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Decolonising the university – Seminar by Prof. dr. Gloria Wekker – March 24, 2022

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Amnesty International Chair at Ghent University awarded to Gloria Wekker, on March 23 in Vooruit, prof. Wekker will give a seminar on decolonizing the university on March 24.

The seminar is co-organised by the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, the Learning Network on Decolonization of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, the Human Rights Research Network, and the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees, of Ghent University. The seminar will take place in AUD B, in Campus UFO-Technicum. Attendance is free, but registration is required: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/OnDecolonizingUniversitySeminarWekkerGloria

Call for applications 2022 – Erasmus Mundus Master Global Studies

The 2022 application round for the two-years Master’s course in ‘Global Studies – A European Perspective’ and the Erasmus Mundus grant is now open and therefore we herewith would like to encourage all suitable candidates to apply for the programme.

The Master’s course combines approaches from Global History and International Studies. Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences and other disciplines contribute to a wide-ranging academic programme.

It is an interdisciplinary, research-based programme offered by a Consortium of six European universities:

*Ghent University (Belgium)

*Leipzig University (Germany),

*London School of Economics and Political Science (UK),

*Roskilde University (Denmark),

*University of Vienna (Austria),

*and University of Wroclaw (Poland).

and is maintaining a partnership with nine further leading non-European universities in the field of Global Studies:

* Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia),

* Dalhousie University (Canada),

* Fudan University (China),

* Jawaharlal Nehru University (India),

* Macquarie University (Australia),

* Otago University (New Zealand),

* University of California at Santa Barbara (USA),

* University of Stellenbosch (South Africa),

* University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon).

The application deadline is January 31st, 2022 for all applicants who want to be taken into consideration for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship and for admission to the programme, which starts in fall 2022.

Even though students from all countries of the world can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship we would especially encourage students from the following world regions to apply, as there will be provided additional scholarships for nationals from the respective countries:

• African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries

• European Neighbourhood Policy ENI South countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunesia

• Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan

• South American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico

• Western Balkans countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro

Further information on the programme is to be found at: https://globalstudies-masters.eu/

as well as at: https://www.facebook.com/europeanmasterglobalstudies/

the direct link to the application website is: https://globalstudies-masters.eu/admission/application/application-documents/

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Konstanze Klemm for questions related to the application process: em@uni-leipzig.de

Learning Network on Decolonization – Lecture and workshop by Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa (LSE) On Decolonizing Teaching and Learning

The Ghent Centre for Global Studies is proud to participate in the Learning Network on Decolonization of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of Ghent University, and happy to announce the lecture & workshop series “How to decolonize the University?” We invite you to register for the next lecture and workshop by prof. dr. Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa (LSE) “On decolonising teaching and learning” on December 15 and 16.

The Learning Network on Decolonization of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences kindly invites you to the next lecture and workshop in our series on

“How to decolonize the university?”

Prof. dr. Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa (LSE) – “On Decolonizing Teaching and Learning”

Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa is Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Politics at the Department of Sociology of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Belgian/Rwandan former journalist (of MO*Magazine) and Senior Research Fellow of the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS), South Africa. She holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from Ghent University (2013). Before joining the LSE, she was Senior Lecturer in European and International (Development) Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa’s research and teaching focus on ways to decolonise (international) solidarity. Building on epistemic Blackness as methodology, she turns to recovering and reconnecting philosophies and practices of dignity and repair and retreat in the postcolony to theorise solidarity anticolonially. Professor Rutazibwa is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (with Robbie Shilliam, 2018) and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (with Sara de Jong and Rosalba Icaza, Routledge, 2018). She is the author of the forthcoming non-academic monograph The End of the White World. A Decolonial Manifesto (in Dutch, EPO). In 2011 she delivered a TEDx talk titled: Decolonizing Western Minds and in 2019 she had a widely watched conversation on racism (Racism Serves a Purpose – in Dutch, subtitled in English) in the interview collective ZIGO (Zwijgen is Geen Optie – Silence is Not an Option). 

December 15 (19:30-21:00) – Public lecture – Campus Ufo: Technicum Aud E 

December 16 (10:00-12:00) – Workshop – Campus Ufo: Technicum Room 1.13 

Attendance is free, registration is required.

Open letter from Ghent University staff and students on the regularization of undocumented migrants in Belgium

As employees, researchers and lecturers of Ghent University, we want to express our deep concern for the 475 People Without Papers who have gone on hunger strike since May 23rd in the buildings of our colleagues at the VUB and ULB and in the Brussels House of Compassion. With this open letter we want to ask federal policy makers in this country to listen to their demands and work towards a clear and just policy.

Statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people

As departments, research groups, unions, student organisations and individual employees, researchers and lectures of Ghent University, we condemn the violent Israeli attacks on the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and within Israel. We express our solidarity with the Palestinian people who have opposed, since 1948, a settler-colonial regime involved in ethnic cleansing, land annexations, population transfers and apartheid.

“Reach Out and Hold on Another Night” – with Behrouz Boochani

On radical solidarity and transnational home-making in resistance to hostile environments and militarized borders

April 22 – 8 pm (CET) – online

Image: Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani, Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time, 2017, videostill

The Ghent Centre for Global Studies is happy to announce to this online event, co-organised with Z33 House of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture and the Hostile Environments Research Platform. You are kindly invited to attend the screening of a conversation with the Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, author of the award-winning No Friend But the Mountain. Writing from Manus Prison (2018), and his translator Omid Tofighian (University of Sydney), with Lorenzo Pezzani (Hostile Environments, Goldsmiths), followed by a panel discussion with Behrouz Boochani, Ashika Singh (Catholic University of Leuven) and Naïma Charkaoui, moderated by Luce Beeckmans (Ghent University).

0,7 cake crumbs or actual cakes?

Why we need a Minister of Global Affairs

Thomas Vervisch (Ghent University) fears an opportunity was missed in the distribution of ministerial posts in the new Belgian government: where is our Minister of Global Affairs instead of Development Cooperation? That would be a sign that our country and its policies are evolving from a neo-colonial to a global approach.