Lecture ‘Intersectionality’ – 27th February, 2014

a cross-disciplinary exchange


LECTURE – Brussels – Thursday February 27th, 2014

Professor Mieke Verloo and Professor Helma Lutz will discuss the implications of intersectionality to their respective academic disciplines and policy fields.

Professor Mieke Verloo reflects on the contribution that intersectionality theory can make in understanding gender and equality changes in Europe. In her lecture, professor Verloo builds and expands on the concept of political intersectionality as coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw to understand the potentials, pitfalls and shortcomings of current gender equality strategies, such as legal equality, positive action and gender mainstreaming.

Professor Helma Lutz takes issue with proponents of intersectionality that believe that a theoretical concept cannot or should not be detached from its original context of inception. Instead, she argues that theory’s travels into other contexts automatically involve appropriations, amendments, and changes in response to the concept’s original meanings. In her lecture, professor Lutz elaborates on how intersectionality may be used as a methodological tool.


16:00 Welcome and Opening remarks
16:15 ‘Intersectionality, interference and gender + equality change strategies in Europe’ – Professor Mieke Verloo (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
17:00 Discussion – Professor Karen Celis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
17:15 ‘Intersectionality’s brilliant career – how to understand the attraction of the concept on a global scale?’ – Professor Helma Lutz (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)
18:00 Discussion – Professor Patrizia Zanoni (University Hasselt)
18:15 General discussion
18:35 Concluding Remarks
18:45 Reception


University Foundation
Egmonstraat/Rue d’Egmont, 11 1000 Brussels
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Policy Research Centre on Equality Policies RHEA – Centre of Gender and Diversity Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Admission is free, but registration is required.
Deadline for registration: February 20th, 2014.

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