Between Archaic and Modernity (gender aspect of African culture)

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Главный научный сотрудник Института Африки РАН
Affiliation: Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 3

The article is an analytical review of the materials of the scientific conference "Gender aspects of African Culture: between Archaic and Modernity", held at the Institute of Africa of the Russian Academy of Sciences in November 2021.

The conference discussed such issues as gender characteristics of the transmission of traditions to the younger generation (archaic and modern forms and methods); the education system in the context of the transmission of universal (European) models of values; reflection of the struggle between traditional and modern in the development of African languages at the present stage. A number of reports were devoted to the problems of traditional art as an integral part of modern cultural forms.

The attention of the speakers was focused on the problems of the sacred role and political significance of the activities of representatives of national culture (including their civic position, criticism of the policy of the authorities, the fight against the dictates of religious movements). The problems of cultural interaction within the framework of a mixed family and mestizo children as intermediaries of two cultures occupied a large place in the work of the conference. Considerable attention was paid to the issues of feminism as an expression of women's self-realization and self-identification, the struggle against all forms of exploitation and for the freedom of will of an individual through artistic means, as well as "state feminism" as a radical means in the fight against archaism.

KeywordsAfrica, culture, archaic, modernity, literature, folklore, political culture, family, feminism
Publication date24.03.2022
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