Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging Communities of Women

As the U.S. “pivots” towards the Asia-Pacific through new trade and security negotiations (i.e. Trans-Pacific Partnership), this international symposium comes at a timely moment to engage in a critical dialogue about militarisms in the 21st century, from historical legacies across Asia and the Americas to their impact and implications for global health, local communities, and artistic/cultural expressions. How will the “pivot” impact Asia and the Americas? How do scholars, activists, and artists respond to the changing climate of security and increased securitization? What’s at stake in particular for women, who have historically shouldered the costs of increased militarization? What are the health implications of militarisms from environmental impacts to physiological and psychological impacts of living near or on military bases? How are such health impacts gendered? What are the environmental consequences of natural disasters and the subsequent impact of disaster militarism on local communities? What are the generational impacts of military policies – for young people recruited, veterans, their families, local communities and nations? These are some of the questions to be addressed in the multi-panel symposium, complemented by a concurrent video art exhibition and a pre-symposium international webinar panel discussion.

* International Webinar, 6PM - 7:30PM EST, November 25, 2014 Online

* Film Screening, 4:30PM - 7:30PM, December 3, 2014 Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room C

* International Symposium, 9:30AM - 7PM, December 4, 2014 Alexander Library, 4th Floor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Enloe

RSVP by November 20, 2014

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