Events

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

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.

“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).

Public Lecture Houria Bouteldja – December 13, 2019

The Struggle for Decolonisation in France

On December 13, the French-Algerian political activist and writer Houria Bouteldja will speak on anti-racism, anti-imperialism, islamophobia and decolonisation at Ghent University, at the invitation of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, the Middle East and North Africa Research Group, the Dept. of Conflict and Development Studies, the Governance in Conflict Network, TAPAS – Thinking About the Past, and the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender.

Friday December 13 – 18:00 – Academieraadzaal, Volderstraat 9.

SDG lecture – October 15, 2019

The participation of indigenous peoples in the United Nations political process on climate change

Indigenous peoples from different parts of the world participate in multi-scalar processes that shape changes in public policy concerning global commons, such as the atmosphere and oceans. They have managed to deepen the recognition of collective rights and generate new political and legal instruments. How do they work to achieve this? What is the impact of their action? What does it teach us about contemporary politics?


Deborah Delgado Pugley is Professor and Researcher of Sociology at PUCP (Peru).  Her research focuses on global environmental politics, sustainable development policies and environmental issues at the community level. Recent projects include the impact assessment of oil spills in amazonian communities and local universities involvement in climate policies. She is interested in indigenous social movements, human and environmental rights, natural resources management, climate change policies related to forests (REDD) and development. She holds a PhD in Development Studies and Sociology at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris. She is currently a visiting researcher with the Governance in Conflict Network at the department of Conflict and Development in Ghent.


What’s (y)our story? September 24, 2019

On September 24, the Ghent Centre for Global Studies and the 3 other Interdisciplinary Research Consortia, together with the Research Department of Ghent University, will organise a full-day event at Het Pand on “Storytelling for researchers” and “Science narratives in post-truth times”, with: 

  • a workshop for (junior and senior) researchers by multimedia agency Critical Narratives
  • a public lecture by the (investigative) journalist Joris Luyendijk
  • and lightning talks by UGent scholars: Marianne Maeckelbergh (Conflict and Development), Ronald Soetaert (Educational Studies), Julie Van Bogaert (History), and Tom Vander Beken (Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law) 
  • followed by a panel debate, moderated by Sami Zemni

Full program: https://www.ugent.be/en/research/event-storytelling.htm

The event is open to researchers from all disciplines and to the entire UGent community, but please note that the workshop has a limited number of seats. Registration, before September 16: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/Whatsyourstory