Camille ROBCIS

Camille ROBCIS is Professor of Intellectual History at Columbia University, New York. Her research interests include gender and sexuality in intellectual, cultural, and political-legal history. Her first book, The Law of Kinship. La famille, les experts et la République (The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in France, Cornell University Press), examines how in recent debates about the family, several jurists and political figures in France have used concepts from anthropology and structuralist psychoanalysis (and more specifically, the thought of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Jacques Lacan) to impose a certain conception of the family.

Her second book, Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in France (Univ. of Chicago Press) traces the history of institutional psychotherapy, a movement born in France during the Second World War, rooted in Marxism and Lacanian psychoanalysis, whose aim was to rethink the foundations of psychiatric theory and practice. She is currently working on a new project entitled, The Gender Question: Populism, National Reproduction, and the Crisis of Representation which looks at the origins and developments of movements against ’gender theory’ around the world.

Camille Robcis is hosted in the framework of the Chair by the University Research School "Gender & Sexuality Studies" (EUR GSST, EHESS / Ined).


"The gender question: populism, national reproduction and the crisis of representation"

How and why has the idea of ’gender theory’ spread around the world since the 1990s? Much more invoked than explained, ’gender theory’ is often presented by its opponents as both the origin and the inevitable consequence of laws to promote equal rights for women and LGBT+ people. The intervention will focus on the case of the demonstrations against "marriage for all" in France and more particularly on the problem of political representation in these debates.