New Chapter on Reconciliation for Andrea Pető’s new Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook on Gender: War

Professor Andrea Pető‘s highly anticipated Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook on Gender: War has just been published. It includes an impressive array of chapters on such topics as men and women as combatants (by Björn Krondorfer and Edward Westermann, and Senem Kaptan, respectively), genocide (by Elisa von Joeden-Forgey), resistance movements (by Weronika Grzebalska), pacifism (by Ingrid Sharp), transitional justice (by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin), and post-conflict reconstruction (by Birgitte Refslund Sørensen), all approached through a gender lens.

The handbook also includes my chapter on reconciliation, which provides a brief overview of reconciliation as a concept that has only recently been applied to the aftermath of war and related mass atrocities. I then outline how gender norms in various settings can impact reconciliation-related processes and initiatives, broadly speaking, before focusing on the case of post-genocide Rwanda to analyse how Rwandan gender norms have influenced Rwandans’ experiences of reconciliation in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. The introductory paragraph is as follows:

Many thanks to Andrea and the editorial team for all their hard work in making this important handbook a success!


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