MOCH Lecture: Joan Wallach Scott (Institute for Advanced Studies), 'Backlash: What Is at Stake in the Attacks on Gender and Academic Freedom?'

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The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities and the Department of History Present the Fall 2021 Sesquicentennial Lecture. 

Recently, French government ministers warned that postcolonial theory is a cover for something called “Islamo-gauchisme.” Meanwhile in the U.S.,  state legislatures have passed laws banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory. How have the terms and methods of postcolonial theory, gender theory, and critical race theory migrated from graduate seminars and academic conferences to cable news and talk radio? What is driving the visceral and sometimes violent reaction to the critical study of race, gender, sex, and empire? Why are these oft arcane scholarly conversations deemed not just a threat to impressionable students, but to Western civilization itself?

Dr. Joan Wallach Scott (Professor Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study) will join professors from the University of Memphis for a roundtable discussion about the current backlash against gender theory, CRT, and other critical traditions in the humanities.
Joan Wallach Scott is Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.  Her 1986 article “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis” has become a classic and is still widely read and regularly taught. A historian of France as well as of gender, sexuality and women’s history, she is also known for her work in Feminist Theory.  Her most recent books are Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom and On The Judgment of History.

This event is free and open to the public.

This is a virtual event with required registration. Please visit www.memphis.edu/moch for more details. 

Thursday, November 04, 2021


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