LAC Main Seminar Series: High-Risk Feminism in Colombia: Women’s Mobilization in Violent Contexts

Convener: Professor David Doyle

Speaker: Julia Zulver, (UNAM/University of Oxford)





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High-Risk Feminism documents the experiences of grassroots women’s organizations that united to demand gender justice during and in the aftermath of Colombia’s armed conflict. In doing so, it illustrates a little-studied phenomenon: women whose experiences with violence catalyze them to mobilize and resist as feminists, even in the face of grave danger. This book explains the gendered underpinnings of why women engage in feminist mobilization, even when this takes place in a ‘domain of losses’ that exposes them to high levels of risk. It follows four women’s organizations who break with traditional gender norms and defy armed groups’ social and territorial control, exposing them to retributive punishment. It provides rich evidence to document how women are able to surmount the barriers to mobilization when they frame their actions in terms of resistance, rather than fear. 


Dr Julia Zulver is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Oxford School for Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford and the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She earned her DPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford in 2018, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellow. She engages in gender advocacy and policy work as a Senior Researcher at Ladysmith, a feminist research collective.