TRAVELLING AMONG KALBELIYA DANCERS: FROM STAGING OF AUTHENTICITY TO INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUES IN INDIAN DANCE PRACTICE
18 DECEMBER 2017: AYLA JONCHEERE
Ayla Joncheere holds a PhD degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures (India) from Ghent University (2016). Her BOF-funded research project (2012 – 2016) was entitled Kālbeliyās – Dancers, Gypsies or Snake Charmers: Staging of Authenticity and Dynamics of Identity. She began her training in Kalbeliya dance at the age of twelve (2001), and spent considerable time touring in Europe with Rajasthani artists. Since 2006, she began traveling to India on a regular basis to work with Kalbeliya dancers and other artist communities in Rajasthan. She also holds a postgraduate in Cultural Management from Artevelde Hogeschool (2011). She currently works as a post-doctoral researcher (BOF) on a project about practitioners of Kalbeliya dance in Europe and the USA. She has been performing in multiple dance projects, and is the co-founder of the dance collective, MaGenta.
THE SOCIOCULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF FEMALE IDENTITY IN PINAR DEL RÍO (CUBA) IN YOUNG WOMEN (18 TO 35 YEARS) (CANCELLED)
12 DECEMBER 2017: BELKIS ROJAS HERNÁNDEZ
Belkis Rojas Hernández is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Methodology of Research at the University of Pinar del Río (Cuba), where she teaches undergraduate courses in Sociocultural Studies and postgraduate ones in Sociology of Education, History and Criticism of Sociological Theories, and Theory of Social Work. She is the Principal Investigator of various projects on educational systems, gender relations and domestic violence in the contemporary Cuban sociocultural context, funded by VLIR-UOS, Oxfam, the British Embassy, and the Cuban Ministry of Education, among others. Her research has been published in the national and international peer-reviewed journals, such as Contemporary dilemmas: Education, Politics and Values, and International Journal of Sociology.
POLITICS AS MEDICINE, MEDICINE AS POLITICS: ‘ANTHROPOLOGIZING’ AFRICAN HISTORY’
29 NOVEMBER 2017: KOEN STROEKEN
Koen Stroeken is an associate professor in Africanist anthropology (UGent), who has published about fifty papers and authored three international peer-reviewed books, of which one monograph (Moral Power, Berghahn), all largely dealing with cosmology and materiality. A forthcoming book seeks to ‘anthropologize’ the history of kingship in east and central Africa. He specializes in the cultural mediation of local epistemologies approached as systems worthy of study in their own right as well as bases for new insights in global processes. Stroeken coordinates since 2012 a VLIRUOS-IUS academic exchange with Mzumbe University (Tanzania) and is or has been supervising a dozen PhD projects, one of which a collaborative project about initiatory objects at the Royal Museum of Central Africa.
FEMALE MIGRANTS IN BELGIUM AND CAMPAIGNS OF SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIM WOMEN
19 JUNE 2017: LADAN RAHBARI
Ladan Rahbari is a social anthropologist; she has a PhD in Sociology (University of Mazandaran), a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Tehran University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Italian Literature (Tehran University). She is now conducting a joint PhD research project in Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This research project ‘A Critical Analysis of Cross-Cultural Discourses and Moral Understandings of Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment’ (2015-2019) is funded by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and is under supervision of Prof. Dr. Gily Coene (Vrije Universitetit Brussel) and Prof. Dr. Chia Longman (Universiteit Gent) and consists of two joint doctoral research projects conducted by Dr. Ladan Rahbari and Susan Dierickx.
Rahbari has teaching experience in various BA and MA programs of anthropology, art studies and social sciences in several universities. Her research interests include gender politics, sexuality, space, body and harmful cultural practices with a general focus on the Middle East and migrant populations, and in the frameworks of radical and postcolonial feminist theories. She is currently affiliated with the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (CRCG, UGent) and Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA, VUB).
“I’M TOO OLD FOR THAT NOW”: THE IMPORTANCE OF LIFE COURSE IN STUDENT NIGHTLIFE NORMATIVITIES
6 JUNE 2017: VALERIE DE CRAENE
Valerie De Craene graduated as (human) geographer at the University of Ghent in 2009. Afterwards, she worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Leuven. Her doctoral research focuses on the deconstruction and (re)production of heteronormativities within student nightlife in Flanders. She is also editor of AGORA.
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