STREAM: Living as Women and Girls in 21st Century African Societies

STREAM: Living as Women and Girls in 21st Century African Societies

This panel invites papers that interrogate the ways in which the lived experiences of women resident in Africa reflect their embodiment of intra-personal intersectional identities. By way of example, in the context of nationwide student protests in South Africa in 2016, a gender queer “Colored” student leveled the charge of “patriarchy princess” against the Black African women who were at the forefront of the “Fees Must Fall” movement at a prominent university. This term, and the race and gender dynamics implicated in the confrontation in which it was used, highlights the tension that exists where Black African women, who are pioneering movements for justice, equality, and human dignity, are also, in some ways, embedded in culture and tradition that appear at times to be at odds with the Western configuration of these concepts. Other examples of intra-intersectionalities might relate to issues of age, religion, color, class, marital status, ethnicity, geography (urban/rural), nationality, child-bearing, educational attainment, etc. Papers from African women, or from scholars whose work touches upon issues of significance to African women, are welcome. Also, remembering both Nietzsche’s claim that “the most valuable insights are methods,” and the pioneering praxis of womanist scholars that verifies the value of novel methodology, non-traditional methodological formats of papers or presentations are welcome.

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1: Women, Sex, and Marriage

  • Dynamics of African Feminists’ Politics in Yoruba Housewives’ (Obinrin-Ile) Tradition, Omotoso, Sharon Adetutu (Women’s Research and Documentation Center (WORDOC) Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Gendered access: Young girls’ utilization of sexual and reproductive services in Ghana. The case of Metropolitan Kumasi, Ghan, Amankwaa, Godfred (University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom | Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
  • Mechanisms of Women Control in Igboland: A Case of Some Nsukka Communities, Enugu State, Nigeria, Obi-Ani, Ngozika Anthonia (Department of History and International Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria., Nsukka, Nigeria) and Atama, Chiemezie (Department of Sociology/Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria) and Okoye-Ugwu, Stella (Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria)
  • “I am a female university graduate and still a virgin”: Morality and the Lived Experiences of being a virgin in 21st century Africa. A Ghanaian Example, Abrefa Busia, Kwaku (University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom)

Panel 2: Women and Justice

  • Culture and Human Rights: One Woman, Two Lives, Different Expectations, Maphalle, Kagiso Annette (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
  • War, Women and Social Ostracism in Nsukka, 1967-1983, Obi-Ani, Ngozika Anthonia (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria)
  • Voices of Dissent: African Women’s Narratives of Modern Slavery, Nadaswaran, Shalini (English Department, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Interpellation of Gender in Zimbabwean Politics: A Critical analysis of Fay Chung’s Re-Living the Second Chimurenga vis-à-vis politics in contemporary Zimbabwe , Matsika, Tsiidzai (University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe | University of Free State, Johannesburg, South Africa)


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