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African Studies Assoc Meeting - Washington D.C

September 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm


2011 ASA Abiola Lecture & Luncheon
Sylvia Tamale
**Lecture & Lunch $20**
**Saturday, November 19, 2011, 12:30-2:00 PM**


The ASA Board of Directors and the Women’s Caucus invite you to join us for lunch to hear the 2011 Abiola Lecturer, Sylvia Tamale 

“Whose Democracy Are We Talking About?  Non-Conforming Sexualities as a
Metaphor for African Dictatorships” 

This year, the ASA Board and the ASA Women’s Caucus have worked together to identify an African woman speaker who could stimulate dialogue and discussion within ASA on human rights, gender concerns, gay rights and scholar-activist engagement.  Our speaker, Professor Sylvia Tamale, is a leading African feminist lawyer and scholar based in Kampala, Uganda. Professor Tamale holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. 

She is the former Dean of Law at Makerere University and has been a visiting professor at several academic institutions around the world. In 2006, she founded the Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Project at Makerere University. Her numerous publications include: When Hens Begin to Crow:  Gender and Parliamentary Politics in Uganda (1999); Homosexuality: Perspectives from Uganda (2007) and her recent book, African Sexualities: A Reader(2011). She has won several awards for defending the human rights of marginalized groups such as women, sexual minorities, people living with HIV/AIDS and refugees.


To continue the theme, identified panels and roundtables relevant to this year’s Abiola lecture will be shared in program packets and in advance via the Women’s Caucus listserv. This is a perfect mentoring opportunity, so invite your graduate students and junior faculty to share a table and learn more about the Women’s Caucus! Click here for more information. 

Tickets to the Abiola Lecture and Lunch are $20 and must be purchased in advance on the ASA website by clicking here

The Women’s Caucus will hold an auction/raffle to support its projects.  Membership forms to join the Caucus will be available.  

Space for the Abiola Luncheon and Lecture is limited so get your tickets while they last!