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Het Onderzoekscentrum voor Cultuur en Gender van de Vakgroep Talen en Culturen, Universiteit Gent, ondersteunt onderzoek naar en wetenschappelijke uitwisseling omtrent vraagstukken over identiteit, verschil en ongelijkheid in een geglobaliseerde wereld, en dit vanuit het perspectief van kritische theorie en met kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethodes (etnografie, levensverhaal analyse, discours analyse, literaire analyse, etc.).

Het centrum brengt onderzoekers samen uit de menswetenschappen en de sociale wetenschappen die geïnteresseerd zijn in de studie van cultuur op het kruispunt met gender en andere identiteitscategorieën zoals seksualiteit, etniciteit, klasse, natie, leeftijd, religie,….



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    Decolonising FGC programmes: From 'grandmother-exclusionary bias' to 'grandmother-inclusive' intergenerational approaches

    11:30 amFaculteitsraadzaal, Blandijnberg 2, 9000, Ghent
    Lunch seminar

    Lunch seminars are informal presentations where internal and visiting researchers present their work during lunch. You are welcome to bring your lunch along! We offer tea and coffee to go with it. The seminars are hybrid and take place on campus and online. Please register by sending an email to haiyan.huang@ugent.be
    The seminars are open to all, PhD students, postdocs, senior researchers, and other interested individuals.


    About the lunch seminar

    Grandmother-exclusionary bias” - or the side-lining of female elders as change agents within programmes - represents a major obstacle to the success of programmes that aim to end Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Grandmother-exclusionary bias runs counter to the extensive authority and decision-making roles that grandmothers wield in relation to FGC and child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. It also goes against insights from systems theory and meta-evaluations of FGM/C eradication efforts which stress that sustained change requires engaging those who wield authority over gender and social norms. I use postcolonial and decolonial theory to explain the negative assumptions about grandmothers which underpin grandmother-exclusionary bias, and provide recommendations for designing grandmother-inclusive, intergenerational community-led programmes.

    About the speaker

    Dr Anneke Newman works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University. Before that she worked as a Teaching Fellow at Sussex and a FNRS-funded postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains (LAMC) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Newman's current research is a decolonial analysis of knowledge production and policy-making related to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage. Her previous projects investigated educational decision-making involving secular and Islamic schools, and the education-migration-development nexus, in northern Senegal. Her research focuses on the coloniality of development policy, decolonial alternatives, action research and participatory approaches.

    (picture credit Judi Aubel, Grandmothers of Vélingara)


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    Lecture: Stories [that] Matter: Migrant Academics’ Narratives of Precarity and Resilience in Europe

    2:30 amAuditorium F, Building Technicum 2, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Gent

    Migrant Academics’ Narratives of Precarity and Resilience in Europe grew out of the accumulation of knowledge, experiences, and frustrations of political sociologist Ladan Rahbari, who was born in Iran, and political scientist Olga Burlyuk from Ukraine.

    The result is a walk-through of precarity, racialisation, systematic forms of discrimination and gendered hierarchies written and narrated by migrant academics from the Global South working in universities of the Global North. Building on precarity as a critical concept for challenging social exclusion or forming political collectives, the authors move away from conventional academic styles, instead adopting autobiography and autoethnography as methods of intersectional scholarly analysis. This approach creatively challenges the divisions between the system and the individual, the mind and the soul, the objective and the subjective, as well as science, theory, and art.

    This lecture will be given by the book editors:

    Olga Burlyuk, professor of Europe's external relations at the Department of Political Science at University of Amsterdam.

    - Ladan Rahbari, professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology at University of Amsterdam




    12h30 Lecture by prof. dr. Ladan Rahbari & prof. dr. Olga Burlyuk

    13h30 Q&A

    14h00 End



    Monday 23rd of October from 12:30 to 14:00



    Auditorium F, Building Technicum 2, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Gent


    For whom?

    Accessible for everyone (inside and outside UGent)



    Free admission but registration is required via this link: https://event.ugent.be/registration/LectureLadanRahbariandOlgaBurlyuk

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