Lezing 'The Uneven Terrain of Gender and Diversity: The View from the Humanities'

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Studenten, Medewerkers, Alumni
06-06-2019 van 19:00 tot 21:00
Jozef Plateauzaal (auditorium P), Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent
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Vakgroep Talen en Culturen - Centre for Buddhist Studies; Centre for Research on Culture and Gender
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A Hot Topic Lecture part by 'Natasha Heller (University of Virginia) of the Doctoral School 'Women and Nuns in Chinese Buddhism'

Despite oft-expressed commitments to diversity, American institutions of higher learning remain centered on white men. If we agree that the academy would better serve its purpose with a more diverse faculty, how is such an aim achieved? In this talk I will consider how we talk about gender, diversity, and inclusion, and what these terms mean for different stages and dimensions of academic life. Through case studies of the disciplines of Religious Studies and Asian Studies, I will consider how the issues of gender and diversity vary in different fields of study—and what this might teach us about the challenges of transforming the academy into a more inclusive space.

Natasha Heller is a scholar of Chinese Religions, currently working on contemporary Buddhist children’s literature. At the University of Virginia, she chaired the Faculty Senate committee on Diversity and Inclusion this year. She is also a founder of the website Women in the Study of Asian Religions (wisar.info)