IAPSS Winter School 2017

Gender in Conflict and Peacebuilding


Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) & hosted by Eastern Mediterranean University

in Famagusta, Cyprus, 18 – 25 February 2017

(Arrival Day: 17 February / Departure Day: 26 February)

Deadline for Application: 23 December 2016

Please use this form to submit your application. You can also find our FAQs here.



All armed conflicts are gendered: “A gender neutral discourse may conceal that the post-war period [is] crowded with gendered decisions” (Enloe 1993: 261). Both women and men suffer from traumas, abuses and loss of control caused by war, but the impact of these factors is experienced differently by women and men. Gender roles become even more important during armed conflict, and women are disproportionately and uniquely affected by sexual violence. Yet, in post-conflict settings, women are often excluded from decision making while they are the ones who can make a significant contribution to conflict prevention. Equally important is the issue of ever-changing gender roles in the post-conflict period.

In 2000, with the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), the United Nations (UN) recognised for the first time that conflicts have a unique gender dimension due to the different ways in which both men and women experience and suffer trauma and injury in those situations. The Resolution signalled a commitment by the UN to take gender dimension into account and undertook to include a number of actions, such as gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping missions. This was introduced  to ensure that future conflict-related operations recognise potential gender discrimination issues emerging from UN involvement. Even though UN Women acknowledges that the inclusion of women in peace processes is likely to bring about a more lasting peace than if women are excluded from the process, there is no guarantee of an inclusive approach (UN Women 2015: “Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000): Key Findings, Recommendations & Next Steps for Action”).

The approach to the main theme of gender in conflict and peacebuilding processes is two-fold. On the one hand, the participants of the Winter School will deal with the theoretical assumptions of gender in International Relations. On the other hand, they  will involve with empirical cases and regional experiences with gender in conflict and peacebuilding, such as Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia.

Since the Winter School will take place in Cyprus, this example will play a prominent role. We plan a field trip together with an NGO to get an in-depth insight into the practical side of women’s involvement in the peace process. In light of the fact that the peace process was reignited last year and talks are still ongoing, IAPSS could not choose a better time for organising a conference in Cyprus. There will be two main themes during the Winter School:

1) gender-based violence in conflicts
2) gender in (post-conflict) peacebuilding

During the IAPSS Winter School 2017 participants will research, examine and discuss a large variety of crucial issues related to the role of gender in conflict and peacebuilding. We will also give you the opportunity to focus on a particular regional example, e.g. Cyprus or former Yugoslavia.

The IAPSS Winter School will be held in cooperation with the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus, enabling all participants to dive into a week long program with various components: along lectures, seminars and workshops, also readings circles and working groups are going to be held. Next to the academic program, we will organize a field trip to the buffer zone in cooperation with the local activist and broadcaster Magda Zenon. In the evenings we are planning a documentary screening related to the theme of the Winter School as well as social activities to let off steam after the academic programme.

Cyprus lends itself as a perfect destination to explore gender in peacebuilding as it offers many angles of looking at a spectrum of issues this Winter School is going to focus on. With its particular history, Cyprus promises also fertile ground for new questions and exciting areas to delve into.

If you are eager to learn more about the themes that this Winter School is going to examine, make sure you submit your application within the deadline to enjoy the stimulating academic programme prepared in cooperation with the leading experts in the theme. What is more, you will have a chance to meet fellow students from all over the world and embark together on a journey to intricacies of gender in conflict, peacebuilding and various regions.

Application and Selection Process

Advanced undergraduate and Master’s students as well as early PhD candidates are invited to submit their applications. Applications are accepted until 23 December 2016. We will notify you afterwards whether the application was successful or not. Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Winter School 2017 are requested to submit a written application containing (1) your CV, (2) a letter of motivation (1 page). Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the topic, (b) your motivation for joining this Winter School, and (c) how this Winter School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use this form to do your application. You can also find FAQs here.

Confirmed Speakers

Umut Bozkurt (Eastern Mediterranean University, CY)
Zilka Spahic Siljak (Stanford University, US and University of Zenica, BiH)
Güler Alkan (University of Graz, AT)
Maria Hadjipavlou (University of Cyprus, CY)
Elissa Helms (Central European University, HU)
Pawel Pustelnik (Cardiff University, UK) as workshop conductor on methods
Magda Zenon (Cyprus Womens Lobby, CY) will conduct the field trip to Lefkosa in the buffer zone

What can Participants Expect?
  • An academically challenging program consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant.
  • Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of gender in conflict and peacebuilding as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods; also featuring seminars and workshops, which include exclusive access to our guest professors and workshop conductors to discuss your own research proposals for term papers or dissertation.
  • Meeting fellow students from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
  • Participation in working groups according to the specific interest of each participant in order to work on a small-scale group project before, during and after the Winter School. The working groups will work on a fixed topic and present their progress during the last day of the event to fellow participants. This enables the participants to find academic exchange and allows them to share their knowledge and ideas with other participants. Each working group also has the opportunity to submit an academic article for review in our peer-reviewed flagship journal POLITIKON, if the entire group or individuals are interested in doing so.
  • Access to a fully-fledged eLearning platform with key readings for the school and beyond, but also additional facts, figures and slides provided.
  • Exploring Cyprus and surroundings as well as a variety of social events (incl. documentary screenings, common lunches, reading circles and informal get togethers).
  • What else to expect? Much more!


Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Winter School 2017 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 239 Euro (50 Euro for the students from East Mediterranean University). This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, all Winter School materials, a personal IAPSS Winter School 2016 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit cards, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore.

If you would like to stay at the EMU student dorms, we are happy to be able to offer special rates for Winter School participants. The participation fee including accommodation for nine nights is 322.00€ for a shared double room. In case you want to stay in a single room for nine nights, the costs for the participation in the programme and accommodation is 363.00€.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event. We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Winter School 2017. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15.00€ (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15 EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, IAPSS Delegations, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and ELA – ENCUENTRO LATINOAMERICA, and the IAPSS’ IR blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Find all information on the services we provide and how to apply here.


Organizing Committee

Kristian Xavier Carrera Kurjenoja
Head of Events Department

Serap Aydemir
Seasonal School Coordinator

Pawel Pustelnik
Seasonal School/Study Trip Coordinator

Kristin Noack
Seasonal School Coordinator


Applications are currently open until 23 December 2016

Please use this form to submit your application. You can also find FAQs here.

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