Dr. Dominique Grisard

Leiterin Swiss Center for Social Research & Lehre
dominique.grisard-at-unibas.ch


Portrait (deutsch)

Dominique Grisard is currently a Swiss National Science Foundation honorary fellow at City University London. From 2011 to 2014 she was a Visiting Scholar at London School of Economics, Columbia University, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Chicago.

Grisard is presently working on two book-length projects: „Pink“ weaves a history of gender, sexuality and (skin) color through and around the color pink (funded by the University of Basel and the Swiss National Science Foundation; www.pinkstudies.com); a second project entitled „Bedroom Cultures. The Public Life of Intimacy“ pursues a historical anthropology, interrogating changing notions of intimacy and privacy, with a particular focus on the bourgeois conjugal bedroom and its other, the brothel (late 19th century to today). In addition, she is preparing the „Skin Color Reader,“ an anthology on seminal work on the theme of skin color and colorisms, as well as two special issues in journals: „Color Sells. Color as a Marketing Tool“ and „Skin Matters. Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color.“ Long-standing research interests have been the history of intimacies and sexualities in 19th to 21th century European prison, criminology and popular culture.

Grisard has published extensively on left wing terrorism in 1970s Europe and female political prisoners in Switzerland. More recently she has published on the pink triangle, lgbt historiography, and the implementation of pink in prisons, on the sexualization and pinkification of girl culture, and princess boys. Grisard is the author of Gendering Terror (2011), a history of (counter)terrorism in 1970s Switzerland and Germany, and the editor of three anthologies on gender theory (in German): Verschieden Sein (To Be Different, 2013), Gender in Motion (2007), and Gender and Knowledge (2004). She is about to submit two articles to peer reviewed journals, one theorizing the role of ‘fairness’ and ‘empire’ in pink princess culture, the other problematizing evolutionary neuro and developmental psychological studies of pink and blue color preferences in children.

While at Columbia University Grisard was convener of the international symposium on „Skin / Matters. Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color“ (August 29-30, 2013) and the Working Conference „Coloring Difference“ at The Graduate Center. She recently co-directed the Summer School „The Power of Color“ at Humboldt University, Berlin (July 22-26, 2013). At the moment she is preparing a Summer School on “The Politics of Beauty. Intersectional Approaches to Global Beauty Discourses and Practices,” to be held at University of Cambridge in 2016.

 

Vita

Sept. 2014 – Honorary visiting fellow, Department of Culture and Creative Industries, City University London (Invited by Prof. Rosalind Gill).

April 2014 – Dec. 2014 – Visiting fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (invited by Prof. Sonia Livingstone).

Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013 – Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Research of Women, Gender and Sexuality (IRWAG) (funded by SNSF).

May 2013 - Dec. 2013 – Visiting Scholar, Critical Social Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (invited by Profs. Deborah Tolman & Susan Opotow).

Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2012 – Visiting Scholar, Anthropology und History Department, New School for Social Research (invited by Prof. Ann Laura Stoler).

Feb. 2011 - Dec. 2011 – Visiting scholar, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago (invited by Prof. Linda Zerilli).

October 2009 – PhD in History, University of Basel

June 2006 - Jan. 2011 – Lecturer and public relations officer, Center for Gender Studies, University of Basel.

2005 - 2006 – Visiting scholar at Institute for criminological social science, Hamburg University (invited by Prof. Susanne Krasmann).

2002 - 2005 – Coordinator of graduate school program “Gender – Science – Symbolic Order”, University of Basel; PhD student in History and scholarship recipient in graduate school program.

1999 MA in Contemporary History and Ibero-American literature (summa cum laude), University of Fribourg.

1994 BA in History and Spanish, Tufts University, Boston; courses at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires.

 

Fields of interest

  • Color history & science (incl. NS color use)
  • Left wing terrorism
  • Social movements (incl. 70s and 80s gay liberation movement)
  • Sexualities & intimacies in prison
  • Girl (consumer) culture & feminine adolescence
  • Sex/sexism in music videos, advertisement & new media
  • prison histories & narratives
  • Discourse theory (Foucault, Laclau/Mouffe)
  • Cultural gender & queer theories and methods
  • European gender history (19-21th century)

 

Board / Memberships

  • Board Member, Swiss Gender Studies Society SGGF
  • Network Representative, Woman, Gender & Sexuality Network, Social Science History Association SSHA, USA
  • Founding Director, Swiss Center for Social Research CSR
  • Member, Swiss Association of Feminist Studies FEMWISS
  • Member, Swiss Society for Cultural Studies
  • Member, German Studies Association GSA, USA
  • Member, AHRC-Network "Terrorist Transgressions", UK/Germany/US/Switzerland

 

News 

Dominique Grisard on TV show: “Fifty Shades – Viel Lärm um ein Sadomaso-Märchen,” Der Club, Swiss Television SRF, 17 Feb. 2015

“Die rosa Welt schliesst die Mädchen ein – und die Buben aus” Interview mit Dominique Grisard über die Geschichte der Farbe rosa, Der Bund, 2. Okt. 2014.

