Okune: queer African voices as "data"

The following excerpt from Keguro highlights the feeling that these stories and voices are not a way to "give voice" but rather a way to turn those stories (and people) into data and/or evidence.

"African intellectual contexts disregarded, queer African studies becomes simply another trick in the queer backroom. In fact, the work of thinking through queer Africa will be mostly illegible to US and European ears trained by and embedded in LGBTI studies. Or, as is happening too often, queer African voices and experiences will be absorbed as “data” or “evidence,” not as modes of theory or as challenges to the conceptual assumptions that drive queer studies. Even now, an army of well-meaning European and US researchers descend on Africa with notebooks and digital recorders to capture the belated entry of Africans into queer modernity. In a gesture of profound rudeness, I now ignore e-mails and requests for meetings from US and European researchers who travel to Africa to search for queers." (page 185)

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