Culture in Global Affairs

CIGA Seminar Series

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Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

Women, Development, and Mental Health in Tanzania: Preliminary Findings from Three Regions
May 14, 2014

Neely Myers, Research Professor of Anthropology; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, GW

This presentation offered preliminary findings from data collected in summer 2013, supported by the Global Gender Program and the Culture in Global Affairs Program in partnership with World Vision Tanzania. Myers conducted interviews with women in three regions of Tanzania (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and Singida) about their perceptions of well-being. The regions include places where World Vision had worked in the past, where they were setting up a new program, and where they had been offering development initiatives plan for a few years. The research sought to learn about women's perceptions of challenges in their lives, in their own words. This exploratory study indicates that learning about women's perceptions of well-being and mental health is itself challenging. 

Co-sponsored with the Global Gender Program and the Africa Working Group of the Institute for Global and International Studies.

Stopping Violence Against Women: Women's Rights as Human Rights
April 17, 2014 

Alison Brysk, Fellow, Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Wilson Center; Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara

Violence against women kills and maims more people than any war, and is estimated to affect one out of three women worldwide--yet it has only recently been recognized as a human rights problem. What can the framework adopted since the 1993 Vienna Conference, "women's rights are human rights," teach us about how to mobilize to stop violence against women? A generation of research on the politics of human rights campaigns suggest the importance of transnational action, framing, information politics, and the specific challenges of "private wrongs" committed by non-state actors. This talk surveyed a global panorama of campaigns, with a focus on sexual violence in India.

Co-sponsored with the Global Gender Program.

Seminar on Governance of Conservation and Biodiversity in the Tibetan Region
February 12, 2014

Drawing on several decades of experience working in eastern Tibet, Mr. Golding provided an engaging and thought-provoking set of comments on his central question for an audience of students, researchers and policy studies community.

Ethan Golding is a Tibet specialist and Director of Winrock International in the PRC. Now based in Chengdu, he was trained in East Asian studies at Harvard and Stanford and first traveled to Tibet in 1983.

Co-sponsored with the Tibet Governance Project and the Institute for Global and International Studies.

Gender, Identity Politics, and State-society Relations on the Sino-Tibetan Border
February 3, 2014

Dr. Tenzin Jinba discussed his current research and recent book, In the Land of the Eastern Queendom:  The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border.  Recorded in classical Chinese texts, this legendary matriarchal domain has attracted not only tourists but the vigilance of the Chinese state.  Tenzin Jinba's research examines the consequences of development of the queendom label for local ethnic, gender, and political identities and for state-society relations. 

Co-sponsored with the Tibet Governance Project.

Why the World Bank Should Take a Human Rights Approach to Hydrodevelopment
October 23, 2013

Environmental anthropologist Barbara Rose Johnston, senior research fellow at the Center for Political Ecology detailed how the Chixoy Dam project is an example of hydroelectric energy development that entails extremely high costs to land, lives, and livelihood, and in violation of national and international human rights laws. While huge profits were achieved, more than 3,500 Maya community members were displaced and remaining families in the Chizoy River Basin live in poverty due to the dam. Johnston reported that all of the actors in charge, including international lenders, were aware of the violence involved in displacing the Maya, including massacres perpetrated on them in the 1970s. 

Co-sponosred with the Institute for Global and International Studies.

Women as Successful Entrepreneurial Leaders in Agriculture: Ten Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America
October 17, 2013

Featuring Marlene Gummo Stearns, this seminar discussed ten case studies, informed by in-depth field interviews with women owners of small and medium sized enterprises. Stearns is a 2013 graduate of the Elliott School’s MIPP program, and her fieldwork was partially supported by the Global Gender Program. Stearns' findings are also provided in an IGIS/GGP Working Paper.

Co-Sponsored with the Institute for Global and International Studies and the Global Gender Program.

Prenatal Sex Selection: Global Patterns and a Focus on Southeast Asia
October 9, 2013 

Christophe Z Guilmoto, demographer and director of research at the Center for Population and Development (CEPED), Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Paris, overviewed current global patterns and trends relating to pre-natal sex selection, as well as the relationship between the practice and kinship structures in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Co-sponsored with the Global Gender Program.

From Integration to Disruption: How to Transform Gender Relations?
September 20, 2013

Panelists traced the feminist vision that drove gender mainstreaming and provided examples of transforming gender relations in organizations and communities and resistance to change. They also explored ideas and actions that moved beyond gender mainstreaming to influence and transform development and change.

Aruna Rao, Executive Director, Gender at Work; Member, Editorial Advisory Group, Gender & Development; and Practitioner in Residence, Global Gender Program, George Washington University

Srilatha Batliwala, Chair, Gender at Work Board and Scholar Associate, Association for Women's Rights in Development 

Joanne Sandler, Senior Associate, Gender at Work

Alivelu Ramisetty, Gender Advisor, Oxfam America

Lisa Veneklasen, Executive Director, Just Associates

Sponsored by Global Gender Program, Gender and Development Journal, Gender at Work, and Oxfam.

Humanitarian Aid Accountability – Expectations and Realities in Haiti
September 9, 2013

Panelists discussed the politics of humanitarian aid in the United States in the context of Haiti:
Mark Schuller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development, Northern Illinois University
Michael N. Barnett, University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, U.S. Department of State

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Global and International Studies and the Western Hemisphere Working Group.

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