Januari 2018

Delphine Gardey - Do Parliaments have Artefacts? A Material and Gendered Study of the French National Assembly since 1789 (KULeuven)


Though the written word remains the main source for many researchers, increasing attention has been paid to material culture in recent years. Following Bruno Latour’s work on the complex relationship between subject and object, researchers in the humanities and the social sciences have revealed how the study of artefacts can contribute to a more nuanced and encompassing understanding of culture and society, not in the least from a gender perspective. Attention has shifted from the mere object to the ways objects are conceptualized, produced, experienced, used and exchanged. In the field of gender studies, the gendered character of material practices has come to the fore.

On September 21st and 22nd KU Leuven Doctoral School for Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes an expert on gender and material culture, professor Delphine Gardey. Trained as an historian and a sociologist, Delphine Gardey is full professor of contemporary history at the University of Geneva, where she directs the Institute for Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her main fields of interest are the history of gender, labour and technology, and feminist theory. In her work she has reflected on the relationships between gender, science and technology, and between the body, gender and politics. Her most recent work includes the books Politics of Coalition (2016), based on the work of Judith Butler , Le Linge du Palais Bourbon. Corps, matérialité et genre du politique à l’aire démocratique (2015), a study of the material and gendered history of the French National Assembly and Le féminisme change-t-il nos vies? (2011), a survey of the impact of feminism on contemporary daily life.

On Thursday afternoon (17:00) professor Gardey will give a lecture on the historical construction of the political space of the French parliament from a material, anthropological and gender perspective. On Friday she will teach a research seminar on gender and material culture for phd students and postdoctoral researchers (more information on the seminar). 

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