Special Talk - "How the notion of harassment emerged in modern societies" by Dr. CLAUDINE HAROCHE
【Speaker】 Dr. CLAUDINE HAROCHE
Dr. Claudine Haroche got her doctorate in sociology at Paris VII University in 1979. She was a senior scientist in the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) until 2010. Since then, she is Director of Research emeritus in CNRS. She has been visiting professor in Brazilian Universities (Campinas, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba). She has authored several books in the fields of sociology and anthropology.
【Time & Date】
Date: Friday, September 29, 2023 - 15:00-16:30
Location: Seminar Room L4E48
Everyone is welcome.
According to the philosophers of the Enlightenment, it is a moral duty to recognize others as equals worth of respect and recognition. Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the Discourse on the origins of inequality and Adam Smith in the Treatise of moral feelings have analyzed the social inequalities and forms of domination which have persisted over the centuries and are still expressed by various kinds of unrespectful and violent behaviors. Sexual harassment whose victims are mostly women is the most conspicuous, but moral bullying, especially in the work place has also emerged as an explicit issue in modern societies, which needs to be seriously dealt with. The respect owed to anyone is not only a matter of moral duty. It has become a right inscribed in laws protecting the potential victims of all kind of harassment. Transforming a moral precept into a legal right is certainly a social progress. It raises however issues which will be discussed in the talk.