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 Prof. Tamara  Shefer

Position: Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning
Department: Department of Women and Gender Studies
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: (BA, UCT, (Hons,Psych) MSocSci (Psychology), UCT, D Phil, UWC)
Tel: +27 21 9593360
Fax: +27 21 959 1273
Email: tshefer@uwc.ac.za / tshefer@icon.co.za 
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Biography

 Tamara Shefer is professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape. She has foregrounded youth, gender and sexualities in her scholarship, including a focus on HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, masculinities, memory and post-apartheid, gender and care, and social justice in higher education. She has published widely in these areas including the editions From boys to men (2007 with Ratele et al., UCT Press) and The Gender of Psychology (2006, with Boonzaier & Kiguwa, UCT Press); Discourses on Difference, Discourse on Oppression (2002, Duncan et al., CASAS) and Contemporary Issues in Human Development (1997, de la Rey et al, ITP/Oxford University Press; more recently: Books and/or babies: pregnancy and young parenting in schools (2012, HSRC Press, with R. Morrell and D. Bhana) and Care In Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives (2014, HSRC Press, with V. Reddy, S. Meyer & T. Meyiwa).

She currently serves on the editorial board of three journals, on the board of SWEAT, a national NGO organizing sexworkers, is a member of a range of advisory boards of research institutes/centres/projects at UWC and a member of the international reference group of the centre of excellence GEXcell  International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies in Sweden, located at Orebro, Linkoping and Karlstad Universities. She is also on the transitional executive committee of the International Research Association of Advanced Gender Studies (RINGS). Her current research projects include a 3-year NRF-Finnish Academy international research project entitled ‘Engaging South African and Finnish youth towards new traditions of non-violence, equality and social well-being’ on which she is lead researcher with Prof Jeff Hearn of Hanken University and co-PI Prof Kopano Ratele (UNISA//MRC).  She is also a senior researcher on The Apartheid Archives Project (www.apartheidarchive.org, 2009 - ) and has published a number of articles in journals and books from this project. Prof Shefer has been a visiting lecturer/researcher at a range of international universities and/or organisations, including Hanken School of Business (Helsinki, Finland), University of Abo Akademi (Turku, Finland), University of Utrecht (Netherlands), the University of Basel (Switzerland), the University of the Witwatersrand (Carnegie Fellowshiop, South Africa), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and guest lecturer for two international NGOs, the ARSRC in Nigeria and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Denmark. She previously lectured in Psychology at the University of Cape and University of the Western Cape, and was involved in adult education at SACHED and at the Centre for Continuing and Adult Education (CACE) at UWC. She continues to be active in a range of capacity development and training, including research and authorship development as well as strengthening postgraduate supervision.
Prof Shefer is an active postgraduate supervisor who has assisted in the graduation of 15 PhDs and over 25 MA students. She currently convenes the postgraduate modules on Feminist Research Methodologies and teaches on the undergraduate 3rd year module on research methodologies and convenes the 3rd year module on gender and embodiment.

Publications

Recent publications (2010-2015 ) include:

 

Books and special editions

 

Hearn, J., Ratele, K. & Shefer, T. (eds) (2015). Special Issue: Men, masculinities and young people: North-South dialogues. NORMA: The International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 10(2).

Shefer, T. , Macloed, C. & Baxen, J. (eds) (2015). Special issue: Life Orientation sexuality education and gendered norms, justice and transformation. Perspectives in Education, 33(2).

Mohamed, K. & Shefer, T. (eds) (2015). Special issue: Gender and Disability. Agenda, 104(29.2).

Reddy, V., Meyer, S., Shefer, T. & Meyiwa, T. (2014) Care In Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Morrell, R., Bhana, D. & Shefer, T.(eds) (2012) Books and/or Babies: Pregnancy and young parents in school. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Shefer, T., Stevens, G. & Clowes, L. (2010) The social construction of masculinities in Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 20(4).

 

Journal articles

 

Hearn, J., Ratele, K. & Shefer, T. (2015).  Introduction: Men, masculinities and young people: North–South dialogues, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 10(2), 79-85.

Shefer, T., ​​Hearn, J. & Ratele, K. (2015). North-South dialogues: reflecting on working transnationally on young men, masculinities and gender justice
. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 10(2), 164-178.

Shefer, T. & Macleod, C. (2015). Life Orientation sexuality education in South Africa: gendered norms, justice and transformation. Perspectives in Education, 33(2), 1-10.

Shefer, T. & Ngabaza, S. (2015). And I have been told that there is nothing fun about having sex while you are still in high school’: Dominant discourses on women’s sexual practices and desires within life orientation programmes at school. Perspectives in Education, 33(2), 63-76.

Kruger, L., Shefer, T. & Oakes, A. (2015). I could have done everything and why not?’: Young women’s complex constructions of sexual agency in the context of sexualities education in Life Orientation in South African schools. Perspectives in Education, 33(2), 30-48.

