Program

 

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

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: Saheed Aderinto, Western Carolina University, North Carolina

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.”

Daniel Yaw Fiaveh (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
"Same-Sex Sexual Discourses in Ghana: What role do moral and partisan politics got to do with it?"

Discussant: Anima Adjepong, Simmons College, Massachusetts

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch in Williams Hall (provided to all registrants)

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Lehigh University's Pride Center Entertainment

1:30 - 2:30 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, 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, (Nicole L. Johnson, Myriam T. Kadeba, 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.”

Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University, North Carolina)
“Sodomy and “Abnormal” Sexualities in Colonial Nigerian Court Records.”

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 

6:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Welcome remarks and introduction of keynote speaker

Cameron Wesson, Interim Dean
College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

6:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
Martin Ennals Award Winner and Ugandan Activist

 

6:45 - 7:50 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 College, Boston, Massachusetts
 

7:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks