IU EVENTS Newsletter 14/12 '93

IU EVENTS Newsletter 14/12 '93

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| Volume 14 *  Number 12       November  1, 1993 |

African Studies Shifted into High Gear in October with Lectures by Suzman, Abilla, Nnaemeka and Others and Performances by Djimo Kouyate


There are so many African Studies sponsored events occurring on campus these days it's hard to keep track of them much less attend them all. Late October was particularly rich with opportunities. On October 19, Helen Suzman addressed an audience on the topic of "Women in the New South Africa." Suzman's 36 years of opposition in the South African parliament earned her the enmity of P.W. Botha and a prominent place in the history of the struggle to end apartheid. Events on the following day began when Walter Abilla, Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Nairobi, delivered a noontalk presentation on "The Causes of Kenya's Ethnic Clashes: Problems of Political, Economic, and Social Modernization Processes." Dr. Abilla's perceptive analysis of the relationship between Kenya's recent ethnic strife and the introduction of a multi-party electoral system had relevance to many of the struggles for political change on the African continent. Dr. Abilla is currently visiting Indiana as part of the IU/University of Nairobi Exchange Program. While discussion of Kenya's current political dilemmas continued in Woodburn Hall, the magnificent sound of Djimo Kouyate's kora was filling the Jordan Hall Annex. Senegalese griot Kouyate is a internationally recognized master of the kora and a singer in the classical Mande tradition. On the evening of that same day, those who attended the Wednesday Night Seminar organized by Beverly Stoeltje were treated to a lecture entitled "Land, Nation-Making and Nationalism" by Obioma Nnaemeka of the department of French at IUPUI. Nnaemeka's presentation drew from various sources in African literature tempered by the evocation of Igbo proverbs. Her approach of illuminating political concepts through proverbial wisdom provided unique insights into the meaning of land and nation in the African context. The following day Djimo Kouyate appeared again, this time at Bonnie Kendall's anthropology class "Peoples and Cultures of Africa." The students were treated, not only to Kouyate's excellent music, but also to a detailed discussion of griot performance traditions by Kouyate and Charles Bird. As Kouyate's kora resounded through the Student Building, a panel discussion on Somalia began in Woodburn Hall. The discussion was organized by Steven Ndegwa with Beverly Stoeltje in an effort to bring the resources of the program to bear on the present crises in Somalia. Professor John Johnson of the Folklore Institute, who has lived and conducted research in Somalia and Yusuf Nur, a graduate student in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Somali national, guided their audience thorough the relations of politics, kinship and the negotiation of alliances and enmities in the present conflict in Somalia. This exploration of the complex dynamics underlying the Somalia crisis was brought to a close with a presentation by Tim Zielenbach, of the Department of Journalism. Zielenbach traveled to Somalia during the height of the famine to report for the American press. His poignant photographs and his own accounts of the tragedy he was witness to provided a striking counterpoint to the discussion of Somali clan politics which had proceeded it. The week closed with the African Studies Fall Reception. Isaac Kalumbu kept the discs turning as faculty and students--old and new--shared food, wine and friendship.

A personal note from the editor:

As EVENTS editor I am required to attend more of the program events than I probably would otherwise. Doing this while keeping up with my teaching responsibilities can seem, at times, like a difficult juggling act. When I sat on Thursday, enthralled by Kouyate's kora playing, I had to force myself to leave my reveries and dash across campus for the Somalia panel. It is not an exaggeration to characterize the journey from Kouyate's exquisite music to Zielenbach's distressing photographs as a tour beginning with heavenly sounds and ending in images of hell. As teachers and students we often get so steeped in our research and our classes that we can loose a broader sense of what African Studies is about. The many Africa related events on campus provide a constant reminder of the astounding breadth and depth of our subject matter...and of it's vital importance. When I arrived at the African Studies fall reception--the eighth program related event in three days--I was exhausted. But the activities which had kept me running also left me intellectually enriched and enthusiastic about the work of the people from various disciplines who gathered at the reception to celebrate their shared interest in Africa.

                --- RECENT EVENTS ---

IU Ethnomusicologists Attend Conference at University of Michigan

Professor Ruth Stone acted as moderator for a round-table panel discussion which included IU graduate student Nina Woods at the conference New Directions--The West African Voice in Ethnomusicology held at University of Michigan on October 25 and 26. In addition to Stone and Woods, nine other ethnomusicologists from IU traveled to Ann Arbor to participate in the event. The conference, which was organized by Michigan Professor Lorna McDaniel, featured presentations by three prominent African ethnomusicologists. Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia (University of Ghana) opened the session with a paper entitled "Intercultural perspectives in African Musicology" in which he delineated new perspectives for teaching African music in Africa with a particular focus on developing curricula for teaching musical traditions in schools located outside the traditional provenance of the music practice. Professor William O. Anku (University of Ghana) delivered a paper "Some Quantifiable Aspects of Rhythm and Structure in African Music" in which he discussed new research findings from his analysis of African music utilizing the computer as a research tool.

