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Paula specializes in digital anthropology and anthropology of art, visual culture, media and globalization. She is currently doing research on African women writers, based on fieldwork in Tanzania and Ghana, with an emphasis on feminism and Pan-Africanism. See project web site at http://www.womenwriters.one. Her recent publications focus on mobile photography in Tanzania (2016), mobile infrastructure in Africa (2015), and mourning rituals for Mandela in Cape Town (2015). Her research on digital media and intercultural interaction at a national art institute in Tanzania was published in the monograph Digital Drama. Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania (Uimonen 2012), with a website at http://innovativeethnographies.net/digitaldrama. In another project, an anti-corruption campaign by Tanzanian musicians was presented in an ethnographic road movie Chanjo ya Rushwa (2013), available online at https://vimeo.com/paulauimonen.

Abstract for FEMRITE 2016: The Interface between Writing and Feminism


Adichie in Sweden. African Women Writers, Social media and Cosmopolitan Feminism

Paula Uimonen, Associate Professor
Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies’s book We should all be feminists (2014) has become well known among Swedish youth. In December 2015 some 100,000 copies of the Swedish translation Alla borde vara feminister (2015) were distributed for free to Swedish senior high school students. In a country that prides itself as being at the vanguard of feminism, it is perhaps not surprising that students get to learn about feminism at the age of sixteen. But it is somewhat surprising that feminism is introduced through the voice of an African woman writer. This paper discusses Adichie’s We should all be feminists in terms of cosmopolitan feminism. Focusing on the content as well as circulation of the book, including its various digital mediations, the paper argues that Adichie is advancing a more global and inclusive form of feminisim, a truly cosmopolitan feminism, which both builds upon and departs from earlier constellations. While Adichie’s cosmopolitan feminism articulates a rallying cry for universal rights and equality, it provokes counter reactions of racist antifeminism, as evidenced in some social media commentaries. Adichie’s literary production can thus be related to some of the most promising and problematic social forces at play in our digitally mediated world.




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