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Title:Rethinking universities II
Editors:Barnes, TeresaISNI
Mama, AminaISNI
Diaw, AminataISNI
Periodical:Feminist Africa (ISSN 1726-460X)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:gender inequality
higher education
gender studies
External link:http://www.agi.ac.za/agi/feminist-africa/09/
Abstract:Beyond the quantitative gender inequalities in African higher education lie the institutional dynamics and processes that produce them. Two issues of 'Feminist Africa' focus on this domain. This second issue is concerned more specifically with knowledge production. It explores efforts that selectively target parts of African higher education systems where hierarchies and dichotomies are especially obstructive to the development of equitable, feminist knowledges. The authors report mixed results in pursuing such strategies. Aminata Diaw, Lesley Shackleton, and Joyce B. Mbongo Endeley and Margaret Nchang Ngaling present articles on institutional activism at the universities of Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), Cape Town (South Africa) and Buea (Cameroon). At each of these institutions, feminist scholars have sought to transform institutional policies, procedures and practices that perpetuate gender inequality and injustice. Jane Bennett and Vasu Reddy map the teaching of sexualities and gender in higher education institutions in South Africa. The issue's 'Profiles' highlight the intellectual activism through which feminists have sought to resist the reproduction of gender divisions and inequalities in the teaching and research functions of universities (Emebet Mulugeta on the Institute of Gender Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and Mary Hames on the University of the Western Cape, South Africa). In 'In Conversation', Zukiswa Mqolomba, student leader at the University of Cape Town, speaks with Awino Okech. [ASC Leiden abstract]