Deviarchy A Conscious Challenge to Repressive Rule

Women and War: USC Lecture

Women and War: USC Lecture

Please see a video of a recent lecture I delivered at the University of Southern California, through USC Spectrum. The lecture covers female fighters in Sri Lanka and ISIS, and draws on women’s narratives to challenge our understandings of gender and violence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnRCSWebWdY&index=1&list=PLTZlxrrWM-vZITWaZFhar30GqbSPv28Nh

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In Conversation with Gloria Steinem

In Conversation with Gloria Steinem

Last night’s conversation with Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta (Apne Aap Founder) centered around the Politics of Sexual Violence. Among other things we probed a broader phenomenon of an addiction to dominance, how to move beyond gender constructions and binary analyses (victim vs. agent) when…

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RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES : CNN, MSNBC, BBC

RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES : CNN, MSNBC, BBC

MSNBC’s (August 22) The Cycle http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/watch/isis-promotes-female-terror-brigades-321107011533 CNN (August 29) www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/08/29/tsr-dnt-todd-women-of-isis.cnn.html BBC World Radio (August 25th) Audio Link

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(Foreign Affairs) Women in ISIS

(Foreign Affairs) Women in ISIS

A policy snapshot examining the role of repression for female fighters, especially the Al-Khansaa Brigade of the IS movement in Iraq and Syria. Full piece available at foreignaffairs.com. Please see also the follow up conversation on MSNBC’s The CYCLE on August 21st, where I joined…

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Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

  A few concerned and curious women and men gathered in a salon-like setting in the home of pioneering American feminist, Gloria Steinem, to hear the latest collection of stories detailing the violence that women, everywhere, face. Amongst a Nobel laureate, UN officials, activists, and…

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ART: Chitra Ganesh “An Eye That Cannot Cry..”

ART: Chitra Ganesh “An Eye That Cannot Cry..”

This piece, “Ganesh Melancholia”,  is contributed by visual artist Chitra Ganesh, courtesy of supportive galleries. Her images evoke tragedy situated in powerful representations of South Asian women — as moments and memories of their lives intersect with violence. Many thanks for this evocative imagery that…

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(@Monkey Cage) Red Pottus, Black Burqas: Identity Markers In Sri Lanka’s Extremist Violence

(@Monkey Cage) Red Pottus, Black Burqas: Identity Markers In Sri Lanka’s Extremist Violence

Muslim or not, women are hiding indoors in many parts of Sri Lanka today. Rumors that a bus full of members of the extremist Buddhist party – “Bodu Bala Sana” (BBS) is down the street spread through neighborhoods in whispers, since most cell phones are…

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Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power

Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power

It started on the plane. On the shaky descent into London, his cheery British voice interrupts my movie. Please do consider supporting our charity, which only supports the most vulnerable, the most needy (My emphasis not added).Women in the jungles of Sri Lanka often envied those…

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A Visual Mockery? Trials of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

A Visual Mockery? Trials of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

The “fringe” event at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence is for those lower-level green badge holders, not quite important enough for the coveted red “delegate” level (maybe Bono and Oprah dubbed red the color of cool for humanitarianism). Nevertheless, Angelina Jolie sightings were…

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Welcome to Deviarchy!

Welcome to Deviarchy!

I hope for this to be a space to encourage thought-provoking commentary on the many intersections of gender and violence. Please watch this site or follow me @nimmideviarchy  for an inside perspective on the UK Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in London June 10-12,…

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