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International dimensions of LGBTQ+ politics in Africa: rights, funding and futures 
Stephen Brown (University of Ottawa)
Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow )
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Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow )
Daniel Fiaveh (University of Cape Coast)
Politics and International Relations (x) Gender, Sexuality & Intersectionality (y)
Philosophikum, S75
Thursday 1 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel analyses international dimensions of LGBTQ+ politics in Africa. Papers could address any component of that topic, such as African organizing, rights or development, for example through a focus on practices of one or more international actors or dynamics involving different countries.

Long Abstract:

This panel seeks to analyse various empirical and theoretical aspects of the contentious issue of international involvement in LGBTQ+ politics in Africa, including its nexus with national politics, broadly defined. Papers could address any aspect of that topic, such as (but not limited to): the policies and practices of one or more international actors, potentially including case studies or comparisons of countries of the Global North and Global South, the European Union, United Nations organizations, private foundations, international nongovernmental organizations, the African Union or subregional organizations in Africa; the national or local dynamics in one or more African countries, possibly including a comparative perspective; implications of Afrocentric, Pan-African or decolonial perspectives; human rights, development and critiques of their deployment; international actors’ motives and homonationalism; perceptions of international involvement by LGBTQ+ activists; the positive and negative impact of international involvement, including on LGBTQ+ organizations, on national politics and policies, and on sexual or gender identities; international actors’ priorities regarding the types of activities and/or groups they support; and the impact on national/international dynamics of LGBTQ+ people’s class, racialization, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender or other identities. Submission of abstracts from scholars from Africa and the African diaspora is especially welcome, as is the participation of junior scholars. We will make an effort to ensure that the panel represents a variety of perspectives in these respects. Discussants will provide some comments at the panel and all participants will receive detailed comments and suggestions in writing on their paper submission.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -