Lydia Cole

Lydia Cole

Associate Lecturer

My research spans several fields of inquiry including feminist international relations, feminist security studies, transitional justice, and human rights. It is informed by ethnographic, artistic, and practice-based research methodologies which I use to explore questions of subjectivity, knowledge, and recognition in the context of political violence. Currently, my research focuses in on two central areas

1. Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
My work in this area examines post-conflict responses to sexual and gender-based violence. I am particularly interested in legal, psychological, and testimonial frames of post-conflict justice and the subjects that this makes possible.

2. Visual Arts and Conflict Textiles
A member of the commissioning team for Stitched Voices – a major exhibition of conflict textiles in Aberystwyth Arts Centre – I continue to work on issues of gender, political violence, visual art and textiles.

Office: 235

Office hours: Thursday 2-4pm

P: +44 01334462920


Cole, L. (2017). ‘An Encounter in Fieldwork: Subjectivity and gendered violence’. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 19(3): 388–389.


Other Media

Cole L. (forthcoming) ‘Teaching with Global Conflict Textiles,’ Stitched Voices.

Cole, L. (2017) ‘Stitched Voices: An Exhibition of Textile Resistance in Aberystwyth and the World,’ EGO Magazine, March Issue.


IR5007 Terrorism and Liberal Democracy

IR5924 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

IR5954 Terrorism Electives



IR2005 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations (Poststructuralism)

British International Studies Association Conference, From Quantification to Counting: Legal-Bureaucratic Recognition and the Subject of Wartime Sexual Violence, April 2018

Visualising War in Different Disciplines, at University of St Andrews, ‘Feminist Reflections on Visualising (Post-)War in International Relations,’ May 2018

30th Anniversary Gendering IR, at University of Newcastle, ‘From Quantification to Counting: Legal-Bureaucratic Recognition and the Subject of Wartime Sexual Violence, April 2018

International Studies Association Conference, ‘Conceptualising Recognition through a Feminist Lens: Post-Conflict Justice Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina’, April 2018

British International Studies Association Conference, ‘Exploring Gender and Subjectivity in Post-Conflict Justice Mechanisms in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Justice, Recognition, and Witness’, June 2017

European Workshops in International Studies, ‘Exhibitions as Site and Process: Reflections on Exhibiting International “Conflict Textiles” in a Peripheral Welsh University Town’ at Museums, Exhibitions and the Representation of the International, June 2017

Agency, Precarity, Precarious Life, at Cardiff University, ‘Being and Bearing Witness: Subjectivity, Precarity, and Sexual Violence’ at BISA Poststructural Politics Working Group Workshop, September 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?at University of Birmingham, ‘The Production of the Victim-Subject: Counting, Accounting, and Bodily Injury’, May 2016

ESRC Workshop Series – From Data to Knowledge at University of Manchester, ‘New Methodologies and the Gender dimensions of conflict data’, May 2016

International Studies Association Conference, ‘Conceptualising Sexualised Violence in the Aftermath of Conflict’ and ‘Victimhood, Survivor-hood, and the Political Economy of Testimony in Bosnia’ at Exploring Peace, ISA, March 2016

“Looking” at Sexual Violence, Workshop at University of Manchester, December 2015

European International Studies Association Conference, ‘Sexualised Violence through War and Peace: (Dis)continuities, Relationality, and Recognition’, September 2015

British International Studies Association Conference, ‘Narratives of Victimhood: Between Collective Memory and Feminisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina’, June 2015

Teaching Enhancement Fund, University of St Andrews (£997.45)

Contemporary Voices in International Relations, Co-Editor of Creative Interventions Section

School of International Relations Global Challenges competition, Academic Mentor