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August 2020

Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the Malawi Congress Party, and Zimbabwean Nationalist (Dis)Unity, 1958 – 63

24 August 2020, 18:00 - 20:00
British Institute in Eastern Africa Nairobi, Kenya + Google Map

Abstract: Malawi, under the leadership of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, was notorious for its cosy relations with southern Africa’s ‘Unholy Alliance’ of white settler states: Apartheid South Africa, imperial Portugal, and rebellious Rhodesia.  However, in the period immediately before Malawi’s independence in 1964, Banda’s Nyasaland African Congress and Malawi Congress Party played a prominent, yet antithetical role in Zimbabwe’s nationalist movement.  This talk tracks the inspirational role that Banda initially played in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle in the late 1950s and focuses…

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September 2020

Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Representations and Imaginations

8 September 2020, 19:00 - 21:00

Religion in general, and Christianity in particular, are often associated with a conservative politics, especially in relation to issues of gender and sexuality. However, as Achille Mbembe has stated, ‘struggle as a praxis of liberation has always drawn part of its imaginary resources from Christianity’. Hence, in this talk I focus on the struggle for queer life, and how LGBTQ activists in Kenya engage Christianity as a creative and imaginary site. Using my recent documentary film Kenyan, Christian, Queer as…

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QUEER OBJECTS: Plastics, Intimate Citizenship, and the Rush to Rescue

17 September 2020, 19:00 - 21:00
British Institute in Eastern Africa Nairobi, Kenya + Google Map

In recent years, struggles over sexuality, intimacy, and citizenship have involved discursive incitements to moral rescue—calls to save intimacy from the corrupting forces of globalization and to secure it as a condition for the nation’s vitality and futurity. Such rehabilitation efforts—what M. Jacqui Alexander calls “heteropatriarchal recolonization”—have focused, among other things, on homosexuality, sex education, women’s dress, sex work, and sex tourism. But they have also focused on other, unexpected objects, less readily recognizable as tied to intimacy as such.…

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