Project “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender” was presented in Tirana on 21st November 2016 in the “Multimedia Hall” of European University of Tirana. The latest issue of POETEKA magazine brings the text of Jelena Ćeriman, Project Coordinator, talking about the stories behind the photo exhibition. The text is based on parts of the interviews with girls and women, their photos, as well as researcher’s diaries from Kosovo* and Serbia, striving to involve the audience with problems of girls and women in these societies. The text underlined intersectionality of poverty, rurality and gender, emphasizing the value of telling stories through personal voices of women and girls, along with their own visuals representation of their life experiences.
During the presentation, Jelena Ćeriman stressed that documentary approach could be the right starting point for a process of policy dialogue in our region, bringing greater institutional and human support in working on these issues. University professors, writers, journalists, students of humanities, visual arts and cinematography and members of the cultural network “Poeteka” attended the event. The press shed the light to the event by publishing an article in the daily newspaper “Mapo”, entitled “Urat drejt ‘lëndës së errët’” (Bridges to the “dark matter”), as well as in the “Gazetashqiptare” newspaper.
Video from Tirana can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LDtGMczNac
FACE OF POVERTY IS PRIMARILY THE FACE OF WOMEN
EXHIBITION “POVERTY, RURALITY, GENDER” IN SKOPJE
02. 11. 2016 SKOPJE
The exhibition “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender” is officially opened in the Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje.
The exhibition shows poverty of women and girls from rural areas of Kosovo and Serbia, whose position is no different from the position of girls and women in Macedonia, where one in four citizens lives in poverty. These data were presented by panellists Biljana Dukovska, representative of the Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform, Marija Savovska from the CSO Action Zdruzenska and Klimentina Ilijevski, founder of the Macedonian magazine Liceulice.
“The needs of women and girls are at the last place in households in which is present a strong gender division of roles, where the full care of household chores and family is the sole responsibility of women. To this is added the fight against visible and invisible barriers in access to social services, thus further enhances the sense of isolation which marks their daily lives”, concluded Jelena Ćeriman, CELAP’s researcher.
Exhibited photographs were made in households across Serbia and Kosovo with an aim to transmit the voice of vulnerable groups to the public, talking about their weaknesses, barriers that they feel in their everyday lives, their thirst for a better life, painful emotions and isolation, as well as distrust in a world or in themselves.
The exhibition will be open from 2 to 9 November 2016 in the lower lobby of the Youth Cultural Center in Skopje. Driven by the idea to travel the entire Western Balkans Region, as well as some of the EU countries, the exhibition has arrived in Macedonia following its promotion in Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. The exhibition will continue its journey from Skopje to Albania, Kosovo and Germany.
RIJEKA SUMMER SCHOOL
“RETHINKING DIVERSITY POLITICS IN EUROPE“
12-18 September, 2016
Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, University of Rijeka (CAS SEE)
In cooperation with:
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Zagreb
University Paris 8, Vincennes-St Denis
Center for Women’s Studies, University of Rijeka
This summer school should provide space for recasting frameworks of “diversity politics” and “diversity discourses” in Europe. In light of recent events, we would like to challenge the crisis of multiculturalism and core European values of solidarity and human rights. The “failure of multiculturalism” narrative has become all too present in Europe, shifting the rhetoric to cultural anxieties and articulating immigration as a national threat. This discourse has also affected “internal immigration”, making certain groups throughout Europe less visible and more vulnerable: Roma, refugees and internally displaced persons, certain LGBTQ communities. Moreover, ethnicity, nationality, religion and race are being forcefully reshuffled, inviting contemporary forces of nationalism and securitization. Hereby, we are particularly interested to the effects of the ways how European countries ‘manage’ diversity through its policies and practices: from ethnic and racial to socio-economic diversity, but also particularly to citizenship and migration status diversity. It is of crucial interest to map and evidence differences among significantly varying Western European practices (France, UK, Germany etc.), Central European practices (former communist countries with strong opposition to multiculturalism) and South-Eastern European practices in countries where migration is observed as passing-by phenomenon.
The lectures and seminars of this summer school particularly investigate how these three identified regions policies connected to governmentality of diversity are changing after the recent and actual conflicts and migration flows. The summer school will particularly focus on policies and practices that affect marginalized and vulnerable groups in these regions. The summer school’s main goal is to highlight the agency of these marginalized groups in order to understand, how they themselves respond to the reconfigurations of diversity politics and practices.
For the full program of the summer school please visit the CAS SEE official website