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Title:Rethinking universities I
Editors:Mama, AminaISNI
Barnes, TeresaISNI
Tsikata, DzodziISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Feminist Africa (ISSN 1726-460X)
Issue:8
Pages:131
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Botswana
Ghana
Nigeria
South Africa
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Subjects:gender inequality
higher education
universities
Link:http://www.agi.ac.za/agi/feminist-africa/08/
Abstract:Beyond the quantitative gender inequalities in African higher education lie the institutional dynamics and processes that produce them. Two issues of 'Feminist Africa' focus on this domain. This first issue sets out to rethink universities from the inside out. Four of the features report the findings of the Gender and Institutional Culture research project, which carried out in-depth investigations of the dynamics of gender in specific aspects of the institutional cultures of five leading public universities in Africa. Teresa Barnes sets the scene with an overview of the field that informed the case studies. Three are included in the present issue. The first details the daily lives of academics under excruciating economic circumstances at the University of Zimbabwe (Rudo Gaidzanwa), the second looks at gender dynamics in the academic careers of two generations of faculty on the Legon campus at the University of Ghana (Dzodzi Tsikata) and the third discusses the gender and class dynamics of student cultures in the residence halls and religious associations at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Abiola Odejide). A subsequent article by Jane Bennett, Amanda Gouws, Andrienetta Kritzinger, Mary Hames and Chris Tidimane reports on the implementation of sexual harassment policies in southern African higher education between 2004 and 2006. All the articles highlight the daily subaltern dynamics of sexuality and power that so often undermine women in academic institutions, and provide testimony to the tenacity and persistence of those who struggle and work to bring about change. The challenges of bringing about change are also revisited in two profiles of activist work in gender and health at the University of Cape Town (Simidele Dosekun) and at Makerere University in Uganda (Edith Okiria). 'In Conversation' features Fay Chung, a Zimbabwean educator who has spent her adult life trying to uproot the inequalities entrenched in Africa's received models of education. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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