JOURNAL ARTICLES

 "Queering women, peace and security in Colombia," Critical Studies on Security 5.1 (2017): 125-129.

This piece considers the importance of the inclusion of LGBT organizations in the Colombia peace accords and what this means for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in future WPS intiatives. The piece is a part of the Interventions section about queer/ing in/securities.

 "Queering women, peace and security," International Affairs 92.2 (2016): 313-332.

The aim of the eight Women, Peace and Security (WPS) United Nations Security Council resolutions, beginning with UNSCR 1325 in 2000, is to involve women in peacebuilding, reconstruction and gender mainstreaming efforts for gendered equality in international peace and security work. However, the resolutions make no mention of masculinity, femininity or the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) population. Throughout the WPS architecture the terms ‘gender’ and ‘women’ are often used interchangeably. As a result, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) tracking and monitoring fail to account for individuals who fall outside a heteronormative construction of who qualifies as ‘women’. Those vulnerable to insecurity and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity remain largely neglected by the international peace and security community. Feminist security studies and emerging queer theory in international relations provide a framework to incorporate a gender perspective in WPS work that moves beyond a narrow, binary understanding of gender to begin to capture violence targeted at the LGBTQ population, particularly in efforts to address SGBV in conflict-related environments. The article also explores the ways in which a queer security analysis reveals the part heteronormativity and cisprivilege play in sustaining the current gap in analysis of gendered violence.

 

 BOOK CHAPTERS

(2019) “Stigmatized acts of motherhood” in Lucy Hall, Anna Weissman and Laura J. Shepherd (eds) Troubling Motherhood, New York: NY, Oxford University Press.

Mothers who do not live up to the ideal construction of motherhood as understood within the vision of the superior nuclear family model are punished through various forms of stigma. The persistence of the myth that mothers do not have abortions, and the myth that lesbians cannot be mothers impacts and the stigma that results from these myths is also explored. The way this stigma impacts mothers can be better understood by considering the experiences of lesbian mothers and mothers who have abortions This chapter highlights the different ways mothers engage in storytelling to resist stigma while also rejecting the myth that those who fail to meet-up to this ideal are “bad” mothers. Community-based initiatives informed by the principles of reproductive justice make possible new narratives of maternity and new visions for a future without stigma. The chapter concludes with examples of how mothers who have faced stigma are finding ways to rewrite the script about how to mother shame. Some of the forms of this resistance include abortion speak outs, community-based conferences, online storytelling through blogs and videos as well as storytelling on the stage.

(In preperation, 2019) Haastrup, T., Hagen, J. “Untangling Whiteness & Taking Race Seriously: An Intersectional Reading of WPS Practice” in Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd (eds) New Directions for Women, Peace and Security. 

This paper uses a intersectional feminist analysis to consider the ways in which most WPS work continues to be done to or done about countries in the Global South. Taking as our starting point, the collection of practices broadly terms ‘White Feminism’ our analysis asks: How and when does this reading of WPS occur? What challenges arise from reading and doing WPS in this way? And what steps can be taken to address these challenges?  In this paper, we use an intersectional analysis to answer our questions. We consider for instance why funders in the Global North continue to look abroad to address issues of gendered insecurity and conflict despite the challenges within their own borders.  As part of the second generation of work reflecting on the WPS architecture, this paper is a reflection on how whiteness and white privilege are refracted in the knowledge of and in the implementation practices of the WPS agenda thus far. We consider for instance the narratives about who WPS is about and who it is for on the international stage. This piece recognizes how the Global North and Global South divide in WPS practices is also raced. 

 

 (2018) “Global LGBTQ politics and human rights” in Elora Chowdhury & Rajini Srikanth (eds) Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Oxfordshire, UK: Taylor and Francis/Routledge (Forthcoming)

 "The Revolutionary Possibilities of Online Trans and Queer Communities," in Gender, Sex and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets (Routledge, 2015)

This book chapter reviews ways that online queer and trans communities provide a space to connect in new and exciting ways not previously available to most. The chapter highlights the lesbian, feminist website Autostraddle as well as queer sex and fashion blogs such as DapperQ, The Handsome Butch Tumblr and The Testshot Tumblr. 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

"Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection Between Queer and Feminist Theory," International Journal of Feminist Politics, Volume 19.4 (2017): pp. 549-550. 

 

WEB BASED PUBLICATIONS

 

INVITED LECTURES

  • “Women and peace and security: In the global and in the everyday”, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, 2017
  •  “Women and peace and security: In the global and in the everyday”, The Juilliard School, NYC, New York, USA, 2017
  • “International LGBTQ Human Rights: The Global Focus on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, The University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2016
  • “Reproductive Justice: Expanding the Framework”, The University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2015
  •  “Reproductive Justice Activism”, The University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2015