Exposing Private Violence: A Multi-vocal Approach to Feminist Research on Violence in IR

Penttinen, E. (Speaker), Schwanck, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


: Feminist research on violence and feminist IR theory have traditionally focused on large-scale physical and sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict areas. In this paper we propose that inquiry into experience of violence within the privacy of the home can enable new insight on gender-based violence on a larger scale. The paper presents two different types of experiences of violence; one of experiencing war from a distance, and another of emotional abuse in the absence of physical violence. By bringing these under-researched cases into the feminist IR framework, the paper argues that it is possible to recognize how the diverse experiences of violence are similar in terms of experience of trauma, shame and isolation. Therefore we argue for a multi-vocal and multi-sited research approach for feminist research in order to grasp the complexity of violence and how the diverse experiences are inter-connected.
Period30 Mar 2019
Event titleISA 2019
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational