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Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)
Rogers Orock: The New “Magic” of Power? Freemasonry, Postcolonial Homophobia, and Struggles for Decolonization in Central Africa
We live in an age of suspicion and conspiracism. This talk links current struggles over homosexuality in Francophone Africa to popular suspicions and conspiracy theories about Freemasonry, a global (though originally Western-based) esoteric or secret society with a significant presence across Africa. By analysing rumours and conspiracy theories about homosexuality and Freemasonry as forms of political accusations against elites in Cameroon, Rogers Orok underlines their connections to broader debates on sexual citizenship and decolonization in Francophone Africa today. He will discuss how these accusations allege a sexual and political recolonization of postcolonial states in Francophone Africa through the role of Western secret societies like Freemasonry. In the end, these rumours about Freemasonry and homosexuality represent popular anxieties about elite power amidst widening social inequalities in these countries as well as anxieties about the outsized and dominant influence that France continues to have in Francophone states in Central and West Africa.
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