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Birangona: Women of War – Official Trailer

Komola Collective presents
Birangona: Women of War
by Samina Luthfa & Leesa Gazi

2014 UK show dates:
21-23 March 2014 at Rich Mix, London at 7:30pm. Matinee show on 22nd at 2:30pm
9-20 April 2014 at Lost Theatre, London at 7:30pm. Sunday Shows at 5pm
1-2 May 2014 at Grange Arts Centre, Oldham at 7:00pm
3-4 May 2014 at Seven Arts, Leeds at 7:00pm
11 May 2014 at The Drum, Birmingham at 6:00pm
16-17 May 2014 at New Wimbledon Theatre at 7:30pm
19 May 2014 at Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, London at 6:00pm

Komola Collective is a London-based arts company dedicated to telling the stories that often go untold — stories from women’s perspectives.

In the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence from Pakistan, more than 200,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured as part of the Pakistani army’s war strategy. After Bangladesh gained independence, the war effort was acknowledged as a popular struggle. ‘Freedom Fighters’ were championed, but these women were ignored by a society in which rape is considered a source of shame for the victims. Marked with dishonour, they were silenced, ostracised and forgotten. 42 years on, Komola Collective wants to help break this silence.

Creative Team:

Script: Samina Lutfa
Research, Concept and Performance: Leesa Gazi
Direction: Filiz Ozcan
Stage Design and Animation: Caitlin Abbott
Lighting Design: Nasirul Haque Khokon
Videography: Fahmida Islam
Sound Design: Ahsan Reza
Stage Manager: Dominic Gomes
Production Manager: Md. Fakhruzzaman
Performance: Farhad Chowdhury Noyan
Vocals: Sohini Alam
Facilitator: Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi
Poems: Tarfia Faizullah

Synopsis:

Moryom is a young woman who loves the taste of tamarind, the smell of her grandmother, and holding her husband’s hand. It is 1971, the year that the war of independence tears through Bangladesh, and no part of the country is untouched. The Kalbosheki Storm is coming. In a small village, Moryom and her family await its arrival. Every day, they hide from soldiers in the pond behind their house, while across the country, women are disappearing from streets and homes. When the storm finally hits, it will tear away everything.

This piece uses physical performance, choreography and animation interwoven with films of the real Birangona women’s accounts to tell their stories.

The place of women in war 1914-2014 [call for papers]

Résumés avant le 12 avril – Sarajevo

 

The place of women in war 1914-2014

Sarajevo, June 7th and 8th 2014

The Women in War inaugural conference will take place in Sarajevo on June 7th and 8th, with the support of the University of Sarajevo’s Gender department.

2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War One and a greater visibility of women in armed conflict.

As well as the numerous commemorative events and conferences that will be taking place, this centennial is a unique opportunity to assess the experience and consequences of war on women twenty years after the war in the ex-Yugoslav area (1991-1995), with a look towards the past as well as at conflicts of the same period, namely Rwanda.

This conference is the first academic one of its kind to be held in Sarajevo, we invite proposals for papers in the following or related areas. Although the focus is Bosnia, the examples can be taken from other regions of the world.

  • Gender and Armed Conflict
  • Women in and around the Military
  • War time rape
  • Gender and Nationalism
  • Gender and Post-war reconstruction
  • Men, Masculinity and War
  • Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence

Abstracts of max. 350 words should be submitted by April 12 to carolmann33@gmail.com and nermina.trbonja@gmail.com

Authors of abstracts (selected or not) will be informed by May 1st 2014

Keynote speakers :

Cynthia Cockburn (to be confirmed)
Elissa Helms (confirmed) Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary
Stef Jansen, University of Manchester (to be confirmed)

Source : RING, 04/03/2014

Pour vous, Mesdames ! La mode en temps de guerre [exposition]

Jusqu’au 13 avril 2014, le CHRD explore une nouvelle facette de la vie à Lyon pendant la guerre, en se penchant sur un thème rarement abordé : celui de la mode et du vêtement.

Pour vous, Mesdames ! La mode en temps de guerre retrace l’énergie déployée par les femmes pour continuer à se vêtir avec élégance malgré les restrictions et les difficultés de la vie quotidienne.

Bien loin de la légèreté supposée du sujet, le vêtement et la mode représentent un enjeu culturel et économique important pendant la guerre et révèlent les stratégies mises en place par une société soumise à la pression des événements. Tandis que l’immense majorité des femmes, subissant de plein fouet les restrictions, récupère, recycle et transforme pour conserver allure et dignité, une minorité d’entre elles reste cliente de quelques maisons de haute couture et s’achète les robes de créateurs réputés, dont l’activité et la main d’oeuvre qualifiée sont jalousées par les Allemands. La presse féminine de l’époque se charge d’établir un lien entre ces deux manières d’être et de s’habiller, offrant aux premières les informations sur les collections et les astuces nécessaires pour suivre la mode « en toutes circonstances ».

Source : CHRD – Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

[Appel à communications] Etudes de genre en France – propositions avant le 15 octobre 2013 – Lyon

arton2812Congrès organisé par l’Institut du Genre (CNRS) et l’Université de Lyon (ENS de Lyon)

Lyon, 3, 4, 5 septembre 2014

Comité d’organisation :

Pascale Barthélémy, Claude Gautier, Violaine Sebillotte Cuchet, Isabelle Pastor-Sorokine.

Présentation :

Les études de genre sont depuis plusieurs décennies en plein développement à l’échelle internationale. Créé en janvier 2012 à l’initiative de l’InSHS-CNRS, l’Institut du Genre organise son premier congrès international des « Etudes de genre en France » les 3, 4 et 5 septembre 2014 à l’Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon.

Cette rencontre internationale a plusieurs objectifs : contribuer à la reconnaissance scientifique des études de genre en France et à leur visibilité internationale, faciliter la coordination institutionnelle de ces recherches et de nouvelles formes de coopération, encourager l’émergence de nouvelles thématiques ainsi que les approches interdisciplinaires et transversales au sein des Sciences humaines et sociales mais aussi entre SHS et autres domaines scientifiques.

Ouvert à toutes et à tous, jeunes chercheur.e.s ou chercheur.e.s confirmé.e.s, ce congrès articulera séances plénières et ateliers.

Les propositions attendues peuvent prendre la forme de communications individuelles ou d’ateliers coordonnés par un-e ou deux responsables. Les propositions de posters sont bienvenues. Les propositions s’inscriront de façon privilégiée dans les dix axes thématiques définis par l’IdGenre – Epistémologie et théories du genre : genèse et généalogie du champ ; Catégories opératoires et modes d’analyse ; Politique, Care, Justice ; Territorialités, Espaces, Mondialisation ; Genre et Temporalités ; Genre, Production, Marché ; Création, Arts et Littératures ; Sexualités, Hétéronormativités et LGBT ; Genre, Famille, Parenté ; Genre, Religions et Sécularisations ; Corps, Santé, Société. Elles pourront aussi s’ouvrir à d’autres thématiques, disciplines et approches : droit, sciences du langage, archéologie, sciences cognitives etc. Les regards « croisés » sur une problématique ou une thématique sont encouragés.

Date limite d’envoi des propositions :

15 octobre 2013 à isabelle.pastor-sorokine@mshparisnord.fr

Source : RING, 15/07/2013

Femmes & Guerres : One person crying Women and War – L’affiche

Femmes&Guerres_OnePersonCrying

ONE PERSON CRYING: Women and War, an exhibition by award winning photojournalist Marissa Roth, is a 28-year, personal global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women. Roth states, “In an endeavor to reflect on war from what I consider to be an underreported perspective, the project brought me face to face with hundreds of women who endured and survived war and it’s ancillary experiences of loss, pain and unimaginable hardship.”

The photographer’s journey took her from Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1984, to its conclusion in Oradour in 2013. The ninety one photographs cover twelve conflicts over a twenty-eight year time period, starting with the photographer’s own history as a child of Holocaust refugees. Additionally, the exhibition includes panels with historical perspectives and references to the wars addressed by Roth.

The exhibition is supplemented by the collection of unedited archives on the women of Oradour, which were taken from the Cahiers de Denise Bardet, institutrice a Oradour, (Denise Bardet’s Journal, teacher at Oradour) one of the 246 women that were victims of the Oradour massacre. She kept a diary from 1940 to 1944 that provided insight in to the life and thoughts of a French woman during World War II.The collection of projections (testimonials and documentaries) describes the conditions of life and the violence perpetrated against women during wars, which supports the work of Marissa Roth.

The exhibition was curated by Howard Spector, Los Angeles, CA, co-director of the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), an NGO consultant, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Dept. of Education.

Exhibition representation made by Photokunst, agency specializes in cause-oriented fine art photography and photojournalism. Photokunst is honored to launch and travel this important and timely exhibition.

ONE PERSON CRYING: Women and War, debuted at The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles from August 16 to October 25, 2012. It was presented in Berlin, and now in Oradour, France. The exhibition will be available for travel to additional venues from May 2014 through December 2015.

Document PDF : One Person Crying – Women and War