Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Program subject to change.

Conference Session - Registration required
The Herbert A. Roemmele '53 Global Commons, Williams Hall
31 Williams Drive
Campus Map-Building 31

        8:30 a.m.                          

Check-in and continental breakfast

        8:45 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks by Sirry Alang, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Health, Medicine & Society, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.


Session I -  Queering Silences, Queering Resistances

Nia Baker (Lehigh University, Pennsylvania)
"LGBTQ Activism in Ghana" 

Kinyuy Randolph Bongaba (Humanity First, Cameroon)
“Right to Life: How the Heterosexual Majority Can Create Safe Spaces for LGBT Persons in Cameroon.”

Olubiyi Oludipe (Improved Sexual Health and Rights Advocacy Initiative, Nigeria)
“State Sanctioned Violence: Impact on Perceived or Real Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Nigeria.”

S.M. Rodriguez (Hofstra University, New York)
“Invisibility Matters: Queer African Organizing and Visibility Management in a Transnational Age.”

Discussant: Kwame Essien, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

10:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.


Session II - Queering Politics of the Self in the Ghanaian Context

Godfried Asante (Drake University, Iowa)
“They Just Need to Empower Themselves”: Reproducing Queer Liberalism in Discourses of Representatives of Human Rights NGOs in Ghana.”

Charles Prempeh (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
“Confusing the Mundane and Exoteric: A Re Engagement with the Homosexual Discourse in Ghana.”

Sidra Lawrence (Bowling Green State University, Ohio)
“Queer Sound and Movement: Rethinking Transgressive Gender Performance in Ghana.”

Discussant: Anima Adjepong, Simmons College, Massachusetts

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in Williams Hall (provided to all registrants)

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Drag Performance/Student Entertainment featuring 
Elektra Fearce St. James | Kevelis Matthews-Alvarado | Jamir Connelly | Jamal Connelly
1:40 - 2:40 p.m.

Session III Panel of Health Systems and LGBT Populations

Olubiyi Oludipe (Improved Sexual Health and Rights Advocacy Initiative, Nigeria)
Peter Navario, (HealthRight International and New York University College of Global Public Health, New York)
Olivet Aggrey-Fynn (Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana)
Discussant: Sirry Alang, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.





Session IV - Queering Discourses of Representation

Olusegun Soetan (University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin)
“Queering Nollywood: Transgressive Sexuality and Media Culture in Nigeria.”

Malaika Gutekunst and Myriam T. Kadeba, (Nicole L. Johnson, Mary Beth Grove, Cleopatre Paulvin, Amy Rivituso, Jacob A. Wolf, 
Hannah Bashian, Marli Corbett-Hone, Annalisa Smithson, and Gabrielle H. Rocchino)
(Lehigh University, Pennsylvania)
“A Comparative Analysis of Region-Specific Research on LGBTQ+ Persons in Africa.”

Discussant: S.M. Rodriquez, Hofstra University, New York

Keynote and Panel Discussion: "Challenges and Pathways to Inclusion" (live streaming event) 

No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Whitaker Laboratory, Room 303
5 East Packer Avenue
Campus Map - Building 5 

7:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Welcome remarks and introduction of keynote speaker

Jackie Krasas, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives
College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
Martin Ennals Award Winner and Ugandan Activist


7:45 - 8:50 p.m.




Post Keynote Panel Discussion
John A. Adewoye, M.Div, MSW. Center for Integration and Courageous Living, Chicago, Illinois
Neville Hoad, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin,Texas
S.N. Nyeck, Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom
Moderator: Anima Adjepong, Ph.D, Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts

8:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks by Donald Outing, Vice President for Equity and Community, University Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania