Gorata’s Feminist Theory Curriculum

I had to design a 6 week Feminist Theory curriculum as part of an exam recently. Here it is. (At some point, I’d like to create more links to the material that isn’t accessible for people outside the academy, so this is a working document for now) 

Southern Feminist Theory Curriculum


Gqola, P., 2015. Violent Masculinities and War Talk. In: Gqola,P, ed. Rape: A South African Nightmare. 1 ed. Johannesburg: MF Books.

Magadla, S., 2017. Matrofocality and shared motherhood. 

Available at: mg.co.za/article/2017-08-25-00-matrifocality-and-shared-motherhood

Oyewumi, O., 1997. Visualizing the body. In: O. Oyewumi, ed. The invention of women: making an African Sense of western gender discourses. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 1-30.

Vaid-Menon, A., 2015. The Pain & Empowerment of Choosing Your Own Gender: Alok Vaid-Menon.

Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Gh2n9kPuA


Crenshaw, K. W., 2008. Mapping the margins: intersectionality, identity politics and violence against women of colour. In: A. Bailey & C. Cuomo, eds. The Feminist Philosophy Reader. New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 279-309.

Collison, C., 2016. #FeesMustFall ‘burns’ queer students. 

Available at: https://mg.co.za/article/2016-10-13-00-feesmustfall-burns-queer-students

Dlakavu, S., 2017. On the EFF and gender.                                                        

Available at: https://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/on-the-eff-and-gender-20170804

Sanchez, G., 2015. Queering Disability – on the power of celebrating intersectionality. [Online]

Available at: http://ewn.co.za/2015/12/15/OPINION-Gaby-Sanchez-Queering-disability-On-the-power-of-celebrating-intersectionality


Ahmed, S., 2000. Whose counting?. Feminist Theory, 1(1), pp. 97-103.

Berlant, L., 1999. The Subject of True Feeling: Pain, privacy and politics. In: A. Sarat & T. Kearns, eds. Cultural Pluralism, Identity Politics and the Law. Michigan: University of Michigan, pp. 48-84.

Kelley, R., 2016. Black Study, Black Struggle. 

Available at: http://bostonreview.net/forum/robin-d-g-kelley-black-study-black-struggle

Puar, J., 2007. Queer Times, Queer Assemblages . In: J. Puar, ed. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 203-222.


Bongela, M., 2016. Where is the white feminism movement in SA?. 

Available at: https://mg.co.za/article/2016-12-02-00-where-is-the-white-feminist-movement-in-sa

Eng, D. & Lan, S., 2000. A Dialogue on Radical Melancholia. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 10(4), pp. 667-700.

Modongo, L. P., 2015. Don’t you want to be white?. 

Available at: http://thoughtleader.co.za/mandelarhodesscholars/2015/11/04/dont-you-want-to-be-white/

Putuma, K., 2016. Water (Poem in Collective Amnesia). 

Available at: http://pensouthafrica.co.za/water-by-koleka-putuma/

Fick, A., 2017. Am I an African? On xenophobia and violence in South Africa 2017. 

Available at: https://www.enca.com/opinion/am-i-an-african-on-xenophobia-and-violence-in-south-africa-2017

Class, Land, Labour

Amandla!, 2017. Amandla! interviews campaign Reclaim The City. 

Available at: http://aidc.org.za/amandla-interviews-campaign-reclaim-city/

Asijiki: Coalition to decriminalize sex work in South Africa, 2015. Sex work and Feminism. [Online]

Available at: http://www.sweat.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sex-work-and-Feminism_Asijiki-Fact-Sheet_Web.pdf

Benya, A., 2015. The invisible hands: women in Marikana. Review of African Political Economy, 42(146), pp. 545-560.

Available at: http://aidc.org.za/invisible-hands-women-marikana/

Keeanga-Yamahtta, T., 2016. Chapter 7. In: T. Keeanga-Yamahtta & M. Ellis, eds. From #BlackLiveMatter to Black Liberation. Chicago: Haymarket Books, pp. 191-219.

Tsikata, D., 2009. Gender, Land and Labour Relations and livelihood in Sub-Saharan Africa in the era of Economic Liberalisation. Feminist Africa, 12(1), pp. 11-30.


Dosekun, S., 2015. For Western Girls Only? Post-feminism as transnational culture. Feminist Media Studies , 15(6), pp. 960-975.

Motsemme, N., 2007. Loving in a time of hopelessness: on township women’s subjectivities in a time of HIV/Aird. African Idenities, 5(1), pp. 61-87.

Mahmood, S., 2011. The Subject of Freedom. In: S. Mahmood, ed. Politics of Piety. Princeton: Princeton, pp. 1-39.

Nyanzi, S., 2013. Unpacking the Governmentality of African Sexualities. In: S. Tamale, ed. African Sexualities: A reader. Cape Town: Pambazuka Press, pp. 477-501.

Zakaria, R., 2015. Sex and the Muslim Feminist. [Online]

Available at: https://newrepublic.com/article/123590/sex-and-the-muslim-feminist


Learn/unlearn: transgender identity & experiences

*Learn/unlearn is a work-in-progress educational resource project highlighting all my favourite articles, covering various social issues. This post focuses on transgender African people’s experiences. 

Blogs, vlogs and interviews

Sandi Ndelu is a black trans woman & activist in South Africa. You can read her interviews here:

To be young, black and transgender in South Africa – An interview with Sandi Ndelu


On accessing healthcare as a transgender person in South Africa


Phumelele Nkomozake is a Black Xhosa trans woman (and SRC Transformation rep 2018 at Rhodes). Her lit blog is covers topics such as her experience as a trans woman, xhosa culture, gender, race, colourism and sexuality.


She has also been published by Huffington Post:


Glow Mamiii is a trans woman and the first South African woman to document her transition on Youtube. Catch her on youtube: beadssomething 

The GLO’WUP: the intricacies of being a transgender woman in South Africa


Laverne Cox, star of the Orange Is the New Black, produced this documentary about young trans men and women and their experiences in the USA:

The T word

A profile on Motswana activist and Gender DynamiX executive director Tshepo Ricki Kgositau


An interview with ARTivist Kat Kai Kol-Kes


M(x)Blouse on being gender non-binary, their relationship with hip-hip and their debut EP


Genderqueer: Existing outside the boundary by Demelza Bush

http:/ www.bhekisisa.org/article/2015-04-10-00-i-am-genderqueer-comfortable-with-my-identity-at-last

The story of Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a Malaiwian trans woman who was forced into exile


An interview with Zanna Chetty


News Articles

Trans people seek bias-free healthcare


​Torment for trans women ‘sent to the mountain’ to learn to be men (Mail & Guardian)


‘My body is a battleground’: How rural trans people struggle to live out their rights (Mail & Guardian)


Trans men: The ‘invisible’ group in SA’s HIV health plan (Mail & Guardian)



What it feels like to be transgender by Lee Mokobe