Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 7, Issue 2
spring 2017
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Visiting Professor: Dr. Zethu Matebeni


WGSS was thrilled to welcome Dr. Matebeni to Yale this semester. She taught two courses (read the accompanying student reviews) – Queer Africa, and Gender, Sexuality, and Decolonizing South African Universities. Zethu’s scholarship and activism on African sexuality and gender diversity is well cited. She received a PhD at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Since 2011 she has been at HUMA (Institute for Humanities in Africa) at the University of Cape Town as a senior researcher and lecturer in the Sociology department. Zethu is skilful in multidisciplinary approaches and is attentive to the idea and meaning of the public humanities. As a scholar, public intellectual and activist, she is invited regularly to give key note lectures in various fora. She has been deeply involved with the #RhodesMustFall Movement and the Black Academic Caucus in South Africa. Zethu’s contribution towards developing the field of African Queer Studies has also been through an ongoing annual series, Queer in Africa which connects human rights issues, social justice struggles, cultural studies, LGBTQ activism, and scholarship. She is author of Black Lesbian Sexualities and Identity in South Africa (2012), curator/editor of Reclaiming Afrikan: queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities (2014), and director of the film Breaking Out of the Box: stories of black lesbians in South Africa (2011). Zethu’s work appears in numerous journals, edited books, newspapers and magazines. Her current book projects are Queer in Africa: LGBTQI identities, citizenship, and activism (with Surya Monro and Vasu Reddy, Routledge, forthcoming 2018) as well as Beyond the Mountain: Queerness and Belonging in post/apartheid Cape Town (with B Camminga).

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