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Invitation to PhD defence by Kathrine Bjerg Bennike

Title of the thesis: ''We Don't See Gender, Only Soldiers!'' - Negotiating Military Identities in Narratives on Gender, Peace, and Security". Title of the lecture: "Negotiating military identities in narratives on gender, peace and security".


03.05.2021 kl. 13.00 - 05.05.2021 kl. 16.00


PhD defence by Kathrine Bjerg Bennike

NB. Due to the COVID-19 situation the PhD defence will be online. If you are a staff member at Department of Politics and Society, you will receive an invitation in outlook. If you are not a staff member at the department, please sign up at this link no later than 30 April 2021 at 12:00. You will receive a link to the online defence shortly before the defence.

This PhD thesis focuses on how Danish soldiers negotiate their military identities and their role as peacekeepers and peacebuilders through the assignments they carry out domestically and internationally. This entails an analysis of narrative negotiations over who is considered qualified to serve in and work as military professionals and what this means for the gendered dynamics within the force. More closely, the project focuses on Royal Danish Air Force and examines institutional, personal, and social narratives including the ways in which these relate to (global/national/local) narratives on gender, peace, and security. This is done through a narrative analysis of my main empirical data of 24 individual interviews with male and female soldiers who are actively serving in the Danish military and who have been on international missions. This is combined with an analysis of official documents from the Danish Armed Forces and the Royal Danish Air Force including the 2011 diversity plan, four National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325, recruitment material as well as material from webpages of the two Wings; Air Control Wing and Air Transport Wing.


13:00   Welcome by Moderator

13:05   PhD presentation (45 min)

13:50   Break

14:05   Opponents examination

15:35   Questions from the audience

16:00   End of defense

Members of the assessment committee

  • Senior Researcher, Ulrik Pram Gad, Danish Institute for International Studies (chair)
  • Associate Professor Annika Bergman Rosamond, Lund University
  • Professor Maria Stern, University of Gothenburg


  • Associate Professor, Pauline Stoltz, Aalborg University


Head of PhD programme, Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt , Aalborg University


Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University



Tilmelding inden

30.04.2021 kl. 12.00

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