The African Gender Institute is excited to fill a new post for an Associate Professor or Professor who will be part of our new African Feminist Studies department to be launched next year. Recently renamed to capture the particular intellectual and imaginative roots and strengths at work, the Department of African Feminist Studies remains one in strong collegiality with continental and national partners.
The Department of African Feminist Studies offers a Masters level coursework programme in Gender and Transformation. The programme is rooted in questions about continental histories and contemporary politics and the ways in which diverse feminist and queer theorizations inform possibilities for new ways of imagining humanity.
As a team of researchers, writers, teachers, and activists located within the Humanities Faculty at UCT, we are deeply disappointed by the calibre of the information, assumptions, and ideas profiled by the talk.
We are simultaneously outraged by the way the talk positioned those living counter-heteronormatively as a “they,” to be reduced to an explanation via medical engagement with only our genitals. We associate this approach with colonial anthropologies and although a concentration on ‘othering’ people via their bodies may indeed be part of the thinking of Prof. Phakeng and Dr Mathabe’s, we ourselves have answered the call to thoroughly decolonize any epistemological, or strategic, knowledge-making around questions of gender, sex, and sexuality. We do not expect to find that at the most senior level of the university, our own work is being undone, our students, co-workers, and partners damaged/attacked and gravely violated in public space.
We have also written to Prof. Phakeng to ask for a conversation about her approach and await a response.
Touch: Sex, Sexuality & Sensuality complied Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Kim Windvogel is ready for online order and available in stores. The Sex Worker Theatre Group are one of several contributors to this collection draws on the experiences of sex from people across genders, sexualities - even borders. Sometimes political, sometimes personal, and sometimes even problematic, Touch delves into the many ways in which sex features in our lives.
Feminist Africa, Volume 2, Issue 1 (2021): Extractivism, Resistance, Alternatives is the latest edition of journal. Edited by Charmaine Pereira and Dzodzi Tsikata, this issue marks the successful transition of the journal from its birthplace, the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, across the continent to the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra.
On Monday, 22 March 2020, Ruvimbo Tenga, activist, freelance consultant and member of the Sex Worker Theatre Group and Steering Committee Member under the Global GRACE Project; spoke of her experiences as a migrant sex worker and activist in South Africa at the online symposium
Professor Rozena Maart, an academic from the School of Social Sciences in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Rozena Maart has won the 2021 Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award, for her contribution to literature and philosophy, awarded by the internationally renowned Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA).
Four University of Cape Town (UCT) academics were awarded two UCT Creative Works Awards for 2020: Nkule Mabaso and Associate Professor Nomusa Makhubu for their exhibition The stronger we become. Associate Professor Nadia Davids and Professor Jay Pather were honoured for their production What Remains.