Multiple armed conflicts – the highest number since the end of the Cold War - are rapidly shifting world’s security and economic landscape. Less visibly, they are also - like other wars before - transforming gender relations, especially as the existing women's rights are already being challenged and rolled back, including in Europe and in the United States. In this talk, Hozic follows bodies, rather than money or states, to illustrate how women’s and feminist perspectives allow us to see wars differently, shifting and loosening their temporal and spatial boundaries. Situated within feminist political economy of conflict and post-conflict recovery, the talk highlights two aspects of war that are not always sufficiently recognized by scholars of international relations and international security. First, feminist political economists emphasize continuums and circuits of violence, thus questioning the usual dichotomies of war and peace, economy, and security, domestic and international, public and private. Second, feminist scholars stress enduring and transformative aspects of wars, analyzing ways in which wars make and remake men, women, sexualities, and gender relations more broadly. Thus, from a feminist perspective, wars – and their aftermath – are integral to the global political economy and its gendered and racial hierarchies. By looking at wars in the post-Cold War period, the talk explores the relationship between the global merchant economy, perpetual political instability, and identity politics, thereby addressing lasting effects of wars and militarization on gender relations, political representation, and processes of social reproduction.

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