Conference ‘Black Europe in Brussels’

Don’t miss the interdisciplinary conference ‘Black Europe in Brussels’ this summer. This conference consist of a range of inspiring activities taking place between 1-15 July 2021. The conference brings to the forefront the Afroeuropean communities and Brussels, the capital of Belgium and Europe. The conference is interdisciplinary and intersectoral in nature, which is reflected in the series of events focusing on various themes including Black histories and Brussels, doing Black art in Brussel, Afroeuropean communities and the European Parliament, Black mental health & care, and Black joy. ‘Black Europe in Brussels’ aims to be an academic, activist and intellectual space bridging the boundaries between institutions, practices and epistemologies. This is a conference for, by and with Afroeuropeans with the contributions of their allies and in dialogue with other marginalized communities.

This event is part of the international and interdisciplinary Afroeuropeans Network and is organized in anticipation of the 8th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference “Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities”, which is postponed to 6-9 July 2022 due to COVID-19.The conference brings to the forefront the Afroeuropean communities and Brussels, the capital of Belgium and Europe.

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This event is organized with the support of various partners including Africa Platform Ghent University Association, Black Speaks Back, Bozar, Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (BCUS, VUB), Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossing (CLIC,  VUB), Critical Narratives, European Network Against Racism (ENAR), deButen Vlaams-Nederlands Huis voor Cultuur en Debat, Observatoire du SIDA et des Sexualités (ULB), Pilar House for Arts and Science, Research Centre Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA, VUB), Wetsi Art Gallery.


Invitation to “Beyond the tip of the iceberg: sexual violence in Belgium”, UN-MENAMAIS final conference June 17th 2021

We are delighted to invite you to the online seminar ‘Beyond the tip of the iceberg: Sexual violence in Belgium’ on the 17th of June 2021. At this seminar we present the results of the UN-MENAMAIS study, the first gender- and age-sensitive sexual violence prevalence study in Belgium. The results will be made available to you in 5 pre-recorded capsules to be watched online during the week prior to the seminar:

  • Capsule 1: Methodology of the UN-MENAMAIS quantitative & qualitative studies
  • Capsule 2: Sexual violence in the Belgian population aged 16-69
  • Capsule 3: Sexual violence in older adults in Belgium aged 70+
  • Capsule 4: Sexual violence in minority groups in Belgium (LGBT+ & AIPs)
  • Capsule 5: Forensic responses to victims of sexual violence

On the 17th of June we have our online scientific seminar in English. We start at 9:00 with a welcome, some pre-recorded political opening statements and a general introduction to the UN-MENAMAIS project. We continue with in-depth Q&A sessions of each of the 5 capsules (until 12:00).

In the afternoon we host an interdisciplinary debate (13-15:00) with eminent international speakers on the implications of our results on research, practices and policies. The debate will be moderated by the Belgian TV-news anchor and radio journalist Xavier Taveirne.

At 15:30 we continue with a World Café workshop in Dutch and/or French, entirely devoted to implementing the UN-MENAMAIS results in Belgium. There are limited places available. Subscription is open until the 15th of May on a first come first serve basis.

The full programme can be found here

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Deadline for subscriptions is the 15th of May (World Café) and the 14th of June (scientific seminar).

Summer School going digital – Europe: Diversity and Migration

Due to the ongoing evolution of the covid-19 pandemic, the physical version of the summer school is cancelled. We are however happy to inform you that a full-fledged digital alternative is developed, offering the same inspiring content, interdisciplinary approach and collaborative environment as the physical version does. The online course takes place from 28 June – 9 July 2021.

For more information on this online alternative, click here.

In for an online adventure along with likeminded people from all over the world? Read along and submit your application now before 1 June 2021.

Decolonize the university

On March 22, RHEA, BIRMM, the VEN network and the Race and Research network are organizing an event ‘Decolonising the university’ in which they will discuss insights on what de-colonisation of the university and VUB could look like and which ways we can move forward.

Christil Asamoah, Tunde Adefioye and Iman Lechkar will talk about their ideas on how to foster equality for marginalised groups in the university. They will discuss with staff and students from VUB, but we welcome students from other universities as well.

Register here:…/reg…/WN_Mp7xRvkCRgikphZe1hTqxQ

lezing 24/03: Nigel Gibson – Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics

Op 24/03/2021, om 20u, organiseert Museum Dr. Guislain een online lezing (Engelstalig, gratis, iedereen welkom), Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics, door Nigel Gibson.

Waar? Online via Zoom. Je ontvangt de link na registratie.
Prijs? Gratis
De lezing heeft als voertaal Engels!

