10 thoughts on “African female philosophers: a query

  1. Hypatia of Alexandria?
    And I forget names, but I think one or another of the universities in South Africa had women in its philosophy department. There at least used to be a South African philosophy journal: if you can find a copy, look at the names on the editorial board.

  2. Elisa Galgut is from South Africa and teaches at the University of Capetown. Lucy Allais, Samantha Vice, and Monique Whitaker are at the University of Witswatersrand. Helen Lauer and Nancy Myles Baffour-Gyamfi are at the University of Ghana. That’s from some quick googling. Unfortunately, a lot of African universities seem to not have very well functioning web pages (and my own, Australian, internet connection is also somewhat dodgy!), making searching a bit tedious, but that’s perhaps a way to find contemporary people.

  3. It depends on what you mean by “produced” and “in” — are you including women who teach in philosophy in different nations of Africa? The latter may be productive teachers but not all publish, just like in North America. Are you including women who publish in journals like South African Journal of Philosophy? The latter include women all over the world, including in North America, who send in submissions. What is it that you are looking for?

  4. Venus, thanks you for your telling question. I realize that I, as a white Western academic, is in no position to decide what African philosophy is. Right now, I think the best course for me is to use geographical location to find people who can address the question.

  5. In terms of people who do African philosophy and feminist philosophy: Nkiru Nzegwu, in the US; Patrice Haynes is based in the UK but working on African and feminist philosophy currently; also Tanella Boni; Sophie Uluwele. That’s just a very few because I’m not sure exactly what sort of author you’re looking for given the above.

  6. Maybe another resource would be to contact leading male African philosophers and theorists and ask them to direct you to their female colleagues? I was just reading last week about Achille Mbembe, who sounds fascinating – his wife, Sarah Nutall, is a literary scholar and presumably would be in a position to identify female African philosophers too. The Wikipedia entry for Frantz Fanon lists several good leads as well.

  7. Women faculty members in the department of philosophy at the University of Fort Hare (South Africa) are Dr. Rianna Oelofsen and Dr. Christine Hobden.

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