ISBN 9789956554720
Pages 262
Dimensions 229x152 mm
Published 2024
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Accidental Queer

and other essays around critical masculinity studies in Southern Africa and Canada

by Marc Epprecht

Since the 1990s Marc Epprecht has helped lay the groundwork for critical masculinity and African queer studies with such publications as the award-winning Hungochani: The History of a Dissident Sexuality in Southern Africa. Here he steps outside of the academic comfort zone with a mix of story-telling and reflection on his personal experiences, motivations, and methodological and ethical challenges through research and teaching on diverse topics encountered along the way: African women's history, homosexuality /homophobia, environmental history, HIV / AIDS, human rights, and tourism. A central concern is to understand how masculinities have been constructed and contested within disordered gender, race, class and other relations, and to wonder how the many associated harms might be fruitfully addressed at this moment of multiple existential crises. Understanding today's "hegemonic masculinity" as an artefact of colonialism and racial capitalism that is tenaciously reproduced through the fantasy of endless economic growth, he invites men to constructively engage with African feminism, decolonization and degrowth theory.

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About the Author

Marc Epprecht

Marc Epprecht is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University. Gender, sexuality and human rights have been a strong theme in his work but increasingly he has focused on the imperatives of transition to environmentally just societies in Africa and globally. Marc has won numerous awards for his work, including the DESMOND TUTU AWARD for outstanding contributions to the study of gender and sexuality in Africa (2009) and, with editorial team, DARTMOUTH MEDAL for most outstanding reference work for Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2020). Marc has been a Lecturer or Visiting Research Fellow at the U. of Zimbabwe, National University of Lesotho, U. of Basel, and the UKZN. He is currently a research affiliate with the History Workshop at Wits University in Johannesburg. Marc was a member of the 1980 Canadian Olympics gymnastics team and York University Athlete of the Year.