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Save the date(s) for Genderweek 2021. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, RHEA together with various partners including Crosstalks, deBuren, Kaaitheater and the Equality Team organize a new edition of the Genderweek! Join us for a week full of reflection and debate about privacy and power, sexual harassment, sexual norms and vulvodynia, gender equality and prejudice, gender and research, women in cinema and more. We invite you to engage and participate. Discover the program below and check for updates at our website:

Anita L. Allen – Privacy through the Lenses of Race and Gender

8 March, 20:00-21:30


Bystanders workshop for staff – Act against Sexual Harassment

9 March, 12:00


Bystanders workshop for students – Act against Sexual Harassment

9 March, 17:00


Samira Rafaela – To defy prejudice within the European Parliament

9 March, 19:30-21:00


Verborgen leed – Als je vulva pijn doet

10 March, 19:30-22:00


Movienight – Burkinabè Rising (2018)

11 March, 20:00


Horizon Europe and gender research: get ready!

12 March, 13:00


Debate on Women in Cinema

12 March, 19:30

Summer School 2021 ‘The Posthuman and New Materialism’ announcement

Prof. Rosi Braidotti announces the 2021 edition of the summer school on posthuman scholarship. The theme this time is “The Posthuman & New Materialism” and the course will take place at Utrecht University from the 16th to the 27th of  August 2021.

The 2021 course will be offered entirely online and is sub-divided into 5 tutor groups of 25 students maximum. Each group is led by a tutor.  Please note that the groups are organized by different regional time-zones: one for Australia and the Pacific; one for North America and 3 for Europe. Applicants are free to select which time zone they prefer to attend and pick the time that suits their schedule best. The programme and the lectures- both live and pre-recorded – are the same for every region.

Competition for registration is strong so applicants are advised to apply early, as places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. More information: Summer School 2021 .

SDG Lecture The making and unmaking of development: the SDGs and beyond

 SDG lecture of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences – Ghent University

Panel debate with Jason Hickel (LSE), Lata Narayanaswamy (Leeds University) and Ruth Nyambura (Nairobi, Kenya)
September 24 – 19:30-21:00 – Online

The development paradigm, rooted in colonial heritages, based on modernist notions of progress, and premised on unsustainable economic growth, has been subject to postcolonial academic and (grassroots) activist critiques almost as early as it was introduced in the 1950s. Presently, however, with the compounded effects of economic and climate crises, and the migration/refugee debate, the notion of ‘post-development’ is gaining wider currency, urging both academics and the development sector to explore alternatives to development. Addressing key challenges such as debt, poverty, growing inequalities and environmental degradation, the panel debate will discuss the SDGs as the most recent (inherently contradictory) expressions of the development paradigm, and debate alternative approaches, knowledge-bases and practices.

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Workshop ‘Re-Enchanting the World’ with Silvia Federici in Ghent – CFP

On 29 October, Universiteit Gent, Kunsthal Gent and Vooruit are joining forces to organise an intimate evening workshop in Ghent with feminist activist, writer and teacher Silvia Federici. Starting from two cases in Belgium (e.g. on the in/outsourcing of cleaners and on the enclosures of the beach), we aim to collectively create a pamphlet with Silvia that will record and respond to the urgent questions of this moment of global crisis and its opportunities for a new commons.
They invite scholars, artists, and/or activists in Belgium with an interest in feminism, anti-racism and/or agro-ecology for an evening of joyful militancy on how we can collectively re-enchant the world, and re-imagine and re-build communal infrastructures of life and social reproduction.

If you are a Belgian-based artist/activist/scholar and you would like to apply, then check out the call, and fill in the form!

Decolonial and antiracism (online) workshop by BAMKO – hosted by GCGS

The Ghent Centre for Global Studies will host an online decolonial and antiracism workshop series by the feminist, anti-racist association BAMKO, from September 2 to December 16-17, 2020. The program was co-designed by BAMKO and members of the GCGS and will comprise of online evening sessions, every other Wednesday, with a double closing session and two excursions on a Saturday (tbc).

Among the lecturers / moderators are Gillian Mathys (Dept. of History), Joachim Ben Yakoub, Soraya El Kahlaoui, Koen Bogaert and Omar Jabary-Salamanca (Dept. of Conflict & Development), next to international and national guest speakers (both academics and activists).

The workshop combines theoretical and practical training for students and activists. BAMKO gives priority to women and racialised or other minorities, and every participant needs to enrol for the full program (it is not possible to attend just one or a few sessions).

The deadline for enrolment is August, 21. For more info on registration and fees, please contact BAMKO at: