Conferences / Gender

Nordic Africa Days, Uppsala, 23-24 September 2016

I once spent time in Uppsala, Sweden. As you might know, it’s well-known for its policies on gender equality. So I went over to think about African men’s genders. I recall that it was winter when I went over the first time. Winter in the Nordic region is quite an experience. But for some of us who live in sunnier … Continue reading


Why are South African universities in the grip of hot violence?

  South African universities are in the grip of hot violence. Students  occupying space, attacking property and burning paintings; policing using force and arresting students; students kicking other students. Voices are calling for violence to stop. How might we understand this violence? It is not as if we are not aware of other daily forms of violence at South African universities, so what distinguishes what … Continue reading

Health / Men

Photographing African men’s struggle with depression

How does one photograph depression? Or any other mental health problem for that matter. Have a read of this article from okayafrica brought to my attention by the counselling psychologist and journalist Aernout Zevenbergen on photographer Thembela ‘Nymless’ Ngayi’s photographs of African men’s struggle with depression. The importance of bringing to the attention of African men, and women, the realities and … Continue reading

African / Images / Men

Wearing ‘African’ print is more than just covering one’s body

From the Garden of Eden, what human beings use to cover their bodies, and their poodles’ bodies, has never been simply to cover the body. Dresses, skirts, shirts, earrings, hats, necklaces, wrist-watches, trousers, blankets, coats, jackets and everything else you can think of that humans put on their bodies is part of how they communicate, whether they do so intentionally or … Continue reading