Grisard, D. (2015) “Pink. En / Gendering a Color”. Solar Initiative. Current: Pink, Spring; 26-29,

Grisard, D. (2015) "The spectacle of the hunger-stricken body: a German–Italian terrorist, Swiss prisons and the (ir)rational body politic". European Review of History 22:1, 138-160, 

Grisard, D. (2014) “History of Knowledge, Terrorism and Gender”. Historical Social Research 149: 39, 3: 82-99.

"Skin / Matters. Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color" at  Columbia University (29-30 August 2013). [PDF (3.9 MB)]

"Coloring Difference" International working conference at The  Graduate Center at City University of New York (28-29 August 2013). [PDF (6.4 MB)]

"Colour Sells!" Conference at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (26 July 2013). [PDF (5.8 MB)]

"The Power of Colour" Summer School at Humboldt Universität zu  Berlin (22 -26 July 2013).

Rosa: Kein Zutritt für Jungen, Dominique Grisard über eine Farbe im Grenzbereich, 13.02.2013.

Warum stinkt pink? Pinkforscherin Dominique Grisard führt ein Interview mit Pinkstinks Germany im Missy Magazin, 04.01.2013.

 

Media

Dominique Grisard on TV show: “Fifty Shades – Viel Lärm um ein Sadomaso-Märchen” Der Club, Swiss Television SRF, 17 Feb. 2015.

“Die rosa Welt schliesst die Mädchen ein – und die Buben aus” Interview mit Dominique Grisard über die Geschichte der Farbe rosa, Der Bund, 2. Okt. 2014.

“Rosa: Kein Zutritt für Jungen,” Dominique Grisard über eine Farbe im Grenzbereich, 13.02.2013.

“Warum stinkt pink?” Pinkforscherin Dominique Grisard führt ein Interview mit Pinkstinks Germany im Missy Magazin, 04.01.2013.


 

Conferences

“The Politics of Beauty. Intersectional Approaches”. Summer School and Conference, University of Cambridge, July 2016.

“Skin / Matters. Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color” at  Columbia University (29-30 August 2013).

“Coloring Difference” International working conference at The  Graduate Center at City University of New York (28-29 August 2013).

“Colour Sells!” Conference at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (26 July 2013).

“The Power of Colour” Summer School at Humboldt Universität zu  Berlin (22 -26 July 2013).

 

Publications (Selection)

Grisard, D. (2015) “Pink. En / Gendering a Color”. Solar Initiative. Current: Pink, Spring; 26-29.

Grisard, D. (2015) “The spectacle of the hunger-stricken body: a German–Italian terrorist, Swiss prisons and the (ir)rational body politic”. European Review of History 22:1, 138-160,

Grisard, D. (2014) “History of Knowledge, Terrorism and Gender”. Historical Social Research 149: 39, 3: 82-99.

Grisard, D. (2014) “A Case of Mistaken Identity. Female Russian Social-Revolutionaries in early 20th Century Europe”, What’s Queer about Europe? Productive Encounters and Re-Enchanting Paradigms, eds. Sudeep Dasgupta and Mireille Rosello. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014, 48-68 (peer reviewed).

Grisard, D. (2014) “Rosarot und Himmelblau: die Farbe süsser Beeren und des Himmels bei prächtigem Jagdwetter. Warum Mädchen Rosa lieben”, Ich Mann. Du Frau. Feste Rollen seit Urzeiten?, ed. Brigitte Röder. Freiburg: Archäologischen Museum Colombischlössle, 2014, 54-67.

Grisard, D. (2014) "Rosige Haut, Blaues Blut, Pinkes Tutu. Eine Prinzessinnengeschichte in Farbe”, “Als habe es die Frauen nicht gegeben.” Beiträge zur Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte, ed. Sabine Braunschweig. Zürich: Chronos, 2014, 101-113.

Grisard, D. (2014) “Rosa Gefängnisse, rosige Zukunft? Gefängnispolitik und der Rosa Winkel”, Erkenntniswert Farbe, eds. Kirill Abrosimov and Margrit Vogt. Berlin: Ripperger & Kremers, 2014, 171-189.

Grisard, D. (2013) Verschieden sein. Nachdenken über Geschlecht und Differenz, Frankfurt a.M.: Ulrike Helmer Verlag (with Jäger, Ulle/König, Tomke) Ulrike Helmer Verlag.

Grisard, D. (2011) Gendering Terror. Eine Geschlechtergeschichte des Linksterrorismus in der Schweiz, Frankfurt a. M.: Campus Verlag.

 

Reviews/Interviews of „Gendering Terror