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Message on Harry Garuba
Message on the passing of Professor Harry Garuba
Mon, 02 Mar 2020 - 17:00

The African Gender Institute honours Professor Harry Garuba and with our coworkers and friends mourns his passing.

Second Production by Sex Worker Theatre South Africa
Yeki Hambe- Production by Sex Worker Theatre South Africa
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 - 13:15

The Sex Worker Theatre SA will be performing their show, "Yeki Hambe: let it go" at UCT's Bindery Lab (Hiddingh Campus) on 29 & 30 November at 19h00 and 30 November at 15h00.

Newly Appointed Dean of Humanities
AGI Advisory Board Chair appointed Dean of Humanities
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 - 18:15

Associate Professor Shose Kessi, Chair of the AGI Advisory Board is the newly appointed Dean of the Humanities Faculty.

Annoucement of QFFF 2019
Queer Feminist Film Festival 2019
Thu, 02 May 2019 - 12:15

Queer Feminist Film Festival (QFFF) is making a comeback to Bertha Movie House in Khayelitsha, Cape
Town, on the 24th and 25th of May 2019! Last year’s event was a huge success and, it only made sense
to make do it again.
QFFF is a feminist film festival for the LGBTQIA+ community to come together in celebration of queer
organizing, our experiences and sharing knowledge. And, it's the first of its kind locally!
Through the film festival, we’re working towards engaging and countering the disconnect between
queer and/ or feminist activists, creatives and the broader community. We're here to bring the queer
and/ or feminist community together!

Brief Open Response to the Vice-Chancellor of UCT on the question of naming/shaming communication, 6th September
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 - 16:30

Dear Vice Chancellor Phakeng,
Over the past few years, womxn (and sometimes others) at UCT have often fought publicly against the realities of the intensive and complex gender-based violences in South Africa, and on our campus. These realities have been brought home to us, again, in a terrible way in the past two weeks. As the African Gender Institute/Gender Studies, we honour the students who have rallied so fiercely in the past two weeks to fight for Uyinene Mrweytana and against gender-based violence. We also send thanks to you for your tireless energy in the past days, as you have worked with your team to communicate, to honour Uyinene Mrwetyana, and to open spaces for the essential dialogues needed.

We write now in the spirit of that work.

Dreaming Feminisms: Futilities and Futures
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 - 11:30

The African Gender Institute invites you to a series of conversations,choreographed with Desiree Lewis (Women&Gender Studies, UWC) and a panoply of provocative feminist interlocutors.

Dr Barbara Boswell
Letter to the Editorial Board of Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
Thu, 02 May 2019 - 11:30

Dear Editors
We write to strongly object to the publication (March 2019) of the article ‘Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in Colored South African women’ by Nieuwoudt, Dickie, Coetsee, Engelbrecht and Terblanche. We ask that you retract it because of its racist ideological underpinnings, flawed methodology, and its reproduction of harmful stereotypes of ‘Coloured’ women.

Intervening in abusive relationships
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - 10:15

When we ask: “Why do women stay in abusive relationships?” we transfer blame away from the perpetrators of violence.

This was the premise of Associate Professor Floretta Boonzaier’s thesis back when she was a master’s student in the Department of Psychology.

Mail & Guardian:​ Transforming UCT: Reflections on the road ahead
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - 10:15

Statement by The UCT Black Academic Caucus

It has been encouraging to witness the revolutionary changes taking place at UCT over the past few years: the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes statue, the return of Mahmoud Mamdani, the renaming of buildings, the dialogues around sexual violence, artworks and curriculum change, and the many less visible day-to-day shifts in attitudes, practices, and policy-making.

Nigeria: Buchi Emecheta - Okowa, Others Mourn Literary Icon
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 - 12:15

The literary world was again thrown into mourning following the news of the death of one of Nigeria's renowned literary figures and authors of the world acclaimed novel, Second Class Citizen, Florence Onyebuchi "Buchi" Emecheta.

Emergence, an Artistic Journal of Women and Gender non-conforming Africans
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 - 12:15

Women have a lot of interesting stories. So many cool, sad, sexy, funny and strange stories. Stories that inspire and stories that make you shake your head and roll your eyes. Stories that turn you on or make you want to turn away.

Queering Universities
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 - 12:15

In the final episode of The Academic Citizen for 2016, Dr Mary Hames joins us to discuss issues of gender and sexuality within spaces of higher learning. Heteronormativity and patriarchy are still dominant within South African society, which makes it important to analyse how our universities respond to questions of sexuality and the rights of queer community members.