MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/31/06
Issue No. 4 Spring 2006
January 31, 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>
February 1, 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
February 1, Wednesday
"Meza ya Kiswahili" (Swahili table) every Wednesday in the Crossroads Food Court, 12:30 - 1:30. For information, contact Professor Deo Ngonyani, e-mail: email@example.com or call 353-4051.
February 2, Thursday
"Symbolic Boundaries and Contested Identities: The New Logics of Political Violence in
Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Abdi Kusow, Faculty in Sociology and
Anthropology (Oakland Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.
February 3, Friday
"The Economic Impact of AIDS Treatment: Labor Supply in Western Kenya," Lecture by
Harsha Thirumurthy, (Yale Univ.), Dept. of Economics job candidate, 3:30 p.m, 3rd floor
February 9, Thursday
"Gender Gap: The Disjuncture Between Western-developed Policies and their
African-determined Implementation," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Sandra
Schmidt, Doctoral student in the College of Education, 12:00 noon, Room 201 International
February 16, Thursday
"A History of Métissage in Senegal," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with
Hilary Jones, Visiting scholar (Univ. of Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International
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.
MSU Study Abroad in South Africa and Lesotho
The Department of Teacher Education in the College of
Education and the African Studies Center at MSU would
like to announce the Education, Society and Learning in
South Africa and Lesotho study abroad program this
summer from May 13-June 17, 2006.
This five week program will explore the relationship
between formal education and society in South Africa
and Lesotho, as well as in the larger context of the
southern African region. Participants will visit a variety
of schools (from pre-elementary to university, formal
and informal), historical sites and museums, and other
places of social importance in both urban and rural areas
of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Lesotho, and Durban. The
program will focus on issues of human diversity (race,
ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, religion, special
needs groups) and social institutions (the role of the
state and non-governmental agencies, civil society, and
the private sector in economic and social institutions,
most importantly schools). The program is open to
students from all majors, undergraduate as well as
graduate students are welcome to apply.
The application deadline is March 1, 2006. For more
information see the program website:
ng.html or contact the program director Stephen
Backman (email@example.com, 100 International
Center, 353-1700). An information meeting will be
held about the program on Wednesday, February 15,
2006 at 5:00pm in 204 International Center.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsey
Gish (Atlantic Workshop Coordinator), Department of
History, 301 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824.
Sub-Saharan grad student thesis support
Deadlines October 15 & March 15
Up to $25,000 Fellowships for graduate students for
thesis or dissertation research. Graduate students are
eligible if from the following countries:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi,
Cameroon, Central African Rep., Dem. Rep. Congo,
Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon,
Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia,
Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome/Principe, Senegal,
Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland,
Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe...Working
in the following fields broadly related to agriculture:
" the science and practice of activity related to food,
feed, and fiber production, processing, marketing,
distribution, utilization, and trade, and also includes
family and consumer sciences, nutrition, food science
and engineering, agricultural economics and other social
sciences, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, aquaculture,
floriculture, veterinary medicine, and other
environmental and natural resources sciences." See
details, including work with a CGIAR scientist, at:
http://leap.ucdavis.edu. The Borlaug LEAP is a
fellowship program, funded by the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID), to
enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate
students from developing countries who show strong
promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related
disciplines as defined by Title XII. LEAP is part of the
overall Borlaug International Agricultural Science and
Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the USDA.
The LEAP program will support engaging a mentor at a
Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR) system center to support and
enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis to students
who show strong scientific and leadership potential,
have a well coordinated proposal between their home
university, a US university mentor, and the CGIAR
mentor, and whose research is related to a strong
research and support project within the host country.
Emphasis will be placed on work that has relevance to
the national development of the students home country.
Awards will be made twice a year but applications may
be received at any time. The focus region for the current
Request for Applications (RFA) is sub-Saharan Africa.
Applications received by October 15th will be reviewed
and grant recipients will be notified the following
January. Applications received by March 15th will be
reviewed and grant recipients will be notified the
following May. Students should plan to begin their
fellowship within one year of notification.
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-
mail: email@example.com. All abstracts may be sent
by electronic mail to SISAY.ASEFA@WMICH.EDU.
Agenda Journal, Feminist Media Project -2 positions
The Agenda Feminist Media Project seeks a full-time
Project Director and a full-time Journal Editor to
become integral members of its team, which is dedicated
to raising women's voices and discussing women's
issues in Africa. The Project Director is responsible for
overseeing Agenda's operations, which includes
Agenda's quarterly journal publication, website, radio,
and writing programmes. Past managerial, budgetary,
and fundraising experience required. The Journal Editor
is responsible for conceptualizing, commissioning, and
editing Agenda's quarterly journal publication.
Candidates are encouraged to peruse the Agenda website
to obtain additional information on Agenda's philosophy
and projects. Agenda is committed to the principles of
non-sectarianism, anti-racism, and anti-homophobia and
guards against all other forms of discrimination. Agenda
is an equal opportunity employer but preference is given
to female candidates. The deadline for applications is
1600 (4:00 p.m.) on 10 February 2006.
Please submit a one-page letter of motivation, three
traceable references, and a CV. The process of selection
will commence on 10 February 2006 and will cease only
after the vacancy has been filled or a decision is taken
not to fill the post.
Applications will be received by e-mail or post and must
be addressed to the Chair of the Board. Please submit all
CVs and cover letters as follows: Email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate Director/Project
Manager or Publications Editorial Job Application in
subject-line. Mail to: Chair of the Board, Agenda, Re.
Director/Project Manager or Publications Editorial
Job Application [please specify], P.O. Box 61163,
Bishopsgate, 4008 Durban, South Africa
For further information and details, please contact:
Christine Davis, Writing Programme Coordinator,
Agenda Feminist Media Project, Tel: 031 304 7001,
Fax: 031 304 7018; e-mail: email@example.com;
Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.