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Feminist sexual futures in the making 
Rachel Spronk (University of Amsterdam)
Serena Owusua Dankwa (Universität Basel)
SN Nyeck (University of Colorado Boulder)
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Anthropology (x) Gender, Sexuality & Intersectionality (y)
Neues Seminargebäude Seminarraum 13
Friday 2 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

In this panel we focus on the representation of intimate desires and sexualities: who represents whom and based on what? What kind of imaginations or assumptions underlie future-making processes of representations? What is our role as scholars, artists, thinkers, activists?

Long Abstract:

The study and representation of sexualities in African societies depict a long road where all kinds of others (individuals, institutions, agencies) projected their interests and preoccupations. For a long time has the representation of gender and sexualities in Africa been the realm of Euro-American racial imaginations, and continues to be. Similarly, heteropatriarchal nationalist imaginations by African leaders articulate(d) nativist, misogynist and homophobic obsessions. Correspondingly, gender and sexuality have become the object of global health, development studies and social justice for improving people’s lives, where scholars, activists and professionals have become the major actors. Interestingly, competing concepts of progress or future-making are often implicit in the grand narratives dominating public debates, whether they are patriarchal politics or sexuality-based activism. We are interested in papers that address how futures are articulated in the processes of representing (others). Who represents whom and based on what? What kind of imaginations or assumptions underlie processes of representations? Which knowledge gets in and what is left out? Ultimately, representation enfolds around the question whose lives and experiences are the basis of knowledge the production. Also, we propose not only to look at representations by others but invite papers that look at our own stakes in sketching intimate futures as scholars, artists, thinkers, activists. We would like to think collectively about the future of studying desire and intimacy so as to (re)theorize the study of sexualities in queer and feminist ways.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -