skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Véronique Mottier

For some of Véronique Mottier's publications online, see: http://cambridge.academia.edu/MottierVeronique

Summary

Véronique Mottier is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Jesus College, University of Cambridge (since 1999). She is also Professor in Sociology at the University of Lausanne (since 2006).

Having grown up in Tunisia and the Netherlands, she received a Certificat d’études françaises modernes, a BA & MA in Political Science, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Geneva, followed by a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, supervised by Anthony Giddens. She was Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Geneva (1989-1999); temporary University Lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge (1999-2002); and NSF Research Professor in Politics and Sociology, Institut d’études politiques et internationales, University of Lausanne (2002-2006). She has taught summer courses in Discourse Theory and Analysis at the ECPR Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection at the University of Essex (1999-2006), the European University Institute in Florence (2001-2006), the Swiss PhD Summer School in Advanced Methods in the Social Sciences in Lugano (since 1999- ), and at the Universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Lisbon, and Hamburg. She has also given guest lectures at the Universities of Amsterdam, Basel, Brussels, Copenhagen, Leeds, Loughborough, Neuchatel, Pune (India), Roskilde, UCL, Zürich, Luzern, UCM Maastricht and many others.

Past positions include: Director of the Laboratoire de Sociologie at the University of Lausanne, a research unit of 6 professors and 29 research staff (2012-2013); member of the national Swiss Expert Committee on Social Exclusion (2001-2009); Chair of the Directors of Studies Committee at the PPSIS (now HSPS) Faculty, Cambridge (2007-2011); co-Convenor of the ECPR (European) Standing Group on Political Theory (1998-2008); co-Director of the joint PhD School in Gender Studies of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (2004-2005); Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies (Michaelmas 2005); and Member of the Organising Committee of the French-Swiss PhD School in Gender Studies (since 2011- ). She was Associate Editor of Feminist Theory (2000-2009) and is on the Advisory Board of the Dutch Journal of Gender Studies and on the Committee of Nouvelles Questions Féministes, founded by Simone de Beauvoir. She is a signatory of the founding Charter of Versus13, which mobilises intellectuals and artists against rising islamophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric in Switzerland, and a member of the Support Committee for the ‘Wiedergutmachungsinitiative’, a current campaign for compensation for Swiss ‘Verdingkinder’ (‘contract children’ who were forcibly removed from their homes, many of whom were subsequently abused).

She was the first sociologist ever to have been awarded the ‘Prix Jubilé’ of the Académie Suisse des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, for her research on eugenics in Switzerland (2001). Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of social and political theory; historical and political sociology; gender, sexuality and ‘race’; welfare states and social exclusion; coerced sterilisation policies and child removal programs in the Western world; and interpretative research methods, especially discourse theory and analysis. She publishes in four languages; her books include The Rise and Fall of French Social Theory (Harvard University Press, forthcoming), Sexuality (Sterling, 2010), Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008), and the co-edited volumes Feminist Politics of Reproduction (Sage, 2009), Pflege, Stigmatisierung und Eugenik (Seismo, 2007), Postcommunisme: Genre et Etats en transition (Antipodes, 2004), Genre et politique (Gallimard, 2000), and Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship (Routledge, 1998).

Current position:

Fellow and Director of Studies, Jesus College, Cambridge
Professor in Sociology, Laboratoire de sociologie, Université de Lausanne

Publications:

Monographs and Edited Volumes

Mottier, Véronique. The Rise and Fall of French Social Theory. Harvard: Harvard University Press (under contract, to be submitted June 2015).

Mottier, Véronique & Robbie Duschinsky (Eds) Special Issue on ‘Classifying Sex: Debating the DSM-5’. Archives of Sexual Behavior (forthcoming).

Mottier, Véronique. Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press (audiobook version with Suzanne Toren) (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. Sexuality. New York: Sterling Publisher (expanded, American edition, 179 pages) (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press (audiobook version with Suzanne Toren) (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. Sexualidade. Uma breve introduçao. Translated into Portuguese by Isabel Veríssimo. Alfragide: Texto Editores. (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. מיגיות מבוא קצר מאור (fully revised and updated edition of Sexuality). Translated into Hebrew by Adara Chatumi. Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute (2014).

Translations into Chinese and Vietnamese (forthcoming)

Mottier, Véronique. Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 151 pages (2008).

