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Empires, by their very nature, embody and institutionalize difference, both between metropolis and colony and between colonial subjects. The imperial imaginary floods popular culture. Gender categories were one kind of bio-logic "new tradition" that European colonialism institutionalized in Yoruba as well as other African cultures. There is significant religious and linguistic evidence that Yoruba society was not gendered in its original form : before colonization social practices (such as division of labor, kinship, profession and monarchical structures) are not ordered according to gender difference but according to the lineage.
Rethinking gender as a Western construction : the postcolonial mapping of the distinctively European approaches to feminism that has been developing in recent decades the "woman question,” mostly as a Western one and not a proper lens for viewing African society.
Where is the African women identity leading to? How is it going to be their relation with men? Would they be able to recover their ancestral social hierarchy or will there be a new super retro-futuristic way to interact between both genders? How will the colonizing tactics will be? Maybe "we" could be the ones geographically( mentally and socially we already are) colonize in a near future, or even colonies could disappear as a tactic of power ....
We need to look at imperialism, colonization and other global and local forms of stratification, which lead to the conclusion that gender cannot be separated from the social context and other systems of hierarchy. Thus, the three central concepts that have been the pillars of feminism, women, gender and sisterhood, are only understood with a careful attention to the nuclear family from which they have emerged. Feminist concepts arise from the logic of the patriarchal nuclear family , which is a familiar form that is far from universal
Can we assume that social relations in all societies are organized around biological sexual difference? Is the male body in African societies seen as normative and therefore a channel for the exercise of power?
One consequence of Eurocentrism is the racialization of knowledge: Europe is represented as the source of knowledge and Europeans, therefore, as thinkers. In addition, male privilege as an essential part of the European ethos is implicit in the culture of modernity. What if modernity models brings us to a new vision of "the other"?. Gender is, above all, a sociocultural construction. Maybe understanding History we will be able to overcome the social and symbolic ascription only by the difference of sex and open the range to other factors for the construction of identity.

Explore intersections between gender, history, knowledge-making,....
Rethink new ways of observing.