MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/25/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/25/01

Issue No. 5 Fall 2001
September 25, 2001
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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September 27, Thursday

"Improving Aid to Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Paul Clements, Faculty (Political Science, Western Michigan University), 12:00 noon, Room
201, International Center.

October 4, Thursday

"National Development and Health Issues in Zimbabwe," African Studies Center Brown Bag
with Rose J. Ndlovu, Chairperson (Dept. of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, Univ.
of Zimbabwe), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 9, Tuesday

"Popular Responses to Democratic Reforms in Africa," CASID/WID Seminar with Professor
Michael Bratton, Faculty (Political Science and African Studies, MSU), 4:00 p.m., Room
N472 Detroit College of Law (DCL).

October 11, Thursday

"Reassessing The Zimbabwean Revolution," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Bill Derman, Faculty (Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


2002 Course Announcement

PLS 854: "Comparative Political Institutions," is offered for Spring 2002. This seminar will focus on the comparative analysis of sovereign state formation, including an exploration of its antithesis, state failure. It will draw upon the historical sociological literature of state formation in modern Europe as well as the contemporary predicaments facing Third World states, especially in Asia and Africa, currently in the early stages of state formation.

For further information contact the Instructor for the course, Professor Mohammed Ayoob, 316 South Case Hall; 353-3538; email:

Global Focus 2001

The MSU Office of International Studies and Programs, in cooperation with the MSU Alumni Association, announce the third annual international photography competition for MSU student, faculty, staff, and alumni. Full details can be found on the Web site at or concerns about the competition can be directed to Jay Rodman at email:; or to Francoise St. Onge at 355-2350. This year's submission deadline is Friday, October 5, 2001.


African Studies Association Annual Meeting 2001 November 15-18, 2001- Houston, Texas

The African Studies Association (ASA) sponsors an Annual Meeting, which provides an occasion for panels, plenary sessions and discussion groups, exhibits, and films. Participants from America, Africa, Asia and Europe gather for this meeting, which is held in different regions of North America, in cooperation with major colleges, universities and museums. With an average attendance of 1,200, the Annual Meeting is one of the largest annual gatherings of Africanists in the world. Highlights of the Annual Meeting include the Abiola Lecture, the Presidential Address, the Herskovits Award presentation, and a distinguished speaker hosted by the Women's Caucus.

2001 Theme: Africa and the African Diaspora: Past, Present, Future
African studies has for too long remained captive to the area studies paradigm that first shaped the academic construction of the African studies field in the 1950s. One of the several consequences of this situation has been the artificial separation of African Studies from studies of the African Diaspora. To be sure, not all scholars of Africa have abided by these distinctions, but by and large these divisions have held center stage with the exception of those programs that specifically defined themselves as either Black Studies or Pan-African Studies. Renewed popular and scholarly interest in the African Diaspora makes this an opportune moment for members of the African Studies Association to re- examine its place in the study of Africa. At the same time, the Association believes this also to be an occasion to emphasize the issue of Africa's significance for the study of the African Diaspora. By focusing on this theme the Association does not, however, intend to ignore specifically African topics. Indeed, Diaspora studies is seen as complementing what Africanists who focus on processes and issues in Africa do and have done historically. In short, the goal is to encourage dialogue.

Hotel: The headquarters hotel is the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel. Please contact the hotel directly to make reservations: Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002; Toll free: 800- 233-1234; Telephone:(713)-654-1234; Fax: (713)-951- 0934. Mention the African Studies Association to receive the discount rates for Single, Double, Triple, or Quadruple Rooms.

Travel:Please use the African Studies Association travel agency, Association Travel Concepts (ATC). For reservations, please contact ATC: Association Travel Concepts, Telephone: 800-458-9383; Email: This year Continental and United are the preferred airlines. ASA participants earn the following discounts on United and Continental: 10% to 15% off published fare prices 60 + days prior to departure. 5% to 10% off published fare prices 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

Please mention the African Studies Association, and call early to ensure low fares. For general information, please contact the African Studies Association staff at, or Michelle Peterson, the ASA Annual Meeting Coordinator, at


Assistant Professor - Indiana Univ.- Bloomington

The Department of Political Science in invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in either comparative or international politics with research interests in Africa. They are looking for someone with broad theoretical interests and appropriate research and methodological skills. Evidence of the candidate's research performance or promise and appropriate teaching skills should be provided. In addition to maintaining an ongoing research program, faculty are expected to teach two courses per semester at the undergraduate levels.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. IU is especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people including women, members of ethnic and racial minorities, and disabled individuals. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, publications and papers, course syllabi and evaluations, and at least three letters of recommendation to: Jeffrey Hart, Chair, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405; Fax: (812) 855-2027. Address any questions to: Jan Peterson at (812) 855-1209; email: To assure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2001.

University of Florida -Director Center for African StudiesSearch Re-Opened

The University of Florida invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Center for African Studies. The position calls for a distinguished senior Africanist who can direct an internationally ranked center as it deepens and expands its programs and activities to meet the academic challenges of the 21st century. The University of Florida, with an enrollment of 46,000 students, is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines. It is the oldest and largest of Florida's ten universities and a member of the Association of American Universities.

The Center for African Studies is multidisciplinary in scope with U.S. Department of Education Title VI funding. The Center's activities draw on its nearly 100 faculty affiliates to promote collaborative university- wide programs in the areas of governance, democracy, performing arts, humanities, conservation, and sustainable development. Its international linkages extend to universities and programs throughout Africa. The University's libraries house an extensive African collection, and art from Africa constitutes an important part of the permanent collections of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The Center also promotes
intercollegiate and interdepartmental activities in conjunction with the University's International Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for International Business and Economic Research, and other international programs in food, agriculture, health care, law, and communications. It also collaborates with the African-American Studies Program, the African Diaspora Program, the Institute of Black Culture, and several of the historically black colleges and universities in the southeastern United States.

Supported by a staff of five, the Director provides intellectual and administrative leadership in sustaining, organizing, and developing existing and new research, training, and outreach programs in African area studies. The Director must have proven leadership skills, administrative experience, and fund-raising ability. He or she should be known nationally and internationally as a scholar/teacher with excellent established contacts in the U.S. and Africa. Academic discipline is open. Salary is competitive. Please send a letter of application and vita to be received by November 20, 2001. The University request that three references send letters of recommendation by this date, also. Application materials may be sent by email or FAX. No phone calls please. Address all materials to:Dr. Barbara E. McDade, Chair, Search Committee, Center for African Studies, P.O. Box 115560, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611- 5560; Fax: (352)-392-2435; Email: or for more information about the Center, visit the web site at: The University of Florida is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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