MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/03/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/03/00


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October 5, Thursday

"Marginalized Urban Residential Habitats in the Post-Colonial 'European' City of Harare," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Chris Mutambirwa, Visiting scholar (Geography, University of Zimbabwe), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 12, Thursday

"Can Smallholder Farmers Grow more Legumes? A Case Study from Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Assistant Professor (Integrated Crop Management, Dept. of Horticulture MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Visiting Scholars

Dona Dakauo, Entomologist from Burkina Faso was here for three weeks in the Entomology Department at MSU. He is Leader, Rice Research Programme.

Al Shek Kamara, from Sierra Leone is a Visiting scholar in the School of Criminal Justice and the African Studies Center. He will be interacting with Professor Merry Morash and conducting library research, as well as attending courses necessary for his field of study until spring term.

Ruth Kaseke is Finance Director at the Open University in Zimbabwe. She is consulting with MSU officials in regards to their mission to build, integrate, operate and support administrative information technology solutions at MSU.

Chris Mutambirwa, Professor of Geography at the University of Zimbabwe is a Visiting scholar in the Department of Geography. He will be interacting with Professor Assefa Meheretu.

Janet Tucker from Sierra Leone is a Visiting scholar in Women and International Development (WID) and the African Studies Center. She will be interacting with Professor Anne Ferguson, Director of WID. She will be attending courses necessary for her field of work until spring term.

Workshops for K-12 Teachers at MSU

"Current Global Events" is the title for the Internationalizing the Curriculum Series Workshop to be held Saturday, October 7th, 9:30 - 12:00 pm in Bessey Hall, Room 217. As part of the series on Interactive Workshops for K-12 Teachers at Michigan State University, participants will learn about valuable web-based resources containing useful information including lesson plans, activities, and games for use in the classroom. Attention will be paid to locating resources for geographic regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America) as well as thematic issues (the environment, gender, and globalization). Registration is free, but space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Rob Glew or Julie Haddow at (517) 353-5925. The Internationalizing the Curriculum Series is sponsored by the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Women and International Development Program at MSU with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.


The International Winter School (IWS)

The International Winter School (IWS) at the University of Natal is now accepting applications for the International Winter School 2001. The session starts on 17 June and will run to 5 August. (to be confirmed). The IWS offers the following courses:

* Culture and Diversity in the Rainbow Nation * Service Learning * Policy Issues and Community Service * African Art * Turbulent Times: Kwazulu-Natal from Earliest

times to present * Post-Apartheid Fictions * Zulu Language and Culture * War and Uneven Development in Africa * With the Whole World Watching * African Cultures on the Silver Screen * African Narrative Please contact for brochures, application forms or any additional information.

Global Black Health

Call for Papers

Papers are sought for a special issue of the journal "Transforming Anthropology" that analyze the various facets of health (and obstacles to achieving it) in African and African Diasporic populations.

Submissions that cover conceptual, methodological, and ethnographic contexts of black health in a global perspective are particularly encouraged. Applied research is also welcomed. Topics may include, but are not limited to: cross-cultural comparisons of health systems, structural violence, poverty, gender, racism, privatization of health care, development, local medical knowledge systems, etc. For further information, contact David Simmons at, or


Call for Papers - ACAL32

The Thirty-second Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL32) will take place March 23-25, 2001. "Linguistic Reconstruction and Comparison in Africa" is the theme of the conference to be hosted by the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Abstracts for papers on all topics concerning linguistic aspects of the languages of Africa are invited. One-page abstracts must be received by January 31, 2001 to be considered for inclusion in the program. Send abstracts electronically to: or by mail to: ACAL32, Department of Linguistics, 1203 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 84720-2650 (Electronic submission is preferred where possible). For further details contact Larry Hyman, Professor & Chairman, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; tel: (510) 643-7619; fax: (510) 643-5688.

