2017. “Why ‘Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill’: Rethinking the Coherent State.” Third World Quarterly 38(9): 2027-2044.
How we understand the state is important when addressing issues of human rights. During the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, the country was, at times, presented as nearly uniformly homophobic, exemplified by references to ‘Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill’. The state, which does discriminate against gender and sexual minorities, is comprised of different institutions and people, holding, at times, conflicting positions. This paper documents these differing positions that parts of the state adopted, along with how those positions changed over time in response to political changes and lobbying from civil society. Uncovering gaps in the coherence of the state by identifying these opposing views is useful both for how we understand and study the state, and for activism against political homophobias. Strategies against legislation similar to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill can target those within most likely to oppose such laws.
Forthcoming. “Sexuality politics, scientific manipulation, and the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014.” Sexualities.
Recent Conference Presentations:
March 30, 2019. “Legislation versus Rhetoric: analyzing differences between political homophobias in Sub-Saharan Africa.” International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada.
Emma Paszat. 2018. “How lgbt movements counter political homophobias.” Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Conference. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 4 May.
Emma Paszat. 2017. “Beyond criminalization: Analysing the status of lgbt communities and activism in Rwanda.” Gender and Sexuality in Africa: Transdisciplinary Conversations Symposium. Dartmouth University, New Hampshire, USA, 4 November.
Emma Paszat. 2017. “Explaining Differing Government Responses to Gender and Sexual Minority Populations.” Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 31 May.