Shefer, T. (2015) Resisting the binarism of victim and agent: Critical reflections on 20 years of scholarship on young women and heterosexual practices in South African contexts. Global Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1029959

Shefer, T. (2014) Pathways to gender equitable men: Reflections on findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey in the Light of Twenty Years of Gender Change in South Africa. Men and Masculinities , 17(5), 502-509

Goboda-Madikizela, P., Fish, J. & Shefer, T. (2014) Gendered Violence: Continuities and Transformation in the Aftermath of Conflict in Africa. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 40( 1), 81-99.

Zembylas, M., Bozalek, V. & Shefer, T. (2014) Tronto's notion of privileged irresponsibility and the reconceptualisation of care: implications for critical pedagogies of emotion in higher education. Gender and Education, 26(3), 200-214. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2014.901718

Shamu, S., Zarowsky, C., Shefer, T., Temmerman, M. & Abrahams, N. (2014) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) after disclosure of HIV test results among pregnant women in Harare, Zimbabwe. PLOSOne, 9(10).

Joyner, K., Shefer, T. & Smit, E. (2014) Discourses and practices in institutionalised nursing in South Africa: challenges for care. South African Review of Sociology, 45(3), 34-52.

Shefer, T. (2013) Critical reflections on contemporary responses to gender violence within public, political, health and research contexts. African Safety Promotion: Special Issue on Gender, Violence and Public, Political and Health Promotion Responses, 11(2), 3-11.

Shamu, S., Abrahams, N., Zarowsky, C., Shefer, T. & Abrahams, N. (2013) Intimate partner violence during pregnancy in Zimbabwe: A Cross-sectional study of prevalence, predictors, and associations with HIV.Tropical Medicine & International Health ,18 (6), 696-711.

Ngabaza, S. & Shefer, T. (2013) Policy commitments vs lived realities of young mothers in South African schools. Reproductive Health Matters, 21(41): 106113.

Shefer, T. & Strebel, A. (2013) Deconstructing the ‘sugar daddy’: A critical review of the constructions of men in intergenerational sexual relationships in South Africa. AGENDA 26(4), 57-63. DOI:10.1080/10130950.2012.760837

Clowes, L. & Shefer, T. (2013) ‘It’s not a simple thing co-publishing’: the politics of co-authorship between supervisors and students in South African higher educationalcontexts. Africa Education Review, 10(1), 32-47.

Strebel, A., Shefer, T., Stacey, M. & Shabalala, N. (2013) Lessons from the evaluation of a public out-patient substance abuse treatment programme in the Western Cape. Social Work/MaatskaplikeWerk, 49(1), 38-52.

Strebel, A., Shefer, T., Potgieter, C., Wagner, C. & Shabalala, N. (2013) She’s a slut … and it’s wrong’:Youth constructions of ‘taxi queens’ in the transport sector in the Western Cape. South African Journal of Psychology, 43(1) 71–80.

Shefer, T., Morrell, R. & Bhana, D. (2013) Narratives on teenage pregnancy and parenting at school in contemporary South African school contexts’.Perspectives in Education, 31(1), 1-10.

Clowes, L., Ratele, K. & Shefer, T. (2013) Who needs a father? South African men reflect on being fathered.  Journal of Gender Studies, 22(3), 255-267.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2012.708823

Potgieter, C., Strebel, A., Shefer, T. & Wagner, C. (2012) Taxi ‘sugar daddies’ and taxi queens: Male taxi driver attitudes regarding transactional relationships in the Western Cape, South Africa. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance 9(4), 192-199. http://hdl.handle.net/10566/1263

Shefer, T., Morrell, R. & Bhana, D. (2013) Narratives on teenage pregnancy and parenting at school in contemporary South African school contexts’. Perspectives in Education.

Clowes, L., Ratele, K. & Shefer, T. (2013) Who needs a father? South African men reflect on being fathered.  Journal of Gender Studies. Ifirst. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2012.708823

Ratele, K., Shefer, T. & Clowes, L. (2012) Talking South African Fathers: a Critical Examination of Men’s Constructions and Experiences of Fatherhood and Fatherlessness. South African Journal of Psychology, 42(4), 553-563. http://hdl.handle.net/10566/716

Shamu, S., Abrahams, N., Temmerman, M., Shefer, T. & Zarowsky, C. (2012) 

‘That pregnancy can bring noise into the family’: Exploring intimate partner sexual violence during pregnancy in the context of HIV in Zimbabwe. PLOS ONE, 7(8) e43148. www.plosone.org.

Shefer, T. (2012) Fraught tenderness: Narratives on domestic workers in memories of apartheid. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 18(3), 307-317. 

Shefer, T., Clowes, L., & Vergnani, T. (2012) Narratives of transactional sex on a university campus, Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 14(4), 435-447. http://hdl.handle.net/10566/714

Shefer, T., Strebel, A. & Jacobs, J.J. (2012) AIDS fatigue and students’ talk about HIV risk. African Journal of AIDS Research, 11(2), 113-121.

