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Gender Studies Symposium Keynote Presentation: Melanie Richter-Montpetit

Date: 7:00pm PST March 7, 2018 Location: Council Chambers

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Keynote Presentation: The Trouble with Gender: Rethinking Feminist Security Studies in “the Colonial Present”


Melanie Richter-Montpetit is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield (UK). Her research interests are in International Relations with a focus on War and Security Studies; Feminist, Queer and Decolonial Theory; and Transnational American Studies. Her work has appeared in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of PoliticsSecurity DialogueInternational Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Austrian Journal of Politics. She is presently preparing a book manuscript exploring the post-9/11 US national security imaginary and associated transnational practices of war and violence. Tentatively entitled ‘Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism: Queer and Feminist Investments in Liberal War’ the book examines the stubborn persistence of aggressively racial-sexual security practices in this ‘post-racial/sexual/gender’ era. In conversation with recent debates in Native Studies, Black Studies and Queer Studies, the book traces how post-9/11 US national security - including its targeting of Muslim/ified people and spaces - is inflected by and enabled through structures of settler colonialism and antiblackness.Melanie Richter-Montpetit is Chair and Program Chair of the ISA-LGBTQA Caucus. The ISA’s Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section recently presented her with the inaugural Early Career Community Engagement Award. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Leverhulme Research Fellowship and currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto. 

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