Are you interested in African culturally determined behaviours or do you deal with this on a regular or even daily basis? Maybe you can learn and even contribute from your own experience on this very interesting free Seminar in Utrecht on Thursday January 13th. All to do with African men, their (and your?) sexuality and hiv. Feel free to register!
Changing Men and Transforming Masculinities:
Practices, Perspectives and Resources
Seminar on the Transformation of Masculinities in African Christianity
As a result of the HIV epidemic, concepts of masculinity in sub‐Saharan Africa have become problematised and are contested. Dominant versions of masculinity in African cultures and societies are often associated with the spread of HIV and with gender‐based violence. Against this background, UNAIDS has underlined the need for active masculinity politics: ‘Given the urgency of curbing HIV rates … it is important to challenge harmful concepts of masculinity, including the way adult men look on risk and sexuality and how boys are socialized to become men.’
The intersections of religion and masculinities are complex: on the one hand, religion is often considered a factor that sustains or reinforces problematic notions of masculinity, while on the other hand religion is considered a resource and instrument to change men and to transform masculinities.
This seminar explores the constructive role of religion in the transformation of masculinities, particularly focusing on Christianity and Christian theology in sub‐Saharan Africa.
The seminar is held at the occasion of the conclusion of the research project Religion, Masculinities and HIV, co‐funded by ICCO, Prisma, Kerk in Actie and Utrecht University. At the symposium, the major findings of the research are presented, discussed, evaluated and explored.
Speakers: Prof.dr. Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe & EHAIA
Adriaan van Klinken MA, Centre IIMO, Utrecht University
Dr. Fulata L. Moyo, Women in Church and Society, World Council of Churches
Chair: Prof. dr. Martha Frederiks, Centre IIMO, Utrecht University
Time: January 13, 2011, 10‐13h (welcome with coffee/thee from 9.30h)
Location: Protestant Service Centre, Joseph Haydlaan 2, 3533 AE Utrecht
See http://www.icco.nl/en/contact/itinerary for an itinerary.
The programme of the seminar provides sufficient time for discussion. Afterwards, all participants are invited for lunch. The symposium is open to all who are interested in the topic under discussion. Entrance is free but
registration is required.
Please register before January 11, by sending an email to Jeannette Damman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate in your email whether you will attend lunch.
For further information, please contact Lisette van der Wel, email@example.com, or Adriaan
van Klinken, firstname.lastname@example.org.