“My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. Educating is a vocation rooted in hopefulness. As teachers we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after knowledge and finding a way to know”.
bell hooks, Teaching Community. A Pedagogy of Hope, New York: Routledge, 2003, p. xiv
Master in gender and diversity students 2018-2019, Brussels.
Longman co-founded and directs the interdisciplinary and inter-university Master programme in Gender and Diversity which was launched in 2014, and draws on expertise from the five Flemish (Dutch-speaking) universities in Belgium. In 2015 a Linking Programme at UGent was set up for undergraduates with professional bachelor qualifications. Other educational management activities include the launch and (co)organization of the yearly Doctoral School PhD Gender Research Seminar since 2012 and the launch of a PhD programme in Gender and Diversity Studies at UGent in 2016.
The programme has societal relevance in its aim to bring forth a generation of people educated with critical minds, analytical skills and the potential to be ‘agents of change’ in their future life and work, whatever sector of society that may be. In a recent 5-year celebration of the programme (2019) an alumni-network was launched.
Courses taught at BA, MA, PhD level: Gender & Intersectionality; Internship Gender & Diversity; Research Design; Introduction to Gender Studies; History of Anthropological Theories; Gender and Diversity; Gender and Religion; Gender Research PhD Seminar, Philosophy and Ethics of Gender, Sexuality and Diversity research seminar. At Ghent University, University of Antwerp, VUB, Hull University (Erasmus teaching mobility). Invited lecturer at international summer schools (Madrid, Göttingen, Lisbon, Reggio di Calabria…); numerous internal & external guest lectures (e.g. Honours programme Arts & Philosophy).
MA student in Gender and Diversity, Mayada Srouji wins the DiverGent dissertation award 2020. Supervised by Amal Miri.