On Wednesday 8 December the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala and the Centre of African Studies, Copenhagen will organise a seminar focusing on dilemmas, biases and blind spots in current conceptualizations of gender and sexual and gender-based violence in Africa.

Maria Eriksson Baaz, researcher at NAI will discuss key ideas in the report ‘The Complexity of Violence. A critical analysis of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’, which she has co-authored with Maria Stern.

Robin May Schott, the Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, will comment on the report.

Signe Arnfred, Roskilde University, Department for Society and Globalization/Centre for Gender, Power and Diversity, will join the discussion based on aspects from the book ‘African Feminist Politics of Knowledge. Tensions, Challenges, Possibilities’, which she has co-edited with Akosua Adomako Ampofo.

The seminar starts at 2pm at the Centre of African Studies, Købmagergade 46, 4th, Copenhagen. Moderator is Amanda Hammar, Centre of African Studies.

For more information, contact Susanne Linderos, susanne.linderos@nai.uu.se or +46 (0) 765 252206, or visit http://www.teol.ku.dk/cas/Calendar/200911128/.

The Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) is a centre in the Nordic region for research, documentation and information on modern Africa. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research on and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries, and to cooperate between African and Nordic researchers. As a hub and a meeting place in the Nordic region for a growing field of research and analysis, the institute strives to place knowledge of African issues within the reach of scholars, policymakers, politicians, media, students and the general public. The institute is jointly financed by the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

Susanne Linderos, susanne.linderos@nai.uu.se or +46 (0) 765 252206