HABARI September 1994

HABARI September 1994

Conference Room, Rm. 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth, Champaign.

Sept. 21:   Sven Rubenson (Ethiopian history) Title to be announced.
Sept. 28:   Mwanzia David Kyule (archaeology, University of Nairobi)  "The 
            Game of Bao in East Africa's Prehistory." 
Oct.   5:   Tesfaye Wolde-Medhin (anthropology)  "Politics, Culture, and 
            Anthropological Fieldwork in Warahimanno, Ethiopia."
Oct.  12:   Stephen Wooten (anthropology) "Urban Growth and Rural 
            Transformation: The Case of Fresh Produce Production in a Malian 
Oct.  19:   Edward Miner (linguistics) "The Politics of Language Status 
            Planning in Kenya and Tanzania."
Oct.  26:   Ezekiel Kalipeni (geography) "The Demographic and Socio-economic 
            Impact of AIDS in Malawi."
Nov.   2:   No seminar.  ASA meetings
Nov.   9:   Stan Ambrose (anthropology) "The African Origins of Modern Humans: 
            Genes, Volcanoes, and Archaeology."
Nov.  16:   Tom Bassett (geography/African studies) "Cartography and Empire 
            Building in 19th Century West Africa."


Sept.  8:   Kathleen Bethel, who acted as a monitor in the April election in 
            South Africa, will show slides and speak about her experiences 
            during the election.  The Champaign-Urbana Coalition on Africa 
            (CUCA) is hosting this event, which will be held at the University 
Sept. 15:   Chinua Achebe will visit Millikin University in Decatur as part of 
            Millikin's series, "Sub-Saharan Africa: Birthplace of Humanity."  
            Professor Achebe will be interviewed on WILL's "Focus 580" at 
            11:00 am on September 15.  At 7:30 pm he will deliver a lecture at 
            Millikin's Kirkland Fine Arts Center entitled "The Nigeria Context 
            of My Fiction."  
Sept. 16:   At Millikin University, Chinua Achebe will take part in an open 
            discussion of the novel  Things Fall Apart in Staley 24-hour study 
            lounge at 4:30.
            Pig.  Tickets to see and hear this 15 piece band from Zaire will be 
            available at local record stores or at the Blind Pig, 6 Taylor St. 
            Champaign.  Don't miss this.
Oct.  27:   J.M. Coetzee, an internationally acclaimed novelist from South 
            Africa will give a reading at the Levis Faculty Center at 8:00 pm.

Continuing: "Transformations/Translations: Selections from the Krannert 
            Art Musuem Collection of African Art" will remain on exhibit 
            through September.  This exhibition was organized by the 
            graduate students in Anita Glaze's Africa art seminar.  It explores 
            themes of self-transformation, spiritual transformation, and 
            artistic transformation in Africa and the diaspora.  An exhibit 
            catalogue is now available at the Palette Bookstore.


After over ten years of dedication and hard work, Don CRUMMEY (history/African studies) stepped down from his post as director on August 19, 1994. The Center thanks him for his service and wishes him the best of fortune in his new endeavors. If you want to find him, Don is moving a few doors down from his former office to room 218 International Studies Building.

The Center welcomes Tom BASSETT (geography) who will serve as acting director for the 1994-95 academic year. Tom served in the same capacity during the 1992-93 academic year and we are happy to have him back.

A warm welcome to Ezekiel KALIPENI, who is joining the UIUC as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. Ezekiel has a long-standing interest in population, fertility and the environment in Africa.

We also welcome Dr. Ka Mutombo KABASELE, a demographer from Zaire and Sighughudwane MASHELE, an economist from South Africa. Dr. Kabasele will spend the year with the Department of Sociology with Fulbright support, and Mashele is part of the University of Illinois South African Fellowship Program.

The University of Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa and the University of Illinois have established formal relations through a United States Information Agency (USIA) funded faculty linkage program. The USIA award provides over $100,000 in support of visits by UIUC faculty to Western Cape, and visits by Western Cape faculty to the UIUC. The program will run from September 1, 1994 through August 31, 1997. Bill MARTIN (sociology) is largely responsible for developing and submitting the successful proposal.


Tom BASSETT's article "Hired Herders and Herd Management in Fulani Pastoralism (Northern C!te d'Ivoire)" appeared in the most recent issue of Cahiers d'!tudes africaines.

John DUE (economics) has recently published a working paper with the UIUC Center for International Business Education and Research on "Railroads in Tanzania."

The Center congratulates Eren GIRAY (African studies) on the publication of her book, Nsiirin! Nsiirin! Jula Folktales from West Africa. The volume is being published by Michigan State University Press.

