Past Event

Engaging Fissures and Envisioning Global Futures: A Conversation with Patricia McFadden

Dr. McFadden is an African feminist scholar and activist who lives and works on the African continent and in the global academy.  She currently resides in both Zimbabwe and Swaziland where she grows most of her own food as a passionate vegan. Her work ranges across a variety of critical feminist issues including Sexuality, Citizenship and Post-Coloniality, Nationalism and Revolutionary Struggles, and Writing as Resistance on the African continent. She has published in various journals and anthologies; edited an issue of Southern African Feminist Review; and worked as a consultant with the United Nations, Ford Foundation and Mellon Foundation.

Dr. McFadden was the Endowed Cosby Chair in the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College, Atlanta Georgia from 2005- 2008; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, co-hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies Departments (2008-2010).  Currently she is affiliated to the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape as Extraordinary Visiting Professor (2010-2013). 

Dr. McFadden‘s latest publications are: ‘Challenges for African Feminism in the Contemporary Moment in Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy: Rebuilding Progress, D. Jain & D. Elson (eds), SAGE/IDRC, 2011; Exceptionalism is a Feminist Issue in Southern Africa in African Women: A Political Economy, M. Turshen (ed), Palgrave MacMillan, 2010; ‘Re-Crafting Citizenship in the Postcolonial Moment: a focus on Southern Africa in Works and Days, 57/58 Spring/Fall 2010, Nos. 1 & 2; ‘Interrogating Americana: an African Feminist Critique in Feminism and War: Confronting US Imperialism, R. Riley et al (eds), ZED Books, 2008; ‘Plunder as Statecraft: Militarism and Resistance in Neo-colonial Africa‘ in Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race and Militarisation, Barbara Sutton et al (eds) Rutgers University Press, 2008


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