Step into the dynamic world of 21st-century Europe, where the spotlight on LGBTIQ rights shines bright, challenging the very fabric of ‘European values’ on a global stage. Yet, within the European Union and beyond, a discordant note reverberates, as anti-gender movements gain momentum, fueled by conservative and religious alliances. These movements, weaving narratives of hatred, specifically target the vibrant LGBTIQ community.

Join us for a captivating exploration into the heart of this narrative at the EUGENDERING Seminar on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 12h to 13h30. Delve into the entangled landscapes of Georgia and Ukraine, where the echoes of Russia’s war have transformed into a clash of fundamental values. The battleground is no longer confined to geopolitics; it’s a clash between the West’s call for liberal ideals, championing LGBTQ rights and gender equality, and Russia’s staunch defense of ‘traditional family values’ and Orthodox Christian morals.

Uncover the intricacies of this narrative, originally crafted by Russia but now weaving through both sides. While this discourse opens doors for political opportunities, empowering activists in Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia to push for progressive legislation on sexual and gender equality, there’s a concern. Could the emphasis on this specific discourse overshadow the nuanced dynamics at play?

Don’t miss this thought-provoking presentation by Maryna Shevtsova (KULeuven), accompanied by insightful discussions led by Alexandra Ana (ULB) and Laura Luciani (UGent). Join us either in person at Room P30 (119 rue du marais, Préfecture building, 3rd floor) or online via Teams. Register now for an engaging exploration into the depths of political homophobia and the ‘clash of values’ in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Let’s decode the intricate tapestry of Europe’s socio-political landscape together!



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