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Keynote lecture by prof. Sirma Bilge: Neoliberalism, Intersectionality and Feminism: The Governmentalizing of Dissenting Knowledges in Research and Teaching

Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 11:30 to Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 13:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Gebouw D
Keynote lecture

Understanding intersectionality both as a critical power analytics and social justice praxis, this conference addresses a set of issues regarding its depoliticizing within the neoliberal university. Seeking specifically to answer how race gets erased in much of the contemporary (feminist) intersectionality research and teaching, it unpacks our academic practices that contribute to the whitening of this initially insurgent knowledge firmly rooted in black feminist thought and activism, and suggests possible avenues to counter its governmentalizing and reclaim its radical transformative potential.


Sirma Bilge is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology at Université de Montréal, where she teaches the sociology of ethnicity, nationalism and racism, gender and sexualities, postcolonial theory and cultural studies. Her current work engages with the intersections of social formations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class, and examines precisely how notions of national/ethnic sameness and otherness articulate themselves through gender and sexual regulation. She has been a visiting professor at Sociology Department of McGill University and at Media & Communication Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Together with Patricia Hill Collins, she co-authored the book “Intersectionality” in which they provide an introduction to the field of intersectional knowledge and praxis.


  • 11.30-12.30: lecture
  • 12.30-12.45: respondent prof. Sarah Bracke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • 12.45-13.00: questions

Attendance is free of charge, but please confirm your presence by registering below.

This lecture is part of the Gender Research Seminar, a yearly interdisciplinary course, organized by VUB, UGent and UA, that offers advanced training in research methods in the field of gender and diversity studies. The seminar relates gender to broader issues of diversity, epistemology and questions of (in)equality in power in society, culture and politics from a critical research perspective. In 2016-2017 the seminar will be organized at VUB. This year’s focus is on ‘Intersectionality: Theory, Concepts and Methods’. For more information see: https://my.vub.ac.be/nieuws/2016/12/01/dsh-gender-research-seminar. 

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