Estelle Ferrarese is a professor of political and social theory at Strasbourg University. For the 2014-2015 academic year, she is a research fellow at the Marc Bloch Center in Berlin. She has been a Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research and at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin.



The Political Grammar of Consent: Investigating a New Gender Order

Estelle Ferrarese aims to show how a political grammar that seeks to overcome the gender order as a hierarchical order—centered on the notion of consent—ultimately participates in reconstructing it. She first grounds the claim that the grammar of consent is monopolizing academic debates on gender. Then she highlights regimes of justification that render the relevance of women’s consent conditional, examining two French contemporary controversies, one concerning the Muslim veil and the other the criminalization of the clients of prostitution. Finally Ferrarese shows the effects this differentiated relationship to consent has on the political status of women.

Time: 9 pm
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room