The New Benue-Congo Working Group

Following the ACAL there will be a special workshop March 26-27 with invited and contributed papers and working sessions focused on the reconstruction of Benue-Congo and its subgroups (including Bantu). The scale of the workshop will depend on funding received. ACAL participants are invited to stay to attend this workshop. Contact Larry Hyman or Ian Maddieson if interested in contributing. Further information will be posted at:


CAORC Fellowships for Regional Research

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is offering fellowships open to U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scholars proposing research in the fields of humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. The research should have regional significance in the Middle East, subSaharan Africa, and/or South Asia, and must be conducted in more than one country, at least one of which host a participating American overseas research center. Fellowship tenure must be of at least three months' duration. Eight small grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded, each of which carries an additional $3,000 for travel expenses. Scholars may apply individually or in teams. Application deadline is: December 31, 2000. For further information or to receive an application visit the web site at:; or write to: Attn: Ms. Julia Pilson, Regional Research Program, Smithsonian Institution, 10th and Constitution St., NW, NHB - East Court Room, CE-123, MRC 180, Washington, DC 20560; tel: (202) 842-8636; fax: (202) 786-2430; e- mail:

2001 WARA Fellowship Competitions

1. 2001 WARA/WARC Collaborative Scholars-in- Residence Fellowship Program

The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, is offering fellowships, each of which will support a pair of researchers (one researcher based in a West African institution and one based in a North American institution). The two pairs of researchers will spend 2-3 months at the Center as scholars-in-residence in order to collaborate on their joint project. Priority will be given to scholars who have already initiated collaborative projects and who require work time together in order to finish a manuscript such as a book, book chapter, or journal article.

Joint proposals, of no more than ten (10) pages in length, written by each pair of applicants, should be submitted to the WARA office in Madison, Wisconsin or the WARC/CROA office in Dakar, Senegal by December 15, 2000. Proposals should, in concrete terms, describe the history of the collaboration between the two scholars on the project at hand, summarize the significance of the research, the planned methodology, and the resulting publications. Curriculum vita and three (3) letters of recommendation for each applicant should be submitted to: WARC/CROA, B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011- 221-8-24-20-58; email:; or WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262-2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website:; For further details, write to either address indicated.

2. West African Research Association Fellowship

Two (2) research fellowships are being offered for Summer of 2001 in West Africa with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These fellowships are open to both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates who wish to conduct research for a 10-12 week period in order: 1) to prepare a doctoral research proposal; 2) complete or elaborate upon earlier research; 3) enhance their understanding of a particular topic in order to improve teaching effectiveness or broaden course offerings. The competition is open to U.S. citizens who teach or are enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States.

Candidates must submit an essay of no more than eight (8) pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of their research project to their academic field or teaching profession. Supporting materials must include three (3) letters of recommendation by professors (for pre-doctoral candidates) or established scholars in their field (for post-doctoral candidates); a curriculum vitae; and college transcripts (for pre- doctoral candidates).

Please direct inquiries and submit all relevant materials (one original and three copies) to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262- 2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

3. West African Research Association Minority Student Internship Competition

Three (3) Summer 2001 Minority Student Internships are being offered in West Africa in an effort to increase the active participation of minorities in international affairs (African-Americans, Eskimo or Aleut, Native American Indians, Mexican Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans).

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. Students from HBCU's and those without previous foreign travel experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Direct inquiries to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706, Telephone: 608-262-2487, Fax: 608-265-4151; email: website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

4. WARC Travel Grant

The West African Research Center is now offering travel bursaries of up to $2000 to West African scholars and graduate students. These funds may be used to: 1) Attend and read papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant's field of research; 2) Visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work. For further details on application requirements contact: WARC/CROA; B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas, Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011-221-8-24-20-58; email: or Edris Makward, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin; Telephone: (608) 262-2487; Fax: (608) 265-4151. Travel funds will become available October 1, 2000. Applications should reach the West African Research Center at least 3 months before the travel date.


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