“Girl, You Are a New Species of Krazy” Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • On 18 April 2016, Dr Stella Nyanzi, then, a researcher at the Makerere Institute of Social Research(MISR) stripped in protest against being evicted from her office by Professor Mahmood Mamdani,Director of MISR. The conflict that had been brewing for years between the two was primarilyaround Nyanzi’s refusal to teach on the PhD programme at MISR. Though Nyanzi had peopleendorsing her choice of protest, others criticised her. Drawing on the Othering theory, this paperexamines the ways in which criticisms to Dr Nyanzi’s protest were represented on YouTube.First, Nyanzi was framed on the social media platform as mad. Second, Nyanzi was regarded ashaving contravened behaviour expected of ‘educated people.’ Third, her stripping was framedas unholy and unAfrican. Fourth, Nyanzi’s undressing was labelled criminal. Nyanzi’s otheringserved to discredit her protest. Many of Nyanzi’s critics neglected to engage with the issues thatshe raised.

publication date

  • October 7, 2022