Last update: Unfortunately, Professor Jan Vranken will not be able to join due to last minute illness. We still plan to host our inner circle virtual happy hour, and will hold the space for connecting with each other with conversation starter activities. Hope you join us!
We apologize for the unexpected change of plans.
We hope to reschedule the opportunity to learn form Professor Jan Vranken; we will communicate our plans once the plan is confirmed.
Inclusion and Sustainability - elements for a debate ?
We're honored to welcome Jan Vranken, Professor Emeritus at the University of Antwerp to discuss about a very important topic: Inclusion and sustainability.
"Few, these days, would contest that sustainability represents a substantial victory for the environmental cause. But the situation is quite different when it comes to other causes where sustainability is not an appropriate goal; at best it is one criterion among others. In these other areas "sustainability" is a trap. It suggests that if we all simply recognized our common interests everything would be fine, we could end poverty, exploitation, segregation, inadequate housing, congestion, ugliness, abandonment and homelessness. Yet, these are conflict-laden arenas: what benefits one hurts another."
Sustainability is not only about ecological sustainability but also economic, social, political and cultural. We will discuss more in depth and explore how social inclusion can contribute to social sustainability. Join us
Prof. Jan Vranken: "To think that current present circumstances and current present societal arrangements might be sustained - that is an unsustainable thought for the majority of the world’s people. We will be taken in a journey and explore the different forms of inclusion (social, cultural, ect.. ) and sustainability."
Jan Vranken (Vucht, 7 juli 1944) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Antwerp but he remains active as a researcher in OASeS and as an independent expert. He taught sociology of inequality and stratification, sociology of poverty and social exclusion, urban sociology, seminar social problems.
He publishes a sociology handbook that - under the title "The playing field, the rules of the game and the players?- was ready for its fifth edition in 2013.
Prof. Vranken also founded the OASeS Center - Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City, in which he led dozens of projects in the field of poverty and other forms of social exclusion (homelessness, migration), urban issues and related situations.
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