Assistant Professor — Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Xavier Livermon is currently assistant professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research exists at the intersection of popular culture, gender, and sexuality in post-apartheid South Africa and the African Diaspora. He is currently completing a manuscript tentatively entitled Its About Time: Kwaito and the Performance of Freedom that examines post-apartheid youth culture as a series of performances enacted to test the limits of post-apartheid possibility. His second project, tentatively entitled Queer(y)ing Freedom: Construction Black Queer Belonging in South Africa has resulted in a number of published essays in GLQ; Gender, Place, and Culture; and Feminist Studies and examines how black queer South Africans construct forms of cultural and national belonging in a climate where progressive constitutional rights do not always translate in quotidian practice. His research interests include African Cultural Studies, Black Popular Music, Black Performance, Black Queer Studies, HIV/AIDS and African Diaspora Studies. XX
WGS 340 • African Queer Studies
MWF 1000am-1100am SZB 330
(also listed as
AFR 372G )
This course explores queer gender and sexuality in Africa, with a particular focus on theoretical issues, the colonial encounter, citizenship and activism, media representations. In the first unit, we will examine some of the theoretical issues that are relevant to studying queer gender and sexuality in Africa and in the African Diaspora more broadly. In the second unit, we will explore some of the literature on the impact of colonialism on queer African identities and practices, and we will pay particular attention to its lasting impact on queer African lives in our post-colonial moment. In the third unit, we will read several ethnographic and literary texts on specific communities in order to expand our understanding of the diverse ways in which queer Africans create identities, experience desire, and redefine dominant notions of citizenship. In the final unit of the course, we will examine representations of queer African sexuality in literature, film, and media, focusing especially on representations in relation to recent events in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, and Senegal. We will pay particular attention to how such representations are shaped by political economy and influenced by the international community.
Texts (needs to be specific texts, not “course packet” or “TBA)”:
Queer African Reader Sokari Ekine and Hakima Abbas eds.
African Sexualities: A Reader Sylvia Tamale ed.
Heterosexual Africa?: The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS Marc Epprecht
OUT in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa Ashley Currier
Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City Rudolf P. Gaudio
Black Bull, Ancestors, and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde
WGS 305 • Intro To Women's & Gender Stds
TTH 1230pm-200pm SZB 330
(also listed as
AFR 317E )
This course explores the complex politics of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nation and other categories of power in relationship to systems of oppression and privilege in a transnational context. Focusing on the experiences of people of African descent, texts examined in this course will range from theoretical to first-person narratives. We will interrogate categories of sex, gender, and sexuality, and explore issues of identity, representation, socio-economic policy and political rights. We will examine African and Black feminist critiques of historical, institutionalized oppression, including poverty, poor working conditions, criminalization, reproductive and sexual control, gendered violence, stigma and stereotypes, homophobia, and xenophobia. We will explore the relevance of changing understandings of the term "culture" for the study of women, gender, and/or sexuality across Africa and the African Diaspora. Particular attention will be devoted to the ways in which gender as practice, performance, and representation has differed for women and men according to race, class, and other divisions. Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field committed to imagining justice through analysis and creation of culture. Part of our work will reveal how African and African Diaspora Feminisms have challenged racism and white supremacy within feminist scholarship and activism. Your work in this course will prepare you for advanced study and to participate in discussions for community and academic advocacy.