American Political Science Association Moves Conference From Uganda

Jim Burroway

March 2nd, 2010

This year’s theme for the American Political Science Association’s 2010 African Summer Workshop is Global Perspectives on Politics and Gender, a theme which would necessarily touch on sexual identity and LGBT issues in politics. The APSA had begun planning for the 2010 Workshop in Kampala, Uganda last summer, before the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced in Parliament. Obviously, that poses a problem for the APSA, which has announced that they will be moving their 2010 Workshop to another location:

The political climate in Uganda now, along with the possibility that the legislation in some form will pass, and that it will include criminalization of thought as well as harsh penalties, precludes our going forward there with this Workshop. The long lead time to plan and reorient a Workshop session requires that we identify right now another venue where the Workshop topics can be addressed openly. We cannot commit today to send staff and scholars to work in Uganda safely on topics that include the study of sexual identity in politics, and we of course must not remove these topics from our agenda for the Workshops.

The new location for the African Summer Workshop hasn’t been settled yet, but APSA Executive Director Michael Brintnall suggests that Dar es Salaam, Tanzania may be a possibility.

[Hat tip: GayUganda]

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.


March 2nd, 2010

I suspect we’ll see a lot more of this sort of thing. I know if I were in a respected professional organization, I wouldn’t want to have a meeting in a place that kills people for being gay.

It might be worth it to keep our eyes out for groups planning to have conferences in Uganda and try to persuade them to relocate.

F Commento

March 2nd, 2010

“It might be worth it to keep our eyes out for groups planning to have conferences in Uganda and try to persuade them to relocate.”

Well, the International Criminal Court Review Conference of the Rome Statute is planned for May-June 2010 in Kampala:

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