African Feminist Dialogues

African Feminist Dialogues

Each month AFI hosts a Feminist Dialogue or a Book Talk related to various issues related to African Feminisms. Our co-moderators are Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey and PhD Candidate Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse at Penn State in Philosophy with a dual title in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Feminist spaces constantly call for the need for intergenerational dialogues. Often this call treats "intergenerational" as a special topic on its own, as though every conversation should not have an intergenerational element to it. This year’s dialogues are motivated by this very intergenerational desire. Importantly, we hope that we can venture into a transgenerational space, where we are able to transcend the generational markers and meet each other with compassion, humility, deep listening, respect and to be forward-looking. To mirror this call, we will be co-moderating our dialogues for this year. This is also an invitation for more young and upcoming scholars to join our conversational spaces. Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey on the faculty of the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She is also Elihu Root Peach Fund Chair in Women's Studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and Professor Emerita at San Fransisco State University. Okazawa-Rey's primary areas of research and activism are gender, militarism, and feminist activist research. Her work focuses specifically on militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women. Zinhle ka'Nobuhlaluse (formally known as Nompumelelo Zinhle Manzini) was born in South Africa, is a dual-title Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State. She specializes in Critical philosophy of race, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, and African Philosophy. She completed her MPhil in Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She has published texts on African Philosophy at the intersections of personhood, gender, ability and queer alterity. Her research has been published in the Journal of World Philosophies, Critical Philosophy of Race, South African Journal of Philosophy and AGENDA. She is also a certified 200-hour yoga instructor.

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