Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

Required Readings for Gender, Security and Human Right (Government and International Relations 3986)


Week 1: Introduction. What is the history of human rights?

Andrew Clapman, Human Rights: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007)

*note, this will need to be ordered


Susan Waltz, “Reclaiming and rebuilding the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, Third World Quarterly 23 (3), 2002.


Week 2: Women, feminism and the evolution of human rights

Charlotte Bunch, Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Toward a Re-Vision of Human Rights, 12 Hum. Rts. Q. 486


Hope Lewis, Embracing Complexity: Human Rights in Critical Race Feminist Perspective, 12 Colum. J. Gender & L. 510 (2003)


Bell hooks, ‘Introduction,’ Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (Pluto Press, 1982)

*note, this will need to be ordered


Week 3: Indigenous approaches to human rights

Aileen Moreton-Robinson (2013), “Towards an Australian Indigenous Women’s Standpoint Theory.”  Australian Feminist Studies 28.78: 331-347.


CASE: Celeste Liddle, (2015), “‘Reconciliation’ Shouldn’t Just be driven by Indigenous People.”  The Daily Life 26 May 2015


Chelsea Bond, ‘The audacity of anger,’ The Guardian January 31, 2018


Uluru Statement from the Heart, reactions (perhaps Malcolm Turnbull’s contentious appearance on Q&A); Dakota Access Pipeline protests;


Week 4: Queering Human Rights

Cai Wilkinson & Anthony J. Langlois (2014) Special Issue: Not Such an International Human Rights Norm? Local Resistance to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights—Preliminary Comments, Journal of Human Rights, 13:3, 249-255, DOI: 10.1080/14754835.2014.931218


Melanie Richter-Montpetit, “Empire, Desire and Violence: A Queer Transnational Feminist Reading of the Prisoner ‘Abuse’ in Abu Ghraib and the Question of ‘Gender Equality’”, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007



Amrou Al-Kadhi, Australia has voted in favour of same-sex marriage, but this is no cause for celebration: The Independent 15 November 2017


Russell Blackford, Same-Sex Marriage: A Case for Yes”, The Conversation 11 September 2017


Week 5: Feminist definitions of security

Iris Marion Young, “The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State”, Signs 29(1) Autumn (2003) 1-25.


Heidi Hudson, “’Doing’ Security as though humans matter: a feminist perspective on gender and the politics of human security,” Security Dialogue Vol 36 Issue 2, 2005


CASE: Antonieta Rico, Why Military Women are Missing from the #MeToo Moment, Time December 12, 2017


Week 6: Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement: gender, race and security as survival

Kimberle Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color”, Stanford Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 6


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele Chapter 1(to be released 16 Jan 2018)

*note, this will need to be ordered


CASE: Ishaan Tharoor, “The growing solidarity between #BlackLivesMatter and Palestinian activists”, Washington Post:

Alternate youtube link to the video embedded in the article:



Week 7: Global Incarceration?: race, gender and the politics of the prison industrial complex

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow. Introduction, (The New Press, 2012)

*note, this will need to be ordered


Cassandra Shaylor, It’s Like Living in a Black Hole: Women of Color and Solitary Confinement in the Prison Industrial Complex, 24 New Eng. J. on Crim. & Civ. Confinement 385 (1998)


CASE: ABC 15minute podcast on Roach v Electoral Commissioner (2007).

Three years since Ms Dhu’s tragic death in custody and unfair laws remain, Human Rights Law Center 3 August 2017


Week 8: Refugee Asylum Seekers and gender, race, sexuality

Raj S. 2011. Affective displacements: Understanding emotions and sexualities in refugee law. Alternative Law Journal, vol. 36(3), 177-181

Briskman, Linda, and Victoria Mason. “Abrogating Human Rights Responsibilities: Australia’s Asylum-Seeker Policy at Home and Abroad.” Migration and Integration in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia: A Comparative Perspective, edited by Juliet Pietsch and Marshall Clark, Amsterdam University Press, 2015, pp. 137–160.


Week 9: Gender and Visual Representations of Human Rights and Security issues

Kozol, Wendy. “Human Rights, Visual Rhetoric: Photojournalism and the War in Afghanistan.” Distant Wars Visible: The Ambivalence of Witnessing, University of Minnesota Press, 2014, pp. 61–94.


Wendy Hesford and Wendy Kozol, Introduction in Just Advocacy?: Women’s Human Rights, Transnational Feminisms, and the Politics of Representation (Rutgers University Press: 2005)


CASE: Aylan Kurdi and child refugees as sympathetic ‘victims’ for media stories.


Olivier Laurent ‘(2015) ‘What the image of Aylan Kurdi says about Photography’ (September 5, The Time: ‘


Media Watch Segment “power of an image” compares reactions in the UK/Aus:


Week 10: Militarization and Human Rights

Teaiwa, Teresia K. Articulated Cultures: Militarism and Masculinities in Fiji during the Mid 1990s [online]. Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2005: 201-222.


Swati Parashar, Discursive (in)securities and postcolonial anxiety: Enabling excessive militarism in India. Security Dialogue. Volume: 49 issue: 1-2, page(s): 123-135


Carol Cohn, “Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals”, Signs, Vol. 12, No. 4


Week 11: Sexual Violence in War

‘Maria Eriksson Baaz and Maria Stern’ Why Do Soldiers Rape? Masculinity, Violence, and Sexuality in the Armed Forces in the Congo (DRC), International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Jun., 2009)


Sivakumaran, Sandesh. 2007. “Sexual Violence Against Men in Armed Conflict,” European Journal of International Law 18(2): 253-276.


CASE: Code Blue Campaign and sexual violence by UN Peacekeepers.

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Week 12: Development and Security, Representations and Neo-liberalising Human Rights


Dogra,N. 2011, ‘The Mixed Metaphor of ‘Third World Woman’: gendered representations by international development NGO’s,’ Third World Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 333 – 348.

Pedwell, Carolyn.2007, “Theorizing ‘African’ Female Genital Cutting and ‘Western’ Body Modifications: A Critique of the Continuum and Analogue Approaches.” Feminist Review, no. 86, pp. 45–66.


Kalpana Wilson (2011) ‘Race’, Gender and Neoliberalism: changing visual representations in development, Third World Quarterly, 32:2, 315-331, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2011.560471