Dominique Grisard


A historian by training, Grisard teaches Gender Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland, since 2006. From 2011 to 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at City University London, London School of Economics, Columbia University, the Graduate Center at the City of New York, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Chicago.


Grisard is presently finishing her book-length project „Pink“ which weaves a history of gender, sexuality and whiteness through and around the color pink (funded by the University of Basel and the Swiss National Science Foundation). The project "bedroom cultures" interrogates changes of intimacy and the private sphere in digital times by focusing on arguably the most private room of all: the bedroom.


She also convenes the ongoing event series "The Art of Intervention" in cooperation with the University of Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart and Kaserne Basel, and recently organized the conference "Border Crossings: Gender, Sexuality and Rights" at the University of Arizona. She is also still working on publishing results from previous events, e.g. the 2016 Summer School and international conference on "The Politics of Beauty" at the University of Cambridge.


In addition, Grisard is preparing a special issue in a journal on „Skin Matters. Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color.“ Long standing research interests are the history of intimacies and sexualities, 19th and 20th century European prison cultures, as well as gendering 1970s left-wing political activism.


Grisard has published widely on left wing terrorism in 1970s Europe and female political prisoners in Switzerland. More recently she has published on the pink triangle, lgbt historiography, and the use of pink in prisons, on the sexualization and pinkification of girl culture, and on princess boys.

Grisard is the author of Gendering Terror (2011), a history of (counter)terrorism in 1970s Switzerland and Germany, and the editor of three anthologies on gender theory: Verschieden Sein (2013), Gender in Motion (2007), and Gender and Knowledge (2004).