Gender and War

Seminar with Joshua Goldstein

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Time: Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:00-15:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

PRIO invites you to a seminar on with Joshua Goldstein on gender and war. The seminar will be chaired by Scott Gates. Discussant: Inger Skjelsbæk.

Throughout history and across cultures, combatants in the world’s many wars have overwhelmingly been male. Why this is so has been an enduring puzzle for which various academic disciplines have proposed answers. 

At this seminar, Joshua Goldstein will  review evidence from history and biology, among other disciplines, about whether women are ill-suited to fight in wars as compared to their male counterparts. On the whole, the evidence shows that not only do women meet the physical and psychological requirements for fighting, but when given the chance they have performed quite well. This conclusion deepens the mystery of why societies, which hightly value success in warfare, have so rarely mobilized the potential military power of women as combatants.

This seminar is co-organized by PRIO's gender research team and Centre for the Study of Civil War at PRIO.

Please register with if you want to take part in this seminar!