ISBN 9781920590499
Pages 76
Dimensions 280 x 210mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2014
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Reclaiming Afrikan

Queer Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Indentities

edited by Zethu Matabeni

Reclaiming Afrikan: queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities is a collaboration and collection of art, photography and critical essays interrogating the meanings and everyday practices of queer life in Africa today. In Reclaiming Afrikan authors, activists and artists from Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa offer fresh perspectives on queer life; how gender and sexuality can be understood in Africa as ways of reclaiming identities in the continent. Africa is known to be harsh towards people with non-conforming genders and sexual identities. It is within this framework that Reclaiming Afrikan exists to respond to such violations and to offer alternative ways of thinking and being in the continent.

The book appropriates 'Afrika' and 'queer' to affirm sexual identities that are ordinarily shamed and violated by prejudice and hatred. The use of 'k' in Afrika signals an appropriation of an identity and belonging that is always detached from a 'queer' person. 'queer' in this book is understood as an inquiry into the present, as a critical space that pushes the boundaries of what is embraced as normative. The artists and authors included in this text are 'queer' themselves and occupy spaces that speak back to hegemony. For many, this position challenges various norms on gender, sexuality, and existence and offers a subversive way of being.

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About the Editor

Zethu Matabeni

ZETHU MATEBENI is a Researcher at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town. She has worked for many years on issues of sexuality and gender, in particular within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement in South Africa and currently Swaziland. Zethu is an activist, academic and documentary filmmaker who has published on queer issues, gender nonconformity, lesbian issues, popular culture, HIV/ AIDS and sexual identities.