Brown Bag Seminars 2019

WHORES, HAREMS, AND HOLY WOMEN. MODERN VIEWS ON ANCIENT WOMEN.
16 DECEMBER 2019: KATRIEN DE GRAEF 

Katrien De Graef, PhD (2004) in Oriental Languages and Cultures, is associate professor of Assyriology and History of the Ancient Near East at Ghent University. She has published extensively on 2ndmillennium BC socio-economic history of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Iran). Her current research focusses on the role of women in Old Babylonian economy, religion and society. She is a member of the Gender, Methodology, and the Ancient Near East (GeMANE) Study group, a scientific platform for the international community of Ancient Near Eastern scholars working on gender related themes.

Time: 12:00-13:30

Venue: room Camelot (130.007), third floor, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
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GODDESS GAMES: GENDER AND NATURE IN NEW AGE SPIRITUALITY
4 NOVEMBER 2019: SUSANNAH CROCKFORD 

Susannah Crockford is a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University in Belgium. Her research interests focus on spirituality, millenarianism, and discourses of nature and climate change. She earned her PhD in anthropology in July 2017 from the London School of Economics, and previously completed an MA in religious studies at the University of Amsterdam and an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Cambridge. 

Venue: room Camelot (130.007), third floor, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
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'AFFRONTS TO THE HEALTHY EYE.' ON NEGOTIATING HOW PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD BE REGARDED.
17 JUNI 2019: ANAÏS VAN ERTVELDE 

Anaïs Van Ertvelde holds an Ma in history (UGent) and an Ma in gender studies (UUtrecht). Her research interests lie where bodies and social movements intersect. She is currently a PhD student at Leiden University's Institute of History where she looks into how during the 1970s and 1980s disability became a concern for governments and social movements alike and how the concept can be understood in a bipolar world. Her research is part of the broader project Rethinking Disability. The Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled People in Historical Perspective (http://rethinkingdisability.net/).
Venue: room 110.028 (first floor), Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
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“MAKING FAMILY” IN A RELATIONAL WORLD: COSMOPRAXIS AMONG AYMARA FAMILIES IN BOLIVIA AND CHILE
3 MAY 2019: KOEN DE MUNTER 

Koen de Munter (1960) studied Roman Philology (Ma) and Comparative Science of Cultures (Ma, PhD) at UGent. As an anthropologist he has  been working since the nineties in the Andean region, mostly in the Bolivian Altiplano, with Aymara families who commute between the indigenous city of El Alto and their home communities.  Academically he has been employed in different universities in Chile, since 2012 he holds an appointment at the Department of Anthropology at  Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Santiago de Chile).  From the study of intercultural and postcolonial dynamics in the Andean region he has evolved in recent years towards a much more ‘biosocial’ (socialecological) perspective, focusing the theoretical reflection on the relevance of Tim Ingold’s recent work about an anthropology of life  an  about an “education by attention”.  Koen de Munter has been conducting longstanding research projects,  amongst other things about “Vivir bien” praxis, politics and ideologies (2015-2019). He is currently the principal investigator of a  project about “Aymara cosmpraxis in a relational world: “making family” with the living, the dead and the wak’as” (Chilean government funded Fondecyt Regular 1190279,   2019-2022).

Venue: Faculty room, Campus Boekentoren, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Time: 11:00-13:00
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HACKING GENDER IN JOURNALISM
29 APRIL 2019: SARA DE VUYST

Dr. Sara De Vuyst is a postdoctoralresearcher at the Department of Communication Studies at Ghent University. Her research interests are feminist media studies, and more specifically, gender issues andtechnological innovation journalism. She is currently working on a postdoc that explores online abuse of journalists from an intersectional perspective. Sara De Vuyst is vice-chair of the ECREA Gender and Communication section. 

Venue: Faculty room, Campus Boekentoren, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
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SWAPPING AND STEALING: MARRIAGE, PLAY AND POLYAMORY IN NORTHWEST NAMIBIA. (OR WHY HARMFUL TRADITIONAL PRACTICES ARE PERHAPS NOT AS HARMFUL AS OFTEN ASSUMED).
18 MARCH 2019: STEVEN VAN WOLPUTTE

Steven Van Wolputte is professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA), KU Leuven. He has published in the fields of material and popular culture, political anthropology and of the anthropology of the body. Besides the impact of rapid urbanization on intimacy and close relationships, his current research interests include the anthropology of human security in Africa and a research project on how makerspaces imagine and make the African city of the future.  For more information: see https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00017725

This seminar will take place from 11:00-13:00. 

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BODILY CARE, CLOTHES AND SHOES FROM INDIA TO CHINA
28 JANUARY 2019: ANN HEIRMAN

Ann Heirman, Ph.D. (1998) in Oriental Languages and Cultures, is professor of Chinese Language and Culture and head of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at Ghent University in Belgium. She has published extensively on Chinese Buddhist monasticism and the development of disciplinary rules, including Rules for Nuns according to the Dharmaguptakavinaya (Motilal Banarsidass, 2002), The Spread of Buddhism (Brill, edited volume with Stephan Peter Bumbacher, 2007), A Pure Mind in a Clean Body (with Mathieu Torck, Academia Press, 2012), and Buddhist Encounters and Identities Across East Asia (Brill, edited volume with Carmen Meinert and Christoph Anderl, 2018).

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