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Friday, October 25 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Critical synergies and disruptive dialogues between African masculinities and African Studies

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Over the last decades, African scholars have subjected Western-centred discourses and theories regarding gender and social subjectivities in Africa to critical reflection and creative scrutiny. Many academic communities across Africa have been critical about how globally circulating discourses and narratives continue to reproduce and perpetuate alienating scholarship regarding the realities of Africa. The growing intellectual currency of such critique has been further bolstered by increasing debates on decolonialization of knowledge production and praxis in Africa. A major field or perspective that has been heavily affected by epistemological violence embedded in popular media representation of hopelessness and even crisis has been African men and masculinities. We are of the view that the question of how critical research on African masculinities might benefit productively from and be of benefit to the field of African Studies remains central to the broader Africanist intellectual project. In this panel, we are concerned about developing critical synergies and disruptive dialogues between African Studies and studies on African masculinities. In particular, we aim to bring these synergies and dialogues into productive conversation in ways that privilege critical debate on African studies, masculinities, capitalism, patriarchy, sexualities, and violence. Therefore, this panel presents papers rooted in empirical, theoretical, and social activist work with the potential to contribute to a better understanding of studies on men and masculinities as part and parcel of advancement of African Studies.


Godwin Murunga

Executive Secretary, CODESRIA

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Akosua Adomako Ampofo

President ASAA, University of Ghana

Akosua-Asamoabea Ampofo

Bryn Mawr College

Kopano Ratele

University of South Africa / South African Medical Research Council

Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EAT
USIU Business School LT1 USIU Road, Nairobi, Kenya