MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/09/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/09/01

Issue No. 6 Fall 2001
October 9, 2001
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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. (NOTICE TIME and LOCATION).

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.

October 18, Thursday

"Between Deals and Clashes: What is Africa's Stand on Global Agricultural Trade Issues?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Kofi Nouve, Graduate Student (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 25, Thursday

"Women's Knowledge and Practice Responding to Disease and Promoting Health in Senegal," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ellen Foley, Graduate Student, ABD(Anthropology, MSU).


Women and International Development (WID) Working Paper Award

WID invites Graduate students to submit a paper for its annual graduate student paper competition and award. The paper should be 20 double-spaced pages in length and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development and globalization.

The papers will be reviewed by faculty committee, and the award will be made at WID's Annual Open House in January. The winning paper will be published in the WID Working Paper Series and its author will receive $200.00.

Papers should be submitted via e-mail attachment or by mail to: WID, 202 International Center; e-mail: wid@msu.eduby November 15, 2001. Indicate that you are submitting the paper for the competition and include a contact phone number and e-mail address.


Secondary Wage Earner Programs - Lansing, MI

The Secondary Wage Earner Program for Refugee Services in Lansing, Michigan, is a refugee resettlement agency for the Greater Lansing area. There are over 8,000 refugees from 30 different countries living in the area and many are women with strict cultural constraints who are literally homebound because of cultural and language barriers.

Refugee Services has many volunteer positions that offer a variety of experiences and time commitments. The first position is that of English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor. This position requires a time commitment of at least two hours a week, plus a two- hour ESL training and cultural orientation session before beginning. The other positions include a variety of intern positions available in the units of reception and placement, employment, health, immigration, and English as a second language.

For further information contact: Shana Bombrys, Secondary Wage Earner Program Case Manager, Refugee Services, 2722 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 100B, Lansing, MI 48912, USA; e-mail:; Tel: (517) 484-1010; Fax: (517) 484-2560.

Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)

"The Global and the Local: Africa in the World and the World in Africa," is the title of this conference to be held May 29 - June 1, 2002. The conference will be held at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.

With this first call for papers, the conference committee invites submissions of proposals for both panels and individual papers. Panel proposals are especially desired. Panel proposals that deal with one of the major sub-themes are encouraged. Sub-themes include: Health and Society; Migration and Ethnicity; Food and Development; The Politics of Reconstruction; and Popular Culture. Panel submissions should include three to four papers, a chair and a discussant. List name of each participant, including their institutional affiliation and the title of the panel, title of each paper and an abstract of 200-250 words, and postal and electronic addresses for each participant. Persons submitting individual papers should submit their names, titles, addresses and an abstract of 200-250 words. All panel and individual proposals should be sent via e-mail or regular post to: The Secretariat, Mme. Linda Theriault, Mme. Roxanne Welters, c/o CETASE, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal, Quebec, CANADAH3C 3J7; e-mail:; Tel: (514) 343-6569; Fax: (514) 343-7716. Submission deadline is January 15, 2002. For registration and further details, visit the web at:

A special note to Graduate students

The Area Studies Associations under the Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies (CCASLS) are hosting Joint Graduate Methodology Workshops during the CAAS Conference. Graduate Students interested in making presentations on their research methodologies, problems encountered in accessing sources, draft chapters of theses or research proposals, or anything related to doing research, are asked to provide their names, institutional affiliation, and a 250 word abstract by January 15, 2002.

Call for Papers

Globalization, Gender, and Social Change in the 21st Century is publishing a special issue of International Sociology. This special issue is aimed at promoting scholarship and research that emphasizes the centrality of gender in studying social change associated with the process of globalization. The main objectives are to promote scholarship about important women/gender issues, growing concerns, and new problems worldwide at the dawn of the 21st century. Articles exploring in- depth case studies, ethnographic field research, historical/comparative analyses, and
reflective/theoretical think pieces are welcome. The topic is open as long as it relates to the relationships between gender and globalization.

Papers should be about 6000 words, with an abstract of 100-200 words. Two copies of the paper, typed and double-spaced, should be submitted by June 1, 2002 to: Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Department of Sociology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., McCabe Hall, Washington, DC 20016, USA; e- mail:


Call for Papers - Purdue University

The African American Studies and Research Center and the American Studies Program invites participation in "The Black Atlantic," an interdisciplinary symposium, March 21-23, 2002 at Purdue University.

The conference will explore the history, culture, and social and political experiences of people in the Atlantic world whose lives have been shaped by the African diaspora. Work on individuals, movements, and communities in the America, Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean that are part of the Black Atlantic are welcome. Possible topics may include, but not limited to the following: Migration and Identity, Diasporic Literature and Culture, Imagined Geographies, Transnational Movements and Politics, (Post)colonial Spaces and Power, Inscriptions of Home and Exile, and the Politics of Race. Interdisciplinary and American Studies approaches and methodologies are encouraged.

Submit two copies of detailed abstracts for individual 30-minute presentations or 2-hour panels with up to three speakers. Abstracts should be 5 pages or less. Send to: Carolyn E. Johnson, Interim Director, The African American Studies and Research Center, 1367 LAEB, Room 6182, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1367; e- mail:; Tel: (765)-494-5680; Fax: (765)-496-1581. Submission deadline is December 1, 2001.


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a unit of The New York Public Library's Research Libraries, announces its Scholars-in-Residence Program. The residency program assists those scholars and professionals whose research on the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's collections.

The program is designed to encourage research and writing on the history, literature, and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, to facilitate interaction among the participants, and to provide for widespread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and Schomburg Center Colloquia.

The Fellowship Program is open to scholars studying the history, literature, and culture of the peoples of African descent from a humanistic perspective and to professionals in fields related to the Schomburg Center's collections and program activities. Persons seeking support for research leading to degrees are not eligible under this program. Also, foreign nationals are not eligible unless they will have resided in the United States three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2001 and sent to: Scholars-in- Residence Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801; Telephone: (212) 491-2228 or visit:

AAUW International Fellowships 2001-2002

Women graduate students from countries outside the United States are invited to apply for a $16,860 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation for study or research in the United States.

International fellowships are available to women who are not American citizens or permanent residents. Of the 58 fellowships awarded, six are available to members of the International Federation of University Women for graduate study in a country other than their own. Awards support full-time graduate or postgraduate study in all disciplines for one year, and studies important to changing the lives of women and girls.

The Foundation also awards several annual Home Country Project Grants ($5,000-$7,000 each). These grants support community based projects designed to improve the lives of women and girls in a fellow's home country. Application deadline is December 15, 2001. For more information and to receive an application contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept.60; 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; tel: (319) 337- 1716, ext. 60. Or visit the web at:


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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