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Emancipation in Times of Capitalism

Inaugural Lecture by Canadian Political Scientist Prof. Dr. Verónica Schild as International Visiting Professor of Gender Studies

№ 333/2013 from Oct 31, 2013

Die chilenisch-kanadische Politikwissenschaftsprofessorin von der University of Western Ontario besetzt in diesem Semester die an der Freien Universität neu eingerichtete „Dahlem International Network Professorship for Gender Studies“.
The Canadian political scientist and former fellow Verónica Schild is the first international visiting professor of gender studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Image Credit: Bianca Schröder

Emancipation under conditions of neoliberal capitalism is the theme to be addressed in the inaugural lecture of the Canadian political scientist Prof. Dr. Verónica Schild at Freie Universität Berlin. This winter semester Verónica Schild was appointed to the Dahlem International Network Professorship for Gender Studies, a position newly created with funds for implementation of the development concept in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. Schild is one of the leading experts in the field of comparative research on Latin America and feminist research on globalization. The topic of the lecture is "Rethinking Gender and Emancipation beyond Neoliberal Regulation." It will be held on November 6 at 6 p.m. in the Henry Ford Building at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture will be given in English, and there is no admission charge.

In her lecture Schild will consider the effects that come about when the pursuit of autonomy and self-empowerment are shaped by the mechanisms of the market. According to Schild, the follow-up costs of this global phenomenon are unevenly distributed among the sexes and affect women more often, whether in Latin America or in Europe. It is therefore necessary to re-address what "emancipation" really means in the neoliberal "market society."

Verónica Schild, born in Chile and educated in the U.S. and Canada, currently teaches and does research at Western University in London, Ontario. At Freie Universität Berlin, in addition to her inaugural lecture, Schild is holding a colloquium for doctoral students as well as teaching a block seminar dealing with the topic of her current research project, “Latin American Feminism and the Configuration of the State.”

Time and Location

  • November 6, 2013, 6 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Lecture Hall A (Theater), Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin; subway: Thielplatz (U3)

Further Information

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