KOLLEGIUM TALKS: How can history inform current gender politics and policy?

Mon Dec 13 2021 at 05:00 pm

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Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS)
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KOLLEGIUM TALKS: How can history inform current gender politics and policy? Speakers: Robert Mason (HCAS, Univ. of Edinburgh) and Louise Settle (HCAS)
Live stream from Think Corner Stage: https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/tiedekulma/katso-ja-kuuntele

Most people would agree that understanding the past is important for understanding the present, but how far should we take this? What role should historical research play in shaping contemporary policy and politics? Focusing particularly on the context of gender history, this discussion will elaborate on some of the ways in which historical knowledge could be used to understand contemporary gender politics and to further gender equality today. It will also feature two case studies. First, Louise Settle will explain how historical knowledge about domestic violence and probation could be used to inform current criminal justice policies. Second, Robert Mason will share his analysis of how politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom interpreted, and responded to, the arrival of a ‘gender gap’ in voting during the 1980s and beyond.

Speaker bios:
Robert Mason is a core fellow at HCAS and a professor of US history at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and The Republican Party and American Politics from Hoover to Reagan (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His current project explores the history of the voting ‘gender gap’ in the United States, considered in comparative perspective.
Louise Settle is a core fellow at HCAS who specialises in the history of gender, crime, emotions and sexuality. She is the author of Sex for Sale in Scotland: Prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1900-1939 (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and Probation and the Policing of the Private Sphere in Britain, 1907-1962 (Bloomsbury, forthcoming January 2022). Her current research explores the role that marriage therapy and popular psychology has played in shaping how ‘emotional work’ is negotiated and experienced within romantic relationships.
Kollegium Talks is a discussion series hosted by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) at Think Corner of the University of Helsinki. In each Kollegium Talks event, Helsinki Collegium fellows and their guests discuss a topic that connects their research interests and opens fresh perspectives to the humanities and social sciences and to the world we live in.
Join the debate at Think Corner Stage or via live stream at https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/tiedekulma/katso-ja-kuuntele! (Direct link will be posted here before the event.)
The discussions will also be recorded for later viewing and will be posted on the HCAS Youtube channel.
The other Kollegium Talks events in
November – December 2021:
** 29 November 2021 at 5 pm, Think Corner Stage **
KOLLEGIUM TALKS: Democratic Politics in Post-Communist Europe
Speakers: Keith Brown (HCAS, Arizona State University), Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/319273929705290
** 9 December 2021 at 5 pm, Think Corner Stage **
KOLLEGIUM TALKS: What's a language error?
Speakers: HCAS Fellows Maria Khachaturyan, Maria Kuteeva and Svetlana Vetchinnikova
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/583383096252637
(Event image: Hanna Sario)

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