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.
The Departments of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) are hiring 3 doctoral researchers for the project “The perception of...
Co-authored by Karen Celis and Sarah Childs , Feminist Democratic Representation wins the Political Studies Association 's Mackenzie Book Prize 2022 for the best book published in political science...
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.
In the last months, three new (Open Access) books of our EDGE researchers came out! Find out more about them here.
Before there is a discussion on racism it is essential to understand that there is no racism without race.
The EDGE team would like to wish you a peaceful and resting Winter Break by sharing with you one of the chapters of the first EDGE book.
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.
The starting point of the thesis is the so-called 'crisis of political representation'; the fact that increasing numbers of citizens feel completely disconnected from political representatives.
On 1st September 2021 Anne Van Bavel joined the EGDE team as a research and coordination assistant.
Submit your paper to the two-day workshop “Antiracism in Europe” by 5 July 2021. This workshop is supported by BIRMM, BSOG, EDGE and RHEA at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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 book is a contribution to studies on women’s underrepresentation in local politics. It provides an in-depth analysis of Turkey, a case that is often relegated to the periphery of the “women & politics” literature.
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.
BIRMM, RHEA, the VEN-network and the Race & Research Network invite you to join the discussion on how to decolonise universities and VUB in particular.
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.
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.
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.
To highlight the International Day Against Racism, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson takes the floor to share her innovative thinking on the intricate relations between race, species and the idea of ‘the human’.
Inan Izci: "I remember one day talking to my supervisor at a cafe in Brussel. After long hours passed, I noticed the eyes of the waitress who, I guess, was questioning my sanity due to the talking performance."
My fieldwork experience in The Gambia was a uniquely enriching experience and an opportunity to further learn and develop practical fieldwork skills.
On January 21, our colleagues at BIRMM are inviting you to the launch of the VUB Poincaré book 'Migration, equality & racism - 44 opinions'.
René Kreichauf: "My dissertation brings forth forced migration within the agenda of urban studies, and it provides new theoretical approaches and fresh empirical material"
Organized by IMMRC (KULeuven), RHEA and Race & Research Network (VUB)
Laura Westerveen: "when I moved to Brussels to start my PhD trajectory I never expected to begin and end the writing process of my thesis while in lockdown"
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.
EDGE recruits post-doctoral researchers for a 2-year term (2021-2022) to strengthen its current research team and support collective research efforts.
VUB researcher Louise Knops, ascribed as a PhD candidate at the Political Science Department and member of the EDGE Programme, discusses in an interview by Le Soir the political impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Together with RHEA , EDGE is happy to announce the 8 th biennial conference of the Afroeuropeans Network titled "Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities". The Afroeuropeans Network...
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
Papers should examine 1) the positions of institutional actors; 2) the capacity to impose their policy preferences; 3) how this shapes policy change in the EU; and 4) the influence of the European Council.
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.
This call for projects aims to stimulate and support collective research endeavors that are connected with the EDGE Programme. In order to be eligible for funding, projects have to produce a research outcome
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.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day , RHEA (Research Centre on Gender, Diversity & Intersectionality) , Crosstalks, Research Events and the Equality Team organize a new edition of the...
We are most certainly living in difficult democratic times, with populism on the up. Any lingering complacency over the health of liberal democracy is well disabused by the contributors to 'Rethinking Democracy'.
The first joint publication of the EDGE Programme is out! The book “The Edges of Political Representation” provides an overview of what political representation means today.
Several protest waves hit the roads, streets and public squares in Europe and beyond in the last years. As diverse as these movements’ claims are, they all express a big sense of urgency.
On Thursday 28 April 2022, 9.30-11.30, Prof. Sam Bennett will give a lecture on ' Doing Qualitative (Discourse) Analysis on Twitter '. More info below! Abstract Since its launch, Twitter has quickly...
On 27 April 2022, the VUB's Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre for Migration and Minorities (BIRMM) and EDGE are welcoming Catherine Xhardez to talk about her research on the role of...
As part of the new Migration Lecture Series, we are welcoming Andrew Geddes, chair of the Migration Policy Centre. In this Lecture, Andrew Geddes will discuss various insights from his book 'Governing Migration Beyond the State' together with Raul Hernandez Sagrera (Cabinet of Comissioner Ylva Johansson) and Tineke Strik (Group of the Greens; Member of the European Parliament). Prof. Florian Trauner will moderate the discussion.
As a part of the new Migration Lecture Series, we are welcoming Nick Vaughan-Williams, professor at the Universty of Warwick. For this first Migration Lecture, professor Vaughan-Williams will talk about his new book, 'Vernacular Border Security'. Omar Ba, project coordinator at Bindus vzw and Diversity and inclusion consultant, will be the discussant for this lecture. Prof. Florian Trauner will moderate the discussion.
In this seminar, Ov Cristian Norocel (Lund University, Sweden) will problematize how simultaneous and mutually shaping systems of difference and inequality are employed in the construction of the radical right metapolitical project, which aims to overthrow/significantly alter democracy.
To what extent do European countries experience a second, third of fourth wave of antiracism? Was there ever a first wave? These and many other questions will be discussed by Philomena Essed and three other antiracist activists from different parts of Europe.
If a dictator falls, how can democratic standards become institutionalised? Are there any particularities for a democratization process in the African continent? This High Level Lecture Series on European and World Politics will take the case of The Gambia as a point of departure to discuss these questions.
There has been considerable academic debate on whether multiculturalist policies are in retreat in Europe. This paper argues that the so-called ‘second wave of anti-racist activism’ moves beyond culture and addresses questions of power and privilege.
What are the identities of women of immigrant origin serving in local elected political positions in Oregon? What motivated these women to run for an elected political office? How do their identities motivate them to run?
The discussion will revolve around EU member states' ability to shape the EU digital policies and the role of coalitions to explain their influence in the Council.
The seminar focuses on how women, racial minorities and immigrants are disadvantaged in society from the angle of how those experiences influence their opportunities in politics.
This seminar addresses the efforts to give rise to the norm of the non-use of fully autonomous weapons in warfare, drawing comparisons with the eventual taboo of nuclear weapons use.