Southern Feminist Youths' Contributions to Knowledge Production

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:30
Location: Hörsaal 33 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Akosua DARKWAH, Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, University of Ghana, Ghana
Although Southern voices have made inroads into feminist knowledge production over the last three decades, feminist knowledge production is largely dominated by Northern voices and Southern voices located in Northern spaces.  Much of this knowledge production takes place in academic spaces.  Academic spaces also serve as sites for reframing students’ knowledge and meaning making of their worlds.  In the last decade and a half, social media has emerged as yet another site for knowledge production and meaning making of one’s existence as fe/male.  Social media sites offer more spaces for Southern youth voices than the academic spaces of the North for contributing to feminist knowledge production.  In this paper, I analyse both the blogs of a number of Ghanaian bloggers who describe themselves as feminists as well as responses to these blogs to understand what contributions Southern youth voices are making to feminist knowledge production.