2000, SSA Annual Meeting

Africa's Sudanic Core: At The Millennium

Sudan Studies Association

19th Annual Conference

April 6-8, 2000

New England Building
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York

Ann M. Lesch

President Elect and
Program Coordinator
'Abdullahi 'Ali Ibrahim

Executive Director
Richard A. Lobban

Newsletter Editor
Ali B Ali-Dinar

Local Arrangements Coordinator
Constance E. Berkley

Sponsored by:

The Program in Africana Studies

Co-sponsored by:
The Office of the Dean of the Faculty
Anthropology Department
Art Department
English Department
History Department
Philosophy Department
Political Science Department
Religion Department
Urban Studies Program


Thursday, April 6, 2000

1:00 - 6:15 p.m. Registration
101 New England Building

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. SSA Board Meeting

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

Chair: Dr. 'Abdullahi 'Ali Ibrahim

President Elect, Sudan Studies Association

Dr. Norman Fainstein

Dean of the Faculty, Vassar College

Dr. Constance Berkley

Local Arrangements Coordinator

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Session 1: Plenary Session: Experiencing Sudan

Chair: Dr. Ahmed 'el Amin El Bashir
Panelists: Dr. Amna Bedri, Ambassador Allen Goulty, Professor Abd al-Rahman Abu Zeid, Dr. Mohammed Sukkar, Dr. Muddathir Abdel Rahim, Dr. Elias Nyamlell Wakoson

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner
Pratt House
Host: Dr. Norman Fainstein

Friday, April 7, 2000

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 2: Nubia: A Corridor to Africa

Chair: Sam Laki
Panelists: Ronald Baily, Northeastern University and Marcia Banes, Longfellow School, Cambridge University, "Unlocking the Secrets of Nubian Culture: Nubainet, etc."
Timothy Kendall, "New Discoveries in Bayuda Desert."

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session 3a: "Youth Exudes the Aroma of Paradise: Sudan's Youth in the New Millenium"

Chair: Rogaia Abu Sharaaf
Panelists: Selma Hasan, Swarthmore College; Roshan Musa; and Samah Salman
Discussant: Ismail Rashid; Laura Beny

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session 3b: "Exhibitions of Art and Villages"

Chair: Ali Dinar.
Panelists: Awad Abdelgadir and Khalid Kodi

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 - 12:00 noon Session 4: "Islam in the Political Process"

Chair: Mohamed Mahmoud
Panelists: Paul Saucier, Rhode Island College, "Nationalism, Identity and Islamic Fundamentalism: Problems, Solutions and the Creation of a Democratic and Poly-ethnic Sudan."
Ismail H. Abdalla, The College of William and Mary, "The Turabi Revolution: At a Dead End of the Road: A By-Pass or Cul de Sac."
Mukhtar A. Ellakhmi, Petroleum University, Saudi Arabia. "Islam, the State and the Nuba Mountains."
Mohamed Mahmoud, Tufts University, "Problematizing Ridda (Apostasy): Is a Critique of Islam Possible?"

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Session 5: "Strategies for Survival"

Chair: Barbara Degorge, SUNY Old Westbury
Panelists: Abdelrahim Mohammed Salih, University of Bayreuth, Germany. "Wrestling Nature: Rythm of Life, Human Competence, and Ecological Ambiance at the Nile Fourth Cataract."
Bagie B. Muhammad, Indiana University-Bloomington. "The African Famine and the Story of the Sudanese Women Artist."
Lillian Craig Harris. "Choosing Death, A Consideration of Suicide in Sudan."

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Session 6: "Rituals of Power"

Chair: Gabriel Warburg, Haifa University, Israel
Panelists: Gabriel Warburg, Haifa University, Israel. "Slatin Pasha: Administrator and Soldier."
Peter Garretson, Florida State University. "The Nefira Age Set Ceremony of the Lataka in Time Perspective, with a Focus on the Nefira of 1933, 1977 and 1999."
Jay Spaulding. "The Micropolitics on Echo Island."
Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Rhode Island College. "The Early Pan-Africanists With Ties to Sudan."

5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Annual Business Meeting

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cash Bar
Vassar Alumnae House

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Annual Banquet

Vassar Alumnae House Dining Room

Speaker: James Faris

Saturday, April 8, 2000

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 7: "In Sickness or in Health"

Chair: Dr. Ibrahim Hani
Panelists: Dr. Ibrahim Hani, International Health Consultant. "The Problems and Challenges in Growth Monitoring."
Nagat El-Hag, Ohio State University. "Towards a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Care in Sudan: The Role of Pediatric Psychology."
Ahmed Abdel-Hameed Adeel, Hanan Mohammed Abdalla and Ahmed Hamad Alnaury. "Household Expenditure on Malaria Case Management in Wad-Medani, Sudan."
Mohammed Sokkar. "Popular Participation in the Eradication of Malaria."

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session 8: "Tayeb Salih's Literary Links With Sudanese Traditions: An In-Depth Discussion."

Chair: Dr. Constance Berkley.
Panelists: 'Abdallahi 'Ali Ibrahim, Tayeb Salih, Talha Jibril, Ibrahim H. Badr.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 - 1:00 p.m. Session 9: "Race Matters"

Chair: Ambrose Beny.
Panelists: Stephanie Beswick, Kean University. "The Ethnicity of Bondage in the Valley of the Upper Nile: Slavery and the Slave Trade Through the Eyes of the Possessed."
Ismael Musah Montana, York University. "The Black Slave Community of Tunis in Context."
'Abdullahi 'Ali Ibrahim. "Whiteness in Strange Places: The Invention of the Northern Sudanese."
Khalid al Mubark Mustafa, Woodrow Wilson. "Southern Sudan: Eternal Victim?"
Kevin Dejesus. "African Child Soldiers in a Comparative Context: Understanding Youth and War in the Sudan."

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Annual Luncheon

The Cafe at Aula

Speaker: al-Tayeb Salih

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Meeting of the New Board
Room 107 New England Building

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Session 10: "Africa at Vassar"

Chair: Naana Winful
Panelists: Naana Hagan, Shauna Rhodes, Lydia Daniel
Discussant: Duane Bailey Castro

4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Session 11: "Governance, Legitimacy and Libations"

Chair: Muddathir Abdel Rahim
Panelists: Richard Lobban, Rhode Island College. "The Search for Politico-Religious Legitimacy Along the Nile."
Randall Fagely, Pennsylvania State University. "Federeal Solution for the Sudan: A Comparative History."
Malik Balla, Michigan State University. "Sudan and Africa: Who Fails Who?"
Sam L. Laki, Central State, Ohio. "Management of Water Resources of the Sudan."
Mohammed Zein, Major-General (retired) and former Ambassador."Issues in the National Security of Sudan."

5:15 p.m. Adjourn

Ma's salaama