Public Scholarship

Landscapes of Injustice, Landscapes of Repair

Landscapes of Injustice, Landscapes of Repair
Landscapes of Injustice, Landscapes of Repair Image Credit: Studies in Social Justice.

The four events held in spring 2023 as part of the ongoing Landscapes of Injustice, Landscapes of Repair seminar series. The series features activist and scholarly work with an emphasis on critical methodologies grounded in feminist and decolonial practices. It aims to develop frameworks to address political and environmental degradation while centering the knowledge of marginalized communities.

The series began in 2022 with an international workshop led by Dr. Nikiwe Solomon that combined training in science, social science, and humanities to develop an "ecofeminist critical zones" theory that participants could apply to their research. The workshop concluded by imagining alternative futures and modes of engagement with stakeholders.

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Women, Climate, Insecurity

Women, Climate, Insecurity
Women, Climate, Insecurity Image Credit: Open Global Rights.
Last year's UN Climate Change Conference included a Gender Day acknowledging the need to respond to marginalized groups bearing climate costs. However, the framing risks limiting progress by treating gender specialized rather than integral. In 2022, representatives from Binghamton and Sheffield Hallam universities organized a Women, Climate, Insecurity conference foregrounding feminist approaches to climate injustices and women's roles addressing impacts. The essays here develop those conversations, bringing intersectional analyses of climate insecurities affecting women and marginalized groups. Contributors examine topics from reproductive rights to extractivism, along with localized climate effects. Overall the dossier contributes to cross-disciplinary and cross-regional dialogues about methods and imagination to create a more just future.

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Women, Peace, and Security

Women, peace, and security
Women, peace, and security Image Credit: Open Global Rights.
2020 marked a series of significant anniversaries for international women’s human rights advocacy. From their earliest work after the forming of the Commission on the Status of Women in 1946 to the breakthrough Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)  in 1980, the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and the adoption, by  the Security Council  of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000), feminists have used the United Nations to affirm the central role and right of women to participate in peace and post-conflict rebuilding, broadly conceived, and to address the particular forms of physical and legal vulnerabilities faced by women and girls worldwide. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of CEDAW, the 25th anniversary of Beijing, and the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325, Binghamton University’s Human Rights Institutes, working in partnership with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and an independent scholar and United Nations consultant in South Africa organized an international conference of scholars and activists to evaluate the ways in which we understand and can respond to gendered forms of vulnerability and precarity today. The dossier below, published in OpenGlobalRights, extends some of the conference research presentations in conversation with a broader public.

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