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From women experience and voices to conceptual vocabularies in the Horn of Africa 
Pierre Guidi (IRD, université Paris Cité)
Tirsit Sahldedngil Beyene (Insisitute of Ethiopian Studies)
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Anthropology (x) History (x) Gender, Sexuality & Intersectionality (y) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 14
Thursday 1 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The aim of this panel is to seek for new conceptual vocabularies directly drawn from women's experience, and the ways they name and reflect on it, in the Horn of Africa. So doing, it wishes to participate in the current reflection on the production of knowledge on women and gender in Africa.

Long Abstract:

Following a reflection started since independence on the international division of scientific labor (Hountondji, 1990), and more recently in the wake of decolonial and postcolonial studies, a rich reflection about knowledge production on women and gender in Africa (Bouilly, Dutoya & Saiget, 2022; Lewis, 2002), and more generally in the global South (Connel, 2014) is currently underway. Among other things, it interrogates the appropriation of global concepts and how new concepts can be more closely related to women experience. If countries like Nigeria and South Africa are at the forefront of this epistemological work, research carried in the Horn of Africa is less well-known. In order to strengthen the debates at a continental level, we invite scholars working on the Horn of Africa to present papers describing how women name their experience of the power relations in which they are involved. The aim is to seek for new conceptual vocabularies for research directly drawn from women's experience and the ways they reflect on it. Materials used may be oral sources, private writings, literature, the press etc. Research can be conducted with women in various positions in the social space (in terms of class, age, cultural group, occupation etc.), in various situations (in the family, at work, in the daily life, in times of struggle etc.), in the present as well as in the past. This panel wish to contribute to the current collective endeavour of building concepts and setting out agenda for the future of gender studies in Africa.

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Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -