Geschlechterforschung / Gender Studies




Forschungs- und Interessenschwerpunkte

Gender Studies, Gender-based Violence, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Education, Artistic Career, Artistic Education and Training, Contemporary Art, Reputation, Qualitative (Ethnography, Interview, Observation) and Quantitative (Descriptive Analysis, Regression Models, Factorial Analysis) Research Methods

October 2020 –

Postdoctoral Research Project: “Gender-based violence in art schools: between reproduction and denunciation”

This research project addresses the role of gender-based violence in art schools in the reproduction of gender order and male domination in contemporary art. It uses quantitative and qualitative methods.

September 2013 – November 2019

Doctoral Research, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Dissertation title: Artistes mais femmes. Formation, carrière et réputation dans l’art contemporain

Summary: Women artists are underrepresented at the highest levels of artistic, symbolic and economic reputation, although they make up the majority of art school students as well as artists. Drawing on sociology of work, gender, art and education, this PhD dissertation explains this paradox. It analyses the making of gender inequalities within a very prestigious French art school and how these affect the entrance into an artistic career, survival in the profession and access to reputation of its graduates in contemporary art. The joint analysis of quantitative data from an artistic ranking (ArtFacts), biographical interviews and ethnographic observations sheds light on the gendered construction of artistic careers. Whether it is during the recruitment by the art school, the selection in a studio, student jobs, the invitation to exhibit one’s work or being represented by a gallery, women’s gradual disappearance plays out in co-optation processes. At different stages in the career, the stigma of motherhood restricts their employability and their heterosexualization limits opportunities for self-promotion. Access to the conventions of the contemporary art world and integration into professional networks, particularly in the art market, are sexually differentiated. Nevertheless, different social, economic, educational or institutional resources allow some women to bypass the constraints weighing on women’s artistic careers, and to gain reputation.