Dr Stella Nyanzi who was recently suspended from Makerere University for staging a nude protest at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), has been awarded a new research fellowship in South Africa.
Dr Nyanzi, an expert on sexuality, will lead a research titled ‘Rethinking Sex in Uganda’s Parliament’.
She will be addressing an issue that has seen alleged ‘draconian laws’ passed in Uganda parliament concerning different sexual orientations.
“I will trace, describe and analyse the trajectory of thought(s) within the Ugandan Parliament about gendered sexualities since its formulation during the British colonial era, through independence and to the present,” her project summary states.
She is the only Ugandan listed among the 90 research fellows for this year’s Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS) research projects. Others are from the world’s top universities such as Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge among others.
Nyanzi staged a nude protest and painted MISR walls red on the morning of April 18th, after she was evicted from her office by the institute’s director Prof. Mahmood Mamdani.
“Makerere University will be fine. Can you imagine they still have not decided about what to do with me? I am happy to resume my research and writing in a space that appreciates what I do,” she added.