2019 Sponsored Panels

Gendered Legacies of Colonial Violence/African Women’s Resistance  Tentative date/time on THURSDAY: 11/21/2019- 2:00 PM Chair: Judith Van Allen, Cornell University 

Revolutionary Ideals, Everyday Violence: Leaders, Combatants, and Civilians in Cameroon’s Fragmented 

Maquis Meredith Terretta, University of Ottawa

Northridge, At the Crossroads of Imperial Erotics and Nationalist Entrapment: Rwandan Feminist Narratives of Mass Rape in the 1994 Genocide 

Helina Beyene, California State University

Colonial Violence and Women’s Wars: Defending Social Reproduction as a Revolutionary Practice ; Judith Van Allen, Cornell University

How Militarism Underdeveloped Africa: The Colonization of African Masculinity and Its Aftermath 

Amina Mama, University of California, Davis

Discussant: Teresa Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“First Ladies of Africa: Beyond Femocracy and Wifeism?”  Tentative date/time on FRIDAY: 11/22/2019- 2:00 PM Co-Chairs: Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Pamela Scully, Emory University 

“We were not Political Ladies”: Politics, Power, and the Role of the First Lady in Uganda 

Alicia Decker, Pennsylvania State University

The (Archives of the) First Ladies of the African National Congress and Anti-Pass Activism 

Jill Kelly, Southern Methodist University 

First Ladies in Africa and the Eswatini (Swaziland) Exceptionality 

Hlengiwe Dlamini, University of the Free State, South Africa

“A Wife Can help her Husband to the Top”: First Ladies and National Political Culture in Cameroon 

Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Discussant: Amina Mama, University of California, Davis


Women’s Spirituality: Negotiating Authority, Society, and Well-Being through Religion Tentative date/time on FRIDAY: 11/22/2019- 4:00 PM Co-Chairs: Beth Ann Williams, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Jessica Ott, Michigan State University 

Prayer, Parenting, and Presence: Exploring Christian women’s Concerns and Categories in Twentieth-Century East Africa 

Beth Ann Williams, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Honor your Guest”: Negotiating Womanhood and Piety Among the Layene Religious Community 

Emily Riley, El Colegio de México

Cultivating Solidarity and Piety: A Women’s Vicoba and Madrassa in Zanzibar 

Jessica Ott, Michigan State University

Discussant: Lauren Jarvis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


African Identities: Authenticity, Belonging and Knowledge Production Tentative date/time on SATURDAY: 11/23/2019- 8:30 AM Chair: Elias Bongmba, Rice University

“Who Is Truly an African?”: Questions of Authenticity and Belonging

Tushabe wa Tushabe, Kansas State University

Renderings of Belonging: Black Women’s Practices of Diaspora 

Elyan Hill, UCLA

Moroccan Women, Historical Legacy, and Belonging 

Maha Marouan, Pennsylvania State University

Discussant: Laura Grillo, Georgetown University


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