April 1, 2021
Title: How to (not?) know the Ethiopian Woman and her Hidden Desires
Organizers: Gender Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva
Description: In this talk, Serawit B. Debele juxtaposes two divergent archives to think about how the female body is produced through discourses on sexual desire. On one hand, she focuses on Wendy Belcher’s and Michael Kleiner’s controversial translation of a hagiography of a female patron saint from the 16th century. On another, she looks at magazines – which exclusively focused on women and sex – that were produced in the first few years of regime change in Ethiopia in 1991.