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Curriculum

 

My broad teaching and research area is the interface between culture and politics in East and Southern Africa. I research the localization of media and global popular culture in East and Southern Africa, consumption and representation and the role they play for identities and social and livelihood practices for social groupings, particularly young women and men. I am interested in the political and cultural articulations of disadvantaged groups, how they often happen through mobilization in ‘uncivil’ social movements – they may be ethnic or religious - and may, in spite of their unregulated character,  contribute to processes of democratic transformation. In this connection I study diasporic groups who are often extremely dynamic but also exposed to abuse and persecution. I highlight the work of local intellectuals, writers and artists and their contributions to the political and social atmosphere in specific places and periods. I have a side interest in popular culture in India and am committed to the study of development from below. Finally I research the history of sexuality in Africa.

Recent Publications:

 ‘Mungiki, Vernacular Organization and Political Society in Kenya’, ‘Development and Change’ 41(6), 2010

‘Print, Newspapers and Audiences in Colonial Kenya: African and Indian Improvement, Protest and Connections’ , ‘Africa’ 81(1), 2011

Writing for Kenya: The Life and Works of Henry Muoria, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2009 (with W. Muoria-Sal, J. Lonsdale, D. Peterson))

Keywords

  • Industrial development, Development economics and planning, Developing countries
  • Political culture in Kenya
  • Communication, Journalism, Media
  • Media and popular culture in Africa
  • Gender studies, Ethnicity, Equal rights
  • Gender and sexuality in Africa
  • Literature, Art, Music, Aestheticism
  • African literature

Research Output 1997 2019

Amaoti and Pumwani: Studying urban informality in South Africa and Kenya

Kaarsholm, P. & Frederiksen, B. F., 2019, In : African Studies. 78, 1, p. 51-73 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

An Encounter in Paris: Conversations on Clitoridectomy across Borders

Frederiksen, B. F., Apr 2018, In : Gender Forum. 67, p. 92-103 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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Ethnicity and/or Issues? The 2013 General Elections in Western Kenya

Kaarsholm, P., Frederiksen, B. F., Wanyama, F. & Elklit, J., Oct 2014, In : Journal of African Elections. 13, 2, p. 169-195 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Women, Gender and Research: Gender, conflict and violence

Christiansen, C. C. (ed.), Frederiksen, B. F. (ed.) & Stockmarr, L. (ed.), 25 Sep 2013, Koordinationen for Kønsforskning, Københavns Universitet: Koordinationen for kønsforskning. 87 p. (Kvinder, Køn & Forskning; No. 2, Vol. 2013).

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Anmeldelse: Vore mænd (og kvinder) i Afrika' af Klaus Winkel

Frederiksen, B. F., Jan 2012, In : Udvikling. 1, 39, p. 42 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearch

Projects 2005 2011

Activities 1997 2017

Examiner of PhD thesis (Event)

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Member)
27 Jan 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership in review committee

ECAS2015

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Participant)
8 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

Magaart seminar on 'Stability, democracy and rights'

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Participant)
7 Dec 20158 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI) Forum on ‘Theories and Practice in Civic Innovation: .

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Speaker)
11 Oct 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

East Africa at 50

Bodil Folke Frederiksen (Speaker)
11 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

Press / Media

Afrikanere ser mildere på homoseksuelle end deres regeringer

Bodil Folke Frederiksen

25/10/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Ny afrikansk litteratur gør op med gamle stereotyper

Bodil Folke Frederiksen & Jacob Rasmussen

07/05/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

U-landenes unge er en overset ressource

Bodil Folke Frederiksen

25/02/2011

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kronik: Er der ingen mænd i Afrika?

Lisa Ann Richey & Bodil Folke Frederiksen

25/02/2010

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Hovedløst. Magtsygen får Kenya til at bløde

Bodil Folke Frederiksen

08/02/2008

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media