Queer Theory Reading Group
The Sexuality and Gender Division is facilitating a Queer Theory Reading Group. The group hopes to be a mutual learning space for therapists and researchers working in psychology within South Africa. While each meeting will vary in theme and content, the group aim is to explore and interrogate queerness as a construct, and to discuss potential applications to therapeutic and research practice of psychology in South Africa. We hope to uncover the implications of queer theory for pertinent issues such as race, class and disability. Each meeting’s discussion will focus on both classic and contemporary queer theory texts.
SGD members are automatically members of the reading group. Non-SGD members are also invited to join the group at a membership fee of R160 per year. Group meetings will be CPD accredited.
While the group will initially convene in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, it is our hope that meetings will eventually take place across the country, effectively decentralising knowledge production in the field.
If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please contact Ella Kotze at email@example.com.
The Sexology Masterclass has been postponed until later this year. The new date will be announced soon. If you are interested to learn more, please contact Ella Kotze (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Casey Blake (email@example.com)
Call for submissions
The Executive of the Sexuality and Gender Division would like to invite all members to please submit information to us on a regular basis which we can share with others in the Division: this can include information about sexuality and gender-related conferences, workshops, meetings, published articles and books that may be of interest to other SGD members. These can be submitted to Pierre Brouard (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will distribute them.
In keeping with the focus of this issue of PsyTalk, Mental Health Matters and Applied Psychology (the Science Issue), the Division wishes to draw your attention to a special issue of Psychology in Russia: State of the Art (http://psychologyinrussia.com/volumes/10_2_2017.php) that has just come out. It has a contribution by two members of the Executive. Please see: Victor, C.J. & Nel, J.A. 2017. Developing an affirmative position statement on sexual and gender diversity for psychology professionals in South Africa. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 10(2), 87-102.
The PsySSA position statement that informs this article is an attempt to contribute positively to the de-stigmatisation, amongst psychology professionals, of all people with diverse sexual and gender identities. In documenting and reflecting on the process of developing the statement — a first on the African continent — the article aims to contribute to the potential resources available to others in their work on similar projects around the world. Other national psychology organisations stand to benefit by ‘lessons learned’ during this country-specific process with global implications, especially with respect to broadening the lens from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) to sexual and gender diversity, as well as an acknowledgement of the multiple and fluid developmental pathways around sexuality and gender, in general.
The Division is pleased to announce the upcoming publication and launch of book titled Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the Politics of Sexuality, Gender and Race by SGD member Melanie Judge. This book examines research on lesbian and gay identities, in relation to sexuality, gender, race and class. Drawing on primary research on lesbian subjectivity in South Africa, it explores the contemporary politics of homophobia related violence in a postcolonial context. It offers a critical theorisation of violence, unsettling dominant narratives in which queer subjectivities come to be differentially constituted as more or less valuable lives, in increasingly precarious conditions.
Division member and Chair Peace Kiguwa is recipient of three-year grant with Ford Foundation and African Gender Institute focused on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights issues. It is a collaborative regional project that will see the participation of five countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.