Call for Abstracts: ICGSA Conference 2021 - Makerere University

10 Feb 2021 - 14:15

Theme: Africa and Gender Studies: Celebrating 30 years of Transformation and Re-imaging the Future


When: August 25-27 August 2021


This three day International Conference on Gender Studies in Africa aims to bring together international expertise from academia, science granting councils, government, industry as well as civil society to deliberate on the space and place of Gender Studies in the academy and in development practice in Africa. This will be a Pan African celebration of Gender Studies and of the continent and the global South as a site of production of Gender knowledge and Feminist scholarship. Beyond the continent we plan to reach out to other programmes in the global South especially Asia and Latin America, as well as northern partners and collaborators in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.


Applicants are invited to submit to submit papers and panels on the theme: Africa and Gender Studies: Celebrating 30 Years of Transformation and Repositioning for the Future under the following subthemes :

1. Researching Gender (application and transformation)

2. Gender and Research (Theories and Practice)

3. Gender Studies and Gender Practice

4. Disciplining Gender Studies: Practical Realities from the Academy, Activism and Advocacy, including decolonising the curriculum

5. Theorising Gender from the Global South

6. Gender, Feminist, Women’s Organising for Change (Local and International Partnerships)

7. Gender, Identity, Performance and Representation

8. Gender and the State

9. Gender and Peace building in Africa

10. Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals

11. Gender and Sexuality (Masculinities and Femininities)

12. Women in African economies; how women are making a difference

13. Identity Politics and Gender

14. Young Activism

15. Gender Based Violence within the Academy and Beyond

16. Women writers as the voices of conscience

17. Gender and Technology

18. Gender, Aging and gerontology

19. Family and Parenting in Africa

20. Gender, Climate Change and Natural Resources Extraction

21. Gender and Bioethics

22. Gender and Contemporary Health Challenges

23. Gender and Spirituality


The conference will present distinguished African and Africanist keynote speakers, award-winning films, inspirational performances and the opportunity to join pre-conference workshops and skills building sessions.



February 15, 2021 Submission of Abstracts (Individual)

March 15, 2021 Submission of Abstracts (Panels)


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