Dr. Aminata Cécile Mbaye

Universitair docent

Trained transdisciplinary in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, gender studies and literary studies, Aminata's scholarship and teaching reside at the nexus of critical gender/queer studies, critical race studies, African and Black feminism as well as post- and decolonial theories.  

Drawing upon critical discourse analysis and ethnographic research involving Senegalese activists, filmmakers and writers, as well as religious authorities, Aminata's first monograph 'Les discours sur l’homosexualité au Sénégal. L'analyse d’une lute représentationnelle' scrutinizes the emergence of new postcolonial representations, discourses and practices concerning sexuality and same-sex intimacy in Senegal.

In 2021, Aminata was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to undertake a new research project 'Afroqueer Assemblages: An Aesthetic of Resistance in 'Real' and 'Virtual' Worlds', at Queen's University. This project investigates how transnational LGBTQ+ pan-African networks redefines notions of Africanness, gender and sexuality through artistic practices and the utilization of communication technologies.
More recently, Aminata's embarked on a new research project examining the intersection of gender and health, and environmental pollution in Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

Before joining Utrecht University, Aminata's held the position of assistant professor at Humboldt University of Berlin (2023) and at University of Bayreuth (2013-2023).

Beyond academia, Aminata's work features in public media discussions on gender and same-sex intimacy in Senegal. Additionally, she also collaborates with artists and activists in organizing various festivals in Germany and France.