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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 feminist scholars of Africa 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. We also host a vibrant listserv and regularly facilitate virtual Feminist Dialogues on significant African issues.

Strategic Goals

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

To foster, promote, and publish cutting-edge feminist research on Africa in high-impact print and digital formats

To establish a robust scholarly community that facilitates high-level dialogue between African feminist scholars (on the African continent) and feminist scholars of Africa (in the Diaspora)

To amplify and learn from the voices and experiences of African feminists on the continent

To increase awareness of African feminist issues through innovative programming at Penn State 

To educate U.S.-based students about African feminisms through undergraduate and graduate-level curricula in partnership with relevant academic units

To encourage feminist activism that can promote social justice and equity, especially within the academy

To construct and maintain a digital repository of African feminist research, teaching, and activist materials

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 .

Strategic Goals

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

To foster, promote, and publish cutting-edge feminist research on Africa in high-impact print and digital formats

To establish a robust scholarly community that facilitates high-level dialogue between African feminist scholars (on the African continent) and feminist scholars of Africa (in the Diaspora)

To amplify and learn from the voices and experiences of African feminists on the continent

To increase awareness of African feminist issues through innovative programming at Penn State 

To educate U.S.-based students about African feminisms through undergraduate and graduate-level curricula in partnership with relevant academic units

To encourage feminist activism that can promote social justice and equity, especially within the academy

To construct and maintain a digital repository of African feminist research, teaching, and activist materials

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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