Session I – 11 May 2017 – 18h-20h

Seeking Gendered Perspectives – Matimu & I Khale

"This focuses on the growing consensus that women’s perspectives and positions need to be re-centered and re-assessed in historical, development, political and economic literature. I have worked up a multi-lecture unit for the UEM graduate program on Gender History and Oralcy, but here would only draw out key points for the history / gender studies people. Here, Jan Bender Shetler’s point is essential:

women possessed not just another version but wholly different kinds of knowledge about the past…men and women share neither styles of oral narration nor types of knowledge about the past. Men and women occupy separate spheres in their daily routines, sharing the same world but participating in different, though intersecting, sets of discourses about that world… A gendered analysis of oral tradition is necessary for finding its historical meaning.”

[Jan Bender Shetler, Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007): 11-12.]


Session II – 12 May 2017 – 18h-20h

The Order in Disorder – The Problem with Seeing Like State

"This focuses on urban Africa, especially the peri-urban areas where the majority populations reside. Taking colonial Lourenço Marques as its case study, it argues that by focusing on the licensed, measured, taxed, tidied bits of the large and vibrant economy, we miss what the majority population does, and we treat their activity as residual or we include it in negative placement: in-formal, il-legal, un-licensed, un-taxed. We need to center the quotidian economy and deal with it on its own terms, even if that means developing new discourses. We also need to focus on children’s labor on the world’s youngest continent."


Session III – 13 May 2017 – 10h-12h

The Challenges of Writing Women, Migration and the Cashew Economy of Southern Mozambique, 1945- 1975.

"Between the late 1940s and Independence in 1975, rural Mozambican women migrated to the capital, Lourenço Marques, to find employment in the cashew shelling industry. This lecture will focus on the labour and social history of what became the country’s most important late colonial era industry through the oral history and songs of three generations of the workforce in Jiva Jamal Tharani’s company in Chamanculo. The rich narratives convey layered histories: the rural crises that triggered the flight of women, their lives as factory workers, widespread payment and wage fraud, the formation of innovative urban families, and the health costs that all African families paid for municipal neglect of their neighborhoods."

[Adapted from the book: Penvenne, Jeanne Marie (2015) The Challenges of Writing Women, Migration and the Cashew Economy of Southern Mozambique, 1945- 1975. USA: James Currey]

Read the American Historical Review of Jeanne Penvenne' book here.


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