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Waltz movement: political activism of transgender people in Southern Mozambique in a comparative perspective

Grant number: 21/10298-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): March 10, 2022
Effective date (End): March 09, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Isadora Lins França
Grantee:Francisco Paolo Vieira Miguel
Supervisor: Marc Epprecht
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Queen's University, Canada  
Associated to the scholarship:20/11927-1 - The Waltz movement: political activism of transgender people in Southern Mozambique, BP.PD


The postdoctoral research proposed here has the general objective of investigating historically and ethnographically the institutionalization in 2019 of the social movement of trans people in Southern Mozambique, in a comparative perspective to the Western similar activisms, particularly the trans African immigrants in the West. I am interested in their actions and narrative strategies for claiming recognition and combating transphobia. Their relationship both with the State and other organizations are also part of my concerns since preliminary Mozambican trans activism data show some local particularities both in comparison with previous Mozambican gay activism and those from other national political environments, Canada included. The hypothesis to be tested is that there is a concomitant existence in Mozambique of a recent and ongoing attempted sexual revolution brokered by the trans movement while it starts from and adheres to what is considered 'traditional' values, such as the binary system of gender and gerontocracy. I hope that the research will contribute in an unprecedented way both to incorporate the literature on former Portuguese colonies in Africa into the anglophone scientific literature on gender and sexuality, and by so doing demonstrate the specificity of Mozambican politics of and about the gendered human bodies; something particularly relevant in the growing scenario of conservative hostilities worldwide. (AU)

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