non-governmental organizations while international criminal justice remains predominantly masculinized? In this paper I delve more deeply into the question so of gender and care within care ethics, and examine the implications of different answers on the applicability of care ethics to transitional justice. The works of Joan Tronto, Virginia Held, and Margaret Urban Walker are examined in this paper. Qualitative data from interviews conducted in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina is also considered. Ultimately I argue that care is fundamental to conceptions of transitional justice.

 Dr. Laura Roost received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014. Roost has concentrations in political theory and international relations, and graduate specializations in Women's and Gender Studies (M.A.) and Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (Ph.D.) Her research interests include care ethics, gender and transitional justice, women's rights and human rights, and feminist theory. She has done fieldwork in Rwanda (Fulbright) andBosnia-Herzegovina.