SAMLA: Queered Africa

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Matthew Durkin/ Duquesne University
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Sylvia Tamale's recent anthology "African Sexualities: A Reader" encompasses various critical and creative attitudes towards and questions regarding non-normative sexualities throughout Africa. Using Tamale's work as a heuristic, this panel will focus on "queer" sexualities within Africa and throughout the diaspora. Papers can focus on the development of navigating sexualities throughout the diaspora, the emergence of African LGBTI communities and their representation within literature, film, as well as other art forms, sexualities and nation states, the usage of queer theory within an African context, among other questions of sexualities and the diaspora. This panel is open to various art forms and their expressions of sexualities.

Abstracts must be between 200-300 words. Please include a brief summarization of your paper, a brief biography, and a contact e-mail. Submissions must be received by June 15th. Please send all information to Matthew Durkin (Duquesne University) at