African Feminists: Talking the Walk- A programme hosted by the African Gender Institute

Upcoming Events...

The AGI cordially invites you to the following events:


Intimacy and Contempt: WWII Comfort Women and Japanese Soldiers

Yonson Ahn (Professor & Director of Korean Studies and Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Centre of East Asian Studies (IZO) Goethe-University of Frankfurt)



AXL Seminar Room 4.01 (Level 4, Harry Oppenheimer Building, UCT)

Biography: Yonson Ahn

Yonson Ahn is professor and director of Korean Studies, Frankfurt University in Germany. Before Frankfurt, she taught at Leipzig University in Germany and Ewha Women’s University in Korea. She was a visiting scholar at University of Tokyo and Waseda University in Japan. She completed her PhD degree in Gender Studies at University of Warwick in Britain in 2000. Her research fields are sexual violence at war especially issues of “comfort women” during WWII, and historical controversies in East Asia, including colonial history of Korea and historical revisionism in Japan. Her current research project is related to transnationalism, migration and gender.


There is an extraordinary feature of a story which held the 50-year silence after the war stories of “comfort women” who were forced into sexual servitude for the Japanese military during WWII and those who survived their “living death.”

Using narrative analysis based on in-depth interviews conducted with Japanese veterans and the Korean comfort women victims-survivors and documentary sources to reconstruct the traumatic encounters of the Japanese soldiers and the comfort women at the comfort system, this talk investigates both the personal and pseudo-love relationships between the women and the soldiers, along with the violence inflicted on the women.

Celebration/Commemoration: “confrontation face to face”

You are invited to a Public Conversation between black lesbian activists, Zanele Muholi and Freegender: “what does it mean to look at?”


And the Cape Town Book Launch of Faces and Phases (Zanele Muholi with all the participants in the Faces and Phases project)



5.30pm (with juice and wine)

Centre for African Studies Gallery

Harry Oppenheimer Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

Please RSVP to Hilda Ferguson - / 021 6504102 ~ Copies of the book will be on sale at the launch

Contact People

Selina Mudavanhu
Tel: (+27) 21 650-4202

Hilda Ferguson
Tel: (+27) 21 650-2970

Past Events...

Talking the Walk: Launching the Programme: August 2011268.56 KB
Talking the Walk: Sindiso Mnisi Weeks & Margie Orford: April 2012356.69 KB
Talking the Walk main flyer: August 2012 302.76 KB
Talking the Walk: Sara Longwe: May 2012184.83 KB
Talking the Walk: Book Launch - Women and Security Governance in Africa (October 2011)146.57 KB
Talking the Walk: SWEAT, Gender DynamiX & AGI Conversations: August 2012158.67 KB
Talking the Walk: Case Study: Saartjie Baartman Centre Call to Action Video: August 2012214.42 KB
Talking the Walk: Celebrating 25 years of Agenda292.41 KB
Talking the Walk: 'The Witches of Gambaga'- Documentary Screening & Discussion with Yaba Badoe233.18 KB
Talking the Walk: Prof Jacqueline Rose lecturer: February 2013185.41 KB
Talking the Walk main flyer: February 2013277.75 KB
Talking the Walk: International Women’s Day event - 8 March 2013133.29 KB
Talking the Walk: Celebrating the Gender Equity Unit (University of the Western Cape): 20 years of Activism131.54 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar Presentation: “Gender Justice in Africa and the International Criminal Court: A Failure to Deliver?” 109.35 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar Presentation: Constructions of nationalism on Radio Zimbabwe by Selina Mudavanhu135.89 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar Presentation: “2013 is a bad year for gender struggle’: GBV, South Africa and feministing differently"143.22 KB
Talking the Walk: Cape Town Launch of Shemurenga & Documentary Screening203.61 KB
Talking the Walk: Global Female Condom Day Event132.88 KB
Talking the Walk: Evening of poetry, film and dialogue215.44 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar Presentation by Benson Olugbuo184.89 KB
Talking the Walk events- First semester 2014453.09 KB
Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty in conversation with a panel of SA feminist practitioners and academics428.27 KB
Talking the Walk: Exam Stress: Safety, Sex and Pleasure228.67 KB
Talking the Walk: Professor Gabeba Baderoon speaks on her latest book, Regarding Muslims: from slavery to post-apartheid165.29 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar presentation by Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo170.59 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar presentation by Professor Rashida Manjoo165.82 KB
Talking the Walk: Seminar presentation by Amrita Pande139.04 KB
Talking the Walk: Embodying Qualitative Methodologies: Challenges, Reflections and Strategies by Rachelle Chadwick100.21 KB
Talking the Walk: #SONA: the (ir)relevance of feminism 101?207.8 KB
Talking the Walk: Professor Yonson Ahn 111.27 KB
Talking the Walk: Faces & Phases by Zanele Muholi227.03 KB