Images of 'Motherhood'—African and Nordic Perspectives

Dakar, Senegal, 15–19 February 2003

The conference was organized by the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, in collaboration with Dept of Religious Studies, Uppsala University and Dept of History, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar

Official opening by Her Excellency the Swedish ambassador to Senegal, Annika Magnusson.

Key note addresses

Niara Sudarkasa, former prof of Anthropology, University of Michigan: "Conceptions of Motherhood in Nuclear and Extended Families, with Special Reference to Comparative Studies involving African Societies".

Molara Ogundipe, University of Arkansas: "Africana Women Theorizing Motherhood".

Nkiru Nzegwu, University of Binghamton:
"The Concept and Epistemology of 'Motherhood' within Patriliny".

Workshop I: Images of 'Motherhood': Conceptual issues

Chair: Eva Evers Rosander
Discussant: Nkiru Nzegwu

Penda Mbow, Cheikh Anta Diop University: "Le matriarcat dans l'oeuvre de Cheikh Anta Diop".

Signe Arnfred
, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala: "Deconstructing/Reconstructing 'Motherhood'. African Inspirations".

Ulla Vuorela, University of Helsinki: "Motherhood in the Naming. Mothers and Wives in the Finnish-Karelian Cultural area".

Workshop II: Mother Images: Historico-Ideological issues

Chair: Signe Arnfred
Discussant: Molara Ogundipe

Elaine Tweneboah, Universty of Ghana, Legon: "Looking Back: Narratives of Ashanti women in Pre-colonial and colonial Ghana".

Eva Evers Rosander, University of Uppsala: "Mam Diarra Bousso – la bonne mere de Porokhane, Senegal".

Karin Sporre, University of Falun (Sweden): "Images of Motherhood —conflicts and creative new thinking from witihnand from out of the Christian tradition".

Hebron L. Ndlovu, University of Swaziland: "The Significance of the Queen Mother in the Swazi Dual Monarchy: Notes for Feminist and Gender Studies".

Workshop III: Case Studies of Motherhood

Chair: Eva Evers Rosander
Discussant: Zenebeworke Tadesse

Doria Daniels, University of Stellenbosh: "They need to know where they came from to appreciate where they are going to—Visual commentary of informal settlement women on Motherhood".

Mireille Rabenoro, University of Antananarivo: "Motherhood in Malagasy society: A major component in the tradition vs. modernity conflict".

Lisa Jeannes and Tamara Shefer, University of the Western Cape: "Discourses of motherhood among a group of South African mothers".

Workshop IV: Crosscultural Images of Mothers/Motherhood

Chair: Signe Arnfred
Discussant: Niara Sudarkasa

Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana, Legon: "Cultural Factors and Socialization: Mothering among Black and White Non-Ghanaian Women in Ghana".

Thenjiwe Magwaza, University of Natal: "Perceptions and Experiences of Motherhood: A Study of Black and White Mothers of Durban, South Africa".

Workshop V: Crosscultural Images of Mothers/Motherhood

Chair: Eva Evers Rosander
Discussant: Fatou Sow

Catherine Raissiguier, University of Cincinnati: "Troubling Mothers: Immigrant Women from Africa in France".

Shereen Mills, University of the Witwatersrand: "Mothers in the Corridors of the South African Legal System: Assessing the Johannesburg Family Court Pilot Project".

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