Faculty Research Day

faculty-research-day.jpgOn 11 December 2017, the faculty of Political and Social Sciences organised its third Research Day, central theme was Gender in Academia

  • Date: Monday 11 December 2017
  • Location:  Aula (Academieraadzaal/Foyer), Volderstraat 9
  • The theme of this research day: Gender in Academia.

Schedule of the research day 11/12/2017

12.00 Welcome drink and lunch (catering with fair trade products)

  • Information fair: Doctoral Schools, Center for Statistics, Well-being @ faculty

13.00 Opening remarks by Sami Zemni and Introduction of keynote speaker 

13.15 Keynote speech by Maria do Mar Pereira

(University of Warwick and Deputy Director of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, Author of ‘Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship. An Ethnography of Academia’, Routledge 2017)

14.15 Two ‘TedX' presentations presenting research of the faculty.

  • 14.15 Sara De Vuyst (Hacking gender in journalism)
  • 14.25 Loes Debuysere (The Women's Strike: My personal trajectory)

14.45 Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Workshops 

Three workshops, each with a specific theme - More info below*
  • WS 1: Feminist epistemologies and the decolonization of knowledge production (coordinator: Loes Debuysere) - Location 

    Meeting Room Dept. of Conflict and Development – Universiteitstraat 8 – 1st floor 

  • WS 2:  Balancing work and life in academia (coordinator: Sara De Vuyst) - Location Meeting Dept. Communication Sc - Korte Meer 9 - 2nd floor
  • WS 3: Gender and academic careers (coordinator: Tine Brouckaert) - Location Meeting Room Dean John Vincke - Korte Meer 5 - ground floor

16.10 Coffee break

16.30 TedX presentation 

  • Robin Devroe (Competent men and left women? Political gender stereotypes of the Flemish voter)

16.50 Feedback of the workshops and final discussions

17.10-18.00 Panel debate

Mieke Van Herreweghe (Vice rector UGent), Maria Do Mar Pereira, Julie Carlier, Sami Zemni,

Moderator Frederik Dhaenens 
18.00-18.30 Reception

Research Fair

Catering (Fair trade)

Information booths on Doctoral Schools, assistance for researchers (training and consultancy in methodology and statistical analysis by center for statistics), Diversity and Gender Policy Unit, well-being, new at the faculty,...

Extra information and reports on the research day can be found on Minerva KX00009A

Information on the workshops of Research Day 2017

  • WS 1: Feminist epistemologies and the decolonization of knowledge production (coordinator: Loes Debuysere)

    Today’s world is the result of more than 500 years of Western colonial expansion and imperial designs. This has created a world system with unequal power relations between North and South, which are reflected in gendered, racial, class-based, epistemological power hierarchies that operate in complex and entangled ways at a world-scale. The Western/capitalist/patriarchal tradition of thought that resulted from these global inequalities has been the hegemonic perspective within the world system with the epistemic privilege to define concepts (like democracy, history, politics, feminism, economy, human rights) for the rest of the world. At the same time, non-Western traditions of thought have often been inferiorized and subalternized. 

    The aim of this workshop is to encourage researchers to (1) investigate how our modes of knowledge production are affected by biases that reflect these global power hierarchies; (2) look for ways in which our knowledge production can become more feminist and decolonized.

  • WS 2:  Balancing work and life in academia (coordinator: Sara De Vuyst)

    Participants in this workshop will be invited to exchange ideas on the challenge of balancing work and life in academia. The academic work environment is characterized by a high workload, an intense publication pressure, and a growing demand for flexibility. This places a great amount of pressure on the work-life balance of academics. It is important to look at this issue through a gender lens. Studies show that combining an academic position with a family is more difficult for women, especially because they continue to carry a disproportionate share of household labour. This obstacle is often cited as one of the reasons why women leave academia or are not able to climb to the highest positions. In addition, men’s decision to use work-life balance arrangements such as part-time work or parental leave is often met with stereotypical and negative reactions. Keeping this in mind, it is essential to tackle the work-life balance question in order to close the gender inequality gap in academia. The aim of this workshop is to have a constructive dialogue and share strategies on how to deal with this issue. How can we create a better fit between work and private life both for men and women in academia? Which initiatives have been taken at Ghent University? What are good practices? 

  • WS 3: Gender and academic careers (coordinator: Tine Brouckaert)
    Women reach the top of the academic ladder less often, not because they are less suitable but because they operate in a context that is still less favorable to them. It goes without saying that both men and women can become high-quality scientists. However, if we see that women are underrepresented, this poses an ethical problem in the first instance, namely the unequal treatment of women. In addition to the ethical problem, however, there is also an economic problem. The dropout of women also means that female potential is lost. Moreover, we see that they often find no valid alternative to capitalize on their talents because even in private research institutes and in business, women are underrepresented at the top. In Belgium, we are faced with the paradoxical situation that more women than men are highly educated, but that a great many of these women end up in jobs for which they are overqualified. The recruitment of women at all levels therefore remains a point of attention. This workshop examines the gender bias in recruitment criteria of mobility, publications and student evaluations on the level of tenure track recruitment. What can be done at the faculty level? Are there examples of good practices within other universities?

Previous editions

Faculty Research Day  December 2015

Faculty Research Day  December 2013