Research and Publications

Staff Research & Publications

Digital security as feminist practice

Radloff, J. 2013. Digital security as feminist practice, Feminist Africa 18: p145-155 READ ARTICLE

 

Editorial: Feminist engagements with 21st-century communications technology

Radloff, J. 2013. Editorial: Feminist engagements with 21st-century communications technologyFeminist Africa 18: p1-11 READ EDITORIAL

 

Sinking into oblivion? Ethnographic insights into the place of radio in the lives of women living in a rural community in Zimbabwe

Mudavanhu, S. 2013. “Sinking into oblivion? Ethnographic insights into the place of radio in the lives of women living in a rural community in Zimbabwe”, Feminist Africa 18: p68-77 READ ARTICLE

 

Gender and Peacebuilding in Africa: Seeking Conceptual Clarity

Clarke, Y. 2013. 'Gender and Peacebuilding in Africa: Seeking Conceptual Clarity', Africa Peace and Conflict Journal, 6 (1). READ ARTICLE.

 

Handbook of Africa's International Relations, Edited by Tim Murithi

Murithi, T. (Ed). 2013. Handbook of Africa's International Relations Publisher, London: Routledge Publication. Purchase a copy

 

Taking feminist activism online: reflections on the ‘Keep Saartjie Baartman Centre Open’ ecampaign

Mudavanhu S. & Radloff.  J. 2013. 'Taking feminist activism online: reflections on the ‘Keep Saartjie Baartman Centre Open’ e-campaign', Gender & Development, 21 (2): 327-341

 

Jane Bennett in conversation with Shereen Essof: “And they are fierce!”

Bennett, J. 2012. Jane Bennett in conversation with Shereen Essof: “And they are fierce!” Feminist Africa 17: 133 - 143. Read Article

 

Editorial: 'Researching sexuality with young women: Southern Africa',

Bennett, J. & Chigudu, H. 2012. Editorial: 'Researching sexuality with young women: Southern Africa', Feminist Africa 17: 1 - 7. Read Editorial

 

'Travels in “fashionable” sexuality research: Thoughts from home'

Bennett, J. 2012. 'Travels in “fashionable” sexuality research: Thoughts from home', Feminist Africa 17: 8 - 27 Read Article

 

Mapping Sexualities With Jacketed Women Edited by Jane Bennett & Charmaine Pereira

Bennett, J. & Pereira, C. 2013. Jacketed women: Qualitative research methodologies on sexualities and gender in Africa. Cape Town: UCT Press

 

No reason to celebrate

No reason to celebrate. What role do the police have in keeping women healthy, asks Marion Stevens, Honorary Research Associate with the School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics (AXL)- Gender Studies Section. Stevens is also a consultant for Women in Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health (WISH) Associates https://sites.google.com/site/marionswish/. Read Article

 

Maternal Mortality – HIV and unsafe abortion – a silent epidemic

 Marion Stevens (2012): Maternal Mortality – HIV and unsafe abortion – a silent epidemic, Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity, 26:2, 44-50. Read Article

Marion Stevens is a Honorary Research Associate with the School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics (AXL)- Gender Studies Section.

 

Editorial: Legal Voice: Challenges and Prospects in the Documentation of African legal feminism

Bennett, J. & Tamale, S. 2011. Editorial: Legal Voice: Challenges and Prospects in the Documentation of African legal feminism. Feminist Africa 15: 1- 16. Read Editorial

 

African Sexualities, A Reader

Bennett, J. 2011. 'Subversion and Resistance: Activist Initiatives' (p77 - 100) in Tamale, S (ed) African Sexualities, A Reader. Cape Town, Pambazuka Press.

 

Feminist Formations

Bennett. J, Muhanguzi. F, Muhanguzi. H, 2011. 'The Construction and Mediation of Sexuality and Gender Relations: Experience of Girls and Boys in Secondary in Uganda,' Feminist Formations 23: 135- 152. 

