For decades, an array of state and non-state actors, African and non-African, has sought to “empower” women in African societies. From education to labor force participation to legal reform and many other domains, efforts by activists, governments, and development practitioners throughout the continent have reshaped gender relations and power dynamics. What have scholars learned from the successes and failures of such efforts, particularly in fast-growing African cities? How can we better understand the processes by which women in African communities improve their own lives and creatively negotiate constraints? How do the concepts of empowerment and agency limit the comprehension of women’s lives and strategies? What insights can African feminism contribute to critical discourse on gender issues? This panel invites scholars from all disciplines to explore these questions.

Email Bruce Whitehouse any queries as soon as possible at [email protected] I hope to have all paper proposals by Sunday, March 13.