Expert Interview, Special Solothurn Film Festival, Swiss Television, 31 Jan 2019

"La Petite Mort"

a documentary on the female orgasm, 2018, dir. Annie Gisler

Few women know their own bodies and how to experience sexual pleasure. Even fewer share their concerns, ideas and fantasies with intimate partners. It seems easier to fake an orgasm than to take seriously, give voice and negotiate sexual preferences, desires and practices. And this in hyper-sexualized times. What happened since the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s? How relevant is women's sexuality to gender equality? Watch!


Expert Interview on gender marketing, Nau.ch, 19 Dec 2018

"Lindt in der Kritik wegen sexistischem Goldbären"

Lindt's popular gold bear now also exists as a "girl" version. With heavily made-up eyes and a pink coat. Gender expert Dominique Grisard unpacks the sexist logic of gender marketing.



Focus "Gender Fluidity, Oct 18 - 22, 2018

"Desiring Contradiction"

a cooperation of the Center for Social Research with Kaserne Basel and Zentrum Gender Studies University of Basel


Desiring Contradiction combines various perspectives and aesthetic languages from Bangalore, Basel, Cape Town, New York City and Tehuantepec. The artists question and present opinions on issues such as transgender, gender fluidity and queering. The thematic focus provides an opportunity for discussion and reflection on the structure of identities and promotes a fluid image of gender.


The subject matter Desiring Contradiction marks the start of a long-term cooperation with the Center for Gender Studies and the Swiss Center for Social Research, whose common goal is to foster a dialogue between theory, theater and performance practice: students and researchers gain insight into production processes and in return are given the opportunity to contribute with their analysis to the program of Kaserne Basel.


When: Oct. 18-22, 2018

Where: Kaserne Basel


Event series, May - Dec 2018

"The Art of Intervention"

The Center for Social Research is co-organizing the event series "The Art of Intervention" with Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart and the University of Basel Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften. The event series thematizes critical and visionary perspectives in art and culture on current debates about the multiple crises of capitalism, reignited nationalisms, gender and migration politics.


When: Tuesdays, 6pm


Where: Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart, St. Alban-Rheinweg 60


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"The Art of Intervention" Event Series, Oct 16, 2018

Jack Halberstam "Unbuilding Gender"

Jack Halberstam, Professor at Columbia University, will be giving a talk about "Unbuilding Gender: Trans* Anarchitectures In and Beyond the Work of Gordon Matta-Clark".

This talk is part of the lecture series "The Art of Intervention" by the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel in cooperation with Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart and Swiss Center for Social Research.


When: Tues, October 16, 6pm

Where: Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart


Expert Interview, Swiss Radio SRF, 16 March 2018

"Aldo Moro, Terror and the Swiss"

The kidnapping of Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, the Italian Terror and connections to the German Red Army Faction: trails in and through Switzerland. One could say that Switzerland served as a liaison between the terror organisations of the Italien Red Brigades and the German RAF - a transit country. 

Central to this feat was that the Swiss thought of Terror as something foreign and deeply un-Swiss, says historian Dominique Grisard. 



Expert Interview, Kontext, Swiss Radio SRF, 29 March 2017

"Terror 1977: Seduced Women"

Historian Dominique Grisard discusses the role of women in 1970s left wing terrorist phenomena. Listen to her interview here.


"The Politics of Beauty" Special Issue Forthcoming

The Center for Social Research co-organized an international conference and summer school on the theme of "The Politics of Beauty" at the University of Cambridge (30 Aug - 3 September 2016). We are currently working on a special issue of a journal on "The Politics of Beauty".



Conference Programme

Call for Papers 



Expert Interview, Science Program "Einstein", Swiss Television, 17 Sep 2015, 9:09 pm

"Youth and Sexuality"

Today everything is sexy and hot. Anal and oral are the new normal. Our youth lives in a digital world. All it takes is a few clicks: what we see are macho-like pimps and women portrayed as willing "arm candy". How do adolescents deal with the hyper-sexualization of the everyday. Are worries about a "generation porn" justified?

Gender expert Dominique Grisard contextualizes today's debates about sexualization and the gendered body.


CSR director Dominique Grisard recently appeared on Swiss National TV round table "Der Club" to discuss the global popularity of the "Fifty Shades of Gray" books and film and what the phenomenon can tell us about women's reading and viewing pleasures in the 21st century.