The Politics of Secularism in France


ENR2 Bldg, Haury Lecture Hall, Rm S107
1064 E. Lowell St. Room S107
Tucson , AZ


Fri, 11/06/2015 - 7:00pm to Thu, 06/08/2023 - 5:36pm

Join CMES and the RelSec for one of the Final speakers visiting the University of Arizona as part of the "Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging" series:

Joan Wallach Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Science. She received her PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history. Scott’s recent books have focused on the vexed relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalizing force of democratic politics. They include Gender and the Politics of History(1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005), The Politics of the Veil (2007), and The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011). Her now classic article, "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," continues to inspire innovative research on women and gender. More recently, she has been concerned with the ways in which difference poses problems for democratic practice. She has extended her work on the veil to examine the relationship between secularism and gender equality.


Scott has been recognized with honorary degrees from a number of academic institutions, including Brown, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Bergen (Norway).  At its meeting in January, 2009, the American Historical Association presented her with an award for Scholarly Distinction, the culmination of more than 40 years of research and writing in her chosen fields of French history, women’s and gender history, and feminist theory.