Gerodetti, Natalia and Véronique Mottier (Eds.) Feminist Politics of Reproduction. Special Issue of Feminist Theory, Vol.10/2 (2009).

Mottier, Véronique and Laura von Mandach (Eds.) Pflege, Stigmatisierung und Eugenik: Integration und Ausschluss in Medizin, Psychiatrie und Sozialhilfe. Zürich: Seismo, 168 pages (2007).

Hasdeu, Iulia, Mottier, Véronique, Parini, Lorena, Roux, Patricia, Spano, Maria Rosaria (Eds.) Postcommunisme: Genre et États en transition, Special Issue of Nouvelles Questions Féministes, Vol.23, No.2, 168 pages (2004).

Carver, Terrell & Véronique Mottier (Eds.) Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship. London: Routledge, 200 pages (paperback 2006; eBook version 2007; Hardback 1998).

Ballmer-Cao, Thanh-Huyen, Mottier, Véronique & Lea Sgier (Eds.) Genre et politique: débats et perspectives. Paris: Gallimard, 542 pages (2000).

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Mottier, Véronique. 'Etat et contrôle de la sexualité reproductive: l'example des politiques eugénistes dans les démocraties libérales (Suisse, Suède et Royaume-Uni)', Politique et sociétés, special issue: Sexualité et politique en francophonie vol.31/2, pp.31-50 (2012).

Gerodetti, Natalia & Véronique Mottier. 'Feminism(s) and the Politics of Reproduction', Feminist Politics of Reproduction: Special Issue of the journal Feminist Theory, edited by N. Gerodetti et V. Mottier, Vol.10/2, pp.147-152 (2009).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Theorising Sexuality: Gender Power, Feminism and Sexual Liberation', Tsantsa Revue de la Société suisse d'ethnologie 13: 34-41 (2008).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Eugenics, Politics and the State: Social-Democracy and the Swiss Gardening State', Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39(2): 263-269 (2008).

Mottier, Véronique & Natalia Gerodetti. 'Eugenics and Social Democracy: Or, How the European Left Tried to Eliminate the " Weeds " From Its National Gardens', New Formations 20 : 35-49 (2007).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Eugenics and the Swiss Gender Regime : Women's Bodies and the Struggle Against 'Difference', Revue Suisse de Sociologie 32 : 253-267 (2006).

Mottier, Véronique. 'The Interpretive Turn : History, Memory and Storage in Qualitative Research, Qualitative Inquiry, 6(2)(2005).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Pragmatism and Feminist Theory', European Journal of Social Theory, 7, 3: 323-335 (2004).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Symposium on Feminist Methodologies: Feminist Political Theory', European Political Science (EPS) 3.2 (spring): 79-84 (2004).

Mottier, Véronique. 'L'Etat, l'analyse des politiques publiques et le genre', in Special Issue: Staat, Politik und Geschlecht. Genderforschung in der Politikwissenschaft, edited by S. Hardmeier. Universelle (6):103-118 (2004).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Sociaal-democratie en eugenetica' (in Dutch: 'Social-democracy and eugenics'), Socialisme en Democratie 9: 20-28 (2003).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Discourse Analysis and the Politics of Identity/Difference', European Political Science (EPS) 2.1 (autumn):57-60 (2002).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Masculine Domination: Gender and Power in Bourdieu's Writings', Feminist Theory, vol.3(3): 345-359 (2002).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Foucault Revisited: Recent Assessments of the Legacy', Acta Sociologica 44(4): 329-336 (2001).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Narratives of National Identity: Sexuality, Race and the Swiss "Dream of Order"', Swiss Journal of Sociology 26(3): 533-556 (2000).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Anthony Giddens over de Derde Weg' (In Dutch: Anthony Giddens and the Third Way). Krisis, 77: 64-72 (1999).

Mottier, Véronique. 'The Politics of Sex: Truth Games and the Hite Reports', Economy and Society Vol.24 No.4 (November): 520-39 (1995).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Citizenship and Gender Division in the Swiss Direct Democracy: from Structures to Political Action', West European Politics Vol. 18, No.1 (January): 161-172 (1995).

Mottier, Véronique. 'La mise en discours de la sexualité: le féminisme à la recherche de stratégies', Annuaire Suisse de science politique no.34: 79-98 (1994).

