DATE: 06 and 07 November 2017
VENUE: UNIVEN Research Conference Centre
TIME: 09h00 to 16h00
The University of Venda, Directorate of Community Engagement UNIVEN in collaboration with Wits and UNISA invite the University Community to the 2nd Univen Annual LGBTIQ Symposium.
The symposium is part of a network of ten universities in Southern African region participating in a research focusing on the “Normalization of diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity”. The partner universities include UNIVEN, UNISA, WITS, Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, University of Namibia (UNAM), University of Botswana and University of Malawi.
This symposium aims to further the contribution of UNIVEN to SOGI research by bringing multiple stakeholders together to participate in the dialogue about ‘matula’, as applied to LGBTIQ community. Researchers, academics, students, pastors, traditional leaders, traditional healers and members of the community will engage in a dialogue focusing on:
- Deconstructing the notions of Matula and Matudzi as applied to LGBTIQ community
- Fostering safe space for expression of diverse sexualities and gender identities in universities (LGBTIQ)
- Ways in which LGBTIQ identities should be normalized within the African context
The empirical research, advocacy and interventions undertaken in higher education settings across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in rural settings show that LGBTIQ communities are mostly ridiculed based on religion and cultural beliefs. Our article titled, Deconstructing matula (taboo), a multi-stakeholder narrative about LGBTI (VO Netshandama, Mavhandu-Mudzusi and Matshidze 2017, (http://dx.doi.org/10.20853/31-4- 1328) reports research findings of UNIVEN and its broader community that denies existence of homosexuality and problematized diversity in sexual orientation. We noted that the more traditional, intolerant and repressive views reported in the studies conducted in UNIVEN (Mavhandu-Mudzusi and Sandy 2017; Netshandama, Mavhandu-Mudzusi and Matshidze 2017) mirror those reported from other rural provinces such as the Eastern Cape (Rule and Mncwango 2006; Abaver et al. 2014).
More knowledge to debunk the myth about homosexuality as unAfrican thus need to be propagated.
Please confirm attendance to Phathu Nevhutalu at email@example.com
or Ext 8807 and nakisani. firstname.lastname@example.org or Ext 8802 on or before 06 October 2017.