Conference of Swiss Association for Gender Studies, Sept 12 - 13, 2019

"Violent Times, Rising Protests. Structures, Experiences, and Feelings"

A cooperation of the Swiss Association for Gender Studies (SAGS) with Center for Social Research.


Violence is a persistent element of modern history. This notwithstanding, a growing number of people experience today‘s world as particularly violent. The media‘s incessant coverage of continuous warfare, the rise of hate in social media, the growing number of angry citizens or «Wutbürger», the increasingly open racist, sexist, and homophobic discrimination against all «others» and «strangers», and last but not least the persistence of sexual assault, are just a few examples of violence‘s omnipresent, global dimension.


Are these expressions of violence connected to each other and if so, in which way? How can violence be analyzed in its historic distinctiveness? How to grasp the way it makes people feel? The diverse conference contributions analyze violence from a transdisciplinary gender perspective. 


When: Sept 12 -13, 2019

Where: University of Berne, Uni Muesmatt, Muesmattstrasse 29, 3012 Bern


The Center for Social Research supported the publication of

"Racial Profiling - Struktureller Rassismus und antirassistischer Widerstand"

Racist police controls are part of everyday life in Europe. They drastically reveal who is not considered a fellow citizen. While a large part of the dominant society perceives this racist practice as normal, more and more affected people are no longer willing to accept it without resistance


This volume brings together scientific, artistic and activist contributions on the social backgrounds and effects of racial profiling and the possibilities of intersectional anti-racist resistance. The focus is on Switzerland, supplemented by perspectives from authors who are familiar with the German context.


Open Access: Racial Profiling


Expert Interview, Health Program "Puls", Swiss Television, June 24, 2019

"The Meaning of the Body Hair"

Historian and gender expert Dominique Grisard recently appeared on "Puls" to discuss about the meaning of the body hair in context of history, gender and sexualization.



Expert Interview, "Der Bund", June 11, 2019

"Children's fashion"

Gender expert Dominique Grisard discusses about gender marketing, its effects on role patterns and the trend towards gender-neutral clothing. Read the full article here.


Performance and Public Discussion, May 27, 2019

"Wildwuchs Festival 2019: We Bodies"

Public discussion moderated by Dominique Grisard following the performance of "We Bodies".


We Bodies deals with the figure of the monster. Because the monster can override ideas of normality and thus resembles the miracle. Even a miracle, by its appearance, questions our natural order. A monster is a mixed being: Neither man nor woman, neither animal nor human, neither natural nor artificial.


In their performance, Teresa Vittucci, Michael Turinsky and Claire Vivianne Sobottke create a new language of movement based on their own limitations and attributions. The supposed failure becomes a possibility and the encounter of the three becomes a political-social field of research.


When: Monday, May 27, 2019

Where: Kaserne Basel, Rossstall 1


Art and Politics, Children's Books Table, May 15, 2019

"Bunt & vielfältig. Kinderbücher heute"

The event "Bunt & vielfältig. Kinderbücher Heute" takes place on the occasion of IDAHOT, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and the theme week BUNT! Basel divers.


The modern life reality of children looks colorful. But what makes this diversity so special? And how can it be possible to talk with children about attributions, ideals and identifications in a prejudice-conscious and gender-sensitive manner, as well as to thematise diverse lifestyles and family models - without emphasising them? The Art of Intervention presents selected books for children of pre-school age, which contain the complexity of role models for children and of life and family plans.


When: May 15, 2019

Where: Alte Markthalle Basel


Performances and Theoretical Reflection, March 16 - 20, 2019

"Das Spiel der Mimesis - Einführende Überlegungen zu einer Kritik der Geschlechterordnung"

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


We imitate to absorb others. Mimesia started with this idea in Cairo in 2017. While working there, Miriam Coretta Schulte got to know a network of solidary women - and was fascinated. The admiration of admiration became the reason to assemble artistic accomplices. And to remember who shaped us. When do we admire some people so much that we want to resemble them? Can we as adults use our capacity for imitation and imitation to emancipate and solidarize ourselves?


On the occasion of the performance Mimesia by Miriam Coretta Schulte, researchers from the Center for Gender Studies will be inviting to an introduction to feminist aspects of the performance, the title-giving concept of mimesis and the role of role models, and to examine them in the light of their own research.


When: March 16 - 20, 2019

Where: Kaserne Basel


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.



Theoretical reflection, 21 Oct 2018

"Staging Gender, Staging Queerness: Einführende Überlegungen zu einer Kritik der Geschlechterordnung"

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


As part of the performances between 18 and 22 October 2018, researchers from the Centre for Gender Studies will be offering a thematic lecture on the subject matter Desiring Contradiction, which will focus on the aspects of various performances and illuminate them against the background of their own research projects.


When: 21 Oct 2018

Where: Kaserne Basel


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.


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When: Tuesdays, 6pm

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


"The Art of Intervention" Event Series, 16 Oct 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: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018, 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".



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Expert Interview, Science Program "Einstein", Swiss Television, 17 Sept 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.