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RHEA Research Seminar - Female Same Sex Activism and Sexual Identity in Mozambique (Maria Chipenembe)

maandag, 10 oktober, 2016 - 12:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
PLeinlaan 5
Room 5.61 (Van Gogh Room)
Research Seminar

The study aims at producing a socio-historical and critical account of civil society organizations and individual experiences of activism regarding sexual rights and sexual identities in the colonial aftermath in Mozambique. Besides the importance of considering sexual rights as a subset of women's reproduction, which has been compromised by the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, the research takes into account the prevailing silence and subsequent invisibility of lesbian, bisexual and albino women in matrilineal and patriarchal societies. Based on gender theory, intersectionality and feminist postcolonial theory, the focus will be on the way in which these groups deal with their sexual identities within a multiple system of oppression. The research explores how they speak about their rights to official marriage and reproduction, as well as the enjoyment of sexual pleasure and desires free of stigma. Therefore, which categories of analysis and experiences intersect with their gender identities?