Dr Jelke Boesten awarded Senior Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace
Dr Jelke Boesten, Senior Lecturer in Social Development and Human Security has been awarded a Senior Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace.
The Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship Program provides scholars, policy analysts, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges. Jelke Boesten was awarded such a Senior Fellowship to work on her project ‘Understanding sexual violence at the interface of war and peace’ during 2011-12, starting in October.
Using the Peruvian conflict (1980-1995) as an example, Jelke Boesten shows how the use of gendered political violence is reflected in ‘private’ and peacetime violence and vice versa. The hypothesis is that while wartime violence (including rape) is often seen as exceptional, the nature of that violence is reflected in peacetime inequalities and practices. Boesten traces the role of the state and its institutions, NGOs, communities, and families in challenging or perpetuating such violence. Making an explicit link between the so-perceived ‘normal’ violence during peacetime and the exceptionality of wartime gendered violence, the project contributes to a re-conceptualisation of gender issues in post-conflict situations and peace building efforts.
Jelke will begin her scholarship in October 2011 for ten months.