Professor Meki Nzewi (University of Nigeria) delivered a paper "Theoretical and Performance Issues in African Music--An African Perspective" Which critically examined the epistemological problems which arise when terms and concepts derived from European music theory are applied to the analysis of African music. Professor Kazadi wa Mukuna and Professor Barbara Hampton (Hunter College) presented responses to the papers.

The conference also included a concert featuring student and faculty performers from the University of Michigan and a performance by Meki Nzewi of his original compositions for tuned drums and flute. The roundtable discussion, moderated by Ruth Stone, was held the following morning and included panelists Nanette de Jong, Barbara Hampton, Lester Monts, Kazadi wa Mukuna, Cynthia Schmidt, and Nina Woods.

                --- RECENT EVENTS ---
                --- PHOTO CAPTIONS ---

The Honorable Helen Suzman, an opposition member of the South Africa Parliament from 1953 to 1989, presented a lecture on October 19 on "Women in the New South Africa." She will speak again on November 2 on "South Africa in Transition."

Walter Abilla, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nairobi, is visiting Indiana as part of the IU/University of Nairobi Exchange Program. He gave a noontalk on October 20 entitled "The Causes of Kenya's Ethnic Clashes: Problems of Political, Economic, and Social Modernization Processes."

On October 21 Professor John Johnson of the Folklore Institute led the panel discussion examining the current conflict in Somalia.

Yusuf Nur, graduate student in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Somali national guided the Somalia panel audience thorough an explanation of the relationship between politics and kinship in the current conflict.

The Somalia panel concluded with Tim Zielenbach, undergraduate in Journalism, who showed slides of photographs he took during the famine in Somalia. Zielenbach's coverage of the Somalia tragedy was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

Senegalese griot Djimo Kouyate gave a concert on the IU campus on October 20. He is shown here performing with Charles Bird for Bonnie Kendall's class "Peoples and Cultures of Africa."

Documentary filmmaker Peter Davis examined the media related conflicts between the propaganda services of the South African government and the anti-apartheid forces in his recent African Studies Noontalk, "The Late Media War: South Africa Prior to 1990"

On October 13, Alain Ricard of the Universite de Bordeaux delivered a paper to the Wednesday Night Seminar entitled "Theater and Nationalism: The Togolese Case"

                ---UPCOMING EVENTS---

% Wednesday Evening Seminar %

Nationalism and Culture in Africa Oral and Written Literature

All Lectures will be held at 7:30 PM in the Distinguished Alumni Room, Indiana Memorial Union.

The African Studies Seminar for Fall of 1993 is organized and taught by Beverly Stoeltje of the Folklore Institute.

Guest Speakers

November 10 Karin Barber, University of Birmingham, UK Popular Culture in the Consolidation of Yoruba and Nigerian Identities

November 17 Helen Mugambi Nabasuta Northwestern University Title to be announced

December 1 Karim Traore, University of Bayreuth, Germany Mande Heroes and Nationalistic Behavior of the Mandenka/Malians/Africans


                        % African 
                        Studies Noon 
                        Talk Series  %

All lectures take place at Noon, in Woodburn 218

November 4
Kathryn Firmin-Sellers
The Struggle to Define Property Rights in the Gold Coast

November 11
John Lucas
Business Associations in Kano, Nigeria

December 2
Paul Kaiser
State and Society in Tanzania

December 8
Phil Morgan
Indigenous Institutions and Management Practices in Africa


International Migration Seminar

sponsored by
Population Institute for Research and Training
Department of Geography
Department of Sociology

Seminars are held Fridays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Poplars 725

November 19
Anna Santiago
Sociology, IUB
"Modeling the Effects of Migration in Poverty and Segregation Research"

December 3
Douglas Massey
Population Research Center, Univ. of Chicago
"The Challenge of Studying Migration as a Process"

        ---Library News and Announcements---

Library Acquires New Research Tools on CD ROM

The IU Libraries are acquiring an increasing number of bibliographic tools on CD ROM. Most CD ROM periodical indexes typically cover only recent years (from the 1970s or 1980s). It saves time to search the recent years on CD ROM, and then use the print index for older material.

The name of the CD ROM products is in most cases the same as their print counterpart. Information on the exact years covered is available on each CD ROM. Each CD ROM also includes instructions for use on introductory screens or in an accompanying manual. Some CD ROMs have a thesaurus, which should be consulted before use for more efficient searching. Members of the reference staff are available to give assistance with using CD ROMs.

The list below includes CD ROM products in the Main Library Reference area which are of particular interest for African Studies:

Books in Print
British Library Catalog-Books to 1975
Dissertation Abstracts (1891 to the present)
Historical Abstracts
Humanities Citation Index
MLA Index (Modern Languages Association)
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information 
Religion Indexes
Social Science Citation Index
Sociofile (Sociological Abstracts)

CD ROMs in the Government Publications Department, second floor Main Library, of particular interest for African Studies include:

British Parliamentary Papers
Congressional Masterfile (U.S. Congress)
GDCS (U.S. corresponds to Monthly Catalog)
Statistical Masterfile
UN Index
UNESCO (1946 to the present)

The Undergraduate and some branch libraries have other CD ROM products which are especially appropriate for their users.

--Nancy Schmidt, Librarian for African Studies

        ---Monographs on Africana Librarianship---

The African Studies Program publishes the Monographs on Africana Librarianship series edited by Nancy Schmidt, Librarian for African Studies. The purpose of the series is to provide an opportunity for African librarians to publish material on the practice of librarianship in Africa which are longer than an article but shorter than a book. The monographs are distributed free of charge to libraries and librarians in Africa and sold at a nominal cost elsewhere in the world.

The third and fourth monographs in the series have been published this fall. Monograph No 3, "The practice of conservation of library materials in Sub-Saharan Africa" by E.M. Ojo-Igbinoba of Edo State University Library in Ekpomoa, Nigeria, surveys the practice of conservation in university libraries in anglophone Africa and discusses local conservation practices. Monograph No 4 "Oral literature in African libraries: implications for Ghana" by Anaba Alemna, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Library and Archival Studies, University of Ghana, discusses the results of a survey in 10 libraries in anglophone Africa and goals for university libraries in the preservation of oral literature materials.

Each monograph in the series has presented challenges in editing and production. The special challenges of the recently published monographs were producing one from hand-written copy and producing the other, which included many charts, from computer copy which had not been proofread. Extensive editing was required, which was done by Nancy Schmidt, and producing and rearranging copy for the monographs was done by Donna Mortensen, who has designed the format for all of the monographs in the series.

The first two monographs in the series, which were published in 1990 and 1991, were prepared by Nigerian librarians: Sam E. Ifidon on "Collection development in African university libraries-- challenges and frustrations" and Ken M. Nweke on "Information-seeking and use by human and veterinary medical scientists in Africa: case study from Borno State, Nigeria." The fifth monograph in the series is still in preparation, "The role of library education in agricultural production in East African countries" by S.I.D. Khamadi of Moi University in Kenya.

--Nancy Schmidt, Librarian for African Studies

        ---Schmidt Elected to ASA Board---

Nancy Schmidt, Librarian for African Studies, has been elected to a three year term on the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association, to begin in December 1993 and end in December 1996. In December she completes her term as Chair of the Africana Librarians Council and then in her capacity as past chair will serve on the Conover Porter Award Committee which gives a biannual award for reference books and bibliographies in African Studies.

The political transition in post-apartheid South Africa is the focus of 
the display of books and posters located at the entrance to the Main 
Library lobby.

The Wells Scholars Program, Office of the Vice President, College of Arts and Sciences, Honors Division and the African Studies Program

                              The Honorable 
                               Helen Suzman

                       "South Africa in Transition"

                     Tuesday, November 2, 1993, 7 p.m.
                              Ernie Pyle 220

                        Free and open to the public

            ---News & Announcements---  

Art Experiences

Affinities of Form: The Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas will be on display at the Indiana University Art Museum-First Floor Atrium through February 27, 1994. A number of events are scheduled to compliment the exhibit. Videos relevant to the collection will be shown continuously in the gallery. Of particular interest to Africanists are Africa Dances which will be featured on November 3-7, and Nigerian Art: Kindred Spirits which will be featured on November 17-21. On Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the second floor atrium of the Museum, Chris Smith and friends will accompany the Afro-American Dance Company in a concert of contemporary music and dance with African roots. A tour of African art in the Wielgus collection will follow the concert.

People attending the AAA and AAR meetings in Washington DC this month might want to visit "Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Ren Stout" on exhibit at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC through January 2, 1994. Contact: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560. Phone: (202) 357-4600 (weekdays), (202) 357-2700 (weekends).

