The Arts Facing Gender Violence

05/11/21 to 05/11/21
10.00am - 12.30pm
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About the Event

Seminar series “The Arts Facing Gender Violence” organized by  Marie Buscatto (Idhe.s, Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Cnrs); and  Mathilde Provansal (Iris, Ehess-Cnrs, Ceet, Idhe.s). Including a round-table live from the French ministry of Culture, in Paris. 

With the support of Idhe.s, Iris, CEET, Mage and the LMU

Since the Weinstein affair and the #MeToo movement, women and men have disclosed and denounced sexual and gendered violence in various artistic sectors (the film industry, opera, theater, the music industry, art schools, etc.). Breaking this silence has disturbed the image of artistic circles as open, tolerant and avant-gardist. While gender inequalities in art worlds are well documented by academic research, much less research has focused on gendered violence in the arts. This seminar series aims to develop a sociological analysis of gendered violence in artistic education and professions and explore the role of gender-based violence in the reproduction of the gender order in the arts. Our goal is to highlight the contexts, structures and power relations that enable gender-based violence in the arts, but also that allows it to be reproduced or, on the contrary, challenged and addressed. The analysis of the historical foundations and the social logics of gendered violence in the arts will allow its structural character to be emphasized against commonly-held psychologizing and individualizing explanations.


Friday November 5th, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (online, in English): International perspectives

“The normalization of sexual harassment in the creative industries” Sophie Hennekam (Audencia Business School, France)

“Gender violence in New York theatre: a social issue through an occupational lens” Bleuwenn Lechaux (Univ. Rennes, EHESP, CNRS, Arènes – UMR 6051)

Discussant: Mathieu Trachman (Ined, IRIS –Ehess)


Friday February 11th, 2022 – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (online, in English): Visual Arts

“Gender-based harassment and violence in the work of Finnish visual artists” Sari Karttunen (University of the Arts Helsinki & Centre for Cultural Policy Research)

“Gender-based violence in art schools: between reproduction and denunciation” Mathilde Provansal (Iris, Ehess-Cnrs, Ceet, Idhe.s)

Discussant: Anna Bull (University of York)

Tuesday March 8th, 2022 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (live)

Round-table at the Ministry of Culture chaired by Christine Détrez (CMW, ENS Lyon – Cnrs)


For more information email mathilde.provansal[at]

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