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ONDERZOEKSCENTRUM VOOR CULTUUR EN GENDER

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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  • Do
    08
    Dec.
    2022

    Symposium "Decolonizing Contemporary Women’s Spirituality" (2022)

    9 am - 6 pm Campus Boekentoren, Building Blandijn, Faculty Room, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent

    Invited speakers: Prof. Amanda Lucia (University of California-Riverside), Dr. Kavita Maya (University College London) and Dr. Cassandra Ellerbe (Bard College Berlin)

    The Wisdom of the Universe by Christi Belcourt, 2014

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    12
    Dec.
    2022

    Tit-for-Tat Media and the Hong Kong Meltdown

    12-13:30Hybrid. On campus: Faculteitszaal, Blandijnberg 2 9000 Ghent
    Lunch seminar

    In this talk, Katrien Jacobs will discuss a polarization in social media discourses and sexual politics in the field of online activism. Political activists across the political spectrum are using online visual cultures as “extreme speech” to target each other and as a mechanism of emotional release and social cohesion. The talk will zoom in on the role of sex-focused visuals used during the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition movement of 2019 and coinciding with “a highly radicalized “laam chau” doctrine. (“If we burn, you will burn with us”). It will outline the wider techno-political contexts of these visuals and also make a plea for archiving and studying them despite their highly contentious and “rubbish-like” nature. It will discuss research methods of “historicizing” and “humanizing” this imagery by positioning them as catalysts for radicalized movements, geopolitical transformations and sexual well-being. At the same time, it will ponder a shift in a researcher’s methods of online ethnography from open and affective encounters or observations towards a cautious handling of highly polarized and politicized materials.

     

     

    About the speaker:
    Katrien Jacobs is adjunct associate professor and research associate at Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ghent University. She is leading scholar of sexuality and gender studies alongside emerging digital cultures and social movements. Her book “Tit-for-Tat Media: The Contentious Bodies and Sex Imagery of Political Activism” was published by Routledge in June 2022. Her work can be found at www.katrienjacobs.com

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    Online: interested participants can register and join on Microsoft Teams

    On-campus: Faculteitszaal, Blandijnberg 2

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