CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Queer African Studies

full name / name of organization: 
Keguro Macharia
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Queer African Studies
African Studies Association
New Orleans, LA, November 19-22, 2009

Recent book-length studies by Jarrod Hayes, Marc Epprecht, and Neville Hoad
may be said to have inaugurated the sub-field of Queer African Studies.
This panel seeks papers that address the relationship of this sub-field to
other fields within African studies. I am especially interested in papers
that focus on questions of methodology, and that analyze the relationship
between queer African studies and queer social movements in Africa.

Papers may address, but are not limited to,

1. What is the relationship between queer African and African feminist
2. What constitutes a queer African archive? How is one assembled?
3. How does queer scholarship intersect with activist groups such as
Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), Gays and Lesbians in Zimbabwe (GALZ),
and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)?
4. How do we redress the relative invisibility of lesbians, transgender,
and intersex individual in current scholarship?
5. What is the relationship between an African-focused queer studies and
a Euro-American focused queer studies? What are the points of intersection
and divergence?
6. How does a queer approach impact the field of African studies and how
do African studies re-shape queer approaches?

Please submit a one-page abstract and one-page CV to Keguro Macharia
( by March 9, 2009. Queries are welcome.

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