Poetics: Queer Recesses of the Heart and the Spirit of Intimacy Within the African Household with Dr. S.N. Nyeck

Africa and her disaspora need preeminent queer actors influencing the present, future trajectories and strategies against global racism. It is further submitted that the personal is not just political, it is primarily spiritual.

This talk considers Audre Lorde’s poetics alongside her early political involvement in Africa’s liberation in the context of Negritude.

Dr. Nyeck’s exploration of poetry as a spiritual practice of the queered self blurs the boundaries between religion and politics in order to offer an integral account of gender diversity within the African household.

Dr. Nyeck writes about public procurement and governance reform in Africa from historical and contemporary perspectives. In 2015, she co-edited with Orly Benjamin, the first international special journal issue on gender, women and government outsourcing in comparative perspectives. Her publications includes Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship co-edited with Marc Epprecht (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2013); Public Procurement and Governance Reform in Africa (Palgrave, 2016); Routledge Handbook of Queer Africa Studies (2019) and her book Queer Africana Presence: Ethics and Politics of Negotiation (Palgrave-Macmillan) is expected in 2021.


Dr. Nyeck is a Visiting Scholar at the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory School of Law, Emory University in the United States; the book review Editor for the Journal of Africana Religion; a former Fellow with Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies in Germany, and a Board member of the West African Research Association headquartered at Boston University. In bridging academia to the policy world, Dr. Nyeck is often solicited as a consultant for NGOs, multilateral financial organizations and international organizations for her expertise in identity politics, gender and public procurement reform. Her research, Vulnerability and Public Procurement in West Africa, co-funded by the University of Ghana and the Federal Republic of Germany will be launched in 2021.


Register for Zoom Link at www.tinyurl.com/AfricanaLGBTQ2021

Presented by Africana Studies at Hofstra University and LGBTQ+ Studies at Hofstra


Monday, March 08, 2021



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