Ajla Škrbić, post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Law, Freie Universität, Berlin, will present The University of New Mexico Department of History’s Women’s History Lecture on “Gender, Power and Violence: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Prosecutions in Bosnia-Hercegovina.”  The lecture will be an in-person lecture in Mitchell Hall 120 and as a webinar on Tuesday, March 29, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Click to join.

Co-sponsors for this event include the Department of Anthropology, International Studies, Latin American and Iberian Institute, School of Law, and Women Studies Program.

Melissa Bokovoy, professor of History, Regents’ Lecturer, and current president of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) invited Škrbić to UNM because of Škrbić’s participation in the AWSS’s biennial conference on “Gender, Violence, and Power in Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Regions” hosted by Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Arizona State University. 

The AWSS conference speaks directly to events continuing to unfold due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  

“This year’s conference reminds policymakers, scholars, and the public that it is important to keep gender at the forefront of the current analysis and research on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and at a time when Ukraine’s very existence and the lives of its citizens are under threat,” Bokovoy explained. “Our conference has scholars presenting on how theories about gender and sexuality are crucial to understanding acts of violence; to the framing of questions about national security, citizenship, and belonging; to uncovering and revealing the power dynamics of gender within society and state and international orders; and understanding how illiberal and predatory states seek to silence feminists, feminist scholars, abortion rights activists, LGBTQ+ activists, those who, through research and scholarship, reveal the structures that reproduce injustice and perpetrate violence.” 

This year’s conference is available virtually to the UNM community through the Melikian Center’s webinar platform. The conference program and webinar links are found here.