Cynthia Cockburn

I’m a feminist researcher and writer working at the intersection of gender studies and peace/conflict studies. I like to use photography in connection with research and activism.

In academic terms, I’m a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at City University London and an honorary professor in the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick. Politically, I’m involved in the international feminist antimilitarist networks Women in Black against War and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Since 1995 I’ve been working closely with women peace activists in conflictual countries, doing qualitative action-research. I first made a sequence of studies of particular women’s organizations working across ethno-national lines in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel/Palestine and Cyprus – organizations whose work I also tried to support in practical ways. I then went on to make a study of women’s activism against war, worldwide, published in 2007 as ‘From Where We Stand: War, Women’s Activism and Feminist Analysis’, Zed Books. My most recent book is ‘Antimilitarism: Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements’ (Palgrave 2012) which features movements in S.Korea, Japan, Spain, the UK and elsewhere.

Prior to 1995 my research involved local governance; then feminist gender studies of the labour process, the sexual division of labour, and change in the workplace; men, masculinity and skill; transformative change in trade unions and employing organizations; and the gender relations of technology. Some of my publications from this earlier period are ‘The Local State’;’Brothers’; ‘Machinery of Dominance’; ‘Gender and Technology in the Making’; and ‘In the Way of Women’.