Equal Opportunities & Diversity

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Equal Opportunities

& Diversity

@

the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies





A Very Short Introduction

Faculty Committees


Research and doctoral committee / ODC


Teaching Cell / onderwijscel (OC)


Teaching Committee of the International Programme (TCIP)


Permanente Onderwijscommissie (POC)


IT committee / Stuurgroep IT


Equal Opportunities and Diversity Working
Group /

Werkgroep Gelijke Kansen en Diversiteit


Faculty Council/

Faculteitsraad

Where does the Working Group fit in?

Faculty Board/

F
aculteitsbestuur

Research & Doctoral
council/

(ODC)

Teaching
Cel

/

Onderwijscel

IT Committee /

Stuurgroep IT

Equal opportunity
and diversity /

(WGKD)

Permanente
Onderwijs

Commissie

Teaching
Committee
International
Programme

Who are we?

2
promoters
: A. Dillen, M.
Lamberigts

ABAP
representatives
: K.
Schelkens
, M.
Moyaert
, E. Nathan, J.
Binon, J.
Lambelin
, N.
Nonterah
, A. Kirk

2 ATP
representatives
: R.
Dehaes
, S.
Vanneste

Faculty Board: J. Leemans

Faculty contact person (Students): F.
Depoortere

We have regular meetings (4 meetings in 2012
-
2013
)

Who are we
NOT
?

Mission

The

Working

Group

on

Equal

Opportunities

and

Diversity

at

the

Faculty

of

Theology

and

Religious

Studies

seeks

to

actively

contribute

to

realizing

the

goals

of

the

university’s

Diversity

Policy,

as

formulated

by

the

Centre

for

Equal

Opportunities

and

Diversity

of

the

KU

Leuven

(http
:
//www
.
kuleuven
.
be/diversiteit/)
.

The

Working

Group

wishes

to

promote

policy

processes

and

regulations

that

guarantee

equal

opportunities

in

the

academic

realm
,

whether

at

the

levels

of

research,

teaching,

academic

service,

or

administration
.

The

Working

Group

considers

its

role

to

be

one

of

promoting

awareness,

stimulating

initiatives

and

maintaining

vigilance
.



Online

Online

Broader

University Framework

Diversity
Counsil

2012
-
2013

Leden College van Bestuur

Karen
Maex

Ludo Melis

Tine
Baelmans


Leden van Faculteitsbesturen en Centrale Diensten

Katrien
Lagrou

Patrick
Onghena

Yolande Berbers

Mieck

Vos









Experten of ervaringsdeskundigen

Bart
Raymaekers

Johan
Leman

Ruth
Stokx

(plaatsvervanger Johan
Leman
)

Katlijn

Malfliet

Maddy

Janssens

Sam Michiels

Ann
Dewicke


Andere Leden

Anya

Topolski

Sarah Bracke (plaatsvervanger
Anya

Topolski)

Evelyn

De
Ruyck


Stafmedewerkers Diversiteitsbeleid

Heidi Mertens

Marjan Van
Aerschot

A glimpse of the inner dynamics of
the Working Group


“To date, the initiatives taken by the Faculty
regarding Equal Opportunities and Diversity have
been on a practical level. Our working group wants
to extend this positive way of thinking to a more
theoretical level. We want to reflect on diversity
theologically
.


So we would like to set in motion a fascinating
process of reflection, which is relevant and
challenging to everyone.”

What has been done?

Lecture Series 2009
-
2010

Throughout

the

academic

year

of

2009
-
2010
,

in

collaboration

with

several

research

units

and

research

centres,

six

lectures/seminars

were

organised
.


Nicolaas

Standaert

(Leuven),

Intercultural

Contacts

between

China

and

Christianity
,

Interdisciplinary

Centre

for

Religious

Studies

and

World

View,

11

December,

2009
.

Angela

Berlis

(Bern),

Doing

Theology,

Doing

Gender
.

Experiences

in

the

Alma

Mater

and

in

Church

Life
,

Research

Unit

History

of

Church

and

Theology,

4

February

2010
.

Jaqueline

Kool

(Utrecht),

The

Other

=

Like

You
.

