From 2007-12-05 17:30:00
until 2007-12-05 19:00:00
Celebration of Joan Scott's new book : "The Politics of the Veil."
NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION: FACULTY HOUSE, 1ST FLOOR, RANDOLPH ROOM
Joan Wallach Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor, the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, will discuss and sign copies of her acclaimed new study, The Politics of the Veil (Princeton University Press, 2007)
In 2004, the French government instituted a ban on the wearing of "conspicuous signs" of religious affiliation in public schools. Though the ban applies to everyone, it is aimed at Muslim girls wearing headscarves. Proponents of the law insist it upholds France's values of secular liberalism and oppose the headscarf as symbolic of Islam's resistance to modernity. The Politics of the Veil offers an explosive refutation of this view, calling for a new vision of community where common ground is found amid our differences, and where the embracing of diversity--not its suppression--is recognized as the best path to social harmony.
Joan Wallach Scott is a widely recognized specialist of gender and contemporary French history and politics. Her books include Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism and Gender and the Politics of History.