The University of Chicago Press has just released Parallel Worlds by Alma GOTTLIEB (anthropology) and Philip GRAHAM (English) in paperback. Alma and Philip will sign books at Pages for All Ages Bookstore in Champaign on October 8, from 1:00 to 3:00.

Bill MARTIN (sociology) presented papers at the Eighth Annual World Congress of Sociology in Bielefiels, Germany and at the American Sociological Association meetings in Los Angeles. He was also active in organizing panels and research as Co-Chair of the International Sociological Association Thematic Group on World-Historical Systems. Bill's article on "World-Systems Perspective in Perspective: Assessing the Attempt to Move Beyond Nineteenth- Century Eurocentric Conceptions" has just appeared in REVIEW.


The following students have been awarded Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the 1994/95 academic year: Gary BOGLE (political science), Patricia CLARK (history), Leslie GRAY (geography), Peter JONES (African studies), Leslie KING (sociology), Maxim MATUSEVICH (African studies) Vincent MATHEWS (African studies), Ivette MEDINA (African studies), Daniel McGEE (anthropology/medical scholar), Tristine PERKINS (African studies), Stephen WOOTEN (anthropology). This competition was the most impressive in the Center's history. All applicants are commended. Congratulations to the recipients.

Leslie GRAY, geography, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research on soil degradation in Burkina Faso. Leslie expects to leave for Burkina early next year.

Sundiata DJATA, history and Aziz DIOP, linguistics, have both defended their dissertations and taken university teaching positions. Sundiata has joined the Department of History at Northern Illinois University and Aziz is now in the Linguistics Department at Delaware State University. Congratulations and keep in touch!


The University of Cape Town's Centre for African Studies announces the Harry Oppenheimer Research Fellowship providing R7,500 for three to six months research. Fellows will be expected to deliver an Africa Seminar and contribute to the cultural life of the Centre. For information contact Harry Oppenheimer Institute, UCT Private Bag, 7700 Ronderbosch, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: (021) 650-3273. Fax: (021) 650-3274. E-mail:

National Endowment for the Humanities offers 1995 summer stipends to faculty and staff of colleges, universities, libraries, museums, historical societies and to independent scholars so that they can devote two consecutive months of full-time study and research to their projects. Stipends are for $4,000. Further information is available at the Fellowships Office, 209 Coble Hall, or through the NEH at (202) 606-8551. The UIUC campus deadline is September 15.

The William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grants will again be offered to UIUC faculty by International Programs and Studies. Awards of up to $3,500 will be provided to support both basic and applied research. Contact Sheila Roberts at 333-8331 for details. Deadline is November 1.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) offers two fellowship programs for international research. The Joint International Fellowship and Grant Programs for Area and Comparative Training and Research is designed for predissertation students who need training in area studies or advanced disciplinary studies and for dissertation students for field research in the social sciences and humanities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. The maximum award in most programs in $15,000. The International Predissertation Fellowship provides twelve months of support over a period of up to two years for training to prepare students to conduct dissertation research oriented to the developing world. Applications for both programs are available at the fellowships office, 207 Coble Hall.

The Spencer Foundation offers dissertation fellowships for research in education. Applicants can come from any academic discipline, but the research must relate to the history, theory, or practice of education. Application forms are available by writing to Spencer Dissertation Fellowships Program, The Spencer Foundation, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60611. Requests for application forms must be received by October 14, 1994.


The Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks a director. The Center is a Title VI National Resource Center administering an interdisciplinary MA program and an undergraduate minor; it supports instruction in numerous African languages, Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships, an outreach program, a faculty in over twenty disciplines, and an outstanding library collection.

The Director is the chief administrative officer of the Center, responsible for planning and administering Center activities, for generating funding, and for budgeting; the Director reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Director should have a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching in an appropriate area of African studies suitable for a tenured appointment as associate professor or professor in one of the Center's cooperating departments, and an ability to work with a culturally diverse community.

Linkages with African institutions of higher education and/or research, familiarity with emergent trends in the study of Africa, evidence of administrative ability, and experience in generating external funding are highly desirable. Salary and rank negotiable. Starting date not later than August 21, 1995, subject to availability of candidate. Applications and nominations received by October 14, 1994 are assured full consideration.

Send nominations, applications, and inquiries to Professor Ronald Sousa, Chair of the African Studies Director Search Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 294 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL 6l80l Phone (217) 333-1350.

Sarah Lawrence College offers a tenure-track position teaching courses in African politics and international political economy. A Ph.D. in political science, economics, or sociology is required. Send a c.v., two course descriptions, three letters of reference, and a statement of teaching philosophy to Ms. Janet Held, Faculty Secretary, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY 10708. Deadline is October 15, 1994.

