Colloquium: Joan Scott, Women & Religion in 19th Century France
DEC 06, 2013 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
December 06, 2013: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM
Joan Scott, School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study
About Joan Scott: Joan Scott’s groundbreaking 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. Broadly, the object of her work is the question of difference in history: its uses, enunciations, implementations, justifications, and transformations in the construction of social and political life. 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).
Read more here on Scott's IAS faculty page.
This paper looks at the history of secularization in 19th century France as it defined the place of women and the place of religion as belonging to the private sphere.