Fito is a fringe feminist ezine based in South Africa, but open to world places, visions and voices - because change comes through exchange with others.
Fito aims to:
Celebrate freedoms and expression beyond patriarchal, hetero-normative and other repressive mindsets
Explode the myths about history, culture and identity that leave so many stories untold
Stake out e-space for expressing anger about things too long left unsaid
Challenge coercive loyalties to creeds, leaders, organisations and other collectivities
Send online artwork, photography, cartoons, games, articles, stories, poetry and other un-nameable genres to Desiree Lewis: email@example.com
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Lewis is an independent
feminist researcher, writer and editor who has worked as a lecturer and
researcher at South African universities and focuses on literary, cultural and
gender studies. Her PhD thesis (University of Cape Town) was on Bessie Head,
and her academic work has appeared in various academic journals and
anthologies. She currently tries to produce and engage with knowledge and
cultural expression that is provocative, relevant and entertaining (!) and
prefers the margins of academic spaces.
Pumla Dineo Gqola is a feminist scholar and
writer. She is a graduate of the Universities of Cape Town, Warwick (England)
and Munich (Germany), and currently lectures at the University of the Free
State. Her short stories and creative non-fiction have been published in Tyhume,
Chimurenga, the UK, Gowanus, Postcolonial Text and
anthologies on contemporary (South) African writing. Academically she has
published on African feminism/womanism, Black Consciousness literature, slavery
in contemporary South African and Caribbean literature, and topics in
contemporary South African culture. She is co-editor of Discourses on
Difference, Discourses on Oppression (2002).
a South African media scholar, writer and poet. She is completing her PhD on
images of Islam in South African media and culture at the University of Cape
Town. She held an Associateship at the African Gender Institute in 2002, and
was a delegate at the inaugural Oxford Muntada at the Oxford Centre for Islamic
Studies in 2003. Her publications have dealt with art, theatre and the body.
She has also written for ThisDay newspaper, SL magazine and
islamonline.net. Her poetry has appeared in New Contrast, Carapace,
Illuminations, Matter and Feminist Studies. She has been
nominated for the DaimlerChrysler Prize for South African Poetry for 2005, and
her first collection of poetry, The Dream in the Next Body, will be
published by Kwela Books/Snailpress in 2005.