This anthology provides fresh theorization of gendered dimensions of learning, war, and violence, with a view to offering new insights on the impact of violence on women’s learning and well being. The collection is an important contribution to emerging interdisciplinary approaches to the role and effectiveness of civil society, especially women’s NGOs, working in war and post-conflict zones, and to the relationship between neoliberal, global ‘feminist’ projects and the re-emergence of colonial and imperial feminisms. This collection is also an exploration of the plausibility of current peace education strategies augmenting the political and leadership role of women and their civic engagement.
This collection is designed to create a space for conversation across disciplines on such issues as how to advance our conceptualization of gender-related education and conflict; how to provide empirically-based case studies and transnational analyses that improves our understanding of the impact of war and violence on women’s learning; and how to contribute to national and international policy analyses to improve education for women and girls, through related policy reforms or humanitarian aid programs in post-war reconstruction efforts.
This book was published as a special issue in the International Journal of Lifelong Education.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Women, War, and Learning Shahrzad Mojab 2. The Pitfalls of a ‘Democracy Promotion’ Project for Women of Iraq Nadeen El-Kassem 3. Women and Learning in the Iraqi War Zone Haifa Zangana 4. The Gendered Nature of Education under Siege: A Palestinian Feminist Perspective Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian 5. State Terror and Violence as a Process of Lifelong Teaching–Learning: The Case of Guatemala Egla Martinez Salazar 6. Gender, Culture and Learning: Iranian Immigrant Women in Canadian Higher Education Shiva Sadeghi 7. Prison Violence and Learning: The Survival and Resistance of Iranian Women Bethany Osborne 8. War, Trauma and Learning Pat Durish
Shahrzad Mojab is an academic-activist, teaching at the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is the editor of Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds and the co-editor of Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism and Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges.