List of abstracts

Writing African Women – Poetics and Politics of African Gender Research

Abrahams, Yvette (Institute of the Historical Research, University of The Western Cape, South Africa): “You Have Set Me Free”: Race and Gender Politics in Black People's Sarah Bartmann Poetry

Apusigah, A. Atia (University for Development Studies, Accra, Ghana): Re/inserting performance in social constructivist framing of gender meanings: Appreciating female sexuality in a Ghanaian society

Asfaw, Zeriahun (Addis Ababa University, Department of Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Ethiopia): Major Issues in the Works of Contemporary Ethiopian Women Writers

Babere Kerata, Chacha (Department of History, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya): Globalisation of Sex and Problematics of Gender Identities in Africa: Woman-Woman Marriages Contested

Baderoon, Gabeba (South Africa): ‘Steal with the Eye’: Food as a Gendered Archive

Bak, Maren (Department of Social Work, Göteborg University, Sweden): Women's agency in the township

Benge, Okot (Department of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa): Revisiting Judith Butler's Gender Performativity Theory: the case of Acoli song performance

Bhana, Deevia (School of Education, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa): Boys and girls making sexualities in HIV contexts

Bivins, Mary (Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA): Hausa Stories and Women's Histories of Islamic Reform in the Sokoto Caliphate and Early Colonial Nigeria (19th /20th Century West Africa/Nigeria)

Bonate, Liazzat (Department of History, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique): Gender Perceptions among the Nampula City Muslims of Mozambique

Bozalek, Vivienne (Social Work Department, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa): Gender and Generation – Responsibilities, Recognition and Resources

Cooper, Barbara M. (Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA): Secular States, Islamic Law: Gender Implications of Legal Struggles over ‘Authenticity’ in Contemporary West Africa

Davis, Andrea (Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Division of Humanities, York University, Toronto, Canada): Women Writing Women: Gender as Cross-Cultural Discourse

Dovey, Lindiwe (Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK): Engendering Gender Discourses through African Cinema: The Case of Fools (1998) and Karmen Geï (2001)

Ekström, Ylva (Media and Communication Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden) and Saida Mwilima (Sociology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania): Becoming Women at the Football Pitch and Nyumbanikwa Mama. Mediated Dreams and Rural Realities in a Coastal Tanzanian Town

Gagiano, Annie (English Department, Stellenbosch University, South Africa): ‘Unity Dow's Botswana: affirming, deconstructing and reconstructing gender roles in fiction

Goldblatt, Cullen (Sarah Lawrence College, New York, USA): ‘Non-normative gender’ identities, instead of ‘transgendered’ identities

Gordon, David (Dep. of History, University of Maryland, USA): The Prophetess and the Post-Colony: Gender in the Lumpa Church of Alice Lenshina

Gouws, Amanda: Gender Mainstreaming and the Politics of Discourse Construction

Gqola, Pumla (Department of English and Classical Culture, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa): Memory, Diaspora and Spiced Bodies in Motion: Berni Searle's Art

Graham, Lucy (Lincoln College, University of Oxford, UK): White women writing dark women

Handley, Patricia: Crossing familiar territory: Cultural constructions of African women by mainstream media in a particular Southern African setting

Hedjerassi, Nassira (Université Louis Pasteur, Faculté de Psychologie et de Sciences de l'Education, Strausbourg, France): Opening New Roads … in the web space

Hochfeld, Tessa (Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa): Making visible social work's gendered discourses on the family: have social work's contemporary discourses on motherhood and fatherhood helped to construct a conservative notion of the family in South Africa?

