27 April – Book Presentation Rainforest Capitalism – Thomas Hendriks

We kindly invite you to the book presentation of ‘Rainforest Capitalism’ (Duke University Press) by Dr. Thomas Hendriks (KULeuven), followed by panel discussion with Dr. Soraya El Kahlaoui (MENARG) and Prof. Maria Martin de Almagro (CRG) and Q&A, chaired by Dr. Siggie Vertommen (MENARG, CRGC).

Date: Wednesday 27th of APRIL 2022: 17:00 – 19:00

Location: Auditorium D – Campus UFO Technicum; Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000, Gent

Congolese logging camps are places where mud, rain, fuel smugglers, and village roadblocks slow down multinational timber firms; where workers wage wars against trees while evading company surveillance deep in the forest; where labor compounds trigger disturbing colonial memories; and where blunt racism, logger machismo, and homoerotic desires reproduce violence. In Rainforest Capitalism Thomas Hendriks examines the rowdy world of industrial timber production in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to theorize racialized and gendered power dynamics in capitalist extraction. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork among Congolese workers and European company managers as well as traders, farmers, smugglers, and barkeepers, Hendriks shows how logging is deeply tied to feelings of existential vulnerability in the face of larger forces, structures, and histories. These feelings, Hendriks contends, reveal a precarious side of power in an environment where companies, workers, and local residents frequently find themselves out of control. An ethnography of complicity, ecstasis, and paranoia, Rainforest Capitalism queers assumptions of corporate strength and opens up new ways to understand the complexities and contradictions of capitalist extraction.
Thomas Hendriks is an FWO Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven (Belgium). He is the author of Rainforest Capitalism: Power and Masculinity in a Congolese Logging Concession (Duke University Press, 2022) and co-editor of Readings in Sexualities from Africa (Indiana University Press, 2022)

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/556346328880343?ref=newsfeed

Summer School Prejudice, Discrimination, Diversity for MA/BA students 20-24 june 2022 | Geneva University

The summer school “Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge” which will take place at the University of Geneva from 20 to 24 June 2022.
This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can organizations reduce prejudice? What are the advantages of the inclusion of different groups in the labor market?

This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology. It is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Switzerland and to learn about the implementation of policies aiming to promote diversity in the workplace.

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SDG session 1 / 26 november 2021 / The role of digital skills for entrepreneurship, economic development, and gender inclusivity

Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu is CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs from the continent.

One of the biggest concerns about entrepreneurs – especially in Africa – is the probability of their business survival through time. In Africa, women make up 58% of the continent’s self-employed population. Yet they seldom get the recognition they deserve for their role in sustaining local economies/informal industries. They also do not receive the appropriate support they need to take their businesses to the next level. Some of the challenges faced by women in Africa and youth come from lack of access to networks, funding, and market linkages. Through TEFConnect, we are contributing to digital upskilling and capacity building around digital entrepreneurship. It is the largest online network of African entrepreneurs who are interested in connecting with investors and business leaders. The platform empowers young entrepreneurs to build investible businesses by training and mentoring, provides them with easy access to market, and connects them with other African Entrepreneurs.

More information: https://www.ugent.be/en/research/devcooperation/sdgsessions 

Hot Topic Lecture by Renzo Martens

Research group Culture & Education presents

Hot Topic Lecture by Renzo Martens

Organized as part of the master course Culture Studies (MA Educational Sciences)
December 15th 19h-20h30 (FPPW – H. Dunantlaan 1 – Aud. 5)
Registration: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/guestlecturerenzomartens

Renzo Martens: from ‘Enjoy Poverty’ to ‘White Cube’.
Twelve years after his ground-breaking documentary Episode III: Enjoy Poverty (2008), artist Renzo Martens premieres a new film, White Cube. In this film, Congolese plantation workers build a museum on a former Unilever plantation and create art in order to create their own world. During this guest lecture, Martens will discuss his work, specifically, the responsibility the artist takes for the systems in which he operates.

Renzo Martens (1973) studied political science and art. He gained international recognition with the films Episode I, and Episode III: Enjoy Poverty, which was televised in more than 23 countries. In 2012, Martens established Human Activities and its “reverse gentrification program” in DR Congo. Together with the plantation workers of Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), he employs artistic critique to build a new world — not symbolically, but in material terms. Together, they opened an OMA-designed White Cube on a former Unilever plantation in 2017. The work of CATPC has been shown in a solo exhibition in Sculpture Center, New York, which was hailed by the New York Times as ‘best art of the year’, Mori Art in Tokyo, KW Berlin and in the 21st Biennale of Sydney.

Inspiratiedag De toekomst van seks

Welkom in de toekomst van seks!

Seks verandert niet. Hoe we naar seks kijken wel. Onze samenleving zal er over 25 jaar helemaal anders uitzien. Hoe zal dat onze kijk op seks veranderen?

Op 14 december 2021 zoekt Sensoa het antwoord, samen met seksuologen, filosofen, opiniemakers en andere experts uit binnen- en buitenland.

De toekomst van seks is een online inspiratiedag die volledig wordt gelivestreamd.

We zoeken antwoorden op drie grote vragen:

  • Wat wordt de impact van technologie op seks?
  • Hoe zullen relaties eruitzien?
  • Hoe zullen seksuele oriëntatie en gender veranderen?

Benieuwd naar het antwoord hierop? Meer informatie: https://registreren.toekomstvanseks.be/.

9 November: Intersectionality and refugee women in the EU’s Pact on Migration and Asylum

Women’s rights and gender sensitivity have been quite prominent in the European Union’s agenda lately. In November 2020, the European Commission released its third Gender Action Plan, which focuses on the EU’s external actions. One of the most ambitious goals of the action plan, set for 2025, is the application of an intersectional gender perspective in the EU’s external actions, with a special focus on migrant women. However, the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, the European Commission’s proposal to reform the Common European Asylum System, does not mention intersectional approaches, neither in its text nor in related legislative proposals.

Feminist perspectives, approaches and actions are at the core of the work of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the German Green Political Foundation. We strongly support the mainstreaming of intersectional perspectives into (European) policy making and policies. Against this background, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union commissioned the study “Intersectionality and refugee women – The shortcomings of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum from an intersectional prism”, which analyses the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and its related proposal for a Screening Regulation from an intersectional perspective.

More information and registration: https://calendar.boell.de/en/intersectionality-refugee-women

Bridging decolonial & materialist feminisms – online public lecture – November 17, Ghent University, UC Berkeley, Birzeit University

Register here to receive the link to the Zoom webinar: https://eventmanager.ugent.be/PublicLectureDecolonialandMaterialistFeminisms

This public lecture intends to shed light on the materialities of decolonial feminisms and their variegated historically situated infrastructures and scales: from bodies to territories, from the flesh to the soil, from biologies to minerals and land, and from property to labour.

In relation to transnational discussions we understand decolonial feminisms in their broadest sense to address and resist the gendered ongoing histories of colonialism, white eurocentrism and US centrism. Thus, in various contexts, decolonial feminisms may include anti-colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial theory, and epistemologies of the global south(s). We understand materialist feminisms as feminisms that insist on examining the material conditions under which gendered and sexual power relations take shape under racial and patriarchal capitalism, through i.a. gendered and sexual divisions of labour and property.

Paola Bacchetta, PJ Di Pietro and Lena Meari will discuss how decolonial and materialist feminisms inspire their work, what might be gained from cross-fertilizing insights and questions from these two feminist traditions and what this entails both methodologically and politically. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta (Ghent University).

Paola Bacchetta is Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s at University of California, Berkeley, Co-founder and first Director of the Berkeley Gender Consortium and current (transnational) Co-Coordinator of the Decolonizing Sexualities Network. She is author and co-editor of numerous books, articles and book chapters on: feminist decolonial, transnational and queer of color theories and praxis; global racialities; politics of spatialities; and Hindu nationalism and other right-wing movements.

PJ DiPietro works at the intersection of decolonial feminism, Latinx Studies, and trans* of color praxis. They are a faculty member in the department of women’s and gender studies at Syracuse University (unceded Haudenosaunee land, New York).

Lena Meari is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine. She has special interest in the geopolitics of knowledge production; subject formation in colonial contexts; decolonizing methodologies; critical feminist theory; and revolutionary movements.

Website: https://www.globalstudies.ugent.be/bridging-decolonial-and-materialist-feminisms/2/

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Lunch Research Seminar: Prof. Dr. Lisa Dikomitis, Dr. Helen Price & Dr. Brianne Wenning (ECLIPSE)

