The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies in cooperation with her partners organises the DOING GENDER Lecture Series. These lectures stress the importance of doing gender work combined with an active involvement in the practice of gender theory and research. The concept of DOING GENDER supports a hands-on approach to gender issues in the sense of social and political engagement with the new forms of gender inequalities that are taking shape in the world today. The lecture series wants to give space to the new generations of gender theorists and practitioners and to perspectives that innovate the field and do gender in new ways. Key is the notion of doing gender: what is the state of the art definition of gender? How do contemporary scholars and activists utilise this definition?

On Thursday May 11, 2023 Prof. Rajendra Chetty (University of the Western Cape) will give the Doing Gender Lecture Critical consciousness and decolonisation.

Lecture: Critical consciousness and decolonisation
This interactive lecture will focus on the decolonial turn in higher education. The objectives are to engage with key concepts in the decoloniality discourse and to reflect on the imperative for critical consciousness. Aspects to be covered include theoretical perspectives to decolonisation; and the role of scholars in social transformation. Critical consciousness is important to detect tendencies of inhumanity and is linked to critical theory’s purpose of revealing inequalities in society. Scholarship should be linked with the lived realities of society. Universities globally are representative of an instrumental reason that sustains a technological and bureaucratic society. Ironically, a decolonial education is found mainly outside universities – in social, artistic, and intellectual movements whose projects aim to secure transformative social change.

Rajendra Chetty is Research Chair in Critical Pedagogy at the University of the Western Cape. He is a postcolonial scholar with trans-disciplinary research interests that draw from critical theory and social activism. He has written on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and inequality. His latest book, Fatima Meer: Choosing to be defiant (2022), is a visual biography of a leading social activist and political prisoner. He was Fulbright scholar at the City University of New York (Graduate Centre) in 2015/6 in the area of social injustice and resistance.

Details lecture:

Doing Gender Lecture by Prof. Rajendra Chetty
Thursday May 11, 2023

Lecture: Critical consciousness and decolonisation
Time: 14.00 – 15.30 hrs.
Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 2-3, room 0.13
Chair: Dr. Jamila Mascat