In the corridors of the European Parliament, voices whisper of change. Some are ecstatic. Some are concerned. Most are doubtful. Could it be that amidst all of the horrors of the past few months, the Ukrainian crisis will be the catalyst for profound policy reforms in the European migration and asylum regime?
The most recent headlines about the conflict in Ukraine have marked eyes and hearts alike. Whether it be the New York Times, the Guardian, or Le Monde (amongst others), news coming from the front lines are now shifting from classic security, strategy and policy dissection towards shocking narratives of Ukrainians - especially women - being raped by Russian soldiers. Some outlets were rather rapid in blaming the Russian army of “weaponizing rape”, which implies the widespread and systematic use of rape as a direct tactic of war, or as part of an official policy.
Anti-Gypsyism is a complex phenomenon that exists all around the world. It concerns the historically rooted anti-Roma sentiment that translates into violent acts of discrimination against Roma people and their marginalization. Like any other kind of racism, anti-Gypsyism builds on long-established forms of oppression carried out and maintained by the most powerful and privileged classes.
The EU’s legislative process and operational activities have a strong and ever growing impact on the lives of European citizens and residents. It is hence important to understand the exact role and potential that the different parliaments of the EU have in the oversight of executive actors at EU level.
Before there is a discussion on racism it is essential to understand that there is no racism without race.
On paper, the equality between women’s and men’s political citizenship is guaranteed in Belgium. In practice however, I argue, this equality is not always lived up to.
In this blogpost, we want to reopen the theoretical and empirical discussions about inter-institutional power dynamics in EU decision-making by looking at an underexploited angle of research, namely the impact of rule change on policy outputs.
In a deeply divided society, one would expect people to vote exclusively for politicians from their own ethnic or linguistic groups. But as it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth.
The pandemic has changed the format of academic conferences for the better: moving from on-site to online. With the hope of keeping what worked well during the pandemic, I reflect on my recent conference experiences.
I analysed the experiences of female early career researchers on the intersection of gender and ethnicity in their academic workplace. Here is a summary of the main research findings, involving five Belgian public universities.
The present moment is heavy with foreboding. Reading this probably made you think of several different things at once: the pandemic, climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution. In this post, I dig into one case of collapse and build up one possible concept that can help navigate the ruins: terrestrial politics.
My fieldwork experience in The Gambia was a uniquely enriching experience and an opportunity to further learn and develop practical fieldwork skills.
As I process the whirlwind of reactions following the riots at Capitol Hill last week, I would like to share my thoughts on three complex topics: President Trump’s divisive speech, the dismissal of media as fake news, the role of social media.
In this post, I am going to share some resources and tips to write academic blog posts that I wished I had known about when I first started blogging.
We argue that through their content moderation practices, internet communication companies are acting as definers, judges and enforcers of freedom of expression on their services.
This blogpost offers a refined understanding of member states’ ability to successfully influence the outcome of digital policies in the Council of the EU by disentangling the role of coalitions and individual negotiators’ capacities
This blog post looks at the current crisis from the perspective of political affect. In particular, it attempts to situate the current affects of obedience against a broader background of contestation and the significantly “louder” affect of indignation.
A discussion of what it means to be a researcher from the Global South in Western Academia, focusing on two themes: love and frustration, and auto-ethnographic writing.
How do prejudices in the social sciences circulate and how are they perpetuated? The reception of the concept of amoral familism sheds light on this process.