Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality

The Case of ‘#MeToo’ in the Academy: Ladies’ Lingerie at the ISA

By Serena Cruz (ARC-GS Visiting Scholar)

31May2018 11:45 - 13:00


This lecture will address the rise of ‘#MeToo’ in the context of academia by considering one overarching question: what is the state of ‘#MeToo’ in the Academy?

Central to this discussion will be the disclosure (and reflection) of a recent incident at the International Studies Association (ISA) 2018 Annual Conference. The focus in this re-telling will be to contextualize the events surrounding the incident and the ensuing actions that took place in its aftermath through a theoretical and contemporary analysis of sexism. Within this analysis particular attention will be given to considering the implications of the appropriation of emancipatory themes, such as ‘the personal is political’, by those who perpetuate sexist behavior (e.g., harassment, abuse, ‘gas-lighting’) in an effort to obfuscate the threat their actions pose to the larger project of ‘Enlightenment’ that is central to the Academy.

Registration is Required.

Attendance is free of charge, and lunch will be provided by ARC-GS. In order to register, please send a mail (including any dietary requirements) to by Friday, May 25. You will be sent the location of the lecture upon registering.


Published by  ARCGS