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Critical African Studies


The Politics of Homosexuality in Africa

ince the recent ratification of anti-homosexuality bills in Nigeria and Uganda, much attention has been focused upon the politics of
homosexuality in postcolonial Africa. Framed predominantly within an analysis that privileges the relationship between religion and
politics, this debate has emphasised the role of global Pentecostalism in the purchase gained by anti-homosexuality rhetoric across
much of the continent. Whilst the presence and reach of Pentecostal churches, both foreign and local, has undeniably played an important
role, we argue that a closer and more historically grounded look at current debates on homosexuality in postcolonial public spheres will
reveal a more complex and nuanced array of reasons beyond the obvious liaison between politics and religion.
Pushing beyond existing debates, we want to explore how draconian legislation, homophobic violence and heated public debates on
homosexuality should be seen as part of a postcolonial (re)-emergence and (re)-articulation of past and novel discourses on African
independence and nation-building, citizenship and minority rights, morality, and the place and recognition of Africa, and Africans, in the
world. As in the past, we suggest, such discourses take gendered identities and sexualities as the constitutive framework for the unfinished
process of postcolonial nation-building; for how to imagine the nation and its citizenry, past, present and future, in relation to Africa as a
distinctive cultural and historical space, and the rest of the world. It is to this complex interplay between nation building, citizenship and
the wider politics of gender and sexuality characterising the everyday lives of ordinary African citizens that this volume seeks to respond.
We invite original contributions that address the complex politics of homosexuality in Africa in historical, social and cultural perspectives.
In particular we welcome submissions relating to the following themes, although this list is by no means exhaustive:
Homosexuality, Citizenship and Nation-Building
Gendered Identities, Sexualities and the moral public sphere
Sexuality, Gender and the making of African Independences
Religion, Politics and Nation-Building
Articles should be 8,000-12,000 words in length. Please follow the instructions for authors, style guidelines and submission procedure as
stated on the journal homepage on the Taylor & Francis website: The deadline for full papers is
31st October 2015.
Please contact the editors in advance to indicate your intention to submit, to discuss your article proposal or if you have any queries:
Dr Mattia Fumanti

About Critical African Studies:

Critical African Studies seeks to return Africanist scholarship to the heart of theoretical innovation
within each of its constituent disciplines. We invite directional papers that provoke critical debate, and
take a fresh approach to key and emergent social, political and economic issues affecting Africa.
In particular, we encourage pieces of critical inquiry that question or subvert long-held or
widely-assumed truths, especially concerning disciplinary boundaries.