Photographs by Corson Hirschfeld: African Art from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Through March 29, 1994 Eiteljorg Gallery for Special Exhibitions, Hulman 2. Cincinnati photographer Corson Hirschfeld has a long-standing interest in anthropology. In recent years he has begun photographing African and other ethnographic objects as well. His interpretive images emphasize the aesthetic or symbolic attributes of the subjects and are printed in black and white with gold and sepia. Hirschfeld's photographs of pieces from the museum's collection appear together with selected objects from the collection, some of which have never before been displayed publicly. All pieces in the exhibition were drawn from the 1989 gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg.

Expatriates, a play by Tony Ardizzone, is a compelling, darkly comic story of a dinner party and its haunting aftermath in contemporary Morocco. Oasis Productions will be staging the first production of this new work, adapted from the award-winning Larabi's Ox, recipient of the 1992 Chicago Foundation for Literature Award. Ardizzone teaches literature and fiction writing at Indiana University. Expatriates will be staged at the John Waldron Arts Center on November 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. For advance tickets call 331-2214.

           ---Publishing Opportunities---

Dr. Festus Eribo, East Carolina University is looking for someone to contribute a chapter to a book on press freedom in Africa. The chapter should focus on the media in Angola. He already has contributors for a number of African countries but if you are interested in submitting a chapter on a country in Africa, please contact: Festus Eribo, Ph.D. Department of Communication, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353, USA, Phone: (919) 757-6453 or (919) 756-7887, Fax: (919) 757-6458; e-mail: CKERIBO@ECUVM1 or CKERIBO@ECUVM.CIS.ECU. EDU

IU African Studies Outreach is looking for doctoral students in African Studies who are interested in writing articles on their areas of academic specialty or about their country of origin for the Outreach Newsletter. The target audience will be primary and secondary school teachers who may have limited knowledge of Africa. The African Studies Program will grant a modest honorarium for articles selected. If you are interested in participating please contact Susan Hume, Outreach Coordinator, at 855-6786 or leave a message in the African Studies Program office.

A new journal, SOCIAL POLITICS: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN GENDER, STATE, AND SOCIETY, to be published by University of Illinois Press, starting spring 1994 is seeking submissions. This is an interdisciplinary journal designed to address new research in gender studies, social policy, citizenship, and the role of the state in organizing relations in the family, workplace, and society. Articles on gender and social policy in NON-WESTERN societies are especially welcome. Submissions can include brief or longer articles, ranging in length from 15-50 pages. Please submit FOUR copies, double-spaced to Sonya Michel, Dept. of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 309 Gregory Hall, Urbana, IL 61801. For further information, call Michel at (217) 384-6345; fax: (217) 333-2297. Send international submissions to Barbara Hobson, International Graduate School, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden; fax: 46-8-790-6869. The journal is edited by Michel, Hobson, and Ann Orloff, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Jill Ker Conway of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is currently seeking autobiographies written by African women for an edited anthology to be published by Norton Press. Inquiries should be sent to Professor Conway's research assistant, Amy Cymerman at 632 Hinman Avenue, Apt 1A, Evanston, IL 60202.

            ---News & Announcements --- 


Afro-Hispanic Poetry

A survey of Afro-Hispanic poetry. The Afrocriollo movement (1920/40) and the concept of negritud. European and North American influences. The problem of black identity. The concept of black aesthetics in Afro- Hispanic poetry. Black poetry in the Caribbean area and in the other Latin American countries. Major poets to be studied: Nicoles Guillen and Nancy Morejen (Cuba), Luis Pales Matos (Puerto Rico), and Manuel del Cabral (Dominican Republic).

Cross-Cultural Analysis

The Department of Sociology will offer S658: Problems in Cross-Cultural Analysis, Spring Semester - 1994. The problem examined is "Comparing Societies." The course will focus on important theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues relevant to cross-cultural studies. It is designed to provide graduate students with a comprehensive introduction to these topics. Reading will focus on Africa and other regions of the world. For more information about the course, please contact York Bradshaw at 855-4127, or e-mail: bradsha.

Study Abroad

Undergraduate Study Abroad Opportunities--The Center for Global Education is a program of Augsburg College and Valparaiso University. The Center offers two 7-21 day non-credit programs in Namibia with travel to South Africa. One focuses on "South African Societies in Transition" the other on "Women and Development." For more information call (612) 330-1159.

Ongoing Discussion on "Nationalism and Identity"

Beverly Stoeltje (Folklore and African Studies) is conducting discussion groups on "Nationalism and Identity" on Thursdays bi-weekly. The next discussion will take place on November 4 at 4:15 p.m. The discussions are sponsored by the Center for World Peace and Global Change and will be held at the Center, 1217 E. Atwater.


The job information posted here has been gathered from various sources and is reproduced verbatim. Employers have not been evaluated. Views expressed here in no way reflect the views or policies of either Indiana University or the African Studies Program.

Wesleyan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the African American Studies Program, a tenured joint appointment at the Full or Associate level that begins with a 5- year term as Kenan Professor of the Humanities. African American Studies is a well established program with over forty majors and a core faculty of 10. The Chair/Kenan Professor should be an eminent African Americanist whose research and teaching interests fall within any field in the Humanities, broadly understood to include not only literature and the arts, but such disciplines as history as well. Please forward nominations immediately; letters of interest with current curriculum vitae should be forwarded to: Ann duCille, Chair, African American Studies Search Committee, Center for African American Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459-0100.

The University of Florida invites applications for a position as tenure- track assistant professor in West or Western Equatorial African History, beginning August 1994. Applicants must possess their Ph.D. by the time of appointment; teaching experience is welcome. Starting salary is negotiable. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due by November 24, 1993; interviews will be scheduled for the December 4-7 African Studies Association meeting. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and supporting materials to Professor Steven Feierman; University of Florida; Department of History; PO Box 117320; Gainesville, FL 32611- 07320.

Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Soc/Cult Anthropology beginning fall 1994, pending budgetary approval. They are seeking a sub-Saharan Africanist; topical specialties are open but preferences are political economy, soc hist, demography &/or gender. Interviews will be held at the AAA meeting in Washington, DC. Applications received by Dec. 1 1993, will be assured of consideration. Send vita & names of 3 references to Paula Girshick, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Student Building 130, IU, Bloomington IN 47405. EOE/AAE.

Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Linguistics to begin August 1994. Applications for the position must be assured of having a Ph.D. in hand by June 1994. Field experience with a non-Bantu West African language is required; proficiency in Akan or Bambara an advantage. Preferred specializations include sociolinguistics, language change and variation, fieldwork techniques, and African language pedagogy. Applicants should also be prepared and willing to participate in the teaching of large introductory undergraduate courses and to help with the coordination of our African languages program. Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a maximum of two examples of your scholarly work to: Paul Newman, Chair, Department of Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, Fax 812-855- 6734, e-mail: Applications received by December 1, 1993 are assured of consideration. Note that interviews may be held at the 1994 LSA meeting in Boston in early January. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

North Carolina State University Department of History seeks candidates for an assistant professor of West African, North African, or Middle Eastern history with competence in the history of Islam. Tenure track, initial 4-year contract beginning August 1994. NCSU is an AA/EOE employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Applications with three letters of reference should be sent, by December 1, 1993, to Chair, West African-North African-Middle East Search Committee, History Department, Box 8108, NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695-8108.

The University of Oregon invites applications for a full time, tenure- track position at the assistant professor level in African History, with the appointment to begin September 1994. Applicants may specialize in any region or period. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required. Send c.v., letter describing research and teaching interests, samples of publications and written work, and three letters of recommendation to Quintard Taylor, Chair, Africa Search, Department of History, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403. The deadline is November 24, 1993.

Pomona College, Department of Music seeks an asst prof/instructor in Ethnomusicology. A tenure-track position. The successful candidate will continue to develop a growing program in ethnomusicology within the department of music, and will contribute through teaching and research to the intellectual life of the Claremont Colleges and the community. Applications will be accepted from candidates specializing in any cultural, geographical or topical area, and candidates in ethnomusicology, folklore and anthropology are encouraged to apply. The new faculty member should be prepared to teach introductory courses, theory of ethnomusicology, field methods and other courses depending on area of specialization. Commitment to teaching a very talented and ethnically diverse student body in a liberal arts setting is essential. PC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and especially invites applications from women and minorities. The committee will begin review of applications on November 19, 1993, and will continue until the position has been filled. To apply, send letter of application, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and names of three references to: William Peterson, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Music, PC, 340 N College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.

The University of Georgia is accepting letters of interest for a tenure- track position in history of the African Diaspora. Contact: Robert Pratt, Department of History, LeConte Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

Cornell University Africana Center/Women's Studies seeks candidates for a joint tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Focus is on the intersection of gender and race in: 1) Social sciences and education; or 2) Popular cultures, particularly visual or performing arts, communications or media, material cultures, ethnomusicology, and folklore. Preference will be given to candidates whose work bridges any two African world areas, such as African-Caribbean. Review of materials will begin by January 15, 1994. Contact: Locksley Edmondson and Sally McConnell-Ginet, Joint Search Committee 310 Triphammer Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.



The African Studies Program is considering sponsoring a van for program students to the African Studies Association 1993 Annual Meeting in Boston, December 3-7. We would like to have a preliminary idea of how many students would be interested in van transportation at a cost of $45 for the round trip. Please sign up in the African Studies office. Please Note: signing up at this time does not mean you are absolutely committed to going in the van. Right now, we just need to know how many may want to go so that we can plan accordingly.

Call for Papers: 25th Annual Conference on African Linguistics to be held at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey March 25 through March 27, 1994. Abstracts for twenty minute papers on all areas relating to African Linguistics. A one page abstract for review, and a camera ready abstract fitting within 3" x 6" (7.75cm x 15.25cm) should be received by December 15, 1993. Invited speakers: Ayo Bamgbose (University of Ibadan and University of Illinois), Joan Bresnan (Stanford University), Florence Dolphyne (University of Ghana). For further information contact: Akinbiya Akinlabi, 25th ACAL, Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University, 18 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. E-mail:

Call for Papers, Proposals, Abstracts, Letters of Inquiry on--Ngugi wa Thiong'o: Texts and Contexts. An international conference, April 7-9, 1994 at Penn State University, Berks Campus, Reading, Pennsylvania. Includes works by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, writers and artists of East Africa, issues relevant to other African / Caribbean / Commonwealth / Post Colonial / and African American writers, issues of writing in European and/or other languages, political / social / cultural / historical / philosophical / religious contexts, questions of gender, orature, translations, films, poetics, aesthetics, literary theory, fiction / non-fiction / poetry readings and performance. Please send completed essays, detailed proposals or abstracts, postmarked no later than December 31, 1993 to: Charles Cantalupo, Conference Director, Department of English, Penn State University, Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 17972 USA. Tel: 717-385-6055, Fax: 717-385-3672, E-mail:

Call for Papers: The National Association of African American Studies Conference will be held on February 15-19 at Virginia State University, Petersburg VA. Fifty word abstracts should be submitted on letterhead which relate to any aspect of the African-American experience. Subjects may include, but are not limited to, literature, demographics, history, health care, the family, international relations, agriculture, business, the sciences, sports, computer science, women's studies, multi- culturalism, social services, and many other area. Abstracts should be postmarked by December 17, 1993. Forward abstracts to: Lemuel Berry Jr., Executive Director, NAAAS, Virginia State University, PO Box 9403, Petersburg, VA 23806. Tel: 804-524-5068/5069, TDD: 804-524-5487 Fax: 804-524-5125.

Stony Point Center's Southern Africa Education Program 1993 Fall Conference: South Africa: Interpreting the Elections/Facing the Future, will take place on December 3 and 4. South African speakers include Tebogo Mafole--The African National Congress Chief Representative to the UN, Les Devilliers--former Deputy Secretary of Information with the South African Government, Father Michael Lapsley--Chaplain to the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture, and others. For more information contact: John Kenyon, Coordinator, Southern Africa Education Program, Stony Point Center, 17 Crickettown Road, Stony Point, NY 10980. tel: 914-786-5071, fax: 914-786-5919.

National Association of African-American Studies Conference: Call for papers. The conference will take place February 15-19, 1994. Fifty word abstracts should be submitted on letterhead which relate to any aspect of the African-American experience. Forward abstracts to: Lemeule Berry, Jr., Ph.D., Virginia State University, P.O. Box 9403, Petersburg, VA 23806.

Africa in the New World Order: Crises and Possibilities: This conference is being held the Friday before the African Studies Assoc. meeting begins, and is designed to provide scholars with an additional opportunity to meet and discuss issues related to Africa. Interested scholars should contact: Dr. Mulugeta Agonafer, Conference on Africa, Dept. of Social Sciences, Springfield College, Springfield, Mass. 01109. Registration fees are $10.00, which will cover one meal and refreshments for the day. You may also call Dr. Agonafer if you have immediate inquiries to make at (413) 748-3779.

            ---Fellowships and Grants---

The University Graduate School has received an announcement from the National Science Foundation (NSF) detailing their Graduate Research Fellowships and Minority Graduate Fellowships. Eligibility guidelines as well as application materials are available from Judy Post, University Graduate School, Kirkwood Hall 111.

Graduate students are encouraged to visit the GradGrants Center located on the tenth floor, room E1052, of the Main Library, Bloomington campus. The center provides graduate students with database searches for funding agencies interested in their area, funding source directories, bibliographies, agency brochures, and a bimonthly newsletter, GradGrantline.

        ---Predissertation Research---

FORD MINORITY DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS. Purpose: To support minority candidates in a Ph.D. program in the social sciences or humanities. Requirements: U.S. citizen. The minority candidate must be about to begin or in the early stages of graduate study (not more than 30 semester hours). Awards: The fellowship will be a three-year award with an annual stipend plus tuition and fees. Applications are available in September with a deadline usually in November. Contact: National Research Council, Fellowship Programs Office, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, D.C. 20418 (202) 334-2872.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION MINORITY STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM awards stipends to support internship projects at the Smithsonian Institution for US minority undergraduate and graduate students. Internships are normally full-time, ten week appointments during the summer, fall, or spring. Stipends are $250 per week for graduate students, with additional travel allowances offered in some cases. Application dead lines are: Summer: February 15; Fall: June 15; Spring: October 15. For applications and information contact: Office of Fellowships and Grants, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560. Tel: 202-287-3271.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS. Purpose: To support research in association with research staff. Awards: Ten weeks, $3,000. Contact: Office of Fellowships and Grants, Smithsonian Institution, 955 L'enfant Plaza, Ste. #7300, Washington, D.C. 20560. (202) 287-3271.

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS. Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowships- stipend of $10,000. Contact: Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 302 Morey, Rochester, NY 14627 (716) 275-7235.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART- Art History Fellowships. Purpose: The Metropolitan Museum's resources help the applicant accomplish her/his goals. Awards: $15,000 for pre-doctoral fellows, additional $2,500 for travel. Deadline: November. Contact: Fellowship Program, Office of Academic Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10028-0198.

COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATION- MINORITIES FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. Purpose: designed to increase the representation of various minority groups among Ph.D. degree recipients in the social sciences. A total of 25 fellowships will be awarded for each academic year. Awards provide full tuition for the academic year plus an annual stipend. for 2 years, with further financial support from the student's chosen university for an additional 2 years. Who may apply: 1. U.S. citizens who hold or will receive a bachelor's degree from a regionally- accredited college or university; 2. U.S. citizens who hold or will receive a master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or students currently enrolled in graduate study. Contact: CIC Minorities Fellowships Program, Kirkwood Hall III, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 47401.

                ---Dissertation Research Grants---

African Studies Program Dissertation Award provides support for advanced graduate students from Africa who are part of the African Studies Program. The award is supported by the generous donation of royalties by the contributors of the first edition of Africa. A small committee will review applications twice a year for requests not to exceed $1,000. The Committee will review applications for funds to cover field research, access to materials that are not readily available on the Bloomington campus, preparation and binding of dissertations and where clearly demonstrated, travel support to consult with scholars or to examine sources. Recipients must be admitted to candidacy by the time they take up the award. Applicants must provide detailed budgets as well as two letters of support, one of which must come from the student's thesis advisor. Deadlines for submission of applications are September 30 and March 15. Awards are to be made October 30 and April 15. For further information please contact the African Studies Program Office.

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS. Dissertation Fellowships. Historical and contemporary topic on the economy, society, politics, and culture of Africa and its Diaspora are welcome. Broadly conceived projects on human and technological aspects of energy development and agriculture are also of interest. Contact: Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 302 Morey, Rochester, NY 14627 (716) 275-7235.

The Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace offers Graduate Student Research Fellowships. Any graduate student enrolled full-time in the Indiana University system is eligible to apply for a short-term fellowship for research relevant to global change and world peace. Award recipients will be expected to take part in the activities of one of the working groups, and when their research is completed, to make a 15-20 minute oral presentation to that working group or an equivalent group at a regional campus and to submit a report to the center. Prospective applicants should consult the head of a working group for suggestions regarding their proposal before submitting it to the Center. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 28. For application materials and information about the center contact John P. Lovell, 812-855-8862, or Victoria Cuffel, 812-855-8859, Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, 1217 Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. (The United States Institute of Peace) offers fellowships intended to encourage outstanding doctoral students to undertake dissertation research and writing on vital subjects that concern the sources and nature of violent international conflict and the full range of ways to end or prevent conflict and to sustain peace. The Institute expects to make at least 10 Peace Scholar awards for 1994-95. The awards provide a stipend of $14,000 for twelve months of research or writing to be conducted at universities or other appropriate research sites. The application deadline is November 15, 1993 for awards beginning September 1994. For further information, or to receive an application contact: Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace, United States Institute for Peace, 1550 M Street NW, Suite 700F, Washington, DC 20005-1708. (202) 429-3886, Fax (202) 429-6063, TDD (202) 457-1719, Internet:

The Rockefeller Foundation announces a competitive awards program to enable African doctoral students enrolled in United States and Canadian universities to undertake supervised dissertation research in Africa. The program's goal is to increase the quality of overseas advanced studies for outstanding African scholars and to enhance the relevance of their training to the process of economic development in Africa. Awards of up to $20,000 are open to citizens of sub-Saharan Africa studying in the United States or Canada. The next deadlines for applications is March 1, 1994. For more information contact, African Dissertation Internships, The Rockefeller Foundation, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, or inquire at the African Studies Program office.

                ---Post-Doctoral Funding---

HOWARD UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA-HUMANITIES RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS. The 1994-95 theme is "Gender, Cultural Production and Development in Africa." Candidates must have received the Ph.D. at the time of application. Each applicant must submit a current curriculum vitae, a 100 word abstract of the project, a proposal of no more than ten pages. and two letters of reference. The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting documents is February 28, 1994. All inquires should be addressed to: Mrs. Vivian Mahathey, Administrative Assistant, Department of African Studies, Box 231, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059. Tel: 202-806-7115, Fax: 202-806-4425.

University of Michigan Rockefeller Fellows Program. The project focuses on "African Peoples in the Industrial Age." The project examines how the rise of industrial capitalism shaped the expectations, opportunities, and decisions of Africans and people of African descent throughout the Diaspora. It focuses on the many cultural boundaries they negotiated and on the intersection of "industry," "modernity," and the "urban" in their lives. Applicants must be senior level humanities scholars. More information is available at: Sponsored Research Services, Bryan Hall 001, Indiana University, 812-855-0516. E-mail: resdev.

University of Michigan, DUBOIS-MANDELA-RODNEY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Fellowships for postdoctoral scholars to work on the Afro-American, African, and Caribbean experiences of men and women of color. Applicants must be not more than ten years beyond the completion of their Ph.D. The theme for the 1994-95 academic year is "Black Popular Culture." More information is available at: Sponsored Research Services, Bryan Hall 001, Indiana University, 812-855-0516. E-mail: resdev.

The Rockefeller Foundation invites applications for re-entry support for African scholars pursuing Education research. The program is designed to assist in the professional re-establishment of talented African scholars who are returning to Africa from doctoral or post-doctoral studies abroad and are interested in pursuing research related to the revitalization and development of education in sub-Saharan Africa. Special emphasis is placed on the subject of sex differences in school participation and achievement. Candidates must have completed their doctoral or post-doctoral programs and obtained employment in an African teaching or research institution. There are no deadlines for submission of proposals. Address inquiries to: Scholars on Education Re-Entry Program, The Rockefeller Foundation, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6755, or inquire at the African Studies Program office for more information.

The Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Research Fellowships in Agriculture offers two-year research appointments at overseas institutions for young social scientists from the United States, Canada, and sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in agricultural issues important to international development. We ask you help in identifying likely candidates from applied research positions in developing countries. The program is intended to provide new Ph.D.'s with an opportunity to apply their training to practical problems in the developing world. Applications for this should be submitted through the A. S. Program. For more information inquire at the Program office. Applications for candidates applying from North America must be evaluated before December 31. Interested parties should inquire at the program office ASAP.

Humanities Research Centre, Australian UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS. Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Historical and contemporary topic on the economy, society, politics, and culture of Africa and its Diaspora are welcome. Broadly conceived projects on human and technological aspects of energy development and agriculture are also of interest. Contact: Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 302 Morey, Rochester, NY 14627 (716) 275-7235.

The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, a unit of the New York Public Libraries announces its Scholars-in-Residence Program. The program is designed to encourage research and writing in black history and culture, to facilitate interaction among participants, and to provide for widespread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and the Schomberg Center Seminars. Fellowships will allow recipients to spend six months ($15,000) or a year ($30,000) in residence with access to resources at both the Schomburg Center and the NY Public Library. Deadline for 1994-95 is January 15, 1994. For information and application forms write to: Scholars-in-Residence Program, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801. (212) 491-2203.

The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, announces visiting member awards for 1994-95 in the School of Social Science. Each year the School of Social Science has an interdisciplinary and international group of 12-15 postdoctoral visiting scholars. For information and application materials, contact: Administrative Officer, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540. All applications must be received by December 1, 1993.

The Institute for Advanced Study and Research in the African Humanities at Northwestern University invites proposals from scholars interested in the 1994-95 seminar Powers of Expression and Expression of Power: Cultural Production Under Constraint. Under the direction of its Preceptor, Kofi Anyidoho, of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon, the Institute will examine the varied ways in which artistic and scholarly production in Africa contends with claims of power and authority. The seminar theme provides a common frame of reference for important research initiatives in a number of disciplines. Appointments as Institute Fellows for residencies of up to an academic year are available. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, or be at the advanced stages of completing the Ph.D. For more information contact: The Institute for Advanced Study and Research in the African Humanities, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, IL 60208. Fellowship applications should be sent to African Humanities Institute, Social Science Research Council, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158.

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The African Studies Program is located at 
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Brian Winchester

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Sue Hanson

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Susan Hume

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