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Public lecture by Julia Kristeva: "The Female Genius"

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The world-renowned scholar Julia Kristeva will give a public lecture at Fudan University’s Nordic Centre on November 4, drawing in part on her trilogy Le Génie féminin, in part on her book About Chinese Women. The lecture is open to all, but you must register your particiption, as space is limited.

In addition to professor Kristeva’s lecture, there will be an introduction to the Holberg Prize, which Kristeva was the inaugural recipient of in 2004. The lecture is followed by a reception.

All are welcome to attend, but please register by scanning the QR code in the flyer above. We recommend registering ASAP, due to the level of interest in the speaker and limited seating. If you have any trouble registering, please contact Liu Wen, The location is room 101 of Nordic Centre at Fudan University, for a campus map please see


The Chinese civilization has accorded women an important position, dating back to antiquity, passing through the matriarchal family and Taoism, and in a different way through Confucian morality, and up until the first suffragettes in 1912 and the Movement of 4 May; followed by the marriage laws of the Communist Party (1930 – 1950), regulation of contraception and population growth these last years, etc. My book, About Chinese Women (Les Chinoises, 1974; revised edition, Pauvert, 2001) retraces this history and its effects on the 20th Century.

The digital era does not erase this memory, but relies significantly on female creativity. Referring to my trilogy Female Genius I-III (Le Génie féminin, Fayard, 1999 - 2000 - 2001), I propose to revisit research in contemporary psychoanalysis on the development of psycho-sexual femininity (in the precocious bond between the infant and the mother, in the access to the paternal third, in the sexual and social trials of life, etc.). I claim that, in addition, and in a more decisive manner than what the legal and political management of women’s rights does, it is the specific relation of each and every woman – her particular genius – which constitutes the female relation to these fundamental parameters of the social pact: life, the other and time.

I will illustrate these female specificities by referring to my reading of the lives and works of three European women who have marked the 20th Century: the philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975), the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein (1882 - 1960) and the writer Colette (1873 - 1954).

This research is an invitation to every woman to raise and to cultivate her own creativity, because such is her genius, at which ever place she finds herself in the social field or in her life.