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Miriam Cooke, ‘Islamic State, Women and Violence
April 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This event is part of the Carolina Gender, War and Culture Project and Series. The millennial association of rape and war was challenged in 2001 when the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia decreed that rape in war constituted a crime against humanity. Although men in all parts of the world at war have not been dissuaded from attacking women and men sexually, their actions are now more likely to be publicized and sometimes even prosecuted. Above all, victims are no longer always shamed into silence. One of the most disappointing instances of the strategic use of rape in war comes from the 2011 Egyptian, Libyan and Syrian revolutions when men and women protesters were systematically targeted. Victims spoke out despite stigma and some organized campaigns to prevent further violence. One of the most alarming instances of the strategic use of rape in war comes from Islamic State whose brutalization of Yazidi women in 2014 shocked the world. This talk will focus on media and artists’ representation of sexual violence in the twenty-first century Arab world.
Miriam Cooke is Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has written about Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria and the Arab Gulf.