Disturbances and Interventions: Contemporary Practices of Gender Research – U4Society summer school

This summer school takes its point of departure in Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chtulucene (2016) and Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990). The areas teachers and students will work with during this summer school, are related to the key words disturbance and intervention inspired by these path-breaking scholars. We will end the summer school with joy and engagement in the writing process.

Apply through the application form (to be downloaded from https://www.rug.nl/…/summer…/disturbances-and-interventions/.

Please read the requirements carefully. Send your application in on the assigned date with carine.plancke@ugent.be.

More information can be found here: https://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/disturbances-and-interventions/

Summer School – Europe: Diversity and Migration

This interdisciplinary summer school offers a comprehensive understanding of the complex relationships between migration and integration processes in a European context, based on theoretical perspectives, empirical case studies and several excursions and field visits.

Submit your application before 15 April 2020

Find out more: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/europe-diversity-migration/

Studium Generale is het podium van de Hogeschool Gent dat studenten, docenten en belangstellenden een forum voor reflectie over maatschappij, kunst, cultuur en wetenschap biedt. In kader van het jaarthema ‘Verwondering in kunst en wetenschap’ organiseert Studium Generale samen met Festival van de Gelijkheid en Vormingplus Gent-Eeklo een namiddag en avond rond Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is afgeleid uit de Nguni-spreuk “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu,” wat vrij vertaald neerkomt op “niet ons ego, maar onze relatie tot andere mensen bepaalt wie we zijn.” Als we dus op zoek gaan naar Ubuntu, als samenleving en als mens, dan denken we in één geheel in de plaats van in categorieën. Een van de basisprincipes van Ubuntu is dan ook luisteren, oor hebben voor de stem van de ander en zoeken naar wat ons bindt. We draaien ons weg van polarisering en naar dialoog.

Donderdag 28 november in de Miry concertzaal wordt een namiddag en avond in drie delen.

Van 15u30 tot 17u stelt Ylva Berg van HUMMUS de Deep Democracy methode voor, waar dialoog centraal staat. Ze vraagt zich af hoe we op een inclusieve manier aan besluitvorming en conflictresolutie kunnen doen? Hoe kunnen we open, inclusief en samen samenleven?

Van 17u30 tot 19u staat ‘Ubuntu voor beginners‘ gepland met Babah Tarawally, schrijver en journalist, en Anette Nobuntu Mul, oprichtster van de Ubuntu Society. Zij leggen uit wat Ubuntu nu precies inhoudt en wat het voor hun heeft betekent doorheen hun leven.

Als kers op de taart verwelkomen we om 20u Sonja Kruse. Na een 351 dagen lange wandeltocht door Zuid-Afrika in 2009 gaat Sonja samen in gesprek met Marjan Meganck over de Zuid-Afrikaanse generositeit die haar tegemoet kwam tijdens haar reis. Daarbij hebben we het ook over het actueel belang van Ubuntu in Zuid-Afrika en België. (Dit gesprek verloop volledig in het Engels)

Meer informatie: http://studiumgent.be/portfolio/28-11-2019-a-story-on-wondering-and-wandering-ubuntu/

Monster Summer School II: Reclaiming Queers, Crips and Other Misfits (May 17 to 21, 2020)

The image of the monster has been historically used to epitomise danger, abnormality, sin. Even before angels, monsters were portrayed as messengers who anticipated catastrophes, such as storms and other dramatic events which would be too strong to be explained. Only good behaviour, submission to rules or faith into another inexplicable bigger entity, such as magic, witchcraft or religion, could prevent societies to be touched by monsters.

The othering of monsters – or monsters as estranged from an imagined “us” – is part of the cultural narrative that dismisses the complexity of what we call humans, contributing to the binary division between good and bad, silencing all of which exists in-between. Indeed, monsters inhabit the spaces in-between narrow definitions and expose the failure of rigid divisions between “normal” and “abnormal”. Ultimately, the figure of monsters confronts us with the precariousness of by-default normativities, triggering the need to rethink what humanity is, and, ultimately, who counts as a human being.

The Monsters Summer School II embraces monstrosity in what it offers regarding the undoing of binaries and the celebration of embodied differences in times when the advancement of extreme-right and populism threatens our existence. We aim to explore who are the contemporary monsters, what are the dichotomies they challenge and how narratives on monsters contribute to definitions of human. We want to explore monsters as a possible theoretical figuration to escape mainstream celebrations of humanity and to embrace the vivid possibilities offered by interdisciplinary, boundary-crossing contributions from different fields of knowledge. We aim at creating spaces to discuss contributions and experiences that often fall out of the map even within critical studies. Also, we interrogate the possibilities of creating knowledge from places of estrangement regarding mainstream sources of knowledge production in the academic fields of LGBTQI+ and critical studies.

Drawing on timely, interdisciplinary theoretical contributions and intersectional empirical work on queers, crips and other misfits, the Monsters’ Summer School will consolidate academic knowledge in the fields of sexual and gender dissidence, disability and other forms of embodied misfit.

Meer informatie: https://www.ces.uc.pt/ces/cessummerschool/index.php?id=26890&id_lingua=2

Tracking academic activism: social life of a herstory textbook

Feminist scholarships have developed on the premise that producing knowledge on/by women is a necessary first step towards feminist emancipation. Even though Gender Studies have now spread within academia, there is still little to no translation of these scholarships to primary and secondary education. Based on this observation, a group of French historians produced a textbook whose purpose is to broadcast Women/Gender History as what they consider an act of academic activism.

