MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/24/06
Issue No. 3 Spring 2006
January 24, 2006
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
January 23, Monday
"Disturbing the Peace: Africa, IR Theory, and the Democratic Peace," with Errol
Henderson, Professor Political Science and African and African-American Studies
(Pennsylvania State Univ.), 4:30pm, 334A South Case Hall. Dr. Henderson is a candidate
for a Faculty position in International Relations at James Madison College.
January 25, Wednesday
"Hausa Table," every Wednesday brown bag luncheon with Dr. Ibro Chekaraou.
Hausa-phones in the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice their Hausa in order to
maintain or improve their oral skills in the language, 12:00 noon, Room 201 International
January 26, Thursday
"Feast and Fast: The Significance of Food in Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown
Bag with Cressida Marcus, Ethiopian Research Scholar, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International
January 27, Friday
"Consequences of Third Party Certification of Food and Agricultural Products in Ghana,
Guatemala, and Indonesia," CASID/WID Friday Forum with Dr. Lawrence Busch, University
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the institute for Food and
Agricultural Standards (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
February 2, Thursday
ìSymbolic Boundaries and Contested Identities: The New Logics of Political
Violence in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Abdi Kusow, Faculty in
Sociology and Anthropology (Oakland Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
African Studies Center Application for Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2006-07
The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting
on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic
year 2006-07 and for the 2006 Summer Cooperative
African Language Institute (SCALI). The FLAS
fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of
Education Title VI program for the study of African
languages and non-language courses on Africa.
Up to date information and on-line application forms are
available at: http://africa.msu.edu/FLAS/FLAS.htm.
Candidates must have completed application procedures
by February 17, 2006. Related application materials
are to be mailed to the Assistant Director of the African
Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State
University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517)
353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. In accordance with the Title VI
centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings
under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2006
will be hosted by Indiana University-Bloomington. For
info, visit: http://www.indiana.edu/afrist/scali1.html.
Imani Winds performing at MSU, February 22, 2006
Wharton Center presents: Imani Winds, Wednesday,
February 22, 2006; 7:30 p.m., Pasant Theatre.
The five accomplished musicians of Imani Winds joined
forces in 1997 to expand the boundaries of the
traditional wind quintet and explore the links between
European, African and American music traditions. The
name Imani, "faith" in Swahili, embodies this mission.
For ticket information contact the Wharton Center at
(517) 432-2000; 1-800-WHARTON; or visit:
MSU and U of M to host Atlantic History workshop
On April 28-30, 2006, Michigan State University and
the University of Michigan will host the second of a
series of workshops in Atlantic History entitled,
"'Recapricorning' the Atlantic: Luso-Brazilian and
Luso-African Perspectives on the Atlantic World". The
workshop will be a forum for discussing chapters from
dissertations or books in progress that reflect on how
new research on the Lusophone South Atlantic modifies,
challenges, or confirms the expanding body of Atlantic
History whose primary focus has been on the North
Atlantic and the Caribbean.
Please direct inquiries to: email@example.com or Lindsey
Gish (Atlantic Workshop Coordinator), Department of
History, 301 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824.
Funding Opportunity, Dept. of State
Exchange program, Deadline: February 9, 2006
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open
competition for grants that support exchanges and build
relationships between U.S. non-profit organizations and
civil society groups in Africa, East Asia, Eurasia,
Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Asia and the
Western Hemisphere. U.S. public and non-profit
organizations meeting the provisions described in
Internal Revenue code section 26 USC 501 )(3) may
submit proposals that support the goals of The
Professional Exchanges Program.
Projects should promote mutual understanding and
partnerships between key professional groups in the
United States and counterpart groups in other countries
through multi-phased exchanges taking place over one
to three years. Proposals should further transformational
democracy which seeks to encourage and support the
development of more democratic societies and
institutions, with a view toward creating a more stable
world. To the fullest extent possible, programs should
be two-way exchanges supporting roughly equal
numbers of participants from the U.S. and foreign
Projects should be structured to allow American
professionals and their international counterparts in
target countries to develop a common dialogue for
dealing with shared challenges and concerns. Projects
should include current or potential leaders who will
effect positive change in their communities. Exchange
participants might include community leaders, elected
and professional government officials, religious leaders,
educators, and proponents of democratic ideals and
institutions, including for example, the media and
judiciary, or others who influence the way in which
different communities approach these issues. The
Bureau is especially interested in engaging socially and
economically diverse groups that may not have had
extensive contact with counterpart institutions in the
United States. The Bureau encourages the submission of
proposals that engage these audiences in countries with
significant Muslim populations, or that engage
educators or groups that influence youth in innovative
ways. The application deadline is February 9, 2006.
The estimated total program funding is $5,800,000.00.
For further details,e-mail Anthony Wagner at:
Graduate Student Conference-UCLA, May 19, 2006
CFP - Deadline extended to January 27, 2006
The planning committee of the Multicampus Research
Group (MRG) is pleased to announce the 5th Annual
Graduate Student Conference, "The Art of Rights:
Human Rights in Comparative Perspective." The
conference will be May 19, 2006. This conference
proposes to bring literature and the arts into dialogue
with the social sciences in order to confront the ethics of
representation in the context of an increasingly
globalized and violent world.
