Scientific residencies

The Scientific Residencies are aimed at researchers working in a foreign university and having their own funds to finance their stay, who wish to come to France to carry out research on gender and sexualities. For a period of one to four months, the Gender Institute provides the researcher with a workstation on the Condorcet Campus and integrates them into its scientific activities.


Elisabeth Mercier

Scientific residencies - Institut du Genre

Elisabeth Mercier is Professeure agrégée in the Department of Sociology at Université Laval. Specialised in gender studies, her research focuses on public discourse on young people’s sexuality, as well as issues of moralisation and normative control over women’s sexuality. She has published several scientific articles, notably in the Canadian Journal of Communication and Nouvelles questions féministes. Élisabeth is a member of the Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF) and sits on the editorial board of the journal Recherches féministes.

Thème de recherche
Understanding slutshaming: girls and young women's reproduction, negotiation and resistance to the violence of gender and sexuality norms

This research project focuses on the various ways in which women are humiliated and stigmatised based on their real or presumed sexuality. More specifically, it aims to understand slutshaming as a specific form of gender-based violence, through the experiences and meanings given to it by the girls and young women most affected. It also seeks to show the links between ordinary forms of slutshaming and the power of gender and sexuality norms, at the intersection of other unequal social relations (ethnicity, social class, age, physicality). To this end, the project uses a qualitative methodology combining semi-structured interviews, the collection of public testimonies and a review of the literature produced on the subject of slutshaming.


Scientific residencies - Institut du Genre

Aneta Ostaszewska est accueillie dans le cadre des Résidences Scientifiques de l’Institut du Genre du 1er décembre 2021 au 31 janvier 2022. Professeure à l’Université de Varsovie, elle dirige le Centre pour la Recherche sur les Femmes et le Genre (@CBPKiP) et travaille à l’intersection entre les sciences sociales et les humanités. Ses recherches portent sur les auto/biographies, l’empowerment des femmes, et le traitement politique des inégalités. Elle est l’autrice de nombreuses publications, parmi lesquelles un ouvrage dédié à bell hooks et son autobiographie dans un contexte d’empowerment (Proces kształtowania kobiecej podmiotowości. Pedagogiczne studium samorozwoju bell hooks, 2018).

Thème de recherche
Women at universities and the Covid-19 pandemic. A preliminary research on experiences of female academics in Paris.

The proposed theme is a part of a research project on the pandemic impact on lives and careers of women at European universities conducted since 2020. The project is focused on the phenomenon of feminization of the pandemic, that is to say, the consequences of the pandemic in the field of women’s work, both professional, care work, and housework. The aim is to capture the current challenges faced by various groups of women who are academics: researchers and lecturers incl. doctoral students working at various European universities. The BGF and research stay in Paris is a unique opportunity for me to study the situation of women at French universities. The research plan includes both desk research (e.g. a review of recent literature on the consequences of the pandemic on the lives of women, in particular, in France) and ethnographic study, that is, observation of university life and conversations / interviews with female academics. The main research question is: How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed women’s lives including their professional careers? Data collected during my research stay in Paris will be used as a case study for a comparative analysis of the situation of women at other European universities incl. the University of Milan and the University

Permanent call

The Institut du Genre is setting up a new scientific residency program for researchers working in a foreign university wishing to stay in France to carry out research on gender and sexuality and/or to establish cooperations with French teams working on these themes. Applications are examined by the management three times a year, and the deadlines for submitting applications are October 10 for stays starting the following January 1; February 10 for stays starting the following May 1; June 10 for stays starting the following September 1. The scientific residencies, which last from one to four months, are intended for researchers at least at the post-doctoral level who have their own funds to finance their stay (funding from their university of origin, grants from researcher exchange programs, etc.). The Gender Institute will provide the researcher with a workstation on the Condorcet Campus in Aubervilliers, and will integrate, as far as possible, the researcher in its scientific activities. The researcher undertakes to acknowledge the Institute’s support in all publications resulting from the research conducted during the scientific residency.

The application, to be sent to the Gender Institute’s management, must include the following elements:

– a curriculum vitae
– a letter of motivation indicating the dates of the stay and the program of activities planned in the French universities and research organizations that are partners of the IdG during this stay;
– a research project of about 3 pages;
– a certificate from the institution financing the stay, including the amount of the grant or funds, and the expected duration of their use.

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