Department of IR | Monsoon Lecture Series| Guest Session on “A Feminist Reading of Diplomatic Practices at the UN” by Prof Soumita Basu | 26th November, Tuesday | AC 02 LT 110
November 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
The Department of International Relations invites you to its fourteenth event of the Monsoon Seminar Series 2019 on 26th November 2019. Prof Soumita Basu is delivering a guest session on “A Feminist Reading of Diplomatic Practices at the UN”.
Abstract: The United Nations was established in 1945, as famously proclaimed, ‘to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’. It has aimed to do so in various capacities, including as a forum for multilateral diplomacy. With factors such as the organisation’s near-universal membership and the exalted legal status of Security Council decisions, diplomatic negotiations about conflict prevention, peacekeeping et al. garner considerable attention from peacemakers across the world. While the focus very often is on the outcomes, this lecture draws attention to the diplomatic processes wherein matters of international peace and security are addressed at the UN. Specifically, it interrogates the ‘forum’ role of the UN, concerning the proceedings of the Council. The lecture takes as its starting point the contention that, unlike power-centred bilateral diplomacy, multilateralism is built on specific values and principles. First, it draws on existing research on the UN to present a feminist reading of the organisation as a forum for diplomacy. Second, the lecture employs illustrative case studies to assess diplomatic processes at the Council, from a feminist perspective. Finally, it offers feminist resources that could potentially make the UN a more meaningful diplomatic forum in these times of crisis.
Speaker’s Bio: Soumita Basu is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the South Asian University, New Delhi. Before joining SAU, Soumita held the Hayward R. Alker and Mellon postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California and Kenyon College respectively. She has published on gender, security and the UN in edited volumes as well as journals, including International Affairs, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, Politics & Gender, and Security Dialogue. Soumita currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Studies Association, as well as on the editorial boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics and Politics & Gender.