Tanella Boni is Professor of Philosophy (University of Cocody-Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), as well as a poet, novelist and essayist. She has published around twenty works. After completing the hypokhâgne and khâgne preparatory classes in Toulouse and Paris, she earned a PhD in philosophy in 1979 (dissertation: L’objet, le statut et la place de la théologie chez Platon et Aristote), followed by a Doctorat d’État in 1987 (dissertation: L’idée de vie chez Aristote) from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She directed the Philosophy Department at the University of Cocody-Abidjan from 1982 to 1984; was Chief Editor of the journal Annales de Lettres from 1986 to 1993; and served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Cocody-Abidjan from 1993 to 1997. She was a programme director at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris from 1992 to 1998, and was also Director of Francophonie for the ivorian Ministry of Culture from 2000 to 2002. Dr Boni has been a member of the International Network of Women Philosophers since 2007, and a member of the Management Committee for the FISP (International Federation of Philosophical Societies) since August 2008. Dr Boni’s centres of interest are women’s issues and gender, human rights, arts and cultures, the relationship between ethics and politics, and the place of Africa in globalisation.
Gender is a word used by experts and researchers like a key which could open all kind of doors for women to become less poor, educated, powerful, empowered and scholarly. But, when we use it, we don’t know what it means. The women playing a role in the change or the cohesion of the society, and those researching and producing science and making sense of the world are often “invisible.” Although the concept of gender is thoroughly accepted with its limits as issues in social and human science, in the area of philosophy, African women are doubly forgotten. They are not taken in account as research issues or as authors. This project intends to contribute, in a philosophical point of view, to women and gender issues in social and human science dealing with citizenship, creativity, migration, gender justice or gender and globalization. It emphasizes the idea of women’s insecurity as the focal point from which African women think and act.