Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism, and Arts of Resistance in Africa
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Sturm Hall, Room 281, Lindsay Auditorium
Many African politicians and religious leaders demonize homosexuality as “un-African” and “un-Christian.” But van Klinken's fearless ethnographic documents how emergent LGBTQ movements in states like Kenya are creatively claiming public space and promoting counter-narratives that enlist Christian thought and practice. Drawing on four cases from a forthcoming book (Penn State UP, 2019), van Klinken will consider the possibility for a black pan-African Christian form of queer imagination and politics as an alternative to popular homophobic forms of Christianity as well as to mainstream secular forms of LGBT activism.