This year’s honorary doctoral degrees at UHasselt are framed in the theme of Kindness, exploring caring relations between people, and between people and their environments in challenging times. In this framework we have invited two keynote speakers: Stella Nkomo and Annemarie Mol, followed by a panel debate.
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the Faculty of Architecture and Arts and de School voor Sociale Wetenschappen,
with the help of Luca School of Arts and Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture proudly present:
When I first started doing research on ‘race’ in management and organisation studies, I wrote in my diary, “I am on an agenda that I cannot escape until it is finished.”
Although there have been political, social, and theoretical efforts to silence ‘race’ (and its intersections with other minoritized identities), it continues to structure organisations and the possibilities for equality.
In my lecture, I will reflect upon the inextricable links between challenging the denial of ‘race’ in the mainstream and being in a space of marginality. I will close with some thoughts about the future of racial equality in management and organisation studies.
Stella M. Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her academic career spans two continents. She holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Massachusetts in the USA. Her research focuses on diversity, difference, and race and gender in organisations, particularly the exclusion of marginalized voices in management and organisation studies. She has received numerous awards for her scholarly contributions and is founding President of the Africa Academy of Management.
In this “DESIS Philosophy Talk #7.6 The Politics of Nature - A Conversation with Annemarie Mol”, organised by UHasselt, LUCA School of Arts (EMA Genk)/KU Leuven, PXL-MAD and Z33, we explore the idea of “Valuing in Practice”. It re-frames the idea of values in design and artistic research as being closely connected to the situated context in which one operates, as proposed by Mol in her paper “Not quite clean: Trailing schoon and its resonances” (2020).
The question we put forward concerns how designers and artists can engage with the complexity of meanings, values, and different forms of materiality, embodiments and wordings belonging to different actors that together shape the situated context in which they work. How can they shape processual, open-ended, situated, embodied, patchy forms of knowledge?
The debate will be followed by a presentation of the newly released book “Reframing the Politics of Design”, published by Public Space with support from the Flemish Government, UHasselt, the cities of Hasselt and Genk (BE) and LUCA School of Arts.
Annemarie Mol is professor of Anthropology of the Body at the University of Amsterdam. With a background in medicine and philosophy, she takes inspiration from original ethnographic research to address philosophical concerns in novel ways.
Her most recent books are Eating in Theory (Duke, 2021) and On Other Terms: Interfering in Social Science English (co-editor; Sociological Review Monograph, 2020).
Foto: Olaf Posselt
Both programmes will take place at Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture in Hasselt.
On Tuesday May 24rd 2022, in the afternoon, the programme is followed by the Dies Natalis Ceremony awarding the honorary PhD degrees at UHasselt Campus Diepenbeek.
Header picture by Iwert Bernakiewicz.