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Gender, Feminism, and Politics (research project)


The Center for History at Sciences Po has been involved in research on feminism and gender politics since 2005. Gender studies shed light on multiple facets of political life, not only to reinforce women’s role in politics, but also to better understand the feminist movement. Gender should be considered when studying political discourses, attitudes, and strategies as well as ideologies of all types. For us, it is a matter of studying gender through a historical lens, in specific contexts, and in connection with other social variables such as age and youth.

Current research project :
PROSOPOFEM: A Biographical Dictionary of Feminists Since 1789

This project is financially supported by Sciences Po (2010-2013). Project POLINE - Inequalities and Democracy

Since 2008, this collective research project has gathered about twenty researchers from various research centers and academic disciplines to create a biographical dictionary of French feminists since 1789. In keeping with the academic backgrounds of its members, the team works from a multidisciplinary approach which includes historical, sociological, and political science perspectives.

The project is led by Christine Bard of the CHSP and CERHIO, Sylvie Chaperon of the Centre d'histoire sociale Paris I, and Janine Mossuz-Lavau  of CEVIPOF.

The biographical dictionary will facilitate a deeper knowledge of all those who have worked in favor of women's rights over the course of several centuries. The dictionary will address all aspects of feminism: political movements, trade unions, associations, and artistic movement which are related to the broader feminist struggle.

The research team benefits from the expertise of its members, including Claude Pennetier of the Maitron, an encyclopedia of workers' movements. The team's multigenerational nature and its multidisciplinary approach to the project also enhance its work.

With its dictionary project, the research group strives to contribute to an in-depth knowledge of a political and social movement by studying the lives of its actors.

The dictionary is scheduled to be published in 2012. An associated database and website will also be created to supplement the print volume with digital resources; these tools will allow a continual enrichment of the dictionary's content.

This type of prosopographic work is still rare in gender and feminist studies. The research for the dictionary will be conducted in association with the Marguerite Durand Library, the BDIC, CAF, the National Archives, and other institutions. In order to study second-wave feminists, the team will rely on oral sources and the help of the Feminism Archives.

The biographical dictionary, together with the associated database and website, will highlight the work of past and present feminists, a group which currently suffers from low visibility. In addition, international comparisons will be possible.

In conjunction with this project, two international colloquia have been organized. The first one took place May 20-22, 2010 as part of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Women's Liberation Movement. The second colloquium will occur  May 19-20, 2011  and will concentrate on  the first wave of feminists.

 

File(s) for download

col_feministes.pdf

Calendar 2010-2011

19/05/2011 - 09:00 Colloques
Colloquium organized by the Center for History at Sciences Po and the CERHIO (University of Angers). Person in charge : Christine Bard Two themes will be addressed : Feminists during the...
20/05/2011 - 09:00 Colloques
Colloquium organized by the Center for History at Sciences Po and the CERHIO (University of Angers). Person in charge : Christine Bard Two themes will be addressed : Feminists during the...