Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict

Addressing Gendered Violence through Innovative Research, Teaching and Theory-Driven Practice


CGC engages in research projects around the world, both through collaborative partnerships with other academic institutions as well as projects initiated by our staff. The Center directly supports Ph.D. and M.S. student research projects through fellowships and intensive faculty mentorship.


CGC provides a critical space for scholars, students and practitioners to reflect on the gendered dimensions of conflict to push the theoretical boundaries of the field to improve conflict interventions, gender focused research, and policy development to arrest gendered violence.


CGC directly addresses gendered violence through consultancies to organizations including the United Nations, as well as through partnerships with NGOs working in conflict settings. We support student driven practice initiatives through faculty guidance and grants to engage in peacebuilding projects.

Needs-Based Conference Fee Scholarship Applications are live on the Events Page

Please note, while the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict seeks to reduce financial barriers for participation in the conference, we are not able to provide travel grants or travel-related scholarships. The fee-waiver is related only to conference fees, and is available on a limited basis. Please see the Events page for more details and to apply.


Now accepting submissions for CGC’s Third Annual Research Conference!

We invite your participation in the 3rd annual Mason Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict Conference to be held at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

Critical Intersections: Conflict, Gender, and Power

 April 2-3, 2015

 School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

George Mason University

Arlington, Virginia



Keynote address by Dr. Cynthia Enloe*

Research Professor, Director of International Development, Community, and Environment/Women’s and Gender Studies/Department of Political Science Clark University

*The keynote address is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Student Association for Gender and Conflict.

The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict is proud to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Cynthia Enloe, a visionary in the field of Feminist International Relations and author of numerous influential books including, Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), and recently, The Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (2011, with Joni Seager). Special thanks to the Student Association for Gender and Conflict for underwriting the keynote speaker, making the address event to be free and open to all. 

 Conference Details and Submission Instructions

 The conference is located in Arlington, Virginia in the D.C. metro area. This location is on the metro line and allows easy access to attractions in the nation’s capital. An evening event will be coordinated by the CGC to allow conference participants to network and explore D.C.

Proposals may respond to the following thematic questions:


  • How do various relations of power intersect with each other to produce and reproduce conflict and violence?
  • How is violence experienced from the intersection of different aspects of identity (including but not limited to: race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, immigration status, age, ability)?
  • How is the concept of ‘agency’ understood and represented in relation to gender and conflict?
  • How are peace and security framed or understood by women and men in different social and geographic contexts?
  • How do you build an awareness of power into theory, research, and practice?
  • What are the gaps in current analysis of conflict and violence? What are the gaps in current feminist research in these areas?
  • Papers on other themes are also welcome.


Abstracts are welcomed for paper presentations, panels, creative work or other presentation methods that respond to the above questions or relate broadly to recent developments or debates regarding the theme of gender and conflict. Abstracts of no more than 300 words including your name and your institutional affiliation should be submitted to no later than December 1, 2014.


Your proposal should include the following information:

  • Title of the Proposal and/or Panel.
  • A short abstract of each presentation, or description of creative work (300 word maximum).
  • Biographical information of each presenter including organizational or institutional affiliation (100 words maximum).


  • Please note that single paper presentations may last no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Panels should limit themselves to a maximum of 15 minutes per presenter.


Acceptance notifications and further details regarding the conference will be sent by January 10, 2015.



Fees for accepted presenters will be collected to offset the costs associated with the organization and delivery of the conference. The fee schedule is as follows:

Graduate student presenters – $30

Post-doctoral presenters – $100

A limited number of need-based scholarships will be available. Application forms will be available at SCAR.GMU.EDU/GENDER on December 1, 2014.

Col. Ellen Haring, S-CAR PhD Student, Successfully Takes on the U.S. Military’s Ban on Women in Combat

S-CAR Ph.D. student Col. Ellen Haring boldly took on the Department of Defense’s ban on women in combat in a class action law suit, eventually leading to the D.O.D.’s decision to lift the ban on January 23, 2013.

CGC’s Patrick Hakizimana sat down with Col. Haring to talk about the lawsuit, her research at S-CAR, and her passion for gender equity in the U.S. military.  Click on the video to watch the interview. 

Mark your calendars for CGC’s 2nd Annual Conference

Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict will be hosting its 2nd Annual Research Conference March 21-22, 2014. Call for Presentations will be released the week of November 11, 2013.