CHUSS Seminar Series 2019

Date

Friday, 30 August 2019

Event Details

The Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies invites you to the 6th CHUSS Seminar 2019 scheduled for 30th August 2019, 2:00PM - 4:00PM.

Venue: Conference Hall, School of Women and Gender Studies

Screenwriter: Prof. Dominic Dipio

Film Screening: "Mother Centred Africa"
(2019, 79 min, English, Uganda)

Abstract

Although Africa is overtly perceived as a patriarchal society, close scrutiny reveals that social relationships at both mundane and symbolic levels are nuanced and more complex. Significant relationships are constructed around the mother (matriarch), whether the community is described as matriarchal/matrilineal or patriarchal/patrilineal. This documentary film, Mother Centered Africa, is one of the offshoots of my Cambridge Africa Programme for Research Excellence (CAPREx) fellowship research. Building on the thoughts of Africanist scholars like Cheikh Anta Diop and Oyeronke Oyewumi, this research analyses folktales as art and repositories of culture where traces of matriarchy could be located. The film version of the research, which is a result of in-depth interviews with participants from diverse ethnicities in Uganda, represents gender relations in 21st Century Africa as complex and non-linear. The traditional notions of masculinity and femininity are challenged by the contemporary social structure with its new mindscape of more fluid gender locations in domestic and public life. One may ask, “Is this change new, or is it a return to a forgotten past of a more balanced gender relation?” The modern-day woman who shoulders the burdens of the traditional domestic roles and formal employment traverses the domestic and public spheres as a quotidian breadwinner. New versions of masculinity have emerged as some men negotiate their position in this era of social transition while others defensively cling to the more familiar patriarchal beliefs. This film provides fresh insights into gender terrains prevailing in contemporary social and family life. Placing the woman as Mother at the center of life in African family/society, it challenges the belief that traditional Africa is the steward of crude masculinity.

Keywords: Africa, patriarchy, matriarchy, gender, mother, tradition and change

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