Caramani, Daniele, Mottier, Véronique & William Ossipow. 'La guerre du Golfe et la presse genevoise', Hermès 13-14: 155-164 (1994).

also published in Spanish translation: Caramani, Daniele, Mottier, Véronique & William Ossipow. 'La guerra del Golfo y la prensa de Ginebra', pp.164-174 in Isabel Veyrat-Masson y Daniel Dayan (Eds), Espacios publicos en imagines, Barcelona : Gedisa Editorial (1997).

Book Chapters

Mottier, Véronique. ‘Sterilisation, including coerced/forced sterilisation’, in Nancy Naples (Ed.) Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (5 volumes) (forthcoming).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Reproductive Rights', pp.214-235 in Waylen, G., Celis, K, Weldon, L. & J. Kantola (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Gender, Reproductive Politics and the Liberal State: Beyond Foucault', pp.142-157 in Duschinsky, R. & L.A. Rocha (Eds) Foucault, The Family and Politics, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

Baert, Patrick, Weinberg, Darin, Véronique Mottier. 'Social constructionism, postmodernism and deconstructionism', pp.475-486 in I. C. Jarvie & J. Zamora-Bonilla (Eds) The Sage Handbook of The Philosophy of Social Sciences, Sage (2011).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Eugenics and the State: Policy-Making in Comparative Perspective', pp.134-153 in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, edited by A. Bashford & P. Levine. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Eugenic "Science" and the Trajectory into Modernity', in Wecker, R., Braunschweig, S., Imboden, G., Küchenhoff, B., Ritter, H.J. (Eds) Wie nationalsozialistisch ist die Eugenik? Wien: Bohlau Verlag (2009).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Metaphors, Mini-Narratives and Foucauldian Discourse Theory', pp.182-194 in T. Carver & J. Pikalo (Eds), Political Language and Metaphor, London: Routledge (2008).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Einleitung' & 'Introduction', pp.7-16 (German version) & 17-25 (French version) in V. Mottier & L. Von Mandach (Eds) Pflege, Stigmatisierung und Eugenik: Integration und Ausschluss in Medizin, Psychiatrie und Sozialhilfe, Zürich: Seismo (2007).

Mottier, Véronique. 'American pragmatism, Neopragmatism, and Feminist Political Theory: a Failed Rendez-Vous?', pp.95-113 in Pragmatism and European Social Theory, edited by P. Baert & B. Turner, Oxford: The Bardwell Press (2007).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Féminisme', pp.455-457 in Dictionnaire des sciences humaines, edited by S. Mesure & P. Savidan, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France (2006).

Mottier, Véronique. 'From Welfare to Social Exclusion: Eugenic Social Policies and the Swiss National Order,' pp. 255-274 in Discourse Theory in European Politics: Identity, Policy, Governance, edited by D. Howarth & J. Torfing. London: Palgrave MacMillan (2005).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Feminism and Gender Theory: The Return of the State', in Handbook of Political Theory, edited by J. Gauss & C. Kukathas, New York: Sage (2004).

Mottier, Véronique. 'The Interpretive Turn: History, Memory, and Storage in Qualitative research', pp. 39-50 in Qualitative Inquiry: Research, Archiving, and Re-use, edited by M. Bergman and T. S. Eberle, Bern: Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (2004).

Bergman, Manfred Max & Mottier, Véronique. 'La diversité culturelle en Suisse', pp. 71-99 in Rapport Rocial 2004, edited by C. Suter, I. Renschler & D. Joye. Zürich: Seismo (2004).

also published in German translation as: Bergman, M. & V. Mottier (2004), 'Kulturelle Vierfalt in der Schweiz', pp. 73-100 in Sozialbericht 2004, edited by C. Suter, I. Renschler & D. Joye. Zürich: Seismo.

Mottier, Véronique. 'Sozialdarwinismus', in E. Carigiet, U. Mäder & J.M. Bonvin (Eds), Wörterbuch der Sozialpolitik, Zürich: Rotpunktverlag: 277 (2003).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Eugenik', in E. Carigiet, U. Mäder & J.M. Bonvin (Eds), Wörterbuch der Sozialpolitik, Zürich: Rotpunktverlag: 89-90 (2003).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Hermeneutics and Interpretative Validity: Limits to Interpretation', in Social Science Methodology in the New Millenium, edited by J.Blasius, J.Hox, E.de Leeuw & P.Schmidt. Opladen, FRG: Leske & Budrich (2001).

