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Prof. Adomako Ampofo named the 2023-2024 Wan­ga­ri Maat­hai Vi­sit­ing Pro­fes­sor­.

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Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo has been named the 2023-2024 Wan­ga­ri Maat­hai Vi­sit­ing Pro­fes­sor­ at the University of Kassel under Global Partnership Network (GPN). The Professorship is established in the context of global partnerships for sustainable development, and is for outstanding senior scientists who have achieved appropriate recognition in their fields.  The professorship honours the prominent Kenyan activist, Wangari Maathai, and stands for her commitment to justice, environmental and human rights.


Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a professor of African and Gender Studies who has taught at the University of Ghana since 1989.  Her areas of interest include African Knowledge systems; Higher education; Race and Identity Politics; Gender relations; Masculinities; and Popular Culture. In 2005 she became the foundation Director of the University of Ghana’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy and from 2010-2015 she was the Director of the Institute of African Studies.  Adomako Ampofo is the founding Vice-President and immediate past President of the African Studies Association of Africa; an honorary Professor at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Birmingham; and a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book, co-edited with Josephine Beoku-Betts, is titled Producing Inclusive Feminist Knowledge: Positionalities and Discourses in the Global South (Bingley: Emerald Publishing 2021). She co-produced the documentary When Women Speak with Kate Skinner (and directed by Aseye Tamakloe, 2022) as part of a project titled, an “Archive of Activism: Gender and Public History in Postcolonial Ghana”. The project seeks to create a publicly accessible archive of gender activism and “political women”. Please visit 

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The Global Partnership Network (GPN) is a collaboration of higher education institutions and civil society groups for research, teaching and workshops around the SDG 17: “Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”.  The GPN calls attention to the shortcomings, limitations, and problematic aspects of international partnerships that have historically been shaped by colonial relations between North and South and sometimes continue to reflect them. Redressing this historical dynamic requires reconstructing the concept towards a partnership based on mutual recognition and solidarity, adequate to the multi-polar and postcolonial 21st century.

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