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Machteld De Metsenaere-Lecture "#Metoo revisited. Reflections on hypes, human rights and ambiguity." + panel discussion

maandag, 26 maart, 2018 - 18:00 to maandag, 26 maart, 2018 - 20:15
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Aula Q
Guest lecture

Renée Römkens is professor by special appointment of Gender Based Violence at the University of Amsterdam and the director of Atria (Institute on gender equality and women's history). In her lecture, she will focus on the current #MeToo movement and social protest against gendered violence.


2017 turns out to be a fascinating historical year during which protests against sexual and physical violence against women have been radically revived.  The first historical step was made by the women’s movement in the 1970s putting violence as a social problem on the agenda. Fourty years later  internet and social media  have enabled a new way politicizing social protests:  #notokay (protesting Trump’s ‘grab ‘m by the pussy‘), the subsequent women’s marches in January 2017  and  #metoo in the fall of 2017: they reflect a shift in the way women claim voice and independently create a 21st century public stage. Many questions surface in its wake. Is it one of the many social media hypes or does it reflect a hyper reality? To which extent is the underlying narrative of protest influenced by feminist political analyses of gendered power?  Do the protests primarily mirror a new generation women being fed up and acting out of moral indignation? Why is the framework of human rights and gender based violence virtually absent from the public discourse regarding #metoo? Might some of the current narratives be marked by ambiguity towards gender equality? 

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Selma Bouillard (Student and organizer of 'A week to fight rape culture')
  • Pieter-Jan De Buyst (Coordinator of the Brussels regional actions against gender based violence) 
  • Bieke Purnelle (Director of RoSa)

Program of the evening:

  • 18.00 -18.15: Welcome by Sophie Withaeckx (RHEA)
  • 18.15-19.00: Public lecture by Renée Römkens
  • 19.00-20.15: Panel discussion, Q&A

This is a public event, but please register below.

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