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CCS Webinar:Reflections on Black struggles and achievements in bettering activism in our time.

The UKZN Centre for Civil Society is inviting you to a Zoom Session of the CCS Webinar Series Please note changing times to accommodate speakers from international time zones
Webinar: Africa is So Queer!
Date: 30 March 2023
Time: 16:00-17:00
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Queerphobia in Africa is often clothed in Pan Africanist regalia. Our leaders have made compulsory heterosexuality a PanAfricanist ideal which consequently casts the queer body as deviant and unAfrican. Thus, an anti-queer sentiment reverberates across the continent, and is accompanied by acts of violence and decades long experiences of trauma. The acts of violence are hailed as noble measures to safeguard Africa from moral decay. There is a huge appetite to expunge the queer body from the face of the nation and Uganda’s anti-Homosexuality Bill serves as a good example. This however is not the entire story. Queer people in Africa have and continue to fashion resistances to this establishment. In this webinar, Princess discusses these scripts of resistance, particularly embodied texts that speak back/ talk back to say, Africa is so queer, deal with it! Popular participatory theatre is one of them.

Speaker Bio :

Princess A Sibanda is a scholar artivist. Her research interests lie in participatory performance forms and their intersections with race, gender and sexualities in Africa. In 2018, she was awarded the Canon Collins Scholars Scholar award as well as a community engagement award (UKZN) in recognition of her scholar-artivist work. She holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu Natal and MA in Drama & Performance Studies (summa cum laude) from the same institution. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow under the SARChI Chair in Sexualities, Genders and Queer Studies, University of Fort Hare.

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