Opening lecture of the academic year

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

Gender equality: why is it so difficult to achieve?

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

Since its adoption by feminists in the 1970s, the term gender has become widely used to refer to inequalities between women and men. It has also become the target of conservatives who find it a dangerously radical re-visioning of the meanings of the differences of sex. The talk will explore the many uses of the term and assess its enduring impact.

Joan Wallach Scott is internationally acclaimed for her work theorising the concept of gender. Her now classic book, Gender and the Politics of History, was just published in a thirtieth anniversary edition. She has also more specifically focused on the vexed relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalising force of democratic politics. Her most recent books are The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011) and Sex and Secularism (2017). She has also written incisive essays on academic freedom, to be published as Knowledge, Power and Academic Freedom in January 2019.

Professor Scott will be the first woman to receive the Edgar de Picciotto International Prize after Amartya Sen, Saul Friedländer, and Paul Krugman. The Prize is awarded every two years. It was created as a tribute and token of thanks to the late Edgar de Picciotto whose generous donation enabled the Institute to finance a considerable part of the Edgar and Danièle de Picciotto Student House.

The lecture will be live streamed via this webpage.