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28 October 2022

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Masaryk room, 4th floor, SSEES Building, UCL 16 Taviton St, London, WC1H 0BW

On March 16th, Ukrainian feminists Darya Tsymbalyuk and Iryna Zamuraieva addressed the issue of feminism and militarism, justifying feminists’ lobbying for air defence for Ukraine as a manifestation of protection and care rather than a manifestation of militarism.

On September 16th, an Iranian woman Mahsa(Jina) Amini passed away in a hospital as a victim of morality(hijab) police violence. Thousands of women around the globe joined protests against gender apartheid and state tyranny, manifesting the need for human rights protection. Standing for their rights in the streets, the people of Iran are still not visible enough in mainstream media platforms. Resistance in Ukraine and Iran shows an extreme need for protection and solidarity, especially among feminist communities.

Rethinking the history of women fighting for their rights and addressing the topic of pacifism, activism, subjectivity, and care, this panel will problematise the peaceful movements against the power vertical.

Supported by PPV (Perverting the Power Vertical), the FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL


Laya Hooshyari (University of Manchester)

Laya Hooshyari is an Iranian Marxist-Feminist critical psychologist currently pursuing a PhD at University of Manchester.

Linda Gusia (University of Prishtina)

Linda Gusia is a lecturer at the departments of Sociology at the University of Prishtina. Her research has focused on topics of gender, nationalism, activism, representation, public space, memory and violence. As part of her PhD theses she interrogated ambiguities of nationalism and gender by looking both; at the women movement in Kosovo and the sexual violence as a strategy of war centring at the politics of gender representation visually and textually. She holds a PhD from University of Prishtina (2016) and MA from NYU (2003). Linda was co-curator and researcher in the multimedia art exhibition on women’s peaceful resistance in Kosovo. She co-founded the University Program for Gender Studies and Research, UP. She was visiting research scholar and fellow at the Gender Research Institute, Dartmouth College, and fellow for five years of the Academic Fellowship Program OSI. She is currently a PI of the Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project: The Making of the Museum of Education: Memory, violence and resistance as seen by artists, youth and institutions.

Oksana Potapova (Department of Gender Studies, LSE)

Oksana Potapova, Kyiv, Ukraine (temporarily based in Berlin/London since March 2022) is a women’s rights and peace activist, a practitioner of critical pedagogy and theatre of the oppressed, a feminist researcher and an advocate of feminist peace. Born and raised in the east of Ukraine, Oksana has addressed the aftermath of the conflict in Donbas since 2014. In 2015 Oksana co-founded “Theatre for Dialogue” NGO and women’s initiative “One of Us” where she used community theatre and feminist pedagogy to build dialogue and cohesion to advocate the rights of internally displaced and marginalised groups of women at the national and international level. This experience led to her interest in embodied feminist methodologies and the advocacy of the intersectional WPS agenda. Oksana combines activism with research and advocacy for feminist peace and grassroots movement building in Ukraine. In September 2021, she got an MA in Gender, Peace, and Security from the London School of Economics. Her thesis focused on embodied arts-based practices as decolonial methodologies for knowledge production about peace and security. In September 2022, she started her PhD program with the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Anna Kvit

Anna Kvit is a visiting research fellow at UCL European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS). Her experience covers empirical research on women in the military of Ukraine, veterans’ reintegration into civilian life and gendered impacts of the war in Ukraine. Anna worked for international and civil society organisations and participated in the development of policies on implementation of the Women Peace and Security agenda in Ukraine. Anna holds a BA degree in Sociology from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) and MA degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel (Germany).

Moderated by Kateryna Iakovlenko (SSEES, UCL).

Kateryna is a visual culture researcher, journalist, writer, and Senior Research Fellow at the UCL SSEES. Her research touches upon the interconnection between art and violence; specifically, she focuses on the role of culture during politics, transformation, and war.

Image: Protests in Tehran on 26th of September.


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