Discussing Love, Families, Relationships, Parenting and Reproduction


The Diversity and Gender Policy Unit welcomes dr. Marlies Casier for a lunch lecture on contemporary challenges for the recognition and realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights, in an international context. Subsequently, there will be a Q&A session. After Dr. Casier’s lecture we are happy to host a lecture by dr. Srecko Horvat on ‘Love in the Age of Selfie’ with a response from prof. dr. Frank Furedi. All lectures are focusing on issues of love, sexuality, reproduction and relationships linked to the idea of postconvential times.

This event is organized in partnership with the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender and is part of the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Initiative on the Research of Families, Relationships, Parenting and Reproduction. This is a collaboration between Ghent University and the University of Kent, in which Ghent’s Bioethics Institute and Centre for Research on Culture and Gender are involved, together with Kent’s Centre for Parenting Culture Studies and Kent Law School.

These lectures are open to professionals, students and academics.

Programme (in coorporation with the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender)

Marlies Casier - A state free(d) body? Contemporary challenges to the international recognition and realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights.




Coffee break

Keynote lecture by Srecko Horvat


Respondent Frank Furedi




Dr. Marlies Casier - A state free(d) body? Contemporary challenges to the international recognition and realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights.


To freely decide on one’s own body. Whether or not to have children. Enjoying one’s sexuality, free from any pressure or force. This is what sexual and reproductive health and rights or ‘SRHR’ is essentially about. Gender equality necessitates these personal ‘body’ rights. A matter that resonated internationally in the 1990s, with the UN Conferences of Cairo (1994) and Beijing (1995), when UN member states committed to a human rights-based approach to reproduction and sexuality. Read more

Dr. Marlies Casier is a visiting professor at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of the Ghent University, and working as a policy advisor for Sensoa, the Flemish expertise center for sexual health. As a policy maker she follows the international policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights and advises Belgium’s Development Cooperation and Foreign Affairs.


Dr. Srecko Horvat - Love in the Age of Selfie


Srećko Horvat (1983) is a philosopher born in Croatia. He has written extensively about the Occupy movement and his articles appear regularly in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, El Pais, and The New York Times. He is author of “What Does Europe Want?” (Columbia University Press, 2014) co-authored with Slavoj Žižek, “Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia” (Verso, 2014) with Igor Štiks, and most recently “The Radicality of Love” (Polity Press, 2015).



In 2013 Oxford Dicitionary announced selfie as “the international Word of the Year”. Since then, it seems we are witnessing a selfie-pandemic. According to the Russian Ministry of the Interior at least 10 Russians have been killed and 100 more injured while taking selfies this year alone. Social networks and new technologies, from Facebook to Instagram, only enforce these trends that are correlated with narcissism and self-commodification. If Christopher Lasch warned about the normalization of pathological narcissism in late 20th century, what we should do today is not only to investigate various new modes of narcissism, but pose the really crucial question:  what about love in the “Culture of Narcissism”? How did love or falling in love change due to new technological developments from the late 70s, when Lasch’s book was originally published up until today? And above all questions: is there falling in love without narcissism? That are some of the questions that the lecture will try to raise.

Prof. dr. Frank Furedi (University of Kent)

Prof. dr. Frank Furedi is Emeritus professor of Sociology, University of Kent and Visiting Professor, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London.During the past 15 years Furedi’s studies have been devoted to an exploration of the cultural developments that influence the construction of contemporary risk consciousness. During the past decade his research has been oriented towards the way that risk and uncertainty is managed by contemporary culture. He has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. Read more



Practical information

12 november 2015

12u30 - 16u00

Raadzaal UFO
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent

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