“Gender, Sexuality, and Leisure in Africa” Symposium

February 24, 2017
8:30 amto5:00 pm

Knight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

The symposium will bring together a group of multi-disciplinary scholars who work on different regions of Africa to present works-in-progress for an edited volume focused on issues of leisure and expressive culture in the everyday lives of women and men in Africa and the Diaspora. The symposium will consist of two concurrent morning and afternoon panels. Speakers’ topics include: festival and celebrations; sports and games; love, dating, and relationships; and media and creative arts.


  • Joseph Ayodokun (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Issahaku Adam (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Emily Callaci (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
  • Martha Bannikov (University of Oregon)
  • John Fenn (US Library of Congress)
  • Joshua Grace (University of South Carolina)
  • Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme (Univesity of Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Prince F. M. Lamba (Department of Arts and Culture, Zambia)
  • Bill McCoy (Eastern Nazarene College)
  • Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué (Baylor University)
  • Kundai Moyo (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Malawi)
  • Erin Nourse (Regis University)
  • Alex Otieno (Arcadia University)
  • Alex Perullo (Bryant University)
  • Steven Van Wolputte (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Scott M. Youngstedt (Saginaw Valley State University)


  • Kemi Balogun, Assistant Professor, Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology
  • Lisa Gilman, Associate Professor, Department of English and Folklore Program
  • Melissa Graboyes, Assistant Professor, Clark Honors College
  • Habib Iddrisu, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology and Dance

This symposium is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society through its “Gender in Africa and the African Diaspora” (GAAD) research interest group.