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African Feminisms: Claire Griffiths’ paper on the Gendering of Empires

With thanks to Dr Margaret Majumdar for making this information available. The final paper in the Finding Africa series 2017, on the theme of African feminisms, was presented this month at the University of Leeds by Claire Griffiths of the University of Chester. Her paper ‘Postcolonial Afterlives and the Gendering of Empires: a Franco-African Experience’ focused on the intersection of gender and social justice in those areas of Africa that came under French colonial occupation. Following a rapid overview of the history of exogenous (Western/French) politico-legal structures introduced into the African colonies, the paper proposed that as such structures increasingly framed all aspects of the governance and ‘development’ of the colonies so they embedded discriminatory practices into public life. It went on to question the degree to which these structures and practices have been addressed and dismantled in the postcolonial era, noting the very recent development in the 21 st century of gender studies as an acknowledged field of academic enquiry in the Francophone African academy, and concluding with recent UN data on education and literacy levels across the West Africa region. Disaggregated for gender, these data flag up female gender as the most significant factor of discrimination in relation to […]

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CONFERENCE. “Francophone Postcolonial Studies in the 21st Century”

          Francophone Postcolonial Studies in the 21st Century Friday 18 & Saturday 19 November 2016   Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, in association with Liverpool University Press   Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU     Keynote speakers: Nicholas Harrison and Louise Hardwick   Friday 18 November 2016 9.30-10:15           Registration, Coffee/Tea 10.15-10.30        Welcome Address: Charlotte Baker (SFPS President)      10.30-12.00        Panel 1: Parallel Sessions   Panel 1a: Neocolonial Interventions François Robinet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), ‘Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Centrafrique: quelle(s) critique(s) des interventions françaises en Afrique au début du XXIème siècle ?’ Sophie Watt (University of Sheffield), ‘French “Humanitarian” Interventions: Haiti, Mali, Central African Republic: Towards a Definition of “Neo-imperialism” within a Francophone Context’ Oana Panaité (Indiana University-Bloomington), ‘Paracolonial Aesthetics or the Long Memory of Colonialism’   Panel 1b: Urban Space Marion Tricoire (Emory University), ‘Urbains, Postcoloniaux, Textuels: Les Bars Littéraires de Patrice Nganang et Alain Mabanckou’ Nadia Kiwan (University of Aberdeen), ‘“Kidnapping Culture”: Complexity, co-existence and urban space in the work of street artist Combo’ Rania Said (State University of New York, Binghamton), ‘-Z-: Flamingoes, Francophonie and the Arts of Urban Dissent in Tunisia’   12.00-2.00           Lunch/AGM   2.00-3.30              […]

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