Hegemonies of Knowledge Production on African Women and Gender: Whose Histories Matter with Dr. Nwando Achebe

In “Hegemonies of Knowledge Production on African Women and Gender,” Nwando Achebe details her personal journey to becoming an Africanist and gender historian. Along the way she considers questions relating to the ownership and production of Africanist knowledge--“whose histories matter?” “whose histories are celebrated?” “whose histories are published?”; while highlighting several influential interpretive voices which have shaped and produced a problematic and Eurocentric canon. These voices have variously worked to interrupt and/or disrupt true understanding and knowing African women and gender. Nwando Achebe ends her lecture by offering up her own African- and gender-centered intervention into existing discourse and production of history.

NWANDO ACHEBE, the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History, and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Social Science, is a multi-award-winning historian at Michigan State University. She is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History, and co-director of the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation. Achebe received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2000. In 1996 and 1998, she served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria. Achebe is the author of six books.

Center for “Race” Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series Program
Aiming at fostering engagement on campus with scholarship and writing on Africa, produced by African scholars, the Center features one visit to campus of a scholar and writer from Africa each year: https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/race-culture-social-justice/african-scholars-writers-series.html

The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, established at Hofstra University in January 2017, works to promote diversity, inclusiveness and cultural awareness on campus, and features several distinctive research and scholarly programs throughout the academic year.


Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

LocationZoom link (no RSVP necessary)https://hofstra.zoom.us/j/93407234379?pwd=TE41SUhqOWRvTEJrWVJHZDhab01vZz09


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