October 28 – December 2, 2014
(Sponsored by the Refugee Research Network (RRN); organized by the RRN’s Gender & Sexuality Cluster).
The Refugee Research Network (http://www.refugeeresearch.net) and the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project (http://crs.yorku.ca/bher) are interested in how ideologies of masculinity and femininity impact access to education for those living in refugee camps.
Masculinity and femininity are categories that are not value neutral but instead are politically, socially and culturally constructed through gender discourses that value the former over the latter. The ideology of gender dichotomization and hierarchy that values masculinity over femininity has found wide acceptance and remains largely unchallenged. The aim of this forum is to engage you in a discussion that will enrich our understanding of the ways in which constructions of what it means to be male and female has a bearing on access to education for individuals living in refugee camps.
Concurrently, we are in the process of preparing an annotated bibliography onthe same topic. We welcome your suggestions as to scholarly research that we could include in this project.
Before contributing to this forum’s discussion, please consider the following questions:
- What role do ideologies of masculinity and femininity play in creating policies governing lives in refugee camps?
- What role do these ideologies play in everyday lives of people living in refugee camps?
- What role do these ideologies play in access to education for men and women living in refugee camps?
Information obtained through this forum will be compiled and posted on the RRN website, and shared with BHER partners.
We thank you in advance for your participation.
The link to the forum is here: http://refugeeresearch.net/ms/forums/2014/10/07/impacts-of-ideologies-of-masculinity-and-femininity-in-access-to-education-in-context-of-forced-migration/.
To contribute to the forum discussion, please go to http://refugeeresearch.net/ms/forums/how-to-participate/. If you are not a member of the RRN community, please register as new user. If you are a member already, just log-in, write and post.
Dacia Douhaibi, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography,
Research Assistant, BHER Project, York University, Canada;
Don Dippo, Professor, Faculty of Education,
Member, Executive Committee, Centre for Refugee Studies,
Co-lead, BHER Project, York University, Canada;
Emily Antze, Program Administrator, BHER Project, York University, Canada;
Farhia Abdi, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education,
TA, BHER Project, York University, Canada;
Janette Holmes, Course Director, Faculty of Education, York University, Canada,
Instructor, BHER Project;
Jennifer Vadeboncoeur, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Canada,
Instructor, member of the Gender and Equity Committee, BHER Project;
Lorraine Otoide, Course Director, Faculty of Education, York University, Canada,
Instructor, BHER Project;
Marta Bak, MA Social Anthropology,
Research Assistant, BHER Project, RRN, York University, Canada;
Wanjiku Khamasi, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Science, Chepkoilel University College, Moi University, Nairobi, Kenya,
Co-chair, Gender and Equity Committee, BHER Project;
Wenona Giles, Professor, Anthropology, Scholar, Centre for Refugee Studies,
Co-lead, BHER Project, York University, Canada.