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African Feminisms

Dozent:innen: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Fay
Kurzname: African Feminisms
Kurs-Nr.: 07.798.278
Kurstyp: Seminar

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Selected readings and related discussions will be linked to key publications, concepts and theories of African Feminisms.
Conditions for participation: regular attendance, active reading and preparation of assigned texts, readiness for text analysis for group discussions, willingness to participate in group and/or individual text and topic presentations.

Empfohlene Literatur

African Feminist Charter (2007) African Women’s Development Fund. https://awdf.org/the-african-feminist-charter/

Ali, Suki, Coate, Kelly and Wangui wa Goro (eds.) (2000) Global Feminist Politics. Identities in a Changing World. London/New York: Routlegde.

Amadiume, Ifi (1987) Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society. London: Zed Books.

Assubuji, P., Ba, S., Egelho, N., Kioko, C., Lopes, C., Umunna, M. and M. Judge (2021) Perspectives Africa: African Feminisms Across Generations, Issue 1, June 2021. Heinrich Böll Stiftung/Hansa Print: Cape Town. https://www.boell.de/de/2021/07/14/african-feminisms-across-generations-perspectives-012021-afrikanische-feminismen-quer

Baksh, Rawwida and Wendy Harcourt (eds.) (2015) The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements. Oxford University Press.

Cornwall, Andrea (ed.) (2005) Readings in Gender in Africa. Oxford : Currey Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Dieng, Rama Salla (2020) Talking Back: African Feminisms in Dialogue. A series with africasacountry.com, available at: https://africasacountry.com/2020/05/talking-back-african-feminisms-in-dialogue

Graneß, Anke, Kopf, Martina und Magdalena Kraus (2019) Feministische Theorien aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika. Eine Einführung. Stuttgart: utb.

Guma, Prince (2015) Feminist Solidarity: How Women are Shaping the Way we Think about Sex and Politics in Uganda. Africa Review 7(1): 15-27.

Kitunga, D., and M. Mbilinyi. (2006). “Notes on Transformative Feminism.” Ulingo wa Jinsia (July–September): 1–4.

Kitunga, Demere and Marjorie Mbilinyi (2009) Rooting Transformative Feminist Struggles in Tanzania at Grassroots. Review of African Political Economy 121: 433-441.

Kwame, Safro (1995): Feminism and African Philosophy, In: ders. (Ed.): Readings in African Philosophy: An Akan Collection, New York, S. 253-265.

Lihamba, Amandina, Moyo, Fulata (et.al.) (eds.) (2007) Women Writing Africa. The Eastern Region. New York: The Feminist Press.

Mama, Amina (2015) Feminism and pan-Africanism. Rondebosch: Africa Gender Institute. Available at: http://www.agi.ac.za/agi/feminist-africa/20/

Nyabola, Nanjala and Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle (eds.) (2018) Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan Elections. Nairobi, Kenya: Twaweza Communications Ltd.

Nyeck, S. N. (2020) Routledge Handbook of Queer African Studies. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Nzwegwu, Nkira (2004): Feminism and Africa: Impact and Limits of the Metaphysics of Gender, In: Wiredu (Ed.) A Companion to African Philosophy, Oxford [u.a.], S. 560-569.

Oduk, Helen (2002): Feminist Philosophy: An African Perspective. In: Presbey, Gail u.a. (Eds.): Thought an Practice in African Philosophy, Nairobi.

Okech, Awino (2021) 'Feminist Digital Counterpublics: Challenging Femicide in Kenya and South Africa'. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, (46) 4, pp 1013-1033.

Okech, Awino (2020) 'African Feminist Epistemic Communities and Decoloniality'. Critical African Studies, (12) 3, pp 313-329.

Oye?wu`mi´, Oye`ro´nke´? (2005) African Gender Studies: A Reader. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Oye?wu`mi´, Oye`ro´nke´? (1997) The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Disourses. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Spronk, Rachel and Thomas Hendriks (eds.) (2020) Readings in Sexualities from Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Taiwo, Olefumi (2003): Feminism and Africa: Reflections on the Poverty of Theory, In: Oyewumi, Oyeronke: African Women and Feminism: Reflecting on the Politics of Sisterhood. Amsara (Eritrea), 45-66.

Tamale, Sylvia (2020) Decolonization and Afro-Feminism: An Afro-Feminist-Legal Critique. Daraja Press.

Ukpokolo, Chinyere (2016) Being and Becoming: Gender, Culture and Shifting Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Denver, CO: Spears Media Press.

Vergès, Francoise (2021) A Decolonial Feminism. London: Pluto Press.

Wangui wa Goro (2016) Know your African Feminists. Interview. African Feminist Forum. Harare, Zimbabwe: April 2016. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0ZY8TyQpEQ


In this seminar we will engage with theoretical and practical developments in the context of African feminist movements. The diversity of African feminist approaches and their respective heterogeneous historical geneses, in the broader field of feminist and political anthropology, will be central to our discussions. By way of readings from African and African-diasporan contexts, we will work through an intersectional range of topics including gender and sexuality, class, racism, colonialism; we will consider existing attempts at differentiating between ‘white’ and ‘non-white’ feminisms; we will consider the language and political demands that are linked to these positions; and will take into consideration the gendered roles of women and men across these movements. This seminar a) offers anthropological reflections on African Feminisms as method and theorical tool for the analysis of global injustices and political processes (activism, research, policy making etc.), b) opposes the ongoing marginalization of African feminist thinkers and theorists across anthropological canons, c) contextualises African feminist theory-making on the spectrum of what are commonly referred to as ‘Black Feminisms’, and d) contributes to a more nuanced understanding of what we commonly refer to as ‘Feminism’ in general.


Datum (Wochentag) Zeit Ort
25.04.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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02.05.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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09.05.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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16.05.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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23.05.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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30.05.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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06.06.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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13.06.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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20.06.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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27.06.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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04.07.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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11.07.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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18.07.2023 (Dienstag) 12:15 - 13:45 01 715 HS 14
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