MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/27/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/27/01

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive <>




November 29, Thursday

"DOING the History of Muslim Societies in African History," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Robinson, Faculty (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Rm 201, International Center.

December 6, Thursday

"Islam, Globalization and "Modernity," The Example of the Murid Muslim Dahira Networks," African Studies Center Brown bag with Cheikh Babou, Advanced Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Course Announcements - Spring 2002

Fieldwork: The Unspoken Dimensions ANP 892 section 6; class meets March 27-May 1. Instructor, Anne Ferguson: e-mail

This special one-credit course is the third section of ANP 859. It explores little discussed but frequently experienced issues related to implementing fieldwork. Panels of faculty and advanced graduate students will share their fieldwork experiences and discuss problems that can arise due to, for example culture shock, political turmoil and violence or positionality of the researcher vis a vis the study community due to differences in ethnicity, sex, nationality or wealth. Issues related to love, sex and sexual harassment will be discussed as well as experiences taking children and other family members into the field.


Innovation in Language Instruction Distance Learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Conference - February 1-3, 2002

This is a national conference that seeks to identify, develop, and disseminate the state-of-the-art practices for distance learning of the less commonly taught languages.

As more people search for alternatives to traditional teacher fronted language instruction, Innovation in Language Instruction seeks to provide information and resources to Title VI Centers as well as language teachers and learners on creative solutions to providing language instruction to all types of learners in various ways. For more information on this conference contact Dr. Margo Glew at Michigan State University, A614 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027; Tel: (517) 432-1324; Fax: (517) 432-2736; e-mail: or visit the web site at:

Institute for the African Child Call for Papers HIV/AIDS and the African Child: Health Challenges, Educational Possibilities April 11-13, 2002 Athens, Ohio USA

The Institute for the African Child at Ohio University announces its fourth annual conference, HIV/AIDS and the African Child: Health Challenges, Educational Possibilities, to be held in Athens, Ohio from 11-13 April 2002. Paper and panel presentations are sought that address this complex health and social issue from all academic and practitioner perspectives.

The Institute for the African Child was founded in 1998 to promote collaboration between Ohio University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Communication, Education, Health and Human Services and Osteopathic Medicine on every dimension of children and child survival across Africa. Previous conferences have focused on the African girl child, child soldiers, and on setting an agenda for the Institute. The Institute sponsors a series of courses during the Summer Quarter, attracting graduate students and professionals from all over Africa.

Scholars and practitioners from every discipline are encouraged to participate in the conference with papers and/or media presentations related to its broad theme, stressing descriptive, analytical and prescriptive approaches to the issues of HIV/AIDS and the Africa's children. Children and their families, communities and the state, are all possible foci of presentations as well in that the Institute for the African Child fosters interdisciplinary research. 'HIV/AIDS Awareness in the Secondary Curriculum and Teacher Preparation,' 'Medical Intervention with Children with AIDS in Rural Areas,' 'AIDS and Refugee Populations,' 'School Teachers and HIV/AIDS' would be a few examples of paper topics. The Institute would like to have as many regions of the continent as possible represented in the presentations.

Send a one-page abstract by January 15, 2002 to Mr. Abdul Lamin, Conference Coordinator, Institute for the African Child, Burson House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 USