Event Description

My research investigates the production and circulation of knowledge about abortion and contraception in the Greek feminist birth control movement (1974-1986), demonstrating how the Greek feminists adopted and modified the aims and practices of the international feminist movement. As participants in a “boundary movement” that operated both inside and outside academia, women and feminists blurred the lines between scientific and experiential expertise. Exposing the difficulty of conceptualizing experiential expertise, I draw upon the work of feminist scholar Sara Ahmed. She coined the term “sweaty concept” to describe the intellectual labor needed to give the concept meaning. I argue that we can only understand the concept of birth control within the co-production of gender, experience, and expertise.

Respondent: Elizabeth Armstrong, Department of Sociology and Public Affairs and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

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Image Credit: Feminist Magazine: Η πόλη των γυναικών (City of Women) (1982, vol. 6, p. 10). Article title: Τα σημεία των καιρών (The signs of our times).
From the cover page: "For this volume they have worked together Efi Ksirou, Kostoula Mouzaki, Ntina Malliakou, Gogo Tsoumpa, Kostis Triantafillou, Niki Konidou, Nagia Ihalioti, Anthi Chatziaslani, Ilias Politis, Agapi Ntaifa, Voula Apostolidou, Sofia Paraskeva."


Event Co-Sponsor(s)
Supported by the Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund

Event Details

Dec 11, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Events Venue
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103