Harvard Club Webinar


50th anniversary of women's suffrage in Switzerland


ANHW CH is proud to welcome two distingushed guests speakers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of women voting right in Switzerland (07.02.71):

  • Isabelle Graesslé: “How Women Have Changed Theology and the Church – Reviews and Future Challenges” - CV here
  • Rouven Porz: “How women have changed medical ethics – reviews and future challenges” - CV here

Tuesday, 2nd of February at 8pm CET time


The webinar will be presented by Prof. Dr. Monika Broadmann Mäder and Dr. Claire Clivaz members of the ANHW CH board.


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rouven-porzRouven Porz: “How women have changed medical ethics – reviews and future challenges”: Ethics as a support discipline in health care has become very prominent in the last 50 years. Today, for example, all medical students and nursing staff are explicitly taught ethics before they start working in the clinic. This development and professionalization of the discipline of ethics is also related to the pioneering work of some women who have helped to clarify some old more « male-oriented » approaches to ethics through feminist additions. Thus, a kind of everyday ethics emerged, and in my talk, the contributions of these women are to be presented and appreciated (using a few examples). However, this development has neither been completed nor has it been successful in all facets. It is therefore also worthwhile to take a critical look here at questions concerning the future of the discipline of ethics and its share of women-relevant topics.


isabelle-graessleIsabelle Graesslé: “How Women Have Changed Theology and the Church – Reviews and Future Challenges”: In the second half of the 20th century, women theologians working from a feminist perspective contributed significantly to the evolution of this discipline. Patriarchy and androcentrism have now become inescapable notions in the study of biblical texts, the history of religions and church practice. In the same way, attempts at doctrinal reconstruction have emerged, which differ or even diverge according to the approach of this or that feminist theology, a sign of the vitality of research in this area. However, we must qualify this assessment, which has been stagnating or even regressing since the beginning of the 21st century. In the Christian churches, especially those that recognize the feminine ministry, it seems that the same deceptive trajectory is taking shape. What are the reasons for this evolution? What prospects can be drawn for the future? These are all questions that are important to raise so as not to passively witness the current regression.



For and on behalf of the Harvard Club of Switzerland

Julie Bertolus


8:00PM Tue 2 Feb 2021, Europe/Zurich timezone



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