Programme: (Re)reading African Feminisms Colloquium 2017


Fine Arts Department

9h Registration 

9.30-9.50h Welcome and Opening – Thando Njovane (UCKAR)

10.10h-11h Keynote Address: Feminism as Pedagogy

Dr Danai Mupotsa (Wits University)


English Department Seminar Room

11-13h Women and Visual Arts

An African feminist conversation about the KhoiKhoi and San women in the Rock Art of South Africa – Beverly Barry (UCKAR)

Feminisms in Visual Culture; Un- silencing historically marginalized artists – Amy von Witt (UCKAR)

‘Defining ambiguity’: Theorising a politics of a ectivity in contem- porary South Africa through Mary Sibande’s ‘Sophie’– Erin de Kock (UCKAR)

Chair: Dr Sharlene Khan
Fine Arts Department Seminar Room

11-13h African Feminist Thought

A Stiwanist Study of Selected Works of Francophone Authors – Joy Joseph (UCKAR)

Womanism and Critical Method in African Diaspora Writing – Brendon Nicholls (Leeds)

The re-articulation of a holistic African female subjectivity in Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia – Manthipe Moila (Rhodes)

Chair: Dr Betty Govinden

English Department Seminar Room

14-16h Intersectionality

Pompoms and Struggle Songs: The Limited Space for Feminism in #feesmustfall – Chelsey Wilken (Rhodes)

Towards a Decolonial Feminist Disability Studies for Southern Africa – Kharnita Mohamed (UCT)

Patriarchy Masked as Decoloniality: Problematizing ‘Decolonial’ Masculinist Critiques of Intersectionality – Marzia Milazzo (Rhodes/Vanderbijlt)

Chair: Dr Danai Mupotsa

Fine Arts Department Seminar Room

14-16h Alternative Spaces

The politics of erasure and exposure of the black female bodies in site- specific performances. Discussing Woman in a Passage (2014) –  Pumelela Nqelenga (UKZN)

Towards eradicating domestic violence in Nigeria: The peace education option – Chibuzor Nwobueze (Rivers State) and James Okolie-Osemene (Ibadan)

[Re]presenting Race, Rape and “white” justice: An auto-ethno- graphic study on the role of the Black female theatre-educator in Post-Madiba South Africa – Ayanda Khala-Phiri (UKZN)

Challenging sexism, misogyny and censorship: A search for alternative spaces for feminist discourses in Zimbabwe – Gibson Ncube (Stellenbosch)

Chair: Siphokazi Jonas


Fine Arts Department
16.15-18.15h Thinking Through, Talking Back: Creative theorisation as Sites of Praxis-Theory. An Art on our Mind creative dialogue between Dr Sharlene Khan, Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola, Dr Yvette Abrahams, Prof Neelika Jayawardane and Dr Betty Govinden
18.30 Launch of artist book ‘I Make Art’ by Dr Sharlene Khan 
Perfomance Poetry by Siphokazi Jonas and Betty Govinden
Exhibition: BEING HERE, BECOMING HER (curated by Refilwe Nkomo and Thato Mogotsi) in conversation with with UCKAR performances and artwork by Heidi Sincuba, Erin de Kock, Khwezi Zungu, Samkela Stampe and Akissi Beukman (co-curated by Buhle Siwendu and Sharlene Khan)


English Department Seminar Room

9-11h Labour

An intersectional analysis of work place discrimination in South African labour markets – Jamela Hoveni (Rhodes)

Perpetuation of female dependency syndrome in South Africa mirrors religious narratives: The case of Ruth –  Thembinkosi Twalo (HSRC)

The unfolding of African feminism in CODESRIA – Nimi Hoffmann (ISER)

Chair: Prof Pumla Gqola

Fine Arts Department Seminar Room

9-11h African Feminist Literary Readings

Demolishing the mountain within: Debunking patriarchy and self-reflexivity in African Women’s Writing – Susan Okpala (North-West)

Queering Domestic Space and Reproductive Time in Zöe Wicomb’s “Mrs Pringle’s Bed” – Jenny du Preez (Rhodes)

The Future of African Feminisms/ Miriam Makeba and Cosmo-existential Feminism – Palesa Mokoena (UCKAR)

Chair: Thando Njovane

English Department Seminar Room

11.15 Economics and Policy

South African foreign policy and its implications for feminist Inter- national Relations: the legacies of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane – Siphokazi Magadla and Nica Cornell (Rhodes)

African Feminist Futures: Fashioning Life in a Neoliberal World – Miriam Kilimo (Emory)

Chair: Dr Yvette Abrahams

11.15-13.15h Imaging Women

Paw-Paw Politics: Lady Skollie and the Curating of Contradiction – Wamuwi Mbao (Stellenbosch)

Women in African Cinema: Female Identity on Screen – Lizelle Bisschof  (Glasgow)

Re-imagining African feminism through the Afro-futuristic lens – Tshepiso Maleswena (Wits)

The Message of Misogyny in Hip- Hop Music and its Gender Dynamics – Mamaputle Boikanyo (Rhodes)

Chair: Prof M.Neelika Jayawardane

English Department Seminar Room
14.15-15.15h  Sexuality

Looking at disruption within feminist and anti-rape activism – Gorata Chengeta (Wits)

Bisexuality in South Africa – Zuziwe Khuzwayo (HSRC)

Chair: Prof Pumla Gqola

Fine Arts Department Seminar Room

14.15-15.15h Life Writing

(Re)visiting writing raced queerness: a  fictocritical exploration of writing the race-d queer South African Womxn – Chantelle Croeser (Stellenbosch)

A song in the night: the feminist ordeals of Norah Mumba – Ranka Primorac (Southampton)

Ekhaya nasemzini: Negotiating home in Noni Jabavu’s life narratives Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts and the Ochre People – Athambile Masola (Pretoria)

Chair: Dr Lynda Spencer

Closing Remarks – Dr Lynda Gichanda Spencer

* This event is funded by Finding Africa, UCAPI, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Research Foundation, Art on Our Mind Research Project and Rhodes University.

#Afems2017 Programme & Speakers


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Activities include a poetry session, exhibition, book launch, and panel with our special guests: Pumla Dineo Gqola, Betty Govendin, Neelika Jayawardene, Siphokazi Jonas, Yvette Abrahams, and Sharlene Khan.

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Registration: ‘Six Mountains on her Back’ Colloquium 2017

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The AFems2017 team is pleased to announce that you may now register for the event online by filling out this Afems Registration form.

While there is no registration fee, we would like to get a rough idea of the number of people planning to attend, together with any special considerations for those with disabilities. The programme will be posted shortly and we will keep you updated on any additional information. 

CFP ‘Six Mountains on her back’: (Re) thinking African Feminisms Colloquium 2017 (South Africa)

‘Six Mountains on her back’ (Re) thinking
African Feminisms Colloquium 2017

Rhodes University
21-22 July 2017

African feminisms have, since their inception over a century ago, been grounded in inclusive and intersectional discourses which seek to challenge and unravel patriarchal, political, existential, and philosophical imbalances in society. As such they have been instrumental in bringing into question some of the ‘blind spots’ and prejudices embedded in Western feminisms. In light of current debates on decolonisation and the continued interest in intersectional politics in the global sphere, Finding Africa invites researchers to propose papers which centre on the theme of African feminisms in any field of the humanities.

All submissions should be 250 word abstracts Word formatted document which can be emailed to by 15 May 2017.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

The Future of African Feminisms
Human Rights
Black-African-postcolonial feminist creative theorisation and methodologies
Visual Culture Productions and Histories
Visual Arts Praxis and Theories
African Feminist Manifestos
The Psychology of African Feminisms
The Uses of the Erotic
Performance Art

This event is a collaborative effort between the Rhodes University Fine Art and English Departments, together with Finding Africa. The co-organisers are Dr Sharlene Khan, Thando Njovane, and Dr Lynda Spencer.