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"Human Rights and Development in/from/for/against Africa. Discourses by African intellectuals since 1980." (working title)
In the study of both human rights and development in the context of Africa, the work of African intellectuals is still often marginalized and rendered invisible in academic discourses. At the same time, the knowledge on Africa that forms the basis for the practices in those two fields is based on the Western epistemological hegemony, allowing for only certain meanings of human rights, development and Africa in the respective discourses.
On this account, the PhD project at stake aims at understanding what the meaning of Africa could be in African scholarship on development and human rights in order to challenge the Othering of Africa in the hegemonic discourses. It is based on a textual analysis of academic publications by African authors (including new diaspora) since 1980 that deal with the issue of development and human rights generally with reference to “Africa” as a whole (i.e. excluding case studies, particular subtopics and related discourses). The purpose of such a restriction of data is not to juxtapose supposedly African concepts with what might be understood as Western concepts, but rather to contribute to the qualification of “Africa as a unit of analysis in its own rights” (Mamdani 1996).
The analysis will deal with both the meaning of Africa and the interpretation of this meaning with regard to power configurations in the production of knowledge on Africa generally. This will lay the foundations for an analysis of the function of the concept of Africa in the knowledge production on ‘development’ and ‘human rights’.
Miša Krenčeyová – SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Born 1983 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Studied Development Studies and African Studies at the University Vienna.
2002 – 2007 active in the Students’ Representative Council (bagru.ie) at the Development Studies ‘department’ (Projekt Internationale Entwicklung).
2004 – 2008 tutor assisting courses and lectures in Development Studies and African Studies.
2005 and 2007 research and work stays in Nairobi, Kenya.
Diploma thesis on gender-specific concepts of 'Empowerment' based on a qualitative research with young activists in Nairobi, Kenya. Title: "I don´t know what´s wrong with us girls" - von Schönheitswettbewerben zu Empowerment? Interpretationen, Differenzierungen und Funktionen eines entwicklungspolitischen Schlagwortes in Nairobi.
Since 2007 member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed African Studies journal Stichproben – Wiener Zeitschrift für Kritische Afrikastudien.
2008 – 2011 involved in the Global Education Network of Young Europeans (GLEN) as a tutor and lead facilitator.
Gender and Development, Feminisms, Concepts of Empowerment, Emancipatory Politics, Critical Development Studies, Development and Colonialism, Representations of Africa, History of Science and Intellectual History in Africa, African Studies
at the Department of African Studies / Project Development Studies, University of Vienna:
‘African History’, winter term 2009
‘African Feminisms’ (together with Dr. Inge Grau), summer term 2009
‘Whose Empowerment? Concepts, Interests and Assumptions behind a development buzzword’, winter term 2008
‘African History’ (together with Dr. Inge Grau), winter term 2008
‘History of North-South Relations’ (together with Dr. Inge Grau), winter term 2008
Ciganikova, Martina / Krenčeyová, Michaela (2006): Evaluation reports of the Country of Origin Information Key Documents on Kenya for the British Home Office, for use by officials involved in the asylum/human rights determination process. Commissioned by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Vienna, Austria.
http://apci.homeoffice.gov.uk/PDF/Extraordinary/APCI.E.10%20Kenya%20-%20HO%20response.pdf [last access: 27.09.2009]
Ciganikova, Martina / Krenčeyová, Michaela (2006): Evaluation reports of the Country of Origin Information Key Documents on Mauritius for the British Home Office, for use by officials involved in the asylum/human rights determination process. Commissioned by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Vienna, Austria.
http://apci.homeoffice.gov.uk/PDF/Extraordinary/APCI.E.13%20Mauritius%20-%20HO%20response.pdf [last access: 27.09.2009]
Krenčeyová, Michaela (2008): „I don’t know what’s wrong with us girls“ – Von Gender und Empowerment: Deutungen und Implikationen eines entwicklungspolitischen Schlagwortes in Nairobi. In: Stichproben - Wiener Zeitschrift für Kritische Afrikastudien No. 15. 1-29.
Krenčeyová, Miša / Cigániková, Martina (2010): Treue Betreuungsverhältnisse
oder „Es lebe das Chaos”. In: Stichproben - Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien No. 18. 59-61. [http://www.univie.ac.at/ecco/stichproben/Nr18_Krenceyova_Ciganikova.pdf]
Krenčeyová, Michaela (2011): Irmi Maral-Hanak 2009: Language, discourse and participation: Studies in donor-driven development in Tanzania. Review. In: Journal für Entwicklungspolitik No. 4/2011. 117-118.
Krenčeyová, Miša / Cigániková, Martina (eds., forthcoming): Human Rights and Africa. Special issue of Stichproben - Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien. No. 23. [scheduled autumn 2012]
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