Conferences & Symposia

In the War Zone: How Does Gender Matter?

German invasion of Belgium, May 1940. Image source Associated PressGerman invasion of Belgium, May 1940. Image source Associated Press

Throughout human history, war has been seen as a gendered activity, one that separates men and women into more sharply defined roles than almost any other undertaking.

On November 3 and 4, 2005, twenty renowned experts from a variety of disciplines traveled from around the world to converge at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and participate in the conference “In the War Zone: How Does Gender Matter?” This group of historians, medical professionals, legal experts, journalists, soldiers, and nongovernmental organization representatives explored the core human activity of war making, drawing on their diverse personal and professional experiences and injecting a perspective on gender roles into the discussion.

This event was free and open to the public.

Panel topics, speaker biographies, and archived conference videos are available on the Harvard@Home website.