1st Edition

The Politics of Silence, Voice and the In-Between Exploring Gender, Race and Insecurity from the Margins

Edited By Aliya Khalid, Georgina Holmes, Jane L. Parpart Copyright 2024

    The Politics of Silence, Voice and the In-Between: Exploring Gender, Race and Insecurity from the Margins seeks to dismantle the deficit discourses generated through research about people as agency-less and, by extension, objects of study.

    The book argues that, regardless of marginalisation, people create spaces of liminality where they seek control over their lives by navigating the structures that exclude them. Challenging the false binary of silence as violence and voice as power, the book introduces the idea of an in-between ‘liminal space’ which is created by people to navigate conditions of oppression and move towards a politically stable and inclusive world.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of gender studies, international development, peace and conflict studies, politics and international relations, sociology and media studies. It will be an important resource for courses incorporating gender, feminist and postcolonial perspectives.


    Jane L. Parpart

    Introduction: Theorising Liminal Spaces of Silence, Voice and the ‘In-Between’ During Political Instability, Precarity and Violence

    Aliya Khalid, Georgina Holmes and Jane L. Parpart

    Part 1: Silence, Voice and the In-Between

    1. Writing In-Between: Research, Resistance, and Academic Practices

    Dipti Tamang and Dixita Deka

    2. Exilic Narrations of Syria’s Trauma: From a Politics of Being Perceived to a Politics of Perceiving

    Zeina Al Azmeh

    3. Queering Silence: Beyond Binaries Through Queer Readings of Texts on Silence

    Kalika Kastein

    4. Silencing Speech and Spoken Silence in War Memorialisation in Japan

    Anna-Karin Eriksson

    Part 2: Agency in the Face of Trauma, Memory and Survival

    5. How Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence Navigate Silence and Voice

    Philipp Schulz, Heleen Touquet, Henri Myrttinen, Qëndresa Prapashtica and Feride Rushiti, with Sebahate Pacolli Krasniqi, Selvi Izeti, Mimoza Salihu, Dafina Arifa, Rrezarta Isma and Fred Ngokomwe

    6. Liminal Activism: Kosovar Wartime Sexual Violence Survivors’ Resisting Dynamics and Women’s Rights Organisations’ Defense

    Itziar Mujika Chao

    7. Silence, Multi-Modal Testimony, and Wartime Sexual Violence

    Ketty Anyeko and Erin Baines

    8. Voicing and Silencing in Tandem: Feminist Activism on Abortion in Argentina and Turkey

    Rose Chabot and Merve Erdilmen

    Part 3: Exploring Empowerment and Activism: Women’s Bodies in a Dangerous World

    9. The Silence/Voice Synergy of Yazidi Women’s Agency During and After ISIS

    Busra Nisa Sarac

    10. Afghan Women and the Burqa Trope: Mapping Agency in Liminality

    Debangana Chatterjee

    11. Space of Loud Silences: Digital Media Start-Ups and Women’s Experiences of Gukurahundi Atrocities

    Tshuma Lungile Augustine


    Aliya Khalid is a Lecturer in Comparative and International Education in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK. She works on issues of educational equity with a focus on gender. Her areas of interest include the capability approach, negative capability, epistemic paradoxicality and justice, Southern epistemologies, politics of representation and knowledge production.

    Georgina Holmes is a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University, UK, a Lecturer in Politics at Imperial College London, UK, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, UK. Her research focuses on gender and global security governance, with a specific focus on peacekeeping, militaries, international organisations and political communication.

    Jane L. Parpart is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, Carleton University, Canada, and the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is actively engaged with students writing their theses at all three universities. She continues to do research and to write as well as teach and assess graduate student work.