Black Studies Lecture Series - Spring 2014 - Oyeronke Oyewumi
Thu, Mar 27
12:15 PM — 1:45 PM
NAC Cohen Library Archives160 Convent AvenueNew York, NY 10031
NAC Cohen Library Archives, Reading Room
Keynote Talk for Women’s History Month“Leaning Into Motherhood: Understanding Leadership Through the Experiences of African Women”
Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí is a feminist scholar and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University. Her book, The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses (U of Minnesota P, 1997), the defining work on African gender studies, won the 1998 Distinguished Book Award in the Gender and Sex Section of the American Sociological Association and was a finalist for the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. In it, she offers a critique of Western constructs of African gender issues writing for instance that "despite voluminous scholarship to the contrary, gender was not an organizing principle in Yoruba society prior to colonization by the West.”
She is the recipient of numerous awards including Rockefeller Fellowships, a Presidential Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant. She is also the editor of Gender Epistemologies in Africa (Palgrave 2011), African Gender Studies: A Reader (Palgrave 2005), and African Women and Feminism: Reflecting on the Politics of Sisterhood (AWP 2003).