The committee welcomes 250-word abstracts for papers
related to the topic of representing human rights.
Conference presentations should be twenty minutes in
length and may address the topic from any period or
discipline: literature, sociology, history, cultural studies,
gender studies, film, theater, the performing arts,
political science, public policy, etc. Abstracts may be
submitted by e-mail attachment no later than January
27, 2006 to Amy Marczewski, Conference Chair, at:
Financial assistance will be available to cover lodging
costs in Los Angeles. For information, go to:
http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/transnation or contact Amy
Marczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
African Children in African Media- Ohio University
June 15-17, 2006
The conference considers how African children are
represented and underrepresented in African audio-
visual and print media. The sessions will explore the
role of state, private, and NGO owned media institutions
and organizations, and examine their impact on the lives
of African children. Educational media, child produced
media, media for development purposes are among some
of the panel topics. Papers from scholarly and
practitioner perspectives are welcome.
The expected outcomes will include research and
production projects designed to amplify unique
children's voices and cultures, through media created
locally and shared globally. For inquiries and
information contact conference coordinator Ghirmai
Negash at email@example.com or Acacia Nikoi at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit abstracts is
April 1, 2006. For additional information including
registration, housing, and travel information visit the
Institute's website at: http://www.ohio.edu/afrchild.
International Conference - Western Michigan Univ.
The WMU Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR) announces an International
Symposium on "Challenges and Opportunities
Development and Peaceful Conflict Resolution in the
Horn of Africa" to be held August 3-5, 2006 at Western
Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
The Horn of Africa (compromising of Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti) is one of the most
strategic areas of Africa and the global economy. It is a
bridge between Africa and the Middle East, as well as
the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. It is a culturally and
historically rich region of the world with great natural
resource potential. It is a region of diversity in culture,
languages, and religions. In spite of these potentials, it
is currently one of the poorest and unstable sub-region
of Africa. The objectives of the conference are to: 1.
Raise awareness about critical issues of conflict that
drives conflict driven underdevelopment and poverty in
the Horn of Africa sub-region, 2. Provide a forum for
constructive and informed dialogue on key policy
options for peaceful conflict resolution for future
development and progress, 3. Exchange research papers
on the various dimensions of Conflict and Human
development, and 4. Build consensus on policy options
that are crucial for future progress in the Horn for
peaceful conflict resolution, development, peace and
democratic governance both among states and within
states. The Symposium is intended for academics,
policy makers, investors, and donors and others
interested in contemporary issues in the Horn of Africa.
The Conference Conveners invite proposals on
development issues and topics related to the following
sub-themes: 1.Conflict, peaceful conflict resolution and
Development; 2.Historical and cultural Origins of
Conflict and lessons for Peaceful conflict resolution; 3.
The impact of conflict on economic development and
progress; 4. Managing Ethnic and Religious conflict; 5.
Terror, Conflict and Conflict Resolution; 6. The Impact
of globalization on regional and state conflicts; 7. The
relationship between governance and human conflict; 8.
Natural and humanitarian disasters and Conflict; 9.
Managing Conflict in national Elections; 10. The Role
of US in Peaceful Conflict Resolution and
Development; 11. The impact of Globalization, conflict
and terrorism and; other topics related to the Conference
Each contributor is invited to complete and submit the
participation form (see website) and one typed double-
spaced copy of the proposal. Abstracts that do not
include a completed Participation Form will be regarded
as incomplete and will not be accepted. Visit
006.html for registration, specific venue, and other
information. Please send all abstracts or proposals by
April 15, 2006 to: International Conference on Conflict
Resolution and Development in Ethiopia and the Horn
of Africa, Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR), Haenicke Institute for Global
Education (HINGE), Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA; Fax: (616) 387-0630; e-
All abstracts may be sent by electronic mail to
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at UCLA
The division of humanities at the University of
California, Los Angeles, will appoint four Andrew W.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for a 2-year tenure
beginning in the fall of 2006. Fellows must have earned
their doctoral degree no earlier than January 2000 and
no later than June 2006. All Fellows will be housed in
relevant home departments for which they teach two
courses each year. They are required to be in residence
and to participate in the monthly Mellon Fellows
Seminars and annual Mellon Conference, as well as the
on-going intellectual life of their home departments.
Fellows will also write a progress report due on June
15th of each year of residence.
The Mellon program at UCLA is designed to explore the
emerging field of Transnational Studies. Its aim is to
broaden the study of minority cultures from its national
focus to global and comparative perspectives. The
program seeks innovative scholarship that explores
minority cultures as major components of world culture
and history, generated by immigrant and minority
writer, artists, filmmakers, playwrights, and musicians
residing in metropolitan centers across the world and
thereby reshaping the canons of literature, art, and music
in their respective countries.
There is no application form. Applicants should send a
cover letter, a description (no more than 1500 words) of
the scholarly project relevant to the program, a CV, and
three letters of recommendation by February 1, 2006,
to: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities
at UCLA, Royce Humanities Group, 212 Royce Hall,
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095. For more information,
please contact Cyndia Soloway via e-mail at
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