Markets in Mothers and Markets in Children

Yasmine Ergas

Moderated by Vishakha N. Desai

April 19, 2018 · 12-1PM

Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411

The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to present current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance.

About the Speaker

Yasmine Ergas is Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy and Lecturer in Discipline in International and Public Affairs, and a CGT member. She also directs the program in Gender and Human Rights of Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, is a member of the Executive Committee of the University’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and is the co-convener of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Council at Columbia University.

Ergas is a graduate of the University of Sussex, the University of Rome and Columbia Law School. She is a former member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University; and a Pembroke Fellow of Brown University.

A lawyer and sociologist, she has worked on issues regarding gender and women’s rights as a policy analyst and advisor, scholar and advocate. She has served as a consultant to international and domestic policy organizations and NGOs, including the OECDUNESCOthe Millennium Villages Projectthe New York City Commission on Human RightsWomen Strong International and CENSIS, a major applied social research institute in Italy, and been on the staff of the Social Science Research Council. Her recent work has focused on the emergence of an international market in reproductive services, the transformations of ‘motherhood’,  and the integration of gender issues in international affairs. Her previous work centered on feminist movements and their interactions with public policies; the implications of the concept of ‘gender’ for feminist politics; child care policies in international and comparative perspective; educational policies and the social implications of HIV/AIDS.

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Background Reading

Yasmine Ergas provided recommended reading in advance of the Lunchtime Seminar. Download the PDF.

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Spring 2018 Schedule

Below is the Lunchtime Seminar schedule for Spring 2018. The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted.

February 22

Akeel Bilgrami, “Some Philosophical Reflections on Our Political Ideals”

March 8

Esteban Calvo, “From Cells to Society: Rethinking Public Policy in a Changing World”

March 29

Peter Marcotullio, “Climate Change and Urban Heat: Exploring Patterns and Factors of Future Global Vulnerability”

April 5

Ursula Staudinger, “As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: Gender-Role Attitudes and Late-Life Cognition”

April 19

Yasmine Ergas, “Markets in Mothers and Markets in Children”


The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted.