Universität Wien FIND

143108 SE Seminar Feminist Africa (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Das Seminar ist zweiwöchentlich geblockt und wird digital durchgeführt. Die Seminareinheiten finden auf Moodle via Zoom zu den regulären Lehrveranstaltungszeiten statt.

Friday 08.10. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 22.10. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 05.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 19.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 03.12. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 17.12. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 14.01. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Feminist thought in Africa is as diverse as the continent itself. What many approaches and analyses have in common is that they combine a critique of patriarchy and the struggle for gender justice with the pursuit of fundamental social transformation that includes other factors of oppression. These include inequalities based on 'race', class, ethnicity and religion, and old and new forms of colonization.
The aim of this seminar is an in-depth examination of feminist trends, debates and concepts in African contexts. It will be based on texts from literature, philosophy, gender studies, literary and cultural studies, which will be discussed and presented in six blocks according to thematic areas of focus.
We will address the following topics based on selected authors and texts:
- Afrofeminist concepts and critique of "Western" feminism.
- Coloniality of Gender
- Gender and development
- Positions on sexuality and desire
- Queer lives, analyses and responses to (post)colonial heteronormativity
- Feminist perspectives on and in religion
In addition to the teaching of basic knowledge by the seminar leader through lectures and powerpoints, important positions will be elaborated in the context of the analysis of texts. The aim of this text analysis is to get to know basic positions, to apply and practice methods of text analysis or interpretation and to deal with a concept in depth. The seminar is a consolidation of the contents of the lecture "Feminist Africa" from the winter semester 2020/21, but can also be attended independently.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Participation in at least 6 of 7 block sessions
- Preparatory reading of one text for each session and participation in the discussion
- Group presentation on one text
- Writing a summary of the presentation text. Deadline: on the day of the presentation.
- Seminar paper on a text or topic. Length: 6,000 - 8,000 words (15-20 pages). Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirement for a positive assessment is the writing of a seminar paper and the completion of partial work during the semester. Attendance is compulsory; an unexcused absence from one of the total seven blocks is permitted. Each partial performance is evaluated independently. The seminar paper is 70% of the course grade, the partial performances (participation, presentation and written summary of one research article) a total of 30%.

Examination topics

See "Art der Leistungskontrolle"

Reading list

The book "Feministische Theorie aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika" by Anke Graneß, Martina Kopf and Magdalena Kraus (Vienna: facultas 2019) is recommended as an introduction and companion to the seminar.
Further literature will be announced at the beginning of the semester. In addition, independent literature research is expected for the writing of the seminar paper.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Tu 01.03.2022 10:48