Mark Gevisser

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Mark Gevisser is one of South Africa's leading authors and journalists, and an Open Society Fellow. He is writing a book that will map the dramatic ways that ideas about sexuality and gender identity are changing globally. He believes that the battle for the rights of sexual minorities delineates a frontier for human rights discourse today, much as movements for women’s rights and civil rights did in previous eras. He is particularly interested in the paradox between those advocating ‘human rights’ on the one hand, and those who defend ‘traditional values’ and ‘cultural sovereignty’ on the other. His previous book, Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred won the 2008 Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize. Mark is also a heritage curator and a political analyst.

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Open Society Fellow


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