Prof. Zintombizethu Matebeni is Marie Jahoda Fellow 2022

We are overjoyed to welcome Prof. Zintombizethu Matebeni as our first Marie Jahoda Fellow at Ruhr University Bochum this year.

Zintombizethu (zethu) Matebeni is South Africa Research Chair in Sexualities, Genders and Queer Studies at the University of Fort Hare. As a social scientist, writer and film maker whose work focuses on the development of African Queer Studies, zethu works collaboratively with activists, scholars and artists and creates interdisciplinary scholarly work. zethu has been visiting professor at the Women’s Gender and Sexualities Studies (WGSS) Department at Yale University (United States of America), Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), and has received numerous awards including the African Humanities Program (AHP) Fellowship and the African Studies Association (ASA) by American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Presidential Fellowship. zethu has published various key volumes on African sexualities and gender diversity including: Reclaiming African: queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities (2014); Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship and Activism (with Surya Munro and Vasu Reddy, 2018); and Beyond the Mountain: queer life in ‘Africa’s gay capital’ (with B Camminga, 2020).

At RUB, Zintombizethu will be involved in the research activities surrounding the working group on masculinities (AG Männlichkeiten). Here Zintombizethu will work in particular with Prof. Henriette Gunkel from the Institute for Media Studies.

Save the Dates! Prof. Zintombizethu Matebeni will give two public lectures this semester:
1️⃣ Tuesday | 25/10/2022: „Intersectionality Revisited: An African Perspective“ (Registration by mail to
2️⃣ Friday | 04/11/2022: „In the Languages of Gender“ (Within the framework of the annual conference of the Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW). Click here for the programme.

You can find more information about the Fellowship Programme here.