I'm looking forward to another International Studies Association conference this week. There is a vibrant feminist security studies community there that I always learn a great deal from, and I still get a kick out of the Cynthia sightings. How is it that there are so many fabulous Cynthias in that bunch? Cynthia Enloe, Cynthia Cockburn, and Cynthia Weber are all fun to get to hear.
There is also an active peace studies group. It's really striking every year how many more sessions there are on peace at the ISA compared to the geographer's conference (AAG), which I will be going to two weeks later. I am pleased to be presenting, with my colleague Nick Megoran, geographers' takes on peace and geopolitics. We are in fabulous company on that 'presidential panel' and I'm particularly thrilled that Lorraine Dowler and Jo Sharp will be there speaking on feminist geopolitics.
In a separate session I will be presenting my work on the gendered dangers of women playing the civilian card when working to build peace across borders, trying to think my fieldwork through the fabulous recent work on the gendering of the civilian by Helen Kinsella (The image before the weapon) and Charli Carrpenter (Innocent women and children).