 

African Feminist Politics of Knowledge: Tensions, Challenges, Possibilities

Bennett, J. 2010. 'Connections to Research: The Southern African Network of Higher Education Institutions Challenging Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence' (p52- 82) in African Feminist Politics of Knowledge: Tensions, Challenges,  Possibilities. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

 

"Circles and Circles": Notes on African Feminist debates around gender and violence in the c21

Bennett, J. 2010. "Circles and Circles": Notes on African Feminist debates around gender and violence in the c21. Feminist Africa 14: 21- 47. Read Article

 

Editorial: Rethinking Gender and Violence

Bennett, J. 2010. Editorial: Rethinking Gender and Violence. Feminist Africa 14: 1- 6. Read Editorial

 

The country we want to live in - Hate crimes and homophobia in the lives of black lesbian South Africans

Mkhize N, Bennett. J, Reddy V, Moletsane R. 2010. The country we want to live in - Hate crimes and homophobia in the lives of black lesbian South Africans. Cape Town, HSRC Press. Free Downloadable Documents

 

Researching the Pedagogies of Sexualities in South African Higher Education

Bennett J. & Reddy V. 2009. Researching the Pedagogies of Sexualities in South African Higher Education. International Journal of Sexual Health 21: 239 - 252.

 

Glamour glitz and girls: The meanings of femininity in High School

Salo E. & Davids B. 2009. 'Glamour glitz and girls: The meanings of femininity in High School' (p39-54) in Steyn M. & Van Zyl M. (eds). The Prize and the Price: Shaping Sexualities in South Africa. Cape Town, HSRC Press. Free Downloadable Documents

 

A gender analysis of national poverty reduction strategies

Bennett, J. 2009. A gender analysis of national poverty reduction strategies. Agenda, 81: 48-63.

 

Policies and sexual harassment in higher education:Two steps forward and three steps somewhere else

Bennett, J. 2009. Policies and sexual harassment in higher education: Two steps forward and three steps somewhere else. Agenda 80: 7-21.

 

Keeping our Heads but losing our hearts: some current sexualities and gender debates in South Africa

Bennett, J. 2009. Keeping our Heads but losing our hearts: some current sexualities and gender debates in South Africa. East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights 15(1): 110-127.

 

Researching the Pedagogies of Sexualities in South African Higher Education

Bennett, J. 2009. Researching the Pedagogies of Sexualities in South African Higher Education. International Journal of Sexual Health 21(4): 239-252.

 

Porcupine

Bennett, J. 2008. Porcupine. Cape Town, Kwela Books.

 

Researching for life: paradigms and power

Bennett, J. 2008. Researching for life: paradigms and power. Feminist Africa, 11: 1-12. Read Article

 

Dislocation, displacement, determination: the politics of family under seige

Bennett, J., Ncanyana, T. and Maharaj, I. 2008. Dislocation, displacement, determination: the politics of family under seige. Agenda, 76: 18-30.

 

Akuko ntaka inokubhabha ngephiko elinye (No bird can fly on one wing): the 'cattle-killing delusion' and black intellectuals

Bradford, H. 2008. Akuko ntaka inokubhabha ngephiko elinye (No bird can fly on one wing): the 'cattle-killing delusion' and black intellectuals, c1840-1910. African Studies 67(2): 209-232.

 

Security sector reform in Africa: a lost opportunity to deconstruct militarised masculinities?

Clarke, Y. 2008. Security sector reform in Africa: a lost opportunity to deconstruct militarised masculinities. Feminist Africa 10: 49-66. Read Article

 

Militarism, Conflict and Women's Activism

Mama, C.A. and Okazawa-Rey, M. 2008. Editorial: Militarism, Conflict and Women's Activism. Feminist Africa 10: 1-8. Read Article

 

'Free Zones' - South African feminist engagement with gender-based violence in the 20 years of Agenda's life

Bennett, J. 2007. 'Free Zones' - South African feminist engagement with gender-based violence in the 20 years of Agenda's life. Agenda, 72: 50-62.

 

'Feeling the disconnect': Teaching sexualities and gender in South African higher education

Bennett, J. & Reddy, V. 2007. Feeling the disconnect: Teaching sexualities and gender in South African higher education. Feminist Africa 9: 43- 62. Read Article

 

"Gender is over": Researching the implementation of sexual harassment policies in southern African higher education

Bennett, J., Gouws, A., Kritzinger, A., Hames, M. and Tidimane, C. 2007. "Gender is over": Researching the implementation of sexual harassment policies in southern African higher education. Feminist Africa 8: 83-104. Read Article

 

Is it ethical to study Africa? Preliminary thoughts on scholarship and freedom

Mama, C.A. 2007. Is it ethical to study Africa? Preliminary thoughts on scholarship and freedom. African Studies Review 50: 1-26.

 

Gendered citizenship, race and women's differentiated access to power in the new South Africa

Salo, E. 2007. Gendered citizenship, race and women's differentiated access to power in the new South Africa. Agenda 72: 187-196.

 

Women in South African History

Bradford, H. 2007. 'Not a Nongqawuse story: An anti-heroine in historical perspective.' (p43- 89) in Gaza, N.  (ed.), Women in South African History. Cape Town, HSRC Press. Downloadable Documents

 
 

Critical connections: Feminist studies in African contexts

Mama, C. A. 2007. 'Critical connections: Feminist Studies in African contexts,' (p150- 160) in Cornwall, A., Whitehead, A. & Harrison, E. (eds). Feminisms in Development. Contradictions, Contestations and Challenges in Development. London, Zed Books

 

Social construction of masculinity on the racial and gendered margins of Cape Town

Salo, E. 2007. 'Social construction of masculinity on the racial and gendered margins of Cape Town,' in T. Shefer, K. Ratele, A. Strebel, N. Shabalala & R. Buikema (eds), From Boys to Men. Social Constructions of Masculinity in Contemporary Society. Cape Town, UCT Press.

 

Mans is ma soe: Ganging practises in Manenberg, South Africa, and the ideologies of masculinity, gender, and generational relations

Salo, E. 2006. 'Mans is ma soe: Ganging practises in Manenberg, South Africa and the ideologies of masculinity, gender, and generational relations,' (p148- 178) in Bay, E.  & Donham, D.  (eds), States of violence: politics, youth, and memory in contemporary Africa. USA, University of Virginia Press.

 

Rejecting roses: Introductory notes on pedagogies and sexualities

Bennett, J. 2006. Rejecting roses: Introductory notes on pedagogies and sexualities. Agenda, 67: 68-79

 

Treating one another like human beings: South African engendering within the semantics of current feminist discourse

Bennett, J. 2006. Treating one another like human beings: South African engendering within the semantics of current feminist discourse. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 24(4): 425-435

 

'These women, they force us to rape them': Rape as narrative of social control in post Apartheid South Africa

Moffett, H. 2006. 'These women, they force us to rape them' : Rape as narrative of social control in post Apartheid South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies, 32(1): 129-144

 

Killing a Virus With Stones? Research on the Implementation of Policies Against Sexual Harassement in Southern African Higher Education

Bennett. J, Beja. N, Gouws. A, Hames. M, Kgosimmele. T, Kritzinger. A, Mosarwe. B, Tidimmane. C, Wenhold. M. 2005. Killing a Virus With Stones? Research on the Implementation of Policies Against Sexual Harassement in Southern African Higher Education. Download Book

 

External Research & Publications

Community Training Manuals

* These manuals can also be found on the Wits School of Public Health website

 

Queer African Reader- Edited by Sokari Ekine, Hakima Abbas

As increasing homophobia and transphobia across Africa threatens to silence the voices of African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people, the Queer African Reader brings together a collection of writings, analysis and artistic works that engage with the struggle for LGBTI liberation and inform sexual orientation and gender variance. READ MORE.

 

EROTICS: Sex, rights and the internet (an exploratory study)

This breakthrough study carried out in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa & USA looks at how the internet plays host to critical information about sex education, health, fighting sex discrimination and defining one’s own sexuality. It debunks the commonly-held view that sexuality online is just about pornography. The primary research goal was to respond to the question: How may emerging debates and the growing practice of online content regulation either impede or facilitate the different ways women use the internet and the impact on their sexual expression, sexualities and sexual health practices, and the assertion of their sexual rights? Read MORE.

 

African Women and ICTs: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

African Women and ICTs explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize ICTs to facilitate their empowerment; whether through the mobile village phone business, through internet use, or through new career and ICT employment opportunities. Based on the outcome of an extensive research project, this timely book features chapters based on original primary field research undertaken by academics and activists who have investigated situations within their own communities and countries. The discussion includes such issues as the notion of ICTs for empowerment and as agents of change, ICTs in the fight against gender-based violence, and how ICTs could be used to reconceptualize public and private spaces. Read MORE.
 

 

Mapping and privacy: Interview with Privacy International's Gus Hosein

GenderIT.org's writer, Sonia Randhawa spoke with senior fellow at Privacy International, Gus Hosein about how mobile devices and their ability to map our movements are intruding on personal privacy and individual autonomy. Read MORE.

 
 

African Sexualities: A Reader by Sylvia Tamale

This groundbreaking volume, the first of its kind written by African activists themselves, aims to inspire a new generation of students and teachers to study, reflect and gain fresh and critical insights into the complex issues of gender and sexuality.

 

Confronting Female Genital Mutilation: The Role of Youth and ICTs in Changing Africa by Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla & Joëlle Palmieri

In this age of the internet, the task of abolishing FGM in Africa and constructing a tradition worthy of being passed on must include young people – whose way of living in this world is by being connected, by moving to and fro between the local and the global.

 

 

Student Research & Publications

Kezia Batisai

Kezia Batisai
2013
PhD Research: Body politics: An illumination of the landscape of sexuality and nationhood? Re-seeing Zimbabwe through elderly women’s representations of their sexual and gendered lives
ABSTRACT available
Supervisor: A/Prof Jane Bennett
 

'Embodying the Learning Space: Is it okay if I bring my sexuality to class?'

Hames, M. 2012. 'Embodying the Learning Space: Is it okay if I bring my sexuality to class?', Feminist Africa 17: 62 - 81. Read Article

 

“Won’t nobody even try to reach her mind…”

Sopitshi, A. 2012. “Won’t nobody even try to reach her mind…” Feminist Africa 17: 129 - 132. Read Article

 

Women and Security Governance in Africa

Okech, A. & Olonisakin, F. (eds). 2011. Women and Security Governance in Africa. Cape Town, Pambazuka Press.

Book reviewed by Yaliwe Clarke in Feminist Africa 15 - Legal Voice: Special Issue

 

Okech, Awino

Okech, Awino PhD Research. Building nations: discourses on widow inheritance amongst the Luo of Kenya Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Ramtohul, Ramola

Ramtohul, Ramola 2009 PhD Research: Women and Politics in a plural society: the case of Mauritius ABSTRACT available Supervisors: Prof. Amina Mama, Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Shackelton, Lesley

Shackelton, Lesley 2007 PhD Research: Negotiating institutional transformation: a case of gender-based change in a South African university ASTRACT available Supervisors: Prof. Amina Mama, A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Ismail, Salma

Ismail, Salma
2006
PhD Research: ‘A poor women’s pedagogy’: an exploration of learning in a housing social movement
ABSTRACT available
Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama

 

Sengendo, May Christine

Sengendo, May Christine 2006 PhD Research: Hidden power: gender relations in export-oriented tasks and access to resources for Uganda's horticulture sector ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Muhanguzi, Florence Kyoheirwe

Muhanguzi, Florence Kyoheirwe 2005 PhD Research: Exploring gender dynamics in sexuality education in Uganda's secondary schools ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Engh, Mari Haugaa

Engh, Mari Haugaa
2010
Masters Research: Football, femininity and muscle: an exploration of heteronormative and athletic discourses in the lives of elite-level women footballers in South Africa
ABSTRACT available
Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett

 

Matshaka, Netsai Sarah

Matshaka, Netsai Sarah 2010 Masters Research: Negotiating the periphery urban space: Zimbabwean migrant women in Cape Town ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Dr. Sophie Oldfield
 

Moll, Tessa

Moll, Tessa 2010 Masters Research: Bodies across borders: embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Scott, Jessica

Scott, Jessica 2010 Masters Research: Just a piece of paper?: lesbian experiences of marriage through the Civil Union Act in South Africa ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Kinoti, Patricia

Kinoti, Patricia 2009 Masters Research: "All the world's a stage": ‘gendered performativities of ‘transitional’ masculinities within a South African female-to male (FTM) transsexual context’ ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Monte, Loredana

Monte, Loredana 2009 Masters Research: Discourses of gendered vulnerability in the context of HIV/AIDS : an analysis of the 16 days of activism againgst women abuse campaign 2007 in Khayelitsha, South Africa ABSTRACT available Supervisors: A/Prof. Jane Bennett, Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Bardill, Lindiwe

Bardill, Lindiwe 2008 Masters Research: Feminisation and Outsourced Work: A case study of the meaning of 'transformation' through the lived experience of non-core work at the University of Cape Town ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Davids, Bianca

Davids, Bianca 2008 Masters Research: Somewhere there's a silver lining: women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Cox, Phyllida

Cox, Phyllida 2007 Masters Research: A feminist anthropology of barriers to implementing the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOP) ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Dosekun, Simidele

Dosekun, Simidele 2007 Masters Research: Constructing rape, imagining self: discourses of rape and gender subjectivity in South Africa ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Eriksson, Asa

Eriksson, Asa 2007 Empowering women activists: creating a monster: the contentious politics of gender within social justice activism ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Haanyama, Mazuba

Haanyama, Mazuba 2007 Masters Research: Untangling the knots: understanding the hair politics of black femininity in a post-Apartheid context Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Salo
 

McLaren, Mary Gugu Tizita

McLaren, Mary Gugu Tizita 2007 Masters Research: Dancing with dangerous desires: the performance of femininity and experiences of pleasure and danger by young black women within club spaces ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Mupotsa, Danai S

Mupotsa, Danai S 2007 Masters Research: Gugule-tois, it's the place to be! : On bodies, sex respectability and social reproduction: women' s experiences of youth on Cape Town's periphery Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Salo
 

Okech, Awino E

Okech, Awino E 2007 Masters Research: She is also playing; she is also wearing the mask that I am wearing: investigating the gendered dynamics of implementing a forum theatre project for young women in Manenberg' ABSTRACT available Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Tonge Akwo, Ida

Tonge Akwo, Ida 2007 Masters Research: The role of non governmental organisations in fostering women's economic empowerment and development in Cameroon: the case study of the Mbonweh Women's Development Association ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Kimonyo, Augustin

Kimonyo, Augustin 2005 Masters Research: National gender policy for Rwanda : a case study of institutional response to policy recommendations on women in science and technology ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Watson, Joy

Watson, Joy 2005 Masters Research: Feminism in the City: A study of the participation of women in the planning processes of public bureaucracies, using the City of Cape Town as a case study ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Essof, Shereen

Essof, Shereen 2003 Masters Research: The Zimbabwean Women's Movement, 1995-2000 ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Seedat, Fatima

Seedat, Fatima 2003 Masters Research: Women and activism: Indian Muslim women's responses to apartheid South Africa ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Templeton, Laura

Templeton, Laura 2003 Lovelife: Productions and re-productions of gender constructs and HIV/AIDS discourses and the subsequent impact on target audiences ABSTRACT available Supervisors: Prof. Amina Mama, A/Prof Jane Bennett
 

Carter, Rachel

Carter, Rachel 2002 Masters Research: The Domestic Violence Act (116 of 1998) : increased safety for women experiencing domestic violence in South Africa? ABSTRACT available Supervisor: Prof. Amina Mama
 

Knowles, Alia Karraz

Knowles, Alia Karraz 2002 Masters Research: Mapping the subject: exploration of identity construction through autobiographical reflection Supervisor: A/Prof. Jane Bennett
 

Political power and decision-making in the aftermath of Nairobi: The case of Mauritius

Ramtohul, R. 2006. Political power and decision-making in the aftermath of Nairobi: The case of Mauritius. Agenda, 69: 14-25.
 

Trade liberalisation and feminisation of poverty: The Mauritian scenario

Ramtohul, R. 2009. Trade liberalisation and feminisation of poverty: The Mauritian scenario. Agenda: 78: 55-67.
 

"Marobot neMawaya": Traffic Lights and Wire: Crafting Zimbabwean Migrant Masculinities in Cape Town

Matshaka, N. 2009. "Marobot neMawaya": Traffic Lights and Wire: Crafting Zimbabwean Migrant Masculinities in Cape Town. Feminist Africa, 13: 65-85.