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The Executive Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Unisa Prof. R.M.H. Moeketsi invites members of the media, the public and the diplomatic community to the Unisa Africa Speaks visiting scholar lecture series.

These lectures are intended to provide a rigorous academic platform for some of the best intellectuals on the African continent as well as those in the African Diaspora to critically engage with cultural, socio-political and economic issues that are of concern to all Africans. The lectures also provide young academics at Unisa with an opportunity to interact with Africa’s best intellectuals in the social sciences and humanities so that such invitees can act as role models to our emerging scholars.

This month's Africa Speaks lecture will focus on ‘Mediation of Patriarchy and Sexism by Women in South Africa.’ The keynote speaker will be African Scholar Prof Boatamo Mosupyoe who is the Director of Pan African Studies and Cooperation- Woodson College Enhancement Programme, California State University, Sacramento.

Professor Boatamo Mosupyoe bases her talk on the research she conducted among women in the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) from 1994-1997 and in 2009.  She explores how the call of a non-sexist South Africa conflicts with the Zion Christian Church’s (ZCC) institutional religious structures and its social cultural practices. Using the eclectic approach that includes anthropological field techniques she examines how women explain and mediate the differences in perception of their church’s practices and the non-sexist concept. She posits that in order to achieve a truly non-sexist society, powerful influential institutions such as the ZCC cannot escape the charge of massive re-education to promote the achievement of a non-sexist society.  She argues that generally, religious instruction and the peace theme ‘khotso’ formed sources of knowledge production and cultural logic that informed the epistemological foundation from which women framed their conception of patriarchy and sexism. While the women did not contest the fact that discordance between the concept of non-sexism and the religio-cultural practices of the ZCC existed, their responses to this hegemony produced a degree of opposition and resistance, as well as compliance and acceptance typical to many hegemonic relationships.  She also sheds light on the ZCC's partnership with the government in fighting poverty and the scourge of HIV/AIDS.  

Details of the event are as follows:

Date    :           04 July 2012
Time   :           10:00
Venue :           Senate Hall, Unisa Muckleneuk campus

Enquiries: or 012 429-2892


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