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Speaker: Sarah Gendron

Title: "Feminigenocide"

Subtitle: Or the Effacement of Women in War

Conference: War, Peace and Internatinoal Order? The Legacies of The Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907. Interdisciplinary Conference

Session: Panel 4: The Hague's Legacies

Place: University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Date: April 19, 2016

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | Types: Wartime Rape


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Speaker: Sarah Gendron, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Marquette University

Abstract: »Prior to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there were few linguistic or legal mechanisms in place for addressing the specificity of women’s experience in war. Just War theories from Aristotle to St. Thomas Aquinas treated the subject of women in conflict only parenthetically, and only to highlight their status as the legitimate spoils of war. Although several nations later adopted laws labeling rape in wartime as a capital offense, it was not until The Hague Conventions that rape became codified as an international criminal offense. Despite this, throughout most of the twentieth century, the idea that women were fair game in military conflict remained much unchanged from what it had been before. By examining the legal and political narratives surrounding the treatment of women in international conflict since The Hague Conventions, this presentation seeks to demonstrate the fundamental bond between the evolution of legal language and that of social change.« (Source: Conference Programme)

Wikipedia: Law: Law of war / Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence