Pumla Gqola visits UCT

Associate Professor Pumla Gqola, acclaimed  as one of South Africa’s most influential public intellectuals and feminist academics, will be one of the panellists at the launch of a new book Jacketed Women on Tuesday 30 April.  She will also present a seminar titled “2013 is a bad year for gender struggle’: GBV, South Africa and feministing differently” on Monday 29th April  at All Africa House, Middle Campus UCT. The seminar is being co-hosted by the African Gender Institute, the Gender Equity Unit and the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape. 

Associate Professor Gqola is known for her frank and finely analytic insights into issues of slavery, feminism, patriarchy and public culture in South Africa.  She is the author of What is Slavery to Me? postcolonial/slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa, the first full-length study of slave memory in the South African context.  Her work explores the relevance and effects of slave memory for contemporary negotiations of South African gendered as well as racial identities.  Professor Gqola has published extensively on topics such as slave memory in the African world, Black Consciousness literature, womanism and feminist literary studies, post-colonialism, post-apartheid public culture, and African feminist sexualities.
 
She is a self-proclaimed writer, quirkophile, feminist, pan-afrikanist, postcolonial literature professor and can be followed at @feminist_rogue and at her blog http://www.pumlagqola.wordpress.com 
Associate Professor Gqola (Wits) will share the platform with Associate Professor Jane Bennett (UCT) the co-editor of the book and Dr Divine Fuh (UCT).  Jacketed Women: qualitative research methodologies on gender and sexualities in Africa is co-edited by Jane Bennett, Director of the African Gender Institute at UCT and Charmaine Pereira of the Initiative for Women’s Studies in Nigeria.  The book is the outcome of Mapping Sexualities, a continental research project conducted under the auspices of the African Gender Institute to explore the development of a research methodology suited to carrying out in-depth case studies of the dynamics of gender and contemporary sexual cultures in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.  
 
The book launch will take place at The Book Lounge, Roeland Street, Cape Town at 17H30 on Tuesday 30 April. All are welcome.  For more information please contact:  021 6592340 or uctpress@juta.co.za.  Copies of the book will be on sale. 
The seminar “2013 is a bad year for gender struggle’: GBV, South Africa and feministing differently” will take place at All Africa House, UCT Middle Campus, Stanley Road, Rondebosch on Monday 29th April at 17H30.  For further information please contact Hilda Ferguson 021 6504102/  hilda.ferguson@uct.ac.za
 
BOOKS
What is slavery to me? Postcolonial/slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa.
Pumla Gqola
Witwatersrand University Press, 2010
 
Jacketed Women. Qualitative research methodologies on gender and sexualities in Africa
Eds. Jane Bennett & Charmaine Pereira
UCT Press, 2013