Thoughts

on

Disability,

Theology

and

the

Quest

for

Inclusion
,

Research

Unit

Pastoral

Theology,

26

February

2010
.

Fernando

Segovia

(Vanderbilt),

Biblical

Interpretation

since

the

1970
s

through

Today

and

Beyond
:

Diversifying

Approaches,

Critics

and

Traditions
,

Research

unit

Biblical

Studies,

10

May

2010
.

Linda

Hogan

(Dublin),

Gender

and

Culture

as

Dimensions

of

Bodiliness
,

Research

Unit

Theological

Ethics,

12

May

2010
.

Esperanza

Bautista

Parejo

(Madrid),

Gender

Equality

in

Faculties

of

Theology

and

at

Work
,

Centre

for

Liberation

Theologies

and

the

Centre

for

Women’s

Studies,

27

May

2010
.

Reflection
questions that emerged
from the 2009
-
2010 lecture series

How can we as theologians retain our passion for our research?

How can we as academic theologians, maintain our alliance with and service to developments in
Church and society?

In what way are we as theologians caught up in mechanisms of power and authority?

How do Church historians perceive the role of women in the history of the Church? How can we
critically analyse this particular historical debate?

In what way does confidence in academic research and the concrete reality of the Faculty of
Theology stand in relationship to each other? What mechanisms of academic clericalism (negative
loyalty, obedience) are present in the faculty?

Is it possible to sustain a diversity of theological perspectives, or is the “spectrum of thought”
determined by the normative boundaries of theology? In what way is our theological speaking
subconsiously

ideological?

Which perspectives are able to make our theology ‘fruitful’?

How can we cultivate discussion that does not immediately run up against defence mechanisms
(direct confrontation or diplomatic approach)?


Study Day, 27 April 2011

“How Diverse Can Diversity Be?”

The Case of the Faculty of Theology, KU Leuven

10.00h

Introduction by the Working Group on Equal Opportunities & Diversity [Annemie Dillen]

10.15h

Introduction by the Vice
-
Rector for Diversity [Tine
Baelmans
]

10.30h

Presentations

from

the
Faculty’s

Research Units

10.30h:
History

of
Church

and
Theology

[Els Agten & Anthony Dupont]

10.45h:
Theological

Ethics

[Yves De Maeseneer & Joseph
Selling
]

11.00h:
Pastoral

Theology

[Machteld
Reynaert

&
Meaza

Taddese
]

11.15h

Discussion

with

all

participants

11.30h

Coffee Break

11.45

Presentations

from

the
Faculty’s

Research Units

11.45h:
Systematic

Theology

[
Ravi

Bosco

& Kristien Justaert]

12.00h:
Interdisciplinary

Centre
for

Religious

Studies [
Gregory

Obanado

& Stef Van den Branden]

12.15h:
Biblical

Studies [Brian Doyle]

12.30

Discussion

with

all

participants

12.45

Concluding remarks by the Working Group on Equal Opportunities & Diversity [Jacques Haers]

13.00h

Lunch

14.30h

Panel
discussion

with

experts [Sarah
Bracke
,
Susannah

Cornwall, Jos
Corveleyn
,
Annewieke

Vroom,
moderated

by

Mathijs Lamberigts]

16.00h

Discussion

with

all

participants

16.45h

Closing Remarks by the Vice
-
Rector for Diversity [Tine
Baelmans
]

16.55h

Concluding reflections by the Dean of the Faculty [
Lieven

Boeve
]

2012
-
2013

In
searcH

of

new
initiatives

geared
toward fostering
more
engagement

Issues of Diversity

& equal opportunities in…

(infra)
structure

of the Faculty



Accessible faculty?


Issues related to gender


Combination work and
family life


Support for people with
a disability


Language issues


Diversity reflected in
ZAP?

Research


At the
faculty



Tension between
academic freedom of
speech and the
connection to the
Catholic Church


Diversity in research
domains


Is the diversity of the
‘outside world’
integrated in research
(content and methods)


How does your
research interact with
questions of diversity
and equal
opportunities?

Teaching

At the
faculty



Diversity in course
subjects


Methods in dealing
with and making use of
the potential of
diversity in class


Cultural diversity


Religious diversity


Issues of polarization


Issues of (theological)
normativity


Equal opportunities in
class?