- 29 Sep 2020 - 30 Sep 2020
On 29 and 30 September 2020, IHE Delft hosts an online cross-regional workshop on ‘(En)Gendering Transboundary Water Governance: Feminist Perspectives on Water Conflict and Cooperation’.
Water conflict and cooperation at the transboundary level exist at the intersection of two highly masculinized fields: diplomacy and water resources management. By masculinized we not only mean that positions in this field are mainly held by men, but also that the core ideas, values, and guiding principles of these fields, as well norms about professionalism and leadership that are presented as neutral, are shaped by men and are based on male experiences. Numbers show that women are underrepresented in decision-making positions of transboundary river basin organisations. And beyond numbers, the processes, policy priorities and decisions are highly gendered. This refers for example to what is seen as ‘normal’ or adequate behaviour in negotiations for men and women, the reasoning about why to seek confrontation or compromise, or the priorities identified in water allocation questions.
On the policy side, calls for giving women a stronger voice in political decision-making and conflict resolution on water often go hand in hand with problematic essentialized assumptions of women caring more for the environment, being less self-interested and more eager to find and accept compromise - while confrontation, dominance, competition, and war are associated with men.
With a few notable exceptions, research that addresses gender and water management or water governance has mainly been focusing on water supply and sanitation at household level or on local management in the agricultural sector. Empirical studies on the gender dimensions of water diplomacy and the role of men and women in water governance and conflict resolution at an interstate level are widely missing.
Aim of the workshop
- 19 July: Deadline for abstracts
- 31 July: Notification of authors
- 20 September: Deadline for authors to submit full papers
- 29 & 30 September: Online cross-regional workshop
Submission of abstracts
Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) by sending it before the deadline of 19 July via: https://forms.gle/AbFBzrLBM8U9ZSQ58
When your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to give an online live presentation (no pre-recorded talks).
For questions please contact Jenniver Sehring: firstname.lastname@example.org.