Mottier, Véronique, Sgier, Lea & Thanh-Huyen Ballmer-Cao. 'Les rapports entre le genre et la politique', in Ballmer-Cao, T.-H., Mottier, V. & L. Sgier (Eds) Genre et politique: débats et perspectives. Paris: Gallimard (2000).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Praxis, Macht und Interpretation: Garfinkel, Bourdieu, Foucault', pp. 126-157 in Interpretation, Konstruktion, Kultur: ein Paradigmenwechsel in den Sozialwissenschaften, edited by A. Reckwitz & H. Sievert, Opladen/Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag (1999).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Sexuality and Sexology: Michel Foucault', pp.113-123 in Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship, edited by T. Carver & V. Mottier. London: Routledge (1998).

Carver, Terrell & Véronique Mottier. 'Introduction', pp.1-9 in Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship, edited by T. Carver & V. Mottier. London: Routledge (1998).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Sex and Discourse. The Politics of the Hite Reports', pp.39-59 in Interpreting the Political: New Methodologies, edited by T. Carver & M. Hyvärinen. London: Routledge (1997).

Mottier, Véronique. 'La structuration sociale de la participation aux votations fédérales', pp.123-144 in Citoyenneté et démocratie directe, edited by H. Kriesi. Zürich: Seismo (1993).

Review Essays

Mottier, Véronique. 'Review of La médecine du sexe et les femmes. Anthologie des perversions féminines au XIXe siècle', Nouvelles Questions Féministes vol.29/3 (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Review of Feminism and the Final Foucault, edited by Dianna Taylor and Karen Vintges', Feminist Theory 8,3: 363-364 (2007).

Mottier, Véronique. 'A Toolbox of Deadly Spanners. Review of the Dits et écrits 1954-88 par Michel Foucault, edited by Daniel Defert & François Ewald', Times Higher Education Supplement 13 October: 27 (1995).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Op zoek naar de genderbewuste politieke vrouw. Recensie van Sue Tolleson Rinehart, Gender Consciousness and Politics ', Tijdschrift voor vrouwenstudies [Dutch Journal of Women's Studies] 15,2: 297-299 (1994).

Other Publications (selected)

Mottier, Véronique (co-authored with 10 others): A Statement on the Meaning, Quality Assessment, and Teaching of Qualitative research methods, Swiss Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences (2010).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Meaning, Identity, Power : Metaphors and Discourse Analysis', Travaux de Sciences Politiques, 30, Institut d'études politiques et internationales, Université de Lausanne (2007).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Against Bologna Mainstreaming : the Cambridge Model', Bulletin of the Swiss Sociological Association, 130 : 47-48 (2006).

Hasdeu, Iulia, Mottier, Véronique, Parini, Lorena, Roux, Patricia, Spano, Maria Rosaria, 'Editorial', in Special Issue on 'Postcommunisme: Genre et États en transition', edited by Hasdeu, I., Mottier, V., Parini, L., Roux, P., Spano, M. R., Nouvelles Questions Féministes, Vol.23, No.2 (2004).

Mottier, Véronique & Max Bergman. 'Sexualité et sida: dynamique de l'intimité et pratiques a risque'. Aids Infothek (2000).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Interactions sexuelles face au VIH/sida et dynamique de l'intimité', Suisse-Sida-Recherche (November): 21-22 (2000).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Sexuality and the Making of the Nation: Eugenics and the Swiss "Gardening State"', Travaux et communications, 6, Université de Genève: Département de science politique (1999).

Mottier, Véronique & Bergman, Manfred Max. 'Etre deux face au sida: interactions sexuelles et dynamique de l'intimité', Psychoscope, 10: 12-13 (1999).

Mottier, Véronique. 'Les règles de la méthode interprétative: au-delà de l'action et de la structure', Études et Recherches no. 27. Université de Genève: Département de science politique (1994).

Passy, Florence, Mottier, Véronique, DiGiacomo, Fabio, Caramani, Daniele, Kriesi, Hanspeter. 'Analyse der eidgenössischen Abstimmungen vom 16. Februar 1992', Vox no. 44 (September), Bern: GfS-Forschungsinstitut & Université de Genève (1992).