Shefer, T., Strebel, A., Potgieter, C. & Wagner, C. (2011). ‘Sometimes taxi men are rough’: Young women’s experiences of the risks of being a ‘taxi queen’. African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention. 9(2), 1-24.

Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Shisana, O., Zungu, N., Belue, R., Makofani, D.M., Shefer, T., Smith, E. & Simbayi. L. (2011) Research capacity building: a US-South African partnership. Global Health Promotion, 18(2), 27-35.

Shefer, T. & Ratele, K. (2011) Racist sexualisation and sexualised racism in narratives on apartheid. Psychoanalysis, culture & society, 16(1), 27-48.

Shefer, T. (2010) Narrating gender and sex in and through apartheid divides. South African Journal of Psychology, 40(4), 382-395.

Shefer, T., Stevens, G. & Clowes, L. (2010) Men in Africa: masculinities, materiality and meaning. Journal of Psychology in Africa. 20 (4), 511-518. http://hdl.handle.net/10566/712​

Ratele, K., Shefer, T., Strebel, A. & Fouten, E. (2010) ‘We do not cook, we only assist them’: constructions of hegemonic masculinity through gendered activity. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 20(4), 557-568. 

Bhana, D., Morrell, R., Shefer, T. & Ngabaza, S. (2010) South African teachers’ responses to pregnant young women and young mothers in schools. Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention & Care, 12(8), 871-883.


Chapters in Books

Shefer, T. & Clowes, L. (2015) Authentic learning in an undergraduate research methodologies course. In Bozalek, V., Ng’ambi, D., Wood, D., Herrington, J., Hardman, J. & Amory, A. (eds.) (in press) Activity Theory, Authentic Learning and Emerging Technologies: Towards a Transformative Higher Education Pedagogy. London and New York: Routledge.

Reddy, V., Meyer, S., Shefer, T. & Meyiwa, T. (2014) Towards a critical theory of care. In V. Reddy, S. Meyer, T. Shefer & T. Meyiwa (eds) Care In Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives (pp. 1 - 27). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Shefer, T. (2014) Narratives of gender and practices of care among young men and women in contemporary South Africa. In V. Reddy, S. Meyer, T. Shefer & T. Meyiwa (eds) Care In Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives (pp. 80 – 125). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Meyer, S., Reddy, V., Meyiwa, T. & Shefer, T. (2014) Care worlds in context: Prospective perspectives for research, policy development and public deliberation. In V. Reddy, S. Meyer, T. Shefer & T. Meyiwa (eds) Care In Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives (pp. 395 - 406). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Ratele, K. & Shefer, T. (2013) Desire, fear and entitlement: Sexualising race and racialising sexuality in (re)membering apartheid.In G. Stevens, N. Duncan& D. Hook(Eds) Race, memory and the apartheid archive: towards a transformative psychosocial praxis (pp. 188-207). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shefer, T. (2013) Intersections of ‘race’, sex and gender in narratives on apartheid.

In G. Stevens, N. Duncan& D. Hook (Eds) Race, memory and the apartheid archive: towards a transformative psychosocial praxis (pp. 169-187).London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Van Rinsum, H., Shefer,T. & and Smolders, T. (2012) That's what (critical) friends are for.....: Education, identity, change and the role of critical friends.InB. Leibowitz, L. Swartz, V. Bozalek, R. Carolissen, L. Nicholls & P. Rohleder (Eds) Community, self and identity: Educating South African students for citizenship (151-164). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Morrell, R., Bhana, D. & Shefer, T. (2012) Pregnancy and parenting in South African schools.  In R. Morrell, D. Bhana& T. Shefer (eds), Books and/or Babies: Pregnancy and young parents in school (1-30). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Shefer, T. & Fouten, E.  (2012) Being a young parent: the gendered sharing of care-work. In R. Morrell, D. Bhana& T. Shefer (eds), Books and/or Babies: Pregnancy and young parents in school (149-168). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Shefer, T., Bhana, D., Morrell, R., Manzini, N.& Masuku, N. (2012) ‘It isn’t easy’ – Young parents talk of their school experiences. In R. Morrell, D. Bhana & T. Shefer (eds), Books and/or Babies: Pregnancy and young parents in school (127-148). HSRC Press.

Bhana, D., Shefer, T. & Morrell, R. (2012) Conclusion: Policy implications and issues for the future. In R. Morrell, D. Bhana& T. Shefer (eds), Books and/or Babies: Pregnancy and young parents in school (169-176).Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Ratele, K., Shefer, T. & Botha, M. (2011) Navigating past ‘the white man’s agenda’ in South Africa: organising men for gendered transformation of society. In Ruspini, E., Hearn, J., Pease, B. & Pringle, K. (eds),  Men and masculinities around the world: Transforming men’s practices (247-260).  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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