Send an email to s.devuyst@ugent.be. There will be a free sandwich lunch. Please register before 21/11 if you want to participate in the lunch and indicate your preference: sandwich meat, cheese, vegan or fish. If you do not want to participate in the sandwich lunch, you can register until 29/11.
Culture, gender and parasites: Interdisciplinary global health research around leishmaniasis
Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a skin condition caused by infection with a microscopic parasite (Leishmania spp.) which results in the development of skin lesions which heal slowly and are difficult to treat. These lesions can result in the stigmatisation and social isolation of the infected individual, causing severe emotional distress. ECLIPSE is a four-year £4.6M healthcare programme funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which aims to improve the patient journey for people with CL and to reduce stigma in the most underserved communities in Brazil, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.
The ECLIPSE team is multidisciplinary with over 60 researchers (anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, parasitologists, public health and primary care specialists), physicians (dermatologists, family doctors, community medicine specialists) and artists (theatre makers, performance artists, musicians, painters). The ECLIPSE researchers are using an intersectional approach involving a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to gain an in-depth understanding of people’s, communities’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences and views on the impact of CL on the daily lives of those affected and the barriers to seeking healthcare, including obtaining accurate, early diagnosis and receiving effective treatment. The ECLIPSE programme is underpinned by theoretical and methodological approaches from medical anthropology. Research activities include team ethnography, individual ethnography, interviews, focus groups, CL awareness and stigma surveys, creative community workshops with local artists, intervention design and feasibility evaluations.
The ECLIPSE team is strongly committed to involving community members in Brazil, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka in all ECLIPSE activities. This means that each stage of the research is conducted with local communities, in line with the ECLIPSE ethos: ‘no research about community members, without community members’. ECLIPSE researchers recognise, value and seek to amplify community knowledge and understandings of health and illness, and explore the facilitators and challenges of seeking treatment for CL. Indeed, community engagement and involvement is at the heart of ECLIPSE. The community members’ experiential knowledge, combined with other knowledge (such as biomedical and anthropological insights), will result in the development of new knowledge which will underpin the co-creation of the ECLIPSE public health interventions. These will be co-developed with community members, implemented and evaluated in Brazil, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. One intervention in each site will be community based, while the second will be a training package for local health workers.
With the increasing calls for large multidisciplinary teams in health research, team ethnography features more and more as a methodological approach. Global health projects like ECLIPSE, which rely on the collaboration among people in and across various communities, societies and countries, are particularly well suited for team ethnography to explore culture, gender and parasites. Team members in these projects, however, often experience competing demands and obligations to and from the local communities in which they work; to and from team members in the different countries; to and from health policy makers; and to and from funding bodies. Added to this mix is the pressure to maintain a consistent level of academic rigour, reflexivity and comprehensibility across field sites, cultures and contexts. This complicates the issue of how to conduct robust team ethnography.
ECLIPSE researchers will convene a 2-hour research seminar at the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (CRCG) which will consist of a series of short presentations on different aspects of the ECLIPSE programme, and will introduce discussion topics, including:
•The patient journey for people with CL: a perspective from 3 continents
•Is CL a stigmatizing disease and who is affected most: an intersectional approach
•Community engagement and involvement in a CL programme: effective, decolonial and inclusive community engagement amplifying local knowledge
•Interdisciplinary research: how do we foster and further develop interdisciplinary insights on cutaneous leishmaniasis?
More information on the ECLIPSE website: www.eclipse-community.com
Supported by: ECLIPSE, Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, NIHR, ESCO

Online studiedag Vrouwen met een migratieachtergrond op de arbeidsmarkt – 02/12/2021

LEVL, ella, Furia, ENAIP-Limburg en de Nederlandstalige Vrouwenraad slaan de handen in elkaar. Samen organiseren we op 2 december 2021 van 9.30 tot 12.30 uur een online studiedag over “Vrouwen met een migratieachtergrond op de arbeidsmarkt”.

De online studiedag is gratis en richt zich op iedereen met interesse in dit thema.

Tijdens de studiedag gaan we dieper in op de verschillende drempels die vrouwen met een migratieachtergrond ervaren op de arbeidsmarkt. Ook verkennen we hoe de arbeidsmarktpositie van vrouwen met migratieachtergrond verbeterd kan worden.

Meer informatie hier.

We need to talk about… Gender | woe 6 oktober 2021 | Piet Hoebeke en Griet Vandermassen

Op woensdag 6 oktober organiseert VC Het Geuzenhuis een nuchter debat rond gender met Piet Hoebeke en Griet Vandermassen.

Volgens uroloog Piet Hoebeke is ons klassieke beeld van mannen en vrouwen dringend aan een update toe. Er bevindt zich tussen de stereotiepe man en vrouw immers een heel spectrum van seksuele identiteiten. Alle aspecten van onze seksuele identiteit kan je volgens Hoebeke zien als de regelaars op een mengpaneel. Die staan ook niet altijd volledig open of dicht, maar ergens tussenin.

Griet Vandermassen gaat een heel eind mee met die visie. Ook zij plaatst de acceptatie van ieders seksuele identiteit voorop – eveneens die van transpersonen – maar zet wel vraagtekens bij het idee van sekse en gender als een eindeloos gevarieerd mengpaneel. De verschillen tussen de seksen zijn volgens haar substantiëler dan Piet Hoebeke denkt.

Hierop aansluitend bespreken beiden hun meningsverschillen en hoe die zich vertalen in een andere visie op enkele ethische issues. Bijvoorbeeld of we aparte toiletruimtes voor de verschillende seksen moeten afschaffen, wat met mogelijk onomkeerbare behandelingen voor minderjarige transgenders? Wat met transpersonen in de sport?

Inschrijven en meer informatie: http://www.geuzenhuis.be/we-need-to-talk-about-gender