This is a call for panelists on gender and aesthetic rituals for a panel that will be submitted for consideration as a Women’s Caucus sponsored Panel at the African Studies Association. Inspired by this year’s conference theme, Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, policy and Representation, in African Studies, this panel places focus upon African women’s construction of body and aesthetic rituals. The panel is tentatively titled, “The Body and Aesthetic Rituals in Africa” and will specifically underline the significant connections between gender, body, and women’s aesthetic rituals both in contemporary and historical contexts. We welcome abstracts (not more than 200 words) from scholars representing all disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: the ceremonial and ritual functions of clothing, second-hand clothing, cosmetic (make up) rituals, women’s self-representation of feminine beauty ideals and debates surrounding coiffure, skin whitening, and body politics (e.g. body size). We will select four presenters for this panel, as well as a discussant. If you have any questions about this panel, or would like to submit an abstract, please contact: Jacqueline-Bethel Mougouéby by February 29th 2016.
Contact: [email protected]

Please note that all panelists must be current members of the ASA and the Women’s Caucus. Upon acceptance, all panelists will need to pre-register for the conference by May 1st to be included in the conference bulletin.

Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué
Steering Committee Member
Women’s Caucus, African Studies Association

If you have any questions about this panel, or would like to submit an abstract, please contact: Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué by February 29th 2016.
Contact: [email protected]