In 2020–21, Carissa
M. Harris, Member in the School of Historical Studies and
Associate Professor at Temple University, is exploring how anger
became feminized in the late medieval English popular imagination,
focusing particularly on the figure of...
This article is a slightly edited excerpt of the lecture given
on the occasion of the awarding of the Edgar di Picciotto
International Prize of the Graduate Institute of Geneva to Joan
Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social
#MeToo has been such a big catalyst for what looks every day
more like the emergence of a new feminist movement, because it
speaks to women across the class, race, and sexuality divides. The
movement points to the fact that sexual harassment and...
As controversy swirls in the wake of the revelations about the
abuses of women by powerful men in the arts, politics, media,
academia, restaurants, and elsewhere come to light, it is important
to remember that we are dealing not with exceptional...
In 2007, when Ségolène Royal announced her
candidacy to the Socialist primary for the presidential election,
Laurent Fabius, former prime minister under President
François Mitterrand, ironically commented: “But who
will take care of the kids?” an...
Critique will be the art of voluntary insubordination.”1
Epigraph to her essay ”History-writing as
Critique,”2 this quote from Michel Foucault is the key to
understanding the epistemological journey of the American historian
Joan W. Scott...
Women’s rights have come a long way since the beginning of
the twentieth century. Before that, if a European or American woman
were married, her husband owned the wages she might earn and
controlled any property or inheritance she might bring.
The mid-1950s saw the invention of a new, highly mythologized
housing type, the bachelor pad, articulated most fully in the pages
of Playboy and in films. The bachelor pad is an apartment
for a single professional man, organized for entertaining
The phrase “fantasy echo” has its origins in a
mistake made by a student in George Mosse’s class at the
University of Wisconsin in 1964 who had failed to understand the
heavily accented pronunciation of fin de siècle by
his German-born professor of...
Underlying the 2004 law banning the wearing of Islamic
headscarves in French public schools is a fundamental clash between
French and Muslim gender systems, according to Joan Wallach Scott,
Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science...