Towards Braver Spaces

In the last few years, especially after the Summer of 2020, the idea of safe and safer spaces have become part of what many of us try and create in and out of institutions. But what are Braver Spaces, what are the best ways to aspire towards them and eventually create them? Since the beginning of 2021 a small initiative started by some young, marginalized people and two lecturers, has aspired to answer this question. This has been done through weekly meetings, healing spaces, Supper Clubs and a Summer School. Understanding, the work is never done, and that a Braver Spaces is always evolving and might not be able to assure safety and in turn present the ability for all at the same time, to feel brave enough to express themselves.

During this seminar, we will explore these themes further. We will have a panel with some of the young Braver Spaces participants/initiators. As well as poetry by Imane Karroumi(Maantje). Additionally, author and youth psychiatrist Winny Ang and professor of psychiatry Tatiana Salisbury (King’s College London) present some of the work they have been doing on themes related to mental health care especially as it relates to marginalized individuals. Please join us for what is sure to be an evening of


16:30 Welcome by Braver Spaces

17:00-17:45 Lecture by Tatiana Salisbury

18:00-18:05 Poetic Intervention Imane Karroumi (Maantje)

18:05-18:30 Lecture by Winny Ang

18:30-18:45 coffee break with light home cooked meal

18:45-19:00 Poetic Intervention Imane

19:00-19:30 Panel with individuals who have used Braver Spaces

19:30-20:00 Plenary discussion

Location: Stadsform, Stadswaag 6, 2000 Antwerpen

Fee: Free and pay what you can

Support from JINT/Erasmus+ Youth Participation. University of Antwerp: Metrodora Research Group, Department of Literature and Philosophy. Sint Lucas Antwerpen, School of Arts Department of Research. Stadsform

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