Photo Félix Imhof

LIVES at the heart of the 6th Congress of French Speaking Feminist Research in Lausanne

Several researchers of the NCCR LIVES actively participate in this gathering from 29 August to 2 September 2012, four years after the last edition in Rabat (Morocco).

More than 600 participants flock to Lausanne from Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September 2012 for the 6th Congress of French Speaking Feminist Research. Three researchers of the NCCR LIVES are part of the steering committee and six other LIVES members contribute, with communications and chairing some sessions.

The steering committee is composed of 13 people from the Centre for Gender Studies LIEGE, University of Lausanne and the Interuniversity Laboratory for Gender Studies  of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES LIEGE · SO) based in Geneva. On the Lausanne side, the three members of the NCCR LIVES are: Nicky Le Feuvre and Farinaz Fassa, professors, and Lavinia Gianettoni, senior lecturer, all active in IP6, "Vulnerability at the interface of professional and family life: Gender and occupational differentials".

The head of this project, Nicky Feuvre, participated in three editions of the Congress of French Speaking Feminist Research, including that of Toulouse in 2002, where she had been involved in the organization: "I told myself at the time it was good to have done this at least once in ones life, but it was exhausting, though. I had never imagined being involved again in this adventure!”

For the task of the steering committee represents an enormous investment that must be maintained in the long run: "We've been there for over 18 months, with weekly meetings for a year and almost a daily rythm since the beginning of the summer, plus an avalanche of emails. But it is also a great collective adventure. Lots of stress, but lots of laugh too! I think we can be proud of the result", says Nicky Le Feuvre.

Progress in the analysis of "intersectionality"

According to the professor, the theme of the 6th Congress, "Nesting of power relations: discrimination and privileges of gender, race, class and sexuality" has emerged quite naturally, because the question of the interconnection of different power relations is at the heart of gender studies around the world right now: "We wanted to enjoy the presence of all these gender specialists colleagues to really progress in the analysis of "intersectionality". If we judge by the number of received communication proposals, this theme actually struck a chord with the scientific community. "

This impressive program of 26 workshops, 10 round tables and 8 plenary lectures  includes some 400 papers of about 550 authors and co-authors. As far as members of LIVES are concerned, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier and Dominique Joye present two papers with Lavinia Gianettoni (already cited as a member of the steering committee): The career aspirations of adolescents in Switzerland: An interaction between gender, class and national origin and The career aspirations of girls and boys between gender ideologies of teachers and social background of students. These two presentations are derived from the research conducted within the National Research Program NRP 60 "Equalities between men and women", and more specifically from the "Professional aspirations of boys and girls at the end of compulsory schooling" part, for which the researchers conducted a survey of approximately 3,500 students and their teachers in the three levels of secondary schools I in the Swiss States of Bern (French speaking part only), Geneva, Vaud and Ticino.

In the same workshop, Farinaz Fassa presents Sexism is other people, and in another workshop of the Congress, Isabelle Zinn presents the research she conducts as PhD student in IP6: The overlap of sex, gender and sexual orientation in the study of "masculinities" at work: the case of florists and butchers, and Pierre Bataille, also a PhD student at the IP6, presents Support, stigma, asset or annuity? Gender, cultural capital and social uses of academic titles of nobility on the labor market. The case of alumni from Fontenay, Lyon and Saint-Cloud (1981-1987).

At last PhD Student Anne Perriard presents, together with Prof. Jean-Pierre Tabin, both members of IP5 and researchers at the Haute école de travail social et de la santé - EESP Lausanne, Social investment, new mode of (re)production of male domination.

All these issues fit well with the core target of the congress. Because as points Nicky Le Feuvre, it would be wrong to think that gender inequalities have almost disappeared in our Western societies "enlightened" by 40 years of feminism: "People agree to admit that women still face discrimination, but only in far away countries! The challenge is to show the new forms, sometimes less visible and more complex, that the inequalities take in the West today.”

Full program :

Sessions with LIVES members :

Workshop 7. Imbrication des rapports de pouvoir dans l’éducation

Responsible:  FASSA Farinaz, GIANETTONI Lavinia, PERRY Véronique

Session 1: Wednesday 29 Aug. 2012 16:30-18:00
Orientation professionnelle
Chair: GIANETTONI Lavinia

Les aspirations professionnelles des adolescent-e-s en Suisse : Une interaction entre genre, classe sociale et origine nationale

Session 6: Saturday 1 Sept. 2012 16:30-18:00
Pratiques des prof. et doing gender
Chair: STORARI Chiara

FASSA Farinaz & STORARI Chiara
Le sexisme, c’est les autres

Les aspirations professionnelles des filles et des garçons : entre idéologies sexistes des enseignant-e-s et origine sociale des élèves

Workshop 19. Groupes professionnels, métiers et professions

Responsible: JARTY Julie, LAPEYRE Nathalie, LE FEUVRE Nicky, ZINN Isabelle

Session 1: Wednesday 29 Aug. 2012 16:30-18:00
Métiers de service
Chair: BATAILLE Pierre

ZINN Isabelle
L’imbrication du sexe, du genre et de l’orientation sexuelle dans l’étude des «masculinités» au travail : le cas des fleuristes et des bouchers/ères

Session 6: Saturday 1 Sept. 2012 16:30-18:00
Formations et professions supérieures
Chair: ZINN Isabelle

Charge, stigmate, atout ou rente ? Genre, capital culturel et usages sociaux des titres de noblesse scolaire sur le marché du travail. Le cas des ancien-ne-s élèves des ENS de Fontenay, Saint-Cloud et Lyon (1981-1987)

Atelier 22. Régulation politique des inégalités

Session 3: Jeudi 30.08.2012 16h30-18h00
Etat et politiques publiques II
Présidence : CÔTÉ Denyse

TABIN Jean-Pierre & PERRIARD Anne
L’investissement social, nouveau mode de (re)production de la domination masculine