Positions and Positioning: Women in South Africa and Feminist Thought

Datum / Uhrzeit:
23.05.18   /  12:30 - 14:00

Universität, Anglistik V

Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf



Universität, Anglistik V
Positions and Positioning: Women in South Africa and Feminist Thought
Dr. Mandisa Mbali (University of Cape Town)

In South Africa, the women s movement has been deeply fractured by racial divisions. In the post-apartheid era, motherhood has remained an important site of black feminist struggle. Mandisa Mbali will give a short contextual overview and then address literary fiction and AIDS activism, two fields in which black women s voices trouble patriarchal notions of motherhood and acknowledge the inequitable work of motherhood : Sindiwe Magona s novel Mother to Mother contains reflections on dominant normative concepts of motherhood as silencing in relation to the structural inequalities which shape black women s lives. Similarly, black feminist AIDS activists have recently come to critique idealised woman-as-mother approaches to preventive advocacy, according to which HIV-positive women bore the sole symbolic burden of being stigmatised as disease vectors, only valued in terms of the extent to which they could have healthy babies. Literature and activism can project a more comprehensive, in the best case policy-shaping understanding of women s sexuality and role.


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