The programme runs a PhD scholarship programme in collaboration
with International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark.
PhD project title:
Fathers and Heroes of the Nation: Negotiations of Hegemonic Masculinity in Zimbabwean 'Identity Politics'
Ms Lene Bull Christiansen, Denmark
The objective of the project is to study the constructions of masculinities in the identity politics of Zimbabwean nationalism. This is in order to inform gender studies in Africa in general and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in particular as to the relationship between hegemonic ideals of masculinity and developmentalist strategies of female empowerment. In light of a gendered nationalistic majority culture in Zimbabwe that is often associated with violence against women and paternalistic ideals of power, this project maps out the discursive field of nationalist masculinity by way of a cross-disciplinary approach that combines political discourse analysis with a deconstructive cultural analysis. The purpose of this cross-disciplinary approach is to enable a 'cultural reading' that is focused on the power relations that work through constructions of masculinities and femininities. This way of focusing on violence against women and the related dissemination of HIV/AIDS represents a choice of 'point of view' that is inspired by political discourse analysis, gender studies and postcolonial theory.