Homonationalism and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa: critical reflections to enable stronger transnational solidarity

Authors: Andrew Tucker*, African Centre for Cities
Topics: Sexuality, Africa
Keywords: homonationalism, human rights, sub-Saharan Africa, sexuality, post-colonial nationalism, HIV/AIDS
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Roosevelt 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This paper interrogates how from a sub-Saharan African perspective, we can critically engage with existing conceptual framings that go toward exploring sexuality-based inequalities and methods to address such inequalities. Focusing on homonationalism (in terms of the perpetuation of violence and inequality) and human rights (as a mechanism to address inequalities) this article also considers how we may wish to reconfigure existing framings to take account of factors including post-colonial nationalism, socio-spatial relationships, racial and economic inequalities, and high HIV prevalence rates. Specifically, in relation to recent developments in South Africa and Uganda, this paper argues that existing conceptual framings clearly have great utility across a wide variety of terrains, but that we should also consider how they are affected by and shaped by sometimes very different political, social and cultural geographies. This paper concludes by examining how a greater appreciation as to how different conceptual framings ‘travel’ may help support forms of transnational solidarity both in relation to sexuality-based civil society groups and future research agendas.

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