To be an African feminist writing, rioting woman on the continent is to be engaged in constant self-defence against erasure of an African feminist tradition, to begin anew, to be invited to refer to first / second / third waves which obscure and deny the long presences of African feminist movements and imagination.

– Pumla Dineo Gqola, Reflecting Rogue - Inside the Mind of a Feminist, MF Books, 2017

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To be an African feminist writing, rioting woman on the continent is to be engaged in constant self-defence against erasure of an African feminist tradition, to begin anew, to be invited to refer to first / second / third waves which obscure and deny the long presences of African feminist movements and imagination.

– Pumla Dineo Gqola, Reflecting Rogue - Inside the Mind of a Feminist, MF Books, 2017

 

African Feminist Initiative

The African Feminist Initiative (AFI) at Pennsylvania State University was established in April 2015 by Gabeba Baderoon and Alicia C. Decker to advance research and teaching about African feminisms at Penn State and to build partnerships between Penn State faculty and feminist scholars , activists, and institutions in Africa and beyond.

To this end, we are governed by an external Advisory Board, consisting of influential feminist scholars from around the world, as well as an internal Steering Committee made up of African/ist feminist scholars at Penn State. With generous funding from the College of the Liberal Arts, as well as numerous other units across campus, we have organized several international workshops and conferences, as well as an African Feminist Lecture Series .

Objectives of the AFI

To create an intellectual hub for African feminist research and teaching within the United States

To educate U.S.-based students about African feminisms through undergraduate and graduate-level curricula and innovative campus programming

To engage in interdisciplinary collaborative research with feminist scholars and activists on the African continent

To build feminist communities that bridge the United States and Africa

Affiliates

In an effort to build a more robust community of African/ist feminist scholars and activists , the AFI welcomes affiliations with individuals and institutions. If you would like to be listed on our website as an AFI affiliate and/or would like to become a member of our listserv, please contact Alicia C. Decker at .

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