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Transversal Politics!

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POLS 459

on 12 March 2013

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Transcript of Transversal Politics!

Identity Construction Construction of National History Choose a Side! Creation of the 'Other' Inclusion/Exclusion of Women in the Peace Process Inclusion/Exclusion of Women in Cyprus, Israel/Palestine, and Ireland Women as the Answer to Peace United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Identity and Transversal Politics What is Identity Politics? Transversalism Women's Groups What is Transversalism? Standpoint Epistemology Rooting and Shifting Difference by Equality Transversal dialogue“attempts to explain the success of women’s cross-community initiatives by suggesting that participants have developed a mode of dialogue that enables them to recognize differences of ethnonational identity, sexuality and other social positionings while developing political goals based on shared values.” Byrne, 2. Cyprus Israel and Palestine Northern Ireland Map courtesy of The Economist Belfast, January 2013 Nicosia still divided Flying Away to the Other Side
Our birthplace is split in two and we
Are caught on barbed wire-hybrids
Turk and Greek alike
‘Is it December is it July
Choose your Side
Are you Turkish or Greek
There’s no Purgatory in between’.
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We cannot be from both Sides
Because we are two, one and the other
You refused to believe in
We are loneliness itself (M. Yashin 2000) "Chosen glories and chosen traumas." Rooting and Shifting Discussion Questions: According to Hadjipavlou, "There is no other way to question simplistic, monolithic, patriarchal understandings of ‘national interest’ and ‘national security’ other than experiencing the ‘Other’, the perceived ‘enemy’ and realizing that the ‘enemy’ has been socialised in the same way as [oneself].” (348) Do you agree?
Does the idea of “rooting” essentialize identity?
What do you think about the notion of women as inculcators of culture? What role do they play in reproducing conflict?
Do you agree or disagree with the notion that women are inherently more peaceful than men? What implications for the peace process does this idea carry?
What do you think of resolutions such as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325? Are resolutions like this necessary? Are they a good step forward for the inclusion of women in the processes of peace or are more substantial steps needed?
Can transversalism overcome religious differences which are reinforced by different interpretations of history?
What is the importance of the notion of "the line", discussed in Hadjipavlou's piece being reinforced in each of our case studies by actual physical barriers? Why is the graffiti littering some of the walls important? Women in Black
"Enough of Occupation" (New York Times, 1921) Gender Advisory Team in Cyprus Friendship Programs "While one might be engaged in defending the rights and/or helping to fulfill the needs of any individual and collective human beings, whatever their values, common political belonging depends on shared values, although these shared values encompass intersectional individual and collective differential positionings." -Yuval-Davis, The Politics Of Belonging : Intersectional Contestations (source: http://breakdownpress.org/)
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