Hunter, Eva (Oranjezicht, South Africa): The work of Leila Abouzeid, a gifted story-teller, reflects the complexities and tensions inherent in being a contemporary Moroccan, Muslim woman writer

Ilieva, Emilia (Department of Literature, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya): Women Writing in East Africa: Two Opposite Trends in Redefining Authority and Power

Johansen, Elise (Section for medical Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway): Is all genital manipulation mutilating? Bodily practices and femininity in the context of globalisation

Jungar, Katarina (Institute for Women's Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland) and Elina Oinas (Institute for Women's Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland): No passive victims! Agents! – The concept of victimhood in contemporary feminist debates, particularly in feminist HIV research

Kolawole, Mary (English Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria): The right to write African Women: Feminism Without Borders

Latvala, Johanna (Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Tampere, Finland): A feminist as a second wife? Highly educated women’s multiple identities in Nairobi, Kenya

Lewis, Desiree (South Africa): Panic and Surveillance in Biographical Productions of Winnie Mandela

Mosobalaje, Adebayo (Dept of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria): The Return of the Landowner: Rhythm of Dissonance in the Song-Poetry of Iyaladuke and the Angst of the Other

Motapanyane, Maki (York University, Toronto, Canda): The Intellectualism of Women-Centred Township Activi(sm)ties: Lessons for Gender Studies in the ‘new’ Rainbow Nation and Beyond

Musila, Grace (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa): Voicing the Cracks: Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning and Without a Name

Muthien, Bernedette: Beyond Victims: Power and Agency for African and other Women

Nokuthula, Mazibuko: Calling the Magenta Sun: A writing of Africa's women as symbols and agents of change in the novels of Zakes Mda

Osha, Sanya (Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa): Under Male Eyes: Sexuality and a Colonial Order

Owusua Dankwa, Serena (SOAS, London, UK): Women's Agency and the Mission in Akuapem (Ghana), 1869–1909

Palmary, Ingrid (Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK): A reflexive Gaze? The politics of representation in post-colonial Africa

Rabenoro, Mireille (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université d'Antananarivo, Madagascar): From solidarity to empowerment: functions of the ‘family of mothers’ in southeast Madagascar

Ratele, Kopano (University of Western Cape, South Africa): Makgaiso's Surplus Lives

Richey, Lisa Ann (Dept. of Geography and International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark): ‘Lover’, ‘Mother’ or ‘Worker’: Multiple Identities in the HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Agenda in Tanzania

Ross, Fiona (University of Cape Town, South Africa): Women and the everyday: thoughts on women's roles in transition

Ruiters, Keith (Dept of Industrial Psychology, University of the Western Cape, South Africa): An exploratory and comparative investigation of black male and female undergraduate students' discursive and imaginative constructions of male/masculine and female/feminine sexuality, and the implications these have for either realising or obstructing gender equality in contemporary South Africa

Salamone, Frank A. (Iona College, USA): Hausa Concepts of Masculinity and the 'Yan Daudu

Salo, Elaine R. (The African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa): Sexualities for the nation/sexualities and the nation: mapping the emergent debates on sexualities in post democratic South Africa

Samuelson, Meg (University of Cape Town, South Africa): An (Un)Homely Woman: Njabulo Ndebele's The Cry of Winnie Mandela

Schatteman, Renee (English Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA): Sindiwe Magona: Revisioning Apartheid from the Lens of Domesticity

Scorgie, Fiona (PhD, Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa): A paradox of rights: gender and tradition in the crucible of South Africa's emerging human rights culture

Serge Ibinga, Stephane (PhD Candidate, Department of English, University of Stellenbosch, Grahamstown, South Africa): The Politics of Silence in Zakes Mda's She Plays with Darkness (1995)

Sipalla, Florence (WITS, Johannesburg, South Africa): Of Hunted Men and Independent women: The case of Dangerous Affair and Project Daddy

Spiegel, Andrew (Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa), Vanessa Watson (School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, Cape Town, South Africa) and Peter Wilkinson Watson (School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa): Women, difference and urbanisation patterns in Cape Town, South Africa

Ward, Cynthia (Department of English, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA): Images of Ourselves Redressed: Ethnography, Literature, and West African Women

Wikse, Maria (English Department, Stockholm University, Sweden): Re-Evaluating Foremothers in ‘New’ South African Writing

Vollgraaff, Heléne (Social History Collections, Iziko-Museums of Cape Town, USA): Conformity and contradiction: the Volksmoeder ideal and Marie Koopmans de Wet

Värlander, Johanna (Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden): Micro finance – neo-colonial gender politics in southern Malawi

Zulu, N.S. (Department of African Languages, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa): Representations of Winnie Mandela in Njabulo S. Ndebele's novel The Cry of Winnie Mandela

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