Gender Studies Symposium Keynote Presentation: Melanie Richter-Montpetit
Date: 7:00pm PST March 7, 2018 Location: Council Chambers
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 Politics, Security Dialogue, International 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.