ECSO (Ethics, Culture & Society): is  an alliance research group in which both RHEA (VUB) and the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (Ugent)  cooperate, exchange, organize and stimulate research. Both research groups share an interest in the study of difference, diversity, identity and inequality – particularly in intersections of gender, ethnicity, religion and sexuality. ECSO brings together researchers with a background in feminist theory, anthropology, migration studies, ethics and sexuality studies, and stimulates research on topics such: as harmful cultural practices; gender, sexuality and embodiment; normative frameworks in healthcare; secular spiritualities; gender and Islam and sexual rights and health. It continues a longstanding cooperation between the centres, that has already resulted in common publications and research projects.


The aim of the alliance research group is to integrate existing cooperation initiatives into a formal research structure, so that these can be better valorised and further developed.

Gily Coene


Chia Longman