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Lecture by Dr. Niels Spierings: From multiple inequalities to intersectional quantitative research and back again

donderdag, 18 mei, 2017 - 11:30 to donderdag, 18 mei, 2017 - 13:15
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Gebouw D
Guest lecture

At the heart of our current understanding of intersectionality lies the notion of multiple inequalities; the same notion that is at the roots of the most-used quantitative techniques in the social sciences. In this lecture, I will go back to this heart and these roots to stimulate a well-informed discussion of how intersectionality and quantitative research can benefit each other.


Dr Niels Spierings (University of Nijmegen, NL) works on issues of inequality and participation, with particular foci on gender, politics, and Islam. On these topics academia, media and society are often flooded with simplism and overgeneralizations. He hopes his research contributes to more accurate knowledge, understanding and some empathy. Geographically, he mainly studies Muslim societies, the Middle East, and Western Europe. In his work, statistics and survey research are combined with case studies, interviews and big data analysis. In his current work some important themes are: Democracy and gender equality in the Middle East ; Social media in (Dutch) Politics ; Populism, gender and LGBT-equality in European countries; Gender equality and political participation among European migrants; Labour participation of women in developing economies ; Economic inequalities and voting behaviour; Feminism and intersectionality in quantitative research.

  • 11.30-12.30: lecture
  • 12:30-12.45: respondent prof. Silvia Erzeel (VUB)
  • 12.45-13.15: 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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