Lecture by Mary Hames (UWC, South Africa), “Women and Feminism in Post-Apartheid Narratives: Silences and Possibilities”

When Oct 05, 2015
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where The Nittany Lion Inn—Boardroom 1
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Feminist thought and activism are intrinsically part of the history and fabric of the South African liberation struggle. In this lecture I make the connection between women as actual and metaphorical prisoners during and after the demise of apart-heid. I then address particular moments of feminist euphoria shortly after the first democratic election in 1994 and I reflect on how women’s and feminist advances have stealthily been eroded as the democracy matured. I illuminate the paradoxes of silences versus hypervisibility of women and raise the challenges and possibili-ties for revitalizing feminist intellectual activism.

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