Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

The news wrap in this week’s episode offers tribute to Malawian economist and thinker Thandika Mkandawire, discusses COVID-19’s economic impacts, and more.

This week’s conversation is with Peace Medie (@PeaceMedie), a Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol. Her research examines gender, politics, and conflict in Africa. During a conversation we recorded at the African Studies Association annual meeting, we talk about campaigns to end gender-based violence, writing both academic research and fiction, the ethics of research in African politics, and more. During that chat, we talk about what she found when researching her newly published book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa and we talk about her forthcoming debut novel, His Only Wife, which listeners can pre-order now. Her segment begins at 9:28.

As a content note to our listeners, our conversation touches on Peace’s research, which includes women’s reporting of sexual violence and rape to the police. … More Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

Bonus: A review of Milli Lake’s book on NGOs and gender justice in Congo and South Africa

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read Laura Seay’s (@texasinafrica) review of Strong NGOs and Weak States: Pursuing Gender Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa, a book by LSE political scientist Milli Lake (@MilliLake).  The review was published as the tenth installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS19), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: A review of Milli Lake’s book on NGOs and gender justice in Congo and South Africa

Ep60. A conversation with Nyokabi Kamau on feminism in Kenya

This week’s episode kicks off Women’s History Month and celebrates International Women’s Day, starting with a conversation about women’s protest participation in Algeria and women’s representation in politics in Africa more broadly. We also highlight critiques of the theme for International Women’s Day 2019: #BalanceForBetter.Our conversation is with Professor Nyokabi Kamau, who is the Executive Director of the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training in Kenya. The conversation was part of a global salon hosted at the Lewis Global Studies Center in 2018 and was facilitated by Smith College Professor of Comparative Literature Katwiwa Mule. They talk about Kamau’s new book, Conversations about Gender: The Reflections of a Kenyan Feminist. Her segment begins at 12:31. … More Ep60. A conversation with Nyokabi Kamau on feminism in Kenya

Ep33. A conversation with Kiara Hill on African art, black womanhood, knowledge production, and more

This week we chat with Kiara Hill, one of the curators of “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. I talked about the exhibition with Amy Halliday in last week’s episode. Kiara Hill was one of the five curators, her exhibit [WOMB]AN explores the saliency of femininity and womanhood in West African cosmology. Kiara holds an M.A. in Women Studies from the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts. Our conversation begins at 3:40. Listen to us talk about gender, power, race, and knowledge production: … More Ep33. A conversation with Kiara Hill on African art, black womanhood, knowledge production, and more