Disputation: Dominic Amonzem

Dominic Amonzem will defend his doctoral dissertation: "Gendering Marriage: Exploring Kasena Marriage Practices in North-East Ghana"  for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) at the Faculty of Theology.

Time and place of trial lecture

The trial lecture will take place 30th november 2018 at 10.15 - 11.00 in auditorium U40, Domus Theologica.

Read more about the trial lecture.

Adjudication committee

  • Dr. Rose Mary Amenga-Etego, University of Ghana, Department for the Study of Religions (førsteopponent) 
  • Dr. Federico Settler, University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (annenopponent)
  • Professor Trygve Wyller, Universitetet i Oslo, Det teologiske fakultet (koordinator for komiteen)

Leader of the disputation 

Dean Aud V. Tønnessen.


Nina Hoel, Faculty of Theology.

About the dissertation

This thesis outlines the major elements in the academic, African feminist, and popular discourses on marriage in Africa, focusing on two core issues: the conceptual divide between the marriage practices of the Kasena, a Ghanaian ethnic group, and the context-dependent social construction and production of gender in marriage through the marriage practices of the Kasena people of North-East Ghana.

By comparing the functionalist assumptions of the purpose of marriage in the literature on marriage in African societies with ethnographic material from Navrongo, this thesis demonstrates that marriage in Kasena society does more to individuals and the society than it has been seen to do in the functionalist explanations of marriage offered by earlier anthropologists researching on marriage in Africa.

Scientific abstract (pdf).

Published Nov. 22, 2018 11:50 AM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2018 12:10 PM