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


We invite you to visit our blog and to check out our flyer.


"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


"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 



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.