The University of South Carolina, Department of History announces a tenure- track position in African history with preference given to West Africa and trans-Atlantic linkages. Send letter of application, c.v., and dossier to Dr. Peter Becker, Chair, Department of History, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Deadline is October 1, 1994.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a historian, preferably specializing in west, central, or southern Africa and/or the colonial period. An assistant professor who will begin August 1995 or later is preferred. Applicants should send a letter describing scholarly and teaching interests, a c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a select sample of publications to Chair, African History Search Committee, Department of History, 3211 Humanities, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706. Deadline is October 21.

The Museum for African Art, New York offers travel programs to Mali, C!te d'Ivoire, and Ghana, Togo, and Benin in January and February and to Madagascar (May) and Southern Africa (October, 1995). Trips cost $4,700 to $5,000. For details write to the Museum of African Art, 593 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College offers a study tour on "Women and Development: Southern African Perspectives" for spring semester in Windhoek, Namibia. For information and applications contact The Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Tel: (612) 330-1159. Deadline is October 15, 1994.

WorldTeach provides opportunities for graduating seniors and others to spend one year teaching English, math or science in Namibia or South Africa. For details contact WorldTeach Inc., Harvard Institute for International Development, One Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-5705. Tel: (617)495-5527.

The Mennonite Central Committee offers opportunities for work in agriculture and community development, education, and health throughout Africa. A service opportunities listing is available at the Center or from 21 South 12th Street, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501.

The United States Department of State announces its African Bureau Summer Internship Program for 1995. Graduate students pursuing a degree in fields related to Africa or international affairs may apply to spend the summer in an American embassy or consulate in Africa. Participants work on a level equal to that of a junior foreign service officer. Application forms are available at the Center. Deadline is November 1, 1994.

The Information Bank on African Development Studies (IBADS) is an electronic mailing service provided by the Africa Technical Department at the World Bank. To subscribe you must (1) create a mail message, (2) address it to: (3) write: subscribe IBADS [first name] [last name] (4) list your specialty (e.g. livestock), organizational affiliation, address, and subject of interest.

A list of over 24 other listservers facilitating discussions on Africa or specific African countries is available at the Center.

The Center has examination copies of two new journals on Africa: The Nordic Journal of African Studies which welcomes contributions of scholarly work on African languages, literature, culture, and history; and the Khalihari Review, which is devoted to the writing and artwork of the people from southern Africa. Subscription information is available in the journals. Examination copies of other Africa-related journals are available at the Africana reading room. See Al Kagan if you are interested.

"Africa Reconfigured" is the theme of the 1994 African Studies Association annual meeting to be held November 3-6, 1994 in Toronto. A tentative program and sign-up sheet for transportation (mini-van) are available at the Center. Numerous UIUC faculty and students will present papers or chair sessions. Join them!

The Twelfth International Conference on Ethiopian Studies will be held at Michigan State University September 5-10, 1994. The theme of the conference is "Rethinking Ethiopian Studies" and more than 150 scholars from a range of disciplines and countries will present papers. Contact Dr. Harold Marcus, 12 Lincoln Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1045 for details.

"Post-Colonial African Achievements" is the theme of a mini-conference organized by the Center for African Studies at Central State University, Wilberforce Ohio. The conference will take place October 27-28, 1994. Contact that center at (513) 376-6673 for more details.

"Globalization and Culture" is the theme of a conference to be held at Duke University November 9-12, 1994. Participants will discuss perspectives on modernity, modernization, free market policies, globalization, mass culture, ethnicity, race, gender, human rights, and new forms of cultural production. Noam Chomsky is the keynote speaker. For details, call the Literature Program, Duke University at (919) 684-4127 or fax (919) 684-3598.

Articles are being solicited for two books: Islamic Homosexuality and African Homosexuality. Historical articles as well as contemporary ethnographies are welcome. Send submissions or inquiries to Stephen O. Murray, 1360 De Haro St., San Francisco, CA 94107. Inquiries may also be sent by electronic mail to

The National Association of Ethnic Studies (NAES) will hold a conference on the theme "Ethnicity: Family and Community" at the University of Colorado, Boulder on March 8-12. Proposals for papers, panels, and media production on the family and community implications of ethnicity are sought from all disciplines and areas of research. For information contact Dr. George H. Junne, Jr., CSERA, CB 339, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80809-0339. Tel: (303) 492-2507. Fax: (303) 492-7799. Deadline is October 1, 1994.

The National Association of African-American Studies will hold its national conference February 14-18, 1995 at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA. Abstracts for papers on any topic relating to the African-American experience are sought. Fifty word abstracts may be sent to Lemuel Berry Jr., Executive Director, NAAAS, Virginia State University, P.O. Box 9403, Petersburg, VA 23806. Tel: (804) 524-5447. Abstracts should be post-marked by December 17, 1994.


Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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