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My students, often I think they teach me more about life than the other way around

The June issue usually gives way to a new 20-something list, featuring models, musicians, actors, illustrators, fashion designers, photographers, artists, architects,... and so much more. The people who are a representation of young society in Belgium, a generation ready to rule our world. In 2020, hence the double number, we’re serving you, hungry hearts, 2 editions of our acclaimed list. That’s right, we’re doubling the number of features, starting a bit earlier. Let us introduce you to the faces you didn't realise you wanted to meet!

Lander Govaerts
a-boy-who-carries-the-fire-behind-his-teeth (teacher, son, brother, friend), Brussels

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What do we & our readers need to remember about you?

I am always in for an exchange of thoughts about the meaning, (re) production and consequences of the formation of space, ideas and the body by capitalism and power.


What is the (near) future bringing you?

A continuation of my project as a teacher in which I try to enable lines of flight that can enable grappling young people to see society through different perspectives. So they can use these ideas as streams of desire that can intersect with their dreams, ideas that allow the imagination of a possibly different future.

I am always in for an exchange of thoughts about the meaning, (re) production and consequences of the formation of space, ideas and the body by capitalism and power

What are you up to these days?

Teaching, reading, trying to write music and lyrics for a premature project with a dear friend, permanently repositioning my stuffed animals in a formation so that they each have as much access to love and attention as possible.



What makes your heart go faster these days?

The love for my parents, brother and sister, the warmth between my inner circle of friends, the disruptive force of loving someone. Yet another but a hopefully significant wave of outrage at racism and police violence. Justice pour Adil, Mehdi and Mawda.


What are you doing daily at 9 pm/9 am?

9 pm: doing the dishes with my housemates while analysing the blablabla of the world outside.
9 am: observing the people of the outside world from the shower window.



How do you bring some routine into your days?

Counting the number of coffees. I can have: 3 before lunch, lunch at 1 pm, 3 after, dinner between 7-9 and filling up space in between.


What’s your utopia?

Gilles Deleuze for president! Accompanied by the dismantling of neoliberalism, the fall of capitalism with its intertwined racism and sexism, and the reformations of the educational system to maximise its emancipatory and not its segregating nor disciplinary aspects.


What satisfies you?

The moment when I can let go of the constant urge to seek fulfilment.



How do you keep healthy?

By not fighting the infectious Flemish disease any longer to go cycling in the weekend and embrace it, with all that it brings.


What’s one of your sources of inspiration that may surprise people?

My students, often I think they teach me more about life than the other way around.


What would you like to be doing in 10 years?

Being vice-president under Deleuze’s second term of office.


What is the latest/future project you are working on?

I am taking smalls steps to enrich my commitment as a teacher with a political chapter, by examining and collaborating in the backstage of political decision-making in Brussels.



Who is the person that most influenced you throughout your development in life?

My older brother Tijmen. He has set the foundations of my socio-cultural realm of thoughts and pushed me beyond my social barriers. He is the foundation of my entire social and cultural life. He took me out when I didn’t want to leave the house. He made me think critically about what’s important and what isn’t. He showed me what love, empathy, sincerity and caring for each other means.


What is the most important thing you’ve learned lately?

Eggs can breathe.


Lockdown hobby?

The rediscovery of the manual razor I hadn’t used since I was a teenager.