SSA '99: Conference Program

Sudan Studies Association

18th Annual Conference

June 4- 6, 1999

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

The Conference Program


Opening Reception and Registration: 12:00-1:30 p.m., Barnum

Opening Session: 1:30 p.m., Feinleib Lecture Hall, Barnum

Welcome by Leila Fawaz (Dean, Liberal Arts and Jackson College, Tufts University), SSA President Ann Lesch, and SSA/Tufts University Coordinator Mohamed Mahmoud

Panel 1: CRITICAL ISSUES IN SUDANESE HISTORY: 1:45-3:30 p.m., Barnum 104

Chair: Ahmed E. El-Bashir (University of District Columbia)

Jay Spaulding (Kean University): "Classical Medieval Nubian and the Mahas Diaspora"

Peter P. Garretson (Florida State University): "Intelligence Sources in the Sudan on Ethiopia, 1898-1935"

Stephanie Beswick (Kean University): "The Dinka as `Northern Sudanese' and the Genesis of Intra-Southern Conflict"

3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Break

Panel 2a: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SHARIA: 3:45-5:15 p.m., Olin 116

Chair: Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (Rhode Island College)

Adam Abdelmoula (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nairobi), "The Case for a Secular Personal Law in the Sudan"

Raphael Abiem (Harvard University), "Suffering in the Abode of Peace: Indigenous Aliens under Shari'a"

Mohamed Mahmoud (Tufts University), "Sariqa (Theft) and Islamic Punishment"

Panel 2b: WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN THE SUDAN: 3:45-5:15 p.m., Olin 112

Chair: Sue Lautze (Tufts University)

Asma Abdel Halim (University of Michigan), "Women's Legal Rights Between Shari'a and International Human Rights"

Hayat Abdel Magid (GOAL-Sudan), "The Role of NGOs in Empowering Displaced Women in Sudan"

DINNER: 5:30 p.m-6:30 p.m. (Board of Directors' Meeting during Dinner)

BUS leaves at 6:45 p.m. for Exhibit ($8.00 round-trip)

RECEPTION: Special Reception at the Exhibit by Khalid Kodi at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, 300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, 7:30-9 p.m.


Panel 3a: SLAVERY: PAST AND PRESENT: 8:30-10:00 a.m., Eaton 201

Chair: Ann Lesch (Villanova University)

Alice Moore-Harell (Haifa University): "Dilemmas and Prospects in the Struggle to Suppress the Slave Trade in the Sudan in the 1870s"

Mom Kou Nhial Arou (Formerly Khartoum University): "The Resurgence of Slavery in the Sudan"

Barbara DeGorge (St. John's University): "Buy a Boy for Fifteen Dollars: Slavery in the Sudan"

Panel 3b: FOREIGN POLICY AND THE SUDANESE DIASPORA: 8:30-10:00 a.m., Eaton 202

Chair: Ibrahim Hamid Badr (York University)

Leben Nelson Moro (American University in Cairo): "Policy Issues in and Future Implications of Refugee Education: The Case of Sudanese in Uganda"

Souad T. Ali (Hiram College): "Al-Sudan Center for Democracy, Peace, and Civil Rights"

Ahmed E. El-Bashir (University of the District of Columbia): "American-Egyptian Rivalry and the Collapse of Democracy in Sudan: January 1956-November 1958"

10:00 a.m-10:15 a.m. Break

Panel 4a: DEVELOPMENT, DEMOCRACY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: 10:15-11:30 a.m. Eaton 201

Chair: Sam Laki (Central State University)

Benaiah Yongo Bure (Wayne State University): "Developing the Jonglei Flood Plains: A Non-Canal Alternative"

Mohamed Babiker Ibrahim (Hunter College): "Democracy and Sustainable Development in the Sudan"

Mahgoub El-Tigani (Tennessee State University): "The Conflict of Social Justice: Ultra-Needs, Basic-Needs, and Real-Needs"


Chair: Angela Raven-Roberts (Tufts University)

Magdi Ali (Michigan State University): "Disease Control Programs in Sudan"

Charles Mackenzie (Michigan State University): "Health Program Development in Areas of Civil Disturbance in Sudan"

Sue Lautze (Tufts University): "Privatizing Humanitarian Relief Operation in Sudan: Is the Idea Gaining Currency?"

