Politics Department hosts colloquium


The Department of Political and International Studies of Rhodes University are hosting a Colloquium Celebrating 30 years of Ifi Amadiume’s award-wining text: Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society. The event began yesterday and continues today (Friday).

Day one of the Colloquium opened with reflections by Professor Ifi Amadiume on his book followed by a plenary session chaired by Dr Babalwa Magoqwana of NMU with a panel of Dr Nthabiseng Motsemme (NIHSS) – “Paying with our bodies and souls”: The existential failures to develop the next generation of Black South African women academics. Ms Yaliwe Clarke (UCT) – Re-imagining fluidity: Gender and Africanity. Prof Jimi Adesina (UNISA) – Unmaking gender: Ifi Amadiume and the pursuit of endogeny.

Day two is broken up into four sessions with Session one being held at Ruth Mompati Seminar Room, in the Political and International Studies department and Eden Grove Blue. The sessions will cover various topics and began with Dr Zethu
Matebeni’s (UCT) Land, Political Economy and Desire.

At 2pm is “Conversation on Women’s Leadership in African Societies” with Prof Nomalanga Mkhize (NMU), Ohara Diseko (Independent) and Prof Sekgothe Mokgoatsana (UL).

The final session, at 3.15pm – “Class, Space and Women’s Bodies” – Chair: Dr Siphokazi Magadla.

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