Queer Studies and Religion in Africa

The journal Scholar & Feminist Online has recently published a special issue on the theme Queer/Religion, guest edited by Elizabeth Castelli. I contributed an article entitled, “Queer Studies and Religion in Contemporary Africa: Decolonizing, Post-secular Moves“. Here I explore the intersections of queer studies and religion in African contexts, and I argue that queer studies has to take religion seriously, not only as a source of homo- or queer-phobia, but also as a source of queer agency, subjectivity and politics. As part of its ongoing process of decolonization, this will allow queer studies – which is still firmly rooted in a Western and largely secular paradigm, to make a post-secular move and engage with religion, spirituality and faith in all its complexities.

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