IF you pay (too much) attention to African voices on facebook, you become aware of the nagging fear of disorder: anarchy is being unleashed in Egypt, some say; a "revolution" is all well and good, others say, but it needs a "plan." "Change” is a fine sentiment, but where is the "strategy for going forward?" … Continue reading Notes on Africa: Facebook, Egypt, Tunisia, and “the rest of us”
Month: January 2011
News arrives from a dear friend that David Kato, a Ugandan activist outed by Uganda's homophobic Rolling Stone has been beaten to death. I did not know David, but our networks intersect. Most recently, David was one of three Ugandans who successfully sued Rolling Stone and forced it to shut down its hateful operations. * … Continue reading Queer Africa: Mourning David Kato
Consider the following: Taken from an archive file dated 9th May 1912, it cultivates multiple desires. For some of us, a desire that these two found comfort with each other, no matter its form; for others, a desire that these two were “gay,” forerunners of some kind; for others, a desire to relocate them from … Continue reading Queer Africa: The Problem of Evidence
In primary school, I was always puzzled by students who claimed their parents (usually fathers) were in “business.” “Business” had a self-explanatory power that remained mysterious. In contrast, I knew my father was an OB/GYN: I visited him at work, I flipped through his medical books, and while I could not have explained what he … Continue reading Making Academic Labor Public
Introduction I have been reluctant to write something on “queer Africa,” even though that phrase recurs on this blog and in my scholarly work. The “essay” that tries to “map the field,” so to speak, was planted a while ago, germinated, and then stagnated, “waiting for the rains”: an occasion, a provocation, an intention, a … Continue reading Queer Africa: Pre-Writing, Writing, Re-Writing
It's a good question. Should professors demand more? And will doing so make students learn more? One take from The Chronicle of Higher Ed: The study makes clear that there are two kinds of college students in America. A minority of them start with a good high-school education and attend colleges that challenge them with … Continue reading Are Students Learning?
A comment from The Chronicle of Higher Education on the “state” of English: Post-colonial studies, transnationalism, postmodernism and poststructuralism have taken hold as the dominant foci of English faculty. It is not enough that these scholars refuse to read the literature of historians, anthropologists sociologists and the like, they also refuse to teach basic literature … Continue reading English: A Long View