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Title:Archive and Collective Memories: Searching for African Women in the Pan-African Imaginary
Author(s):Sanya, Brenda Nyandiko; Lutomia, Anne Namatsi
Collective Memories
Geographic Coverage:Africa
Abstract:In this article focused on archiving, collective memory, and the role of national imaginaries, we argue that although African women have actively been involved in nation building, their political action and lived experiences are often left out of legislative agendas, academic archiving and collective memory. We discuss the sidelining of women through legislation and representation while considering the (present and potential) roles of paper, digital and visual archives. Grounded in a discussion on colonial and postcolonial education in Kenya as a site to reproduce elitism, we consider how women’s participation in citizenship is invisible in the national collective memories of liberation, in global academic discourses about identity formation, knowledge and cultural production academic work as well as in the present policies and leadership. Many women's organizations on the African continent have made a priority of research and documentation work, in efforts to redress inequality/ignorance about women's lives.
Issue Date:2015-09-01
Publisher:African Gender Institute
Citation Info:Sanya, B. N., & Lutomia, A. N. Archives and Collective Memories: Searching for African women in the pan-African imaginary1. Feminist Africa 20 Feminism and Pan-Africanism, 69-76.
Series/Report:"Feminist Africa Issue 20"
Rights Information:All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording and/or otherwise without permission in writing from the publisher.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07

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