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AFI Feminist Dialogue: “Traversing Uncharted Terrain: The Development of a Gender Studies Programme at the University of Limpopo” with Samukezi Mrubula-Ngwenya

AFI Feminist Dialogue: “Traversing Uncharted Terrain: The Development of a Gender Studies Programme at the University of Limpopo” with Samukezi Mrubula-Ngwenya

In an effort to address gender-based ills, the faculty of humanities at the University of Limpopo in South Africa took advantage of the new Generation of Academic Programme (nGAP) initiated by the national Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in 2017 and appointed a young African female lecturer to spearhead the development of the Gender Studies Programme. In the same year, the Department of Cultural and Political Studies asked the nGAP lecturer to teach an already existing Gender Studies module to postgraduate students. In this dialogue, Samukezi Mrubula-Ngwenya, Ph.D., shares her reflections on having to create modules at the University of Limpopo to revamp a programme that was no longer feasible. The two majors in this newly revised programme are History and Gender Studies (Bachelor of Arts Gender Studies and History). This is a three-year undergraduate programme. Mrubula-Ngwenya intends to share and get ideas on the gender studies modules to make sure that they are grounded in African feminism and Pan-Africanism. The envisioned bachelor of arts degree (Gender Studies and History) will be offered for the first time in 2025.

Samukezi Mrubula-Ngwenya, senior lecturer at the University of Limpopo, is a social justice activist who advocates for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer (LBQ) rights in South Africa. She has a doctorate in political science from the University of Limpopo, where she lectures and convenes the Gender Studies Program.

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