Giandomenica Becchio (University of Torino) 17.5.2024 FRIDAY

It is our pleasure that Prof. Giandomenica Becchio (University of Torino) will present on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 12:45 in room RB435 about the topic “The Doctrine of the Separate Spheres in Political Economy and Economics“.

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Abstract: I delve into the doctrine of separate spheres within the history of economic thought. The concept of separate spheres emerged in philosophy and has consistently been incorporated by various disciplines. I present the first comprehensive exploration of how this doctrine was embraced, adapted, and contested by economists engaged in gender issues and marriage theory. Spanning the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, I show the evolution of the drive for gender equality—rooted primarily in the tradition of classical liberalism—across the landscape of economic ideas and theories. I focus on the intricate history of the interconnections among between economic thought, feminism, gender studies, and cultural studies.

Bio: Giandomenica Becchio is Professor of history of economic thought, methodology of economics, and theory of entrepreneurship at the University of Torino, Italy. Her research field includes history of political economy, Austrian economics, feminist economics, women economists’ contributions to economic thought. Supported by research fellowships, she has been visiting scholar/professor at Duke University; Yeshiva University (NYC); Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo); VSE University (Prague); Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro;Gender Institute at LSE; the New School for Social Research;UTS (Sydney); Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna). She is currently the National Secretary of AISPE (Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought) and member of the Institute for Political Studies’ International Advisory Board and the Estoril Political Forum’s Board of Convenors. Her major publications include several articles published in major academic journals and three books respectively on the philosophical origin of neoliberalism as developed within the history of economic thought, on the history of feminist and gender economics (Routledge, 2017; Routledge 2020), and on marriage theory within the history of economic thought (2024, Palgrave Macmillan – Springer).

Giandomenica Becchio (University of Torino) 17.5.2024 FRIDAY
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