Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Angela Davis Guest Professorship

The Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies established the Angela Davis Guest Professorship for International Gender and Diversity Studies in the beginning of the winter semester 2013/14. Its goal is the promotion of international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the areas of Gender and Diversity.

During the summer semester of 2018 the author, academic and activist Amina Mama will hold the position of Angela Davis Guest Professor for International Gender and Diversity Studies. She will give two public lectures and one intensive seminar for students. Furthermore her program includes a workshop with PHDs and Post-Docs as well as meetings with academics and activists.

Amina Mama is one of the globally most significant researchers in the fields of theory and practice of African Feminisms. One of the main concerns of her work is to show and explain this plurality and to analyze the diverse approaches to Feminism that grew out of the multiple historic and social realities of African countries. Her main interest here lies in the connections between – consciously pluralized – cultures, identities and subjectivities and the relations between violence, militarism and gender. The development of perspectives and methods of scientific Feminisms is another focus of her work. Amina Mama argues that African Feminisms ideally are to connect three dimensions of Feminism: a scientific criticism of gender hierarchies, a political critique of gender inequality and the political practice of feminist groups and organizations.

She lives and teaches in the US since 2008. She held the Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women’s Leadership at Mills College, Oakland, California. Currently she works as professor for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. Beyond that she acted as advisor to several international organization like the Global Fund for Women or the United Nations Commitee for Development Policy. Starting from June 2018 she will hold the Angela Davis Guest Professorship for International Gender and Diversity Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Some of her most well-known publications include Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Routledge 1995), Women’s Studies and Studies of Women in Africa (CODESRIA 1996), Engendering African Social Sciences (co-edited CODESRIA 1997) as well as several editions of Feminist Africa since 2002.


Africa Unpacified: From Freedom Fighters to Feminists,
Public Inauguration on June 30th 2018, 18-20h
Casino Festsaal (Room 823)

In the Pursuit of Freedom: Feminist intellectuals in African contexts,
Public Lecture as part of the Cornelia Goethe Colloquiua on July 4th 2018, 18-20h
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Campus Westend
Renate-von-Metzler-Saal (Casino 1.801)

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More information about the history of the Angela Davis Guest Professorship are available hier.

Fotocredit: Jerry Riley, Nairobi 2016