Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Dr. Henri Myrttinen

Henri Myrttinen is currently a freelance researcher and works for several NGOs on gender and conflict issues in Western Sahara and Indonesia. In addition to lecturing at the Willy Brandt School, he also teaches at Humboldt University in Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. thesis at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa with a thesis on intersectionalities between masculinities and violence in Timor-Leste gangs, militias and martial arts groups.
His research interests includes examining gender identities in conflict and post-conflict societies as well as the role of non-state actors. His publications include the co-edited book "Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons" (Vanessa Farr, Henri Myrttinen, Albrecht Schnabel, UNU Press, 2009) and "Poster Boys No More – Gender and SSR in Timor-Leste," (DCAF, 2009).

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • CSM: Providing Security while Producing Insecurity - Security Companies and Informal Security Providers in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings (WS 2012/13)

  • CSM: War Machines? Youth, Gender and the Imaginary of Danger in Contemporary Violent Conflicts (SS 2013)

  • CSM: Rumors: The Politics of Fear, Hope, Mobilization and Subversion (WS 2014/15)

  • Project Group: Migration, Gender Relations and Fragility - The Cases of Honduras and Tajikistan (WS 2014/15)

  • CSM: Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars? Using Gender as a Critical Analysis Tool (SS 2015)

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