Mottier, Véronique, Passy, Florence, Pichelin, Hervé, Kriesi, Hanspeter. 'Analyse des votations fédérales du 3 mars 1991', Vox no.41 (August), Bern: Société suisse de recherche pratique & Université de Genève (1991).

Invited Keynote Addresses (selected)

‘Thinking at the Edge: Sexuality, Transgression, and Limit-Experiences’, Keynote Address to be delivered at the Joint Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy, University of Dundee (2-5 September 2015).

'Gender Power and the State: Poststructuralism and Beyond', delivered to 6e Congrès International des recherches féministes francophones & Swiss PhD Summer School in Gender Studies, University of Lausanne, 27 August 2012.

'Gender, Sexuality and the State: Beyond Foucault', delivered to Foucault and the Family Conference, King's College, Cambridge (12 Nov. 2010).

'De la libération sexuelle à la sexualisation de la société', delivered to the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Swiss Society of Family Planning, Lausanne (10 Nov. 2009).

'Genre et sexualité', Journée de formation 'genre et violence', Renens (18 Sept. 2008).

'Eugenicist policy-making and the formation of identity : a Foucauldian discourse analysis', delivered to International Conference 'Interpretation in policy analysis : research and practice', University of Amsterdam (31 May-2 June 2007).

'L'invention de la sexualité', delivered to International Gender Conference of the Institute of International and Development Studies 'Transactions autour des corps et stratégies amoureuses contemporaines', Geneva (11 Oct. 2007).

'Sexing the nation : sexuality and national identity in the context of Swiss eugenics (1890s-1960s)', delivered to National Congres of the Swiss Society of Ethnology, University of Lausanne (30 Nov.-2 Dec. 2006).

'Les politiques de la sexualité: l'Etat et le corps des femmes', Cours public, University of Geneva (23 May 2006).

'Metaphors of exclusion: women's bodies and the Swiss struggle against 'difference'', delivered to National Congres of the Swiss Sociological Association, St. Gallen (5-7 Oct. 2005).

Recent Media (selected)

Speaker in the panel debate on Deleuze, ‘Stories of Desire’ & given 3 Academy lectures on ‘Sexuality’ in the academic program at the philosophy and literary festival ‘HowTheLightGetsIn’, at Hay-on-Wye, 24-25 May 2014. see: see: http://iai.tv/video/stories-of-desire & http://iai.tv/iai-academy/courses/info?course=sexuality-and-power

Featured speaker in a television documentary by the award-winning Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman titled ‘Sletvrees?’ produced by VPRO/Viewpoint Productions and broadcast on Dutch television on 14 November 2013.

Interviewed in an article titled ‘Reino Unido diz ‘sim’ à uniao gay’, Correio Braziliense (6 Feb. 2013)

Featured in art project on academics’ childhood dreams of their futures by Harry Carr, 12 Nov. 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shxL3UCjEAg

Interviewed in an article titled 'L'eugénisme: l'autre histoire de l'identité Suisse' for the French-Swiss magazine Uniscope no.563 (29 May 2011)

Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, Christ Church College, Oxford: soapbox event on my book Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction in the Festivals of April 2009 and 2011.

Interviewed in an article titled ‘Reino Unido diz ‘sim’ à uniao gay’, Correio Braziliense (6 Feb. 2013)

Featured speaker in a debate on the future of feminism broadcast live on French-Swiss radio 'La banane' (5 April 2011).

Global Television Network CURRENT TV founded by Al Gore: interviewed for episodes 1 and 14 of a television documentary on changes in sexuality since the 1990s titled 'This is gonna sound a bit gay..'; broadcast July 2009 (channel 183 on SKY, channel 155 on Virgin).

Featured speaker in a Dutch television documentary by Ingeborg Beugel titled 'Geloof, seks en wanhoop' produced by IKON and broadcast on Dutch television on 22 December 2008.

Interviewed in an article titled 'La révolution sexuelle s'est faite. Mais pas tout à fait comme prévu!', published in a special edition on 'May 1968: the contested heritage' in the Swiss daily newspaper 24 heures, 26-27 April 2008.

Last updated January 2015

  • Position: Fellow and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences at Jesus College
  • E-mail: vm10004@cam.ac.uk
  • Tel: 01223 334520
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research Interests: Social and political theory; historical and political sociology; gender, sexuality and ‘race’; welfare states and social exclusion; and qualitative research methods, especially discourse and narrative analysis