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What is a Peacekeeper? Social Constructions, Power Relations, and Protection in the context of MINUSMA

Vanessa Gauthier Vela
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Room P3 506 Maison de la paix, Geneva

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This contribution aims to explore different themes specific to the social construction of protectors and protected in the context of the MINUSMA peacekeeping operation in Mali. Drawing on feminist and postcolonial approaches in International Relations, this presentation will highlight the (re)production of power relations and the tensions and contradictions that accompany the UN's intent to institute universal standards for peacekeepers.

About the author

Vanessa Gauthier Vela is a PhD student in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies working under the supervision of Professor Elisabeth Prügl. Her research interests include feminist and postcolonial approaches to International Relations, peacekeeping operations, gender and race constructions, sexual violence, and processes of militarization. Her work specifically examines the case of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), highlighting militarized processes and social constructions in the production of the protectors and the protected.

Within the Gender Seminar Series

The purpose of this seminar is to offer a platform of exchange for students, doctoral students in particular, whose work encompasses a gender perspective. During this monthly series, students will have the opportunity to discuss their work, meet peers from different disciplines at IHEID, as well as interact with guest speakers and faculty members.