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Disrupting Frames: Gender, Harm and Predominant GBV Discourses


Gender webinar

When: 26th May 1pm-2:15pm

Where: Online - Register Here

Jointly organised by Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) and the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin. For DSAI, this is the first of a series of public discussions, online and in person, to facilitate deeper insights and emerging queries into dominant frames of understanding GBV.

This public discussion is led by post graduate students offering insights into ‘hidden’ and uncomfortable aspects of gendered harm. They draw from academic critical theory to discuss fictional and autobiographical works by writers from across transnational spaces, geographies and social identities such as: Passage to the Plaza by Sahar Khalifeh, Milkman by Anna Burns; Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste; I am Evelyn Amony by Evelyn Amony, A Woman in Berlin, Anonymous. The talk is led by students from a class focused on ‘Gender, Harm and Justice’ who will share their critical reflections on the study and creation of knowledge and understanding of ‘harm’ and of ‘gender-based violence’ in the context of gender and broader inequalities. The class covered broad questions which the students will lead a discussion on, such as: How does the visibility advanced by particular kinds of frames impact what we ‘see,’ come to know and accept as an understanding of gendered violence? How do assumptions about ‘peace’ impact how we might come to acknowledge the logics inherent to violent peace? What effect does the structuring of our lives through and by ideas and inequalities of race, gender, ethnicity and sexualities have on conceptions of how harm happens, who comes to be harmed, and how harm is defined?


  • Dr. Nita Mishra, Chair, Development Studies Association Ireland, Convenor, Gender Study Group, DSAI
  • Professor Aisling Swaine, Professor of Gender Studies, UCD


  • Kate Bruton, MA Gender, Politics and International Relations candidate at UCD
  • Egle Karpaviciute, MA Gender Studies candidate at UCD
  • Max Dippold, MA International Development candidate at UCD
  • Tara Hung 洪藹婷 MA Human Rights candidate at UCD
  • Berta Quinonero, Msc. Equality Studies candidate at UCD
  • Jule Zeschky, MA Peace and Conflict candidate at UCD
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