Focus "Gender Fluidity, October 18 - 22, 2018

"Lust am Widerspruch" - "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 thus also marks the start of long-term cooperation with the Centre for Gender Studies and the Swiss Centre for Social Research, whose common goal is dialogue between theory and theatre and performance practice: undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers gain an insight into production processes and in return are given the opportunity to contribute their scientific perspective to the accompanying and mediation programme of Kaserne Basel, thereby creating and opening up new areas of knowledge and experience.


When: Oct. 18-22, 2018

Where: Kaserne Basel


"The Art of Intervention" Event Series, October 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, St. Alban-Rheinweg 60


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. More information

When: Tuesdays, 6pm

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


"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.