P128
African women's commitment to internationalisation and transnational movements

Convenors:
Emmanuelle Bouilly (Université Paris 1)
Ophélie Rillon (CEMAf - Paris 1)
Chair:
Signe Arnfred and Jean Allman
Location:
C4.01
Start time:
28 June, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel aims to explore international/transnational dimensions of African militancy and mobilizations through women's experiences.

Long abstract:

Social movement studies in Africa have recently contributed to the understanding of African connections to the world but without analyzing the specific role of women and gender in this process. This panel aims to explore international/transnational dimensions of African militancy and mobilizations through women's experiences. The discussion intends to study both the international trajectories of African women and their participation in transnational movements. How do women committed in feminine or mixed mobilizations lay within and move at the international scale? The focus on individual and familial biographies will illustrate the role of sex and gender on different stages of the internationalization process and careers. For instance, how does gender constitute a resource or a constraint? Do female socialization, networks and capital facilitate the access to internationalisation? How do women cope with gendered assignations (couple, family, domesticate work) during their careers? The panel will also encompass how African women participate in the transnationalisation of movements. How do they contribute to the circulations of ideologies (such as feminism and non-specific related women issues as Pan-Africanism, workers' internationalism, anti-imperialism, or anti-globalism) and activist know-how or practices? How do they re-invent or reinterpret it? Finally, the effects of the transnationalisation both on private life and movements will be considered: for example, the effects of the sexual division of labour. The panel welcomes papers offering an in-depth historiographic, ethnographical or theoretical analysis dealing with either political, associative, religious movements or trade-unions in sub-Saharan and North Africa.