IN CONVERSATION: THE POLITICS OF SEX/THE SEX OF POLITICS
Dr Christi van der Westhuizen and Dr Zethu Matebeni
How is space in South Africa’s democracy being carved by and for women and men who do not conform to gender ideas inherited from apartheid? Dr Christi van der Westhuizen, feminist, author, award-winning political columnist and research associate with the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, will engage with Dr Zethu Matebeni, activist, author, filmmaker, curator and researcher on black female sexualities and genders at The Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town. They will talk about current upheavals in South Africa’s sexual and gender relations, as especially lesbians, but also young heterosexual women present alternatives and challenges to patriarchal norms. These alternatives and challenges have provoked a backlash against women who refuse to be bound by conventional and restrictive gender norms, whether through their dress code or conduct. The speakers will also consider the implications of the current wave of moralism and the use and abuse of gender in the national political debate.
Course code: 1038
Date & time: Wednesday 29 January 1.00 pm
Tickets are on sale at the door only if seats are available: R86,00; staff & reduced (on production of cards): R45,00.