The talk presents a study which traces the “social life” of this textbook. Through this ethnographic case study, the research explores the practice of academic activism, notably with regards to institutional contexts and material concerns.

Massilia Ourabah is a Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her research focuses mainly on gender and mundane forms of activism, as well as social theory. She has written on gender and family norms in family migration policies in an upcoming edited book (Rutgers University Press) and will publish a book on academic activism in education, institutionalism and actor-network theory (Palgrave Macmillan).

Friday 6 December 2019, 14:00 – 15:30; Paddenhoek 1, 9000 Ghent

The struggle for decolonization in France

The Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) from the department of Conflict and Development Studies is hosting an event with Houria Bouteldja on the ‘struggle of decolonization in France’ in collaboration with TAPAS, the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, the Governance in Conflict network (GICn) and the Ghent Centre for Global Studies.

Houria Bouteldja is a French-Algerian political activist and writer. She will speak on anti-racism, anti-imperialism, islamophobia and decolonisation.

Friday 13 december 2019, 18:00 – 20:00 | Aula UGent, Volderstraat 9, 9000 Gent

Workshop Gender, Conflict, Citizenship and Belonging: Masculinities/Femininities in Times of Crisis

On March 18th-20th 2020, UCSIA organizes an academic workshop on gender, conflict, citizenship and belonging at the University of Antwerp.

Gender and gender(ed) relations have long been the subject of political imagination and interpretation. This is particularly the case in times of crisis and perceived threats to the nation, when political actors seek to mobilise through a (renewed) emphasis on the importance of the nuclear family and traditional roles for both women and men.

This workshop seeks to better understand the current political climate in Europe, which includes the resurfacing debates on abortion, the spread of referenda on the family across Europe, the various discussions in European countries on the re-introduction of military service, as well as the activities of anti-gender movements that have attempted to curtail academic freedom in researching gender and sexuality. To do so, it examines the role of (ideological) constructions of ideal and normative masculinities/femininities and alternatives to them in times of crisis, which remain too often overlooked by researchers.

deadline for submission: 25 November 2019

More information: https://ucsia.org/home-en/themes/europe-solidarity/events/gender-conflict-citizenship-and-belonging/

Debat: dames voor Darwin of zichzelf?

In “Dames voor Darwin” maakt filosofe Griet Vandermassen brandhout van het klassiek feminisme. Sekseverschillen zijn vanuit de evolutiepsychologie te verklaren, vindt ze, daar is afdoend wetenschappelijk bewijs voor. Directeur Gily Coene van het VUB-expertisecentrum Rhea is het hoegenaamd niet eens met die kijk op genderverschillen en heeft daar ook argumenten voor.

Naar goede UPV-traditie mag het publiek vragen stellen en zo actief deelnemen. Een pracht van een opener voor onze filosofiereeks, zorg dat je dit boeiende debat niet mist!

Inkomprijs: € 5 (€ 2 voor UPV- en VPK-leden, studenten)
Inschrijven op: http://upv.vub.ac.be/aanbod/debat-dames-voor-darwin-voor-zichzelf

Lezing ‘The Uneven Terrain of Gender and Diversity: The View from the Humanities’

Despite oft-expressed commitments to diversity, American institutions of higher learning remain centered on white men. If we agree that the academy would better serve its purpose with a more diverse faculty, how is such an aim achieved? In this talk I will consider how we talk about gender, diversity, and inclusion, and what these terms mean for different stages and dimensions of academic life. Through case studies of the disciplines of Religious Studies and Asian Studies, I will consider how the issues of gender and diversity vary in different fields of study—and what this might teach us about the challenges of transforming the academy into a more inclusive space.

Natasha Heller is a scholar of Chinese Religions, currently working on contemporary Buddhist children’s literature. At the University of Virginia, she chaired the Faculty Senate committee on Diversity and Inclusion this year. She is also a founder of the website Women in the Study of Asian Religions (wisar.info)

June 6, 2019; 19:00-21:00
Ghent University, Auditorium P (Zaal Jozef Plateau), Campus Boekentoren Map

Meer informatie: https://www.ugent.be/nl/agenda/1557907383837

Symposium: Race, Power & Culture

Het Symposium ‘Race, Power and Culture’ maakt deel uit van het Creative Europe project Dis-Othering – beyond Afropolitan & Other labels, een gezamenlijk project dat de uitdaging aangaat praktijken van othering  te deconstrueren in culturele instellingen in Oostenrijk, België en Duitsland. Als één van de grootste culturele instellingen in België, streeft BOZAR ernaar via dit Symposium te leren van de ervaring en perspectieven van Belgische activisten, academici, kunstenaars en andere culturele instellingen van het land. Tegelijkertijd erkent het de complexiteiten en valkuilen van de raciale machtsdynamieken en diversiteitsinitiatieven. ‘Race, Power and Culture’ tracht daarom een evenement te worden waar dialogen tussen deze belanghebbenden nieuwe strategieën zouden moeten voortbrengen voor de noodzakelijke deconstructie van deze dynamieken in Europese culturele instellingen.​​​​​​​ Het Symposium bestaat uit 3 avonden van keynotes, panels, gesprekken en artistieke performances.

Meer infirmatie: https://www.bozar.be/nl/activities/149228-symposium-race-power-culture