With anti-homosexuality bills passed in Nigeria and Uganda, and sexualities under discussion, the NAI Library staff has put together a web dossier with links to information resources.

Literature in the library

Quick links to titles in the NAI library and more

Other related keywords when searching the library resources:

gender relations, gender roles, human rights, men's role, sex education, sexual behaviour, women's rights, women's role.

Narrow down search results by combining keywords with for instance specific countries or regions.

Browse selected Google Scholar lists of publications on the subject. Most publications are accessible through your campus:

GIGA Informationszentrum (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) published in August 2014 an annotated online bibliography titled Homosexualität in Afrika [Homosexuality in Africa] (PDF). It is in German.

NAI Publications

Selection of full text NAI publications freely available via the DiVA digital archive.

Jassey, K. & Nyanzi, S. (2007). How to be a 'proper' woman in the time of AIDS. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

Rwebangira, M. K. & Liljeström, R. (Eds.). (1998). Haraka, haraka-: look before you leap. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

Dunton, C. & Palmberg, M. (1996). Human rights and homosexuality in Southern Africa. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

Search all NAI publications in DiVA

From the ECAS 4 conference (2011)

Panel on: Intimate Engagements - Decolonizing Kinship, Gender, Sexuality

The 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 4) was convened in Uppsala in June 2011. Abstracts and some full papers from panel 151 are still available in PDF format. Click for all information on the panel:

  • Intimate Engagements: Decolonizing Kinship, Gender, Sexuality [not online anymore]

About the panel: "[...] The task of disentangling past and present (neo)colonial thinking around gender relations, kinship, intimacy and sexuality will be the main focus of the panel.

The panel seeks to understand what goes on regarding kinship, gender and sexuality around the world (with a focus on Africa), also in order to criticize and expand European/Western understandings.

Besides conceptual work the panel wishes to discuss contemporary empirical examples of how (neo)colonial ideas of gender relations and intimacy have influenced local policies and social practices, detecting also patterns of resistance and failures in attempts to governance and influence. [...]"

NAI Forum

Selected articles on the Nordic Africa Development Policy Forum - a Nordic platform for policy debate

  • Jeffrey Ogwaro et al.: An appeal from Ugandan CSOs - Guidelines for support after the anti-LGBTI law, 2014-03-10
  • Jesper Bengtsson: When should aid be withdrawn? - Uganda and the Nordic donors, 2014-03-06
  • Haley McEwen: Understanding African anti-gay laws - The influence of the US Christian Right, 2014-02-28
  • Marta Tveit: Binyavanga Wainaina Came Out — in a stylish performance, 2014-02-04
  • Sylvia Tamale: African Sexualities - Challenges to global democracy struggles, 2011-05-24

[NAI Forum closed down by the end of 2014 and is no longer online.]

Web resources

A few selected, specific texts and videos

Kristof Titeca: The Uganda anti-homosexuality bill: beyond monocausal explanations, Mats Utas' blog, March 5, 2014.

Chimamanda Adichie: Why can’t he just be like everyone else?, The Scoop, February 18, 2014.

Binyavanga Wainaina: We Must Free Our Imaginations (1-6), playlist of 6 videos on Binyavanga Wainaina's YouTube channel, published January 21, 2014.

Binyavanga Wainaina: I am a homosexual, Mum, Chimurenga Chronic, January 18, 2014. Also on Africa is a Country. Published as "A lost chapter from One Day I Will Write About This Place".

News websites and blogs

Erasing 76 Crimes
Blog focusing "on the human toll of 76 countries’ anti-gay laws and the struggle to repeal them."

Africa Blog Forum of The Norwegian Council for Africa - articles on: Africa LGBTI
A "gateway to the African blogosphere”, bringing together 10 selected African bloggers.

Africa is a Country - article category: Sexuality
Blog with online commentary, writing, media criticism, arts and more by a collective of scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers, bloggers and curators.

afrol News - article category: Gay/Lesbian
Independent news agency covering the African continent, in English, Spanish, French and in Portuguese.

Black Looks - an archive of queer african resistance
Blog edited by writer, educationalist and digital activist Sokari Ekine. Several contributors, podcasts etc.

The Guardian - articles on: Gay rights + Africa
Online edition of the British national daily newspaper.

Mail & Guardian
Online version of the South African newspaper.
Articles on homosexuality:
Articles on anti-gay laws:

Pambazuka News
Web forum for social justice in Africa, produced by academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators.
Articles on LGBTI:
Pambazuka News 667: Special Issue: The struggles for homosexual rights in Africa:

Organisations etc.

AWID - website search on: Africa + LGBTQI Rights
The Association for Women's Rights in Development is an international, multi-generational, feminist membership organization working for  gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights.[article/meta_regions:Regions][]=Africa&activeFacets[article/meta_topics:Topics][]=LGBTQI+Rights&filter[]=attr_meta_regions_s:Africa&filter[]=attr_meta_topics_s:LGBTQI+Rights

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
Formation of more than 30 organisations in 19 countries in Africa committed to advancing justice for lesbian and bisexual women and transdiverse people.

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
Centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa, with the mission to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTI people.

Gender and Sexualities in Modern Africa
Selected sources in the Internet African History Sourcebook - a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts, by Fordham University.

Human Rights Watch - website search on: LGBT Righs + Africa
Organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, focusing international attention where human rights are violated.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
Worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.
ILGA Africa:
Maps, charts etc. on laws:

LGBT rights in Africa @ Wikipedia
English Wikipedia page with an overview over the legislation by country or territory.

Morality of Homosexuality: Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa - PewResearch / Religion & Public Life Project
Interactive database. Explore public opinion in 19 sub-Saharan African nations on topics ranging from religious beliefs and practices to views on religious extremism and morality.

"Towards a free and equal world" (infographic)
UNAIDS infographic on the legal status globally regarding same-sex sexual conduct.

Updated: 2014-09-08

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