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UU Graduate Gender Programme & International Women’s Day 2019

Horizon2020 GRACE Conference: ‘Gender and Cultures of In/Equality in Europe: visions, poetics, strategies’
March 7-9, 2019
In the largest cross-European collaboration of its kind, involving 10 institutions, UU Graduate Gender Programme among them, 15 early stage researchers and a wider group of 100 scholars based in over 10 countries, the Horizon2020 Marie Curie GRACE Project has for the past three years systematically investigated what ‘equality’ means in the European context today. The event celebrates the achievements of the project’s work and provides opportunities to explore the themes of the GRACE research through a range of activities, including a series of public talks by GRACE researchers and other distinguished international scholars; the launch of the GRACE feminist smartphone app Quotidian; the opening of the GRACE exhibition Footnotes on Equality; the presentation of project films; a special screening of Goya award winning film maker Isabel de Ocampo’s new film You Will Be A Man, introduced by the director herself; and a performance by Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre: I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing.

Exhibition: Footnotes on Equality 
8 March – 12 May 2019
Opening: Friday, March 8, 17:00 – 20:00
Casco Art Institute in cooperation with Horizon2020 GRACE, UU Graduate Gender Programme and Cookies
‘Footnotes on Equality’ centers around an installation featuring an eclectic collection of art and everyday objects collected through fieldwork in Europe. The objects act as indexes for various contentious points around the cultural production of (in)equality, and props to tell stories about the contemporary fights against injustices. The exhibition is also an attempt to undo a disciplinary research process, and make art practice and co-creative work an integral part of research and how it is shared.

Exhibition by MOED: What is left unseen

16 February – 30 June 2019
In collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, the research team of MOED: Museum of Equality and Difference (established by the UU Graduate Gender Programme) has curated ‘What is left unseen’. The exhibition is the result of a critical intervention in the collection of the Centraal Museum, and takes objects from the collection as a starting point to present critical perspectives. The museum’s pieces of Nola Hatterman, Steve McQueen, Ary Scheffer, Therese Schwartze and Nicolaas Beets are exhibited along with a number of pieces by Patricia Kaersenhout, Iris Kensmil, Rotimi Fani-Kayadi, Jan van Bijlert, Faisal Abdu’allah and Samuel Aranda. Our intervention in the museum raises as key questions: How does one critically engage with dominant accounts of history? How to envisage new ways of seeing and visualizing in the museum? How can we expose the white male gaze that, for centuries, has determined what and how we see in the museum?
Official opening of the exhibition on March 8 at the Feminist Festival!
MOED and Mama Cash have joined forces for Mama Cash’s annual Feminist Festival taking place on International Women’s Day. We are working on an awesome program in the Centraal Museum around the imaginary, art, decolonization and feminism.

Diversity at Utrecht University
Utrecht University stimulates diversity and inclusion within education, research and the organisation. A diverse community of students and teachers contributes to an inspiring and challenging learning environment. In addition, this is a good preparation for working in a pluriform society. Diversity enriches the academic debate and contributes to an intensive cooperation and exchange with social organisations. Utrecht University considers it important to contribute to bridging opposites and creating equal opportunities for all. More information here

Vrouwennetwerk UU
Het Vrouwennetwerk Universiteit Utrecht is een informeel netwerk van vrouwen (en enkele mannen) werkend of studerend aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Iedere UU-er met interesse in of betrokkenheid bij genderdiversiteit kan zich kosteloos en vrijblijvend aanmelden: vrouwennetwerk@uu.nl.
Pandora is het magazine van het Vrouwennetwerk Universiteit Utrecht. Pandora laat zien waar het Vrouwennetwerk voor staat: het belang van (gender)diversiteit binnen een wetenschappelijke én bestuurlijke context, de bewustwording van stereotyperingen en hun gevolgen, en de zichtbaarheid van vrouwelijk talent. Het tijdschrift verschijnt tweemaal per jaar en is gratis voor UU’ers. Abonnee worden? Stuur dan een email naar vrouwennetwerk@uu.nl.


New Publication: Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture – A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies (Routledge 2017)

Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture – edited by Rosemarie Buikema, Liedeke Plate and Kathrin Thiele – is an introductory text for students specialising in gender studies. The truly interdisciplinary and intergenerational approach bridges the gap between humanities and the social sciences, and it showcases the academic and social context in which gender studies has evolved. Complex contemporary phenomena such as globalisation, neo-liberalism and ‘fundamentalism’ are addressed that stir up new questions relevant to the study of culture. This vibrant and wide-ranging collection of essays is essential reading for anyone in need of an accessible but sophisticated guide to the very latest issues and concepts within gender studies. For more info read here.

The German version Doing Gender in Medien-, Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, edited by Rosemarie Buikema and Kathrin Thiele was published in 2017 by LitVerlag. For more info read here.


New Publication: Revoltes in de Cultuurkritiek – Rosemarie Buikema (AUP 2017)

Revoltes in de cultuurkritiek staat de relatie tussen kunst en politieke transitie centraal. Van Virginia Woolf en Louis Couperus, tot aan Marlene van Niekerk en William Kentridge hebben kunstenaars en intellectuelen zich de afgelopen anderhalve eeuw gebogen over de vraag: hoe moeten we omgaan met een erfenis van uitsluiting en onderdrukking? Aan de hand van concrete kunstwerken demonstreert Rosemarie Buikema welke antwoorden op deze vraag geformuleerd zijn. Zij laat zien hoe kunst iets nieuws in gang kan zetten en sociale en culturele verhoudingen duurzaam kan veranderen. Zo kan kunst fungeren als een effectieve vorm van cultuurkritiek. Steeds opnieuw blijkt dat vernieuwingen en omwentelingen in kunst en maatschappij de meeste kans van slagen hebben als zij zich niet als een radicale breuk met het verleden presenteren (revolutie), maar als een proces waarin de kennis over het verleden wordt onderzocht, aangevuld, gecorrigeerd en/of omgebogen (revolte).
Voor meer informatie klik hier.


Contribution to publication Beperkt Zicht from Women Inc.

Women are less common in media than men. Research from the Commissioner of Media shows that between 2010 and 2015 their participation in TV-shows from public broadcasting  has even decreased. Commissioned by Women Inc. the UU Graduate Gender Program together with Atria dove into the current state of affairs regarding the representation of women: how often do they appear in the media, in what role and are there differences between several media (television, radio, newspapers, online newssources, social media)? The publication Beperkt Zicht (only available in Dutch) can be found here.