Pride and Protest

Since 1990 thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have been marching the streets of different cities and towns for liberation and justice. Over the years these pride marches have become less about struggles for freedom but more about celebration. Current contestations about pride point to a fractured lgbti community. What is the role and meaning of lgbti pride in current day South Africa? And can pride address the spates

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Rebecca Hodes receives a Dartmouth Humanities Institute fellowship

Congratulations to Rebecca Hodes who has been awarded a two-month fellowship by the Humanities Institute at Dartmouth College to participate in a collective research project under the theme, ‘Towards a Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1950’. Rebecca’s individual project is entitled, ‘Science, race and ‘sexual aberration’ in South African medicine, c. 1880 – 1950’. It aims to explore changing scientific interpretations of African

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Shamil Jeppie travels to Lamu,Kenya

Off the coast of Kenya lies an island of the original Swahili settlements in East Africa. Lamu has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. Funded by the British Library Endangered Archives Programme, Shamil Jeppie together with Norwegian colleague Anne Bang and Ethiopian student Hasan Kawo, have been running a project to catalogue the manuscript holding of a small library at the Riyadha madrasa in Lamu. The Riyadha

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Gone @ 20 – the lucky ones are not yet born!

Zethu Matebeni reviews photographer Zanele Muholi's latest exhibition MO(U)RNING at Stevenson, Cape Town. Photo by Zanele Muholi, Stevenson, Cape Town & Johannesburg Gone @ 20 - the lucky ones are not yet born! Famous people die in their twenties. Many would remember the American Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singer, Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash. She was 22 at the time of her death. Controversial supermodel Gia died at the age of 26. Some

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