Course Catalog

01:988:312 African Feminism

Course Description

This course aims to explore the diversity of feminist strategies undertaken by African women from different parts of the content to shape their lives. Our primary focus will be to raise discussions about the diversity of African women’s lives across the continent, based on an understanding on their social subject positions through their own cultural productions as demonstrated through the autobiographies of four activist women from different regions of the continent.

We shall discuss the question of what feminism means in Africa by looking at feminist issues through three concentric circles; what are the familial and local gender constructions through which women are socialized?’ in what ways to these accord with or contradict notions of women as subjects of a state?; given these two sets of issues, in what ways do African feminist issues differ from, or parallel, issues being negotiated by feminists in the United States or Europe?