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OSI Club Lecture Series Starts November 1, 2011

№ 330/2011 from Oct 31, 2011

A new lecture series at the Otto Suhr Institute in the Department of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin will focus on the situation of women in Africa. The first lecture on November 1 will be given by the professor of political science Cilja Harders and will deal with the upheavals in Egypt and the situation of women in Egypt. The final lecture of the series is to be given on February 14, 2011, by Lilia Labidi, the Minister responsible for women, family, and children’s affairs in the transitional government in Tunisia. All the lectures will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. They are being organized by Ulrike Schütz, a privatdozent at Freie Universität and a professor of theology at the Theologische Hochschule in Friedensau. The host is the OSI Club, the alumni and supporters’ association of the Otto Suhr Institute. There is no charge and no advance registration. About half of the lectures will be given in English.

The recent developments in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia are drawing attention to Africa. It is not only these current issues that are of interest in the new lecture series, but also the focus placed on the situation of African women. The OSI Club was able to win speakers from Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia, the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Germany. They will shed light on such diverse aspects as the role of women in the labor market, a feminist perspective in the fight against militarism, and new directions of Pan-Africanism.

Location and Time

  • Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Ihnestraße 21, Lecture Hall A, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)
  • Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. starting November 1, 2011

Dates and Topics

  • November 1, 2011: Cilja Harders (Freie Universität Berlin): Ambivalenzen der Revolution – Geschlechterregime und politischer Wandel in Ägypten
  • November 8, 2011: Widad Ali Abdelrahman (Ahfad University for Women): Women Engagement in the Labour Market: Old Challenges and New Prospects
  • November 15. 2011: Akua Britwum (University Cape Coast, Ghana): Women Traders’ Associations and Gender Transformation in Ghana
  • November 22, 2011: Fatima Adamu (Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto): Women’s Movement Engagement with Religion for Legal Reform in Nigeria
  • November 29, 2011: Marianne Ballé Moudoumbou: (Pan-African Women‘s Empowerment and Liberation Organisation – PAWLO-Germany): Mut zur Utopie? Was bedeutet Liberation/Befreiung heute: Neue Wege des Panafrikanismus aus Frauenaugen.
  • December 6, 2011: Yasmine Berriane (ZMO; Berlin): Die Feminisierung lokaler Vereine in Marokko als Zeichen einer Umgestaltung der Machtverhältnisse?
  • December 13, 2011: Claudia von Braunmühl (Freie Universität Berlin): Frauenpolitische Einmischungen in die Entwicklungspolitik
  • January 10, 2012 Antonie Nord (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung): Die Macht teilzuhaben. Feministischer Einfluss auf Politik in Afrika
  • January 17, 2012: Joy Ezeilo (University of Nsukka, Nigeria): Female Genital Cuttings – Are We Losing the Campaign to Eradicate the Practice?
  • January 24, 2012: Victoria Bernal (University of California, Irvine): NGO Fever and Feminism: Gender, States, and Donor Regimes
  • January 31, 2012: Amina Mama (University of California, Davis): African Women in an Age of War: Notes from a Feminist Anti-militarist Perspective
    Ellen Martin (ODI London; Humanitarian Policy Group): Gender, Violence and Survival in Juba, South Sudan
    Katarzyna Grabska (University of Basel, Switzerland): The Practice of Everyday Feminism: War-time Displacement, Violence, and Post-war Settlement in Southern Sudanese Women’s Experiences
  • February 14, 2012: Lilia Labidi (Minister of Women Affairs, Tunesia): Women in a Democratic Transition: The Case of Tunisia


Further Information

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schultz, Verein der Freundinnen und Freunde des Otto-Suhr-Instituts e. V.

Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 612 11 81, Email:

Inquiries about the OSI Club

Christian Walther, Chairperson, OSI Club, Email: