The lecture was delivered on May 6 during the 2016 ACLS Annual Meeting.
From the lecture program:
Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University. Her career has included Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana; guest professorships in Japan, Britain, and Canada; and lectures in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, Turkey, and at universities around the US. Her writings have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Icelandic, French, and German. She has published in Ms. Magazine and appeared on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, C-Span, and the BBC.
Professor Enloe’s 14 books include Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist (2004) and Globalization and Militarism (2007, updated new edition, 2016), as well as Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War (2011), The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (co-authored with Joni Seager; 2011), and Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered (2013). Her new, totally updated and revised second edition of Bananas, Beaches and Bases was published by University of California Press in June 2014.
Professor Enloe has been awarded honorary doctorates by Union College (2005), the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (2009), Connecticut College (2010), the University of Lund, Sweden (2012), and Clark University (2014). At Clark University, Enloe has served as chair of the Department of Political Science and as director of Women’s Studies. She has served on the university’s Committee on Personnel and its Planning and Budget Review Committee, and has been awarded its Outstanding Teacher Award three times. She currently serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals, including International Feminist Journal of Politics; Security Dialogue; Women, Politics and Policy;International Political Sociology; and Politics and Gender.
Professor Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of gendered politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women’s labor is made cheap in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and how women’s emotional and physical labor has been used to support many governments’ war-waging policies—and how diverse women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic and national identities, as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities, are common threads throughout her studies. Enloe was awarded the International Studies Association’s Susan Strange Award in 2007, in recognition of “a person whose singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and organizational complacency in the international studies community during the previous year.” In 2008, she was awarded the Susan Northcutt Award, presented annually by the Women’s Caucus for International Studies of the International Studies Association, to recognize ”a person who actively works towards recruiting and advancing women and other minorities in the profession, and whose spirit is inclusive, generous and conscientious.” In 2010, Cynthia Enloe was awarded the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award.