30th November 2022
“This urgent, compelling, and carefully curated volume is a vital corrective to the field of queer and trans migration studies. By decentering an emphasis on legal regimes, Euro-American perspectives, and South-North migration trajectories, Queer and Trans African Mobilities fills gaps in knowledge and understanding that have existed for decades. As a whole, the essays in this book invite readers to expand their thinking on migration narratives, securitization regimes, belonging, and what it means to think about queer Africa. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who teaching about queer and trans migration, gender and sexuality on the African continent, and the necessity of geographically-specific analyses of transnational mobilities.” Karma R. Chávez, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Please join us on the 30th of November 2022 for a book launch and discussion
B Camminga (African Centre for Migration & Society), John Marnell (African Centre for Migration & Society), Verena Hucke (University of Kassel) and Godfried Asante (San Diego State University)
in conversation with
Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (Cheeky Natives)
30th of November 2022
“Queer and Trans African Mobilities crucially intervenes in queer migration studies and politics by fully accounting for the journeys of queer and transgender Africans on the African continent, to different continents and countries, and on digital platforms. By centering queer and trans Africans’ experiences with migration, mobility, and travel, this timely book demonstrates how migration studies and queer African studies can enrich one another. ” Ashley Currier, Professor, University of Cincinnati, USA, author of Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa: Homophobia in Malawi (2019)
Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (they/them)
Letlhogonolo is a legal practitioner practising as an advocate in South Africa. They hold degrees from Stellenbosch University and University of California, Los Angeles. They are also the co-founder and co-host of a literary podcast ‘The Cheeky Natives’ where they have been in conversation with authors across the globe. They were part of the panel of judges for the 2022 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
B Camminga (they/them)
B Camminga is a postdoctoral fellowship at the African Centre for Migration & Society, Wits University, South Africa. They work on issues relating to gender identity and expression on the African continent with a focus on transgender migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Their first monograph, Transgender Refugees and the Imagined South Africa, received the 2019 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies (with Aren Azuira) and honourable mention in the Ruth Benedict Prize for Queer Anthropology. They are the co-convenor of the African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network (ALMN). B is co-editor of Beyond the Mountain: Queer Life in Africa’s “Gay Capital,” (2019) with zethu Matebeni, and Queer and Trans African Mobilities: Migration, Diaspora, and Asylum, (2022) with John Marnell.
John Marnell (he/him)
John is based at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand. His most recent book, Seeking Sanctuary: Stories of Sexuality, Faith and Migration, was published in 2021 by Wits University Press. He is also co-editor of Queer and Trans African Mobilities: Migration, Diaspora, and Asylum, published in 2022 by ZED Books. John is the co-convenor of the African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network.
This conference is generously supported by the British Academy and the South African National Research Foundation.