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UNH Lecture Highlights Gender in Africa

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau

February 27, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. Ifi Amadiume, professor of religion at Dartmouth College, will discuss "Culture and Religious Traditions of Gender and Development in Africa: Gendering Civil Society and the State" Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at the University of New Hampshire as part of the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building Theatre II. It is free and open to the public.

Amadiume's presentation will reconsider cultural and religious traditions of gender roles in some societies in Africa from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on the question: how can we understand and resolve the tensions between empowering traditional women's cultures and Goddess world views that are constructed by women in Africa and disempowering post-colonialist institutions and cultures imposed on women and girls through state agencies? She also will consider the implications of all this for women's struggle for political power in the West.

Amadiume teaches courses on indigenous religions of Africa and on women in African religions. She has published four books that focus on gender analysis in the West African context, the most recent of which is "Daughters of the Goddess, Daughters of Imperialism" (2000). Her book "Male Daughters, Female Husbands" won the Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th century award this year, and was one of only 10 books cited in the scholarship category.

For more information, contact Jennifer Beard at jennifer.beard@unh.edu or (603) 862-4356.

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