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Not Yet Uhuru presents 12 short illustrated stories. Set mostly in eastern and southern Africa, they are about girls, women, daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers finding out, coming out, being out and staying out.

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Title: Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa

Subtitle: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

Author: Marc Epprecht



The persecution of people in Africa on the basis of their assumed or perceived homosexual orientation has received considerable coverage in the popular media in recent years. Gay-bashing by high political and religious figures in Zimbabwe and Gambia; draconian new laws against lesbians and gays and their supporters in Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda; the imprisonment and extortion of gay men in Senegal and Cameroon; and so-called corrective rapes of lesbians in South Africa have all rightly sparked international condemnation. However, much of the analysis thus far has been highly critical of African leadership and culture without considering local nuances, historical factors and external influences that are contributing to the problem. Such commentary also overlooks grounds for optimism in the struggle for sexual rights and justice in Africa, not just for sexual minorities but for the majority population as well.

Based on pioneering research on the history of homosexualities and engagement with current lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, Mark Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play, and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.



1. The problem and some definitions

2. Preliminary anxieties

3. Faiths

4. Politics, Sex and the State

5. Strategies for change

6. Notes


About the Author

Marc Epprecht is a Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. He has consulted and published extensively on the history of gender and sexuality in Africa, including Hungochani: The History of a Dissident Sexuality in Southern Africa (winner of the 2006 Joel Gregory Prize from the Canadian Association of African Studies) and Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS (finalist for the 2009 Mel Herskovits prize from the African Studies Association). He recently received the Desmond Tutu Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Sexuality in Africa from the International Resource Network-Africa. Marc holds his PhD in history from Dalhousie University, and has also taught at the University of Zimbabwe.


Published By: Zed Books



Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries makes an invaluable contribution to Gender and Sexuality studies, engaging with queer theory to reconceptualize everyday interactions. The scholars in this book respond to J. Halberstam’s call to engage in alternative imaginings to reconceptualize forms of being, the production of knowledge, and envisage a world with different sites for justice and injustice. The recent work of cultural theorist, Judith Halberstam, makes new investments in the notion of the counter-hegemonic, the subversive and the alternative. For Halberstam, the alternative resides in a creative engagement with subjugated histories, an ecstatic investment in the subcultural and a defiant refusal of a dominant model of theory. Working across Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Television and Media Studies, Animation, Sociology, History, Social Policy, Childhood Studies, Education, and Cultural Geography, this unique interdisciplinary text aimed at academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students provides challenging new frameworks for generating knowledge.



Acknowledgment of the cover artist: Kate Hansen

Chapter 1. Introduction
Kerry H. Robinson and Cristyn Davies

Chapter 2: Losing Hope, Finding Nemo And Dreaming Of Alternatives
Judith Jack Halberstam

Chapter 3. Imaging Otherwise: Performance Art As Queer Time And Space
Cristyn Davies

Response: The Queer Space Of The Freak Show

Elizabeth Stephens

Chapter 4. Lesbian Mothers, Two-Headed Monsters And Televisual Machine
Kellie Burns

Response: Pregnating As In Cheating, Fucking, Lying…This Is The Way We Live

Katrina Schlunke

Chapter 5. Grid Failure: Metaphors Of Subcultural Time And Space
Robert Payne

Response: In Praise Of Shallow Viewing

Melissa Jane Hardie       

Chapter 6. Childhood As A ‘Queer Time And Space’: Alternative Imaging Of Normative Markers Of Gendered Lives
Kerry H. Robinson

Response: Heteronormativity, Childhood And Invisibilized Consumption

Sue Saltmarsh

Chapter 7. Reanimating Adulthood
Kate Crawford

Response: Animated Becoming

Peter Bansel

Chapter 8: Queering High School At Summer Heights
Susanne Gannon

Response: Summer Heights High: Queer Time and Queer Place in Australian High Schools

Bronwyn Davies

Chapter 9. Gay Intimacy, Yaoi And The Ethics Of Care
Aleardo Zanghellini

Response: Yamete, O-Shiri Ga Itai!

Kane Race


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