African Gender Studies authority assumes Prince Claus chair
Nigerian professor Amina Mama (1958) will hold the Prince Claus
chair in 2003/2004. Each year, young scientists from Africa, Asia
or Latin America are considered for this rotating chair in the field
of development cooperation. The chair was established by the University
of Utrecht and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
Professor Mama, professor at Cape Town University, is an authority
in the field of Gender Studies. She leads the research program Strengthening
Gender Studies for Africa’s Transformation, which strives
to contribute to the equality and development on the African continent.
Mama was also one of the founders of Feminist Africa, the first
African journal for Gender Studies. Her book Beyond the Masks; Race,
Gender and Subjectivity (1995), is included in the list of 'Best
100 African books of the twentieth century'. Mama also advises various
development organisations in the Caribbean area and Africa. In the
past she held an academic position with the ISS.
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