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"Perilous knowledge: Gender & Sexuality at risk in Europe" (ULB-VUB)

maandag, 4 juni, 2018 - 09:00 to maandag, 4 juni, 2018 - 16:00
Building S - 2nd level
Salle Somville
Avenue Jeanne 44
 1050 Bruxelles

Gender & sexuality scholars across Europe are facing mounting challenges to academic freedom and personal safety. The voices of Hungarian-based scholars are silenced by national legislators through the so-called Lex CEU, and other attacks against national universities. Turkish  researchers witness to the programmatic backlash against those critical towards the regime, and public meetings involving discussions on LGBT-issues are already forbidden in major cities. Nordic and German scholars are intimidated by right-wing extremists, including through hate mail.

These attacks take diverse forms: pressuring scholars to avoid research onto sensitive issues; defunding research institutions or even diverging funding from entire research fields; actively persecuting and incarcerating scholars engaging in critical research; or threatening the integrity of critical scholars. Such attacks raise numerous issues concerning the practice of scientific inquiry, but academic institutions are not always aware of these risks, and researchers are poorly equipped to face them.

We have the pleasure to invite you to the workshop "Perilous knowledge: gender & sexuality scholars at risk in Europe », which is jointly organised by STRIGES (ULB) and RHEA (VUB), to discuss this topic.

The main objectives of this one-day workshop are:

  • To signal our commitment for protecting academic freedom, and urging university authorities, organizations representing the rights of workers in the higher education sector, academic professional organizations, Institutes for Advanced Studies, European and national research funding bodies, to join in our efforts.
  • To diagnose the threats that critical scholars are faced with, acknowledging their increasingly complex nature (both in real life and online).
  •  Identify the repertoire of responses afforded to institutional entities and individual researchers at risk.
  • To propose the foundation of a special committee with the purpose of drafting a policy report pertaining to issues of institutional and personal management of risk.

Yvon Englert and Caroline Pauwels, the chancellors of the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels will address the participants.

Speakers include MEP Heidi Hautala and Kathleen Van Brempt, Suvi Keskinen (University of Helsinki), Andrea Krizsan (Central European University), Esra Ummak (Turkish scholar welcomed at ULB), Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw), Sara de Jong (AtGender), Jan Willem Duyvendak (Council for European Studies/ Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences), Eric Fassin (Université Paris VIII), Viviane Mazzichi, Joanna Sterzynska-Lindberg (European Commission, TBC), Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), José Ignacio Pichardo Galan (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Mieke 
Verloo (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen).

The event is free but registration is compulsory :