This intensive and interdisciplinary symposium will bring together select scholars working on gender and sexuality in Africa, in order to share informed perspectives and discuss new directions in research. They are committed to exploring critical, interdisciplinary discussions that seek to identify how advocacy for social change around issues of gender and sexuality can be culturally meaningful and rooted in African social contexts. They believe that building such insight demands a grounded multi-disciplinary approach that integrates perspectives from diverse fields, including political philosophy, history, anthropology and the law. As scholars situated in the interdisciplinary fields of area and diaspora studies and women’s and gender studies, they are uniquely equipped and committed to facilitating a rigorous and critical inquiry into the legislation of sexuality and gender in a number of African contexts.
This event is convened by Lydia Boyd, an assistant professor in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Emily Burrill, an associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the director of the African Studies Center. For a detailed schedule of the conference, please visit the event page. Please contact Stacey Sewall for more information.