PhD researcher travels to Sweden to share research on masculinities in Ghana

16 Aug 2017 - 19:30

Isaac Derry, PhD researcher at the School of African and Gender Studies, received funding through IAPO’s Global Short Academic Programmes (GSAP) unit to attend a conference in Sweden titled: Men and Masculinities: Politics, Policy, Praxis Conference. Part of the mandate of the GSAP is to support internationalisation initiatives for UCT students.

“I made useful contacts and networked with a good number of academics, emerging scholars and professional from different universities who have similar research interests as me. Including, masculinities, gender-based violence and identity politics,” says Derry.

The conference brought together over 250 participants from 36 countries and featured five distinguished keynote speakers from different universities across the globe.

Derry himself presented his paper: Constructing Narratives of Young Masculinities in Northern Ghana: “who knows, you may overpower him?” in the session titled: Deconstructing Young Men. He says it was succesfully attended and he received  several compliments on the quality of his presentation.

“The conference provided me with a valuable platform to learn and share experiences and ideas,’ he says.  “In essence, I was very pleased with the conference, feedback and comments. It was definitely worth the trip.”