Sylvia Tamale - 11/2/11

Who We Are

Who We Are

Sylvia TamaleSylvia Tamale, Associate Professor of Law, Makerere University, Uganda

Associate Professor Faculty of Law, Makerere University and Advocate of the Courts of Judicature in Uganda. Currently teaching "Gender & the Law" and "Social Research Methods". Other subjects taught in the past include Law of Contracts, Bankruptcy, Insurance and Banking. Dr. Tamale's research interests include Third World women and the law; Feminist legal theory and method; Gender and Sexuality; Law and the ideology of race and class; and social movements. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town and a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin.

"Standing, Sitting and Sleeping: Unveiling the Politics of Sexuality in Africa"

Nelson Mandela has often repeated the old maxim: "Where you stand depends on where you sit." This simple but poignant statement attests to the fact that the views and attitudes that people hold regarding sexuality, the powers that they wield in the name of culture, morality and religion and the control they exercise over the sexuality of others, all have a direct bearing on their social and political standing. Indeed, as the last bastion of gender inequality and exclusion, sexuality has become a metaphor for dictatorship in Africa and elsewhere. Against the backdrop of a critical surfacing of some of the key issues affecting the issue of sexuality, my lecture seeks to offer some reflections on the manner in which governance questions in Africa today are intricately related to sexuality. In particular the intensive scrutiny, regulation and control of non-conforming sexualities and gender identities reflect both a deep historical connection to colonial structures of governance and marginalization, and to more contemporary attempts to control the body. In this way, sexuality is deployed as a tool for perpetuating patriarchy, inequality, injustice and the process of othering.

Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room 1
6:00-7:30 p.m.