Panel 4c:STATE AND THE DISCOURSE OF POWER: 10:15-11:30 a.m. Eaton 206

Chair: Laura Beny (Harvard University)

Mahmoud El-Zain Hamid (United Nations University, Tokyo): "Tolerance as a Power Site: Reflections on the Political History of the Sudan"

Abdullahi Ahmed Gallab (Hiram College): "Overcoming the Sudanese Impasse: The Disintegration of the Totalitarian State in the Sudan"

Mohamed Ibrahim (University of Massachusetts at Amherst): "The Culture of Extremism in Sudan: The Impact of Insider/Outsider"

BUSINESS MEETING: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Eaton 201

LUNCH: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Panel 5a: THE THOUGHT AND MOVEMENT OF MAHMUD MUHAMMAD TAHA: 1:30- 3:30 p.m., Eaton 201

Chair: Lidwien Kapteijns (Wellesley College)

Stephen Howard (Ohio University), "A Community of Possibility: The Republican Brotherhood and Islamic Reform"

Mohamed Mahmoud (Tufts University), "Mahmud Muhammad Taha's Approach to the Qur'an"

Haydar Badawi Sadig (Ajman University, United Arab Emirates), "Communicating Freedom in the Sudan: A Life Experience of the Republican Thought"

Panel 5b: ON CULTURE: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Eaton 202

Chair: Khalid Kodi (Brown University)

Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim (University of Missouri) and Abdullahi Ahmed Gallab (Hiram College: "30 Years after the Apademac Movement of Progressive Artists and Writers"

Ali B. Ali-Dinar (University of Pennsylvania): "Being 'Sudanese': The Politics of Diasporic Identity"

Constance Berkley (Vassar College): "The Historical Self: Tayeb Salih Revisited"

Tigani G. Eltahir: "Comparing the Incomparable: Zikr and Zar in the Sudan"

3:30-3:45 Break

Panel 6a: GENDER RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SUDAN: 3:45-5:45 p.m., Eaton 201

Chair: Rosalind Shaw (Tufts University)

Hala el-Ahmadi (University of Nijmegen), "Feminism(s) in the Sudan: New 'Voices', New Experiences"

Rogaia Abusharaf (Brown University), "The Path to Emancipation: Fifty Years of Sudanese Feminism"

Susan M. Kenyon (Butler University), "Gender and Healing in Sudan"

Panel 6b: CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: 3:45-5:45 p.m., Eaton 202

Chair: Nelson Kasfir (Dartmouth College)

Elias Wakoson (Texas A&M University, Commerce): "Time: The Critical Obstacle to the Peaceful Resolution of the Sudanese Civil War"

Mohamed Zeinelabdin (Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) and former Ambassador): "The Consequences of the Wrong Policies and the External Influences in the Conflict of Southern Sudan in the period 1898-1998"

Jemera Rone (Human Rights Watch), "A New Hope: The Nuer-Dinka Reconiliation"

DINNER: Pound (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), 6:30 p.m.-9:30

Speaker: William Y. Adams (University of Kentucky), "Nubia, Sudan, and the World: The Search for Historical Understanding"

Tamador Sheikheddin (Actress), "The House of Bit al-Mina bit Masa'ad," One-Act Play based on Frederico Garcia Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba"



Chair: Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim (University of Missouri)

Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim: `Gordonites and Mahadites Feud: The "Downsizing" of Omdurman Islamic University (1969)'

Heather Sharkey (MIT): "A Century in Print: Arabic Journalism and Nationalism in the Sudan, 1899-1999"

Tagelsir H. Elrayah (Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America): "Al-Ahfad Educational Institution: A Century of National and Educational Commitment"

Panel 7b: TOWARD THE DECIPHERMENT OF MEROITIC: 9-10:45 a.m., Eaton 202

Chair: Jay Spaulding (Kean University)

Helene Longpre (Rhode Island College), "Investigation of the Ancient Meroitic Writing System: Kalabsha Temple"

Monica Ouellette (Rhode Island College), "The Meroitic Chamber"

Richard Lobban (Rhode Island College): "Toward the Decipherment of Meroitic Numbers"

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.Break

Panel 8a: DEVELOPMENTAL DIMENSIONS OF INTERNAL CONFLICTS: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Eaton 201

Chair: James Hudson (Morgan State University)

Rasheed Ali (World Federation of Democratic Youth, Budapest): "New Dimension of Sudan's Conflict"

A. H. Al-Sawi (independent researcher, London): "The Sudanese Crisis: Rural Pull and Urban Push"

Saifalyazal Saad Omar (Uppsala University): "Constraints to Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Sudan"

Michael Kevane (Santa Clara University) and Endre Stiansen (Uppsala University): "Salam and the Islamist Influence on Agricultural Finance in the Sudan"

Panel 8b: TOWARD THE DECIPHERMENT OF MEROITIC, continued: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Eaton 202

Chair: Richard Lobban (Rhode Island College)

Kharyssa Rhodes (University of Colorado, Denver), "What Brought Meroe to its End?"

Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (Rhode Island College), "Nubian Queens in the Nile Valley and Afro-Asiatic Culture History"

BRUNCH: available 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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