African Feminisms: Cartographies for the Twenty-First Century

African Feminisms: Cartographies for the Twenty-First Century


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This special issue, edited by the co-directors of the African Feminist Initiative (AFI) at Pennsylvania State University, is a partnership between Meridians and the AFI. The issue builds on the AFI's work to promote the study of African feminist thought and activism within the U.S. academy and to create equitable partnerships between scholars and practitioners of African feminism. Through the multiplicity of feminisms theorized in this issue, contributors challenge patriarchal ideologies and structures on myriad fronts, both on the African continent and beyond. The issue includes poetry, memoirs, essays, interviews, reflections, and testimonials on African feminisms, addressing such topics as hip hop, ethnography, secessionist movements, “saving” Nigerian girls, and women's writing.

Contributors. Gabeba Baderoon, Abena P. A. Busia, Ginetta E. B. Candelario, Msia Kibona Clark, Alicia C. Decker, Chipo Dendere, Abosede George, Tsitsi Jaji, Selina Makana, Patricia McFadden, Anne Moraa, Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué, Neo Sinoxolo Musangi, Wambui Mwangi, Aziza Ouguir, Charmaine Pereira, Fatima Sadiqi, Toni Stuart, Makhosazana Xaba, Ntokozo Yingwana

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478004974
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 11/26/2018
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alicia C. Decker and Gabeba Baderoon are both Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and co-directors of the African Feminist Initiative.

Table of Contents

African Feminisms: Cartographies for the Twenty-First Century

Editors Introduction Ginetta E. B. Candelario 215

Guest Editors' Introduction: African Feminisms: Cartographies for the Twenty-First Century Alicia C. Decker Gabeba Baderoon 219

Poetry: And They Didn't Die Tsitsi Jaji 232

Memory: Creating the Archive of African Women's Writing: Reflecting on Feminism, Epistemology, and the Women Writing Africa Project Abena P. A. Busia 233

Essay: Beyond the Spectacular: Contextualizing Gender Relations in the Wake of the Boko Haram Insurgency Charmaine Pereira 246

Interview: Reflecting on Feminisms in Africa: A Conversation from Morocco Fatima Sadiqi Aziza Ouguir 269

Essay: "We Fit in the Society by Force": Sex Work and Feminism in Africa Ntolcozo Yingwana 279

In the Archives: Decade for Women Information Resources #5: Images of Nairobi, Reflections and Follow-Up, International Women's Tribune Center Callan Swaim-Fox 296

Media Matters: Saving Nigerian Girls: A Critical Reflection on Girl-Saving Campaigns in the Colonial and Neoliberal Eras Abosede George 309

In the Trenches: Smoke Is Everywhere, but No One Is Running: A Kenyan Activist Speaks Out Anne Moraa 325

Re-collections: Matter, Meaning, Memory Wambui Mwangi 331

Essay: Gender and (Militarized) Secessionist Movements in Africa: An African Feminist's Reflections Jacquelme-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué 338

Poetry: Three Women Makhosazaria Xaba 359

Reflection: Contested Encounters: Toward a Twenty-First-Century African Feminist Ethnography Selina Makana 361

In the Trenches: Finding Women in the Zimbabwean Transition Chipo Dendere 376

Poetry: My mother's trousseau Toni Stuart 382

Essay: Feminisms in African Hip Hop Msia Kibona Clark 383

Counterpoint: Homing with My Mother / How Women in My Family Married Women Neo Sinoxolo Musangi 401

Testimonio: Contemporarity: Sufficiency in a Radical African Feminist Life Patricia McFadden 415

About the cover Artist Gulshan Khan 432

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