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Gender and Research in the African Academy: “Moving Against the Grain” in the Global Ivory Tower

Stephanie Y. Evans
Black Women, Gender + Families
Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2008), pp. 31-52
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/blacwomegendfami.2.2.0031
Page Count: 22
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Gender and Research in the African Academy: “Moving Against the Grain” in the Global Ivory Tower
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Abstract This article argues for a broader understanding of scholarship by and about African women, revealing comprehensive data about gender on the continent that was gathered during a 2006 faculty exchange program at the University of Dar es Salaam. This information will advance black studies scholarship by engaging definitions of African-centered research and will advance understanding of the wide range of gender issues present in the global academy. This article builds on black women’s intellectual history by placing African women at the center of inquiry and by highlighting underrecognized academic production. The assessment of women’s scholarly contributions can inform scholars throughout the African Diaspora, and it reveals the rich—and growing—legacy of gender research in academic discourse.

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