Virtual US Book Launch of "Knowing Women: Same Sex intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Post-Colonial Ghana"–April 6, 2021

Join author serena o. dankwa on April 6, 2021 11:00 US Pacific, 14:00 US Eastern, 20:00 CET for her forthcoming book launch.

Knowing Women is an ethnography on friendship, desire, and same-sex intimacy among urban, working-class women in southern Ghana. The intersectional analysis of these women’s life narratives situates them in relation to political, economic and social developments affecting Ghana and other postcolonial and African countries, including anti-gay policies and queer activist movements. Paying close attention to the women’s practices of self-reference, Dankwa refers to them as “knowing women” in a way that both distinguishes them from,  and relates them to such categories as lesbian or supi a southern Ghanaian term for female friend(ship). In doing so she critically refutes both African nationalist homophobic claims and universalizing claims that categories of LGBTI identities can be translated between all languages and cultures. Engaging queer-feminist and postcolonial theories of gender, kinship, and sexuality, the book contributes to the field of global queer studies in which both women and Africa have been largely underrepresented.

Co-sponsored by the African Studies Program and the African Feminist Initiative, Penn State 

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Congratulations to Professor Yael Warshal for the book launch of her new work: Experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization

Professor Yael Warshal, would like to announce and share the book launch for her new work:   Warshel, Y. Experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.


Book described in Penn State News Here


And upcoming author meets critic panel April 14 4:30-6:00 PM to discuss the book, together with Zoom link described in Penn State News here:


Prof Warshal adds this note:   

“… being also an African studies scholar most certainly influenced my approach to the topic and the book itself is explicitly framed comparatively. The aim is for scholars, practitioners and policymakers to be able to draw lessons learned and critically apply those to other regions within a comparative international and global studies framework. The footnote comparisons I make in the book (not surprisingly) most commonly reference African cases. Those serve as a starting point to critically re-consider the efficacy of what I refer to as ‘peace communication’ interventions into armed political, especially ethnopolitical, conflicts.”