11-13 September 2018, Birmingham
You can now submit your panel and/or paper for the thematic stream on autobiography in Africa.
Please note: deadline for the proposal: 16 February 2018
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, parental status, educational attainment, etc. Papers from African women, or from scholars whose work touches upon issues of significance to African women, are welcome. Other topics within that fit within the theme of 21st Century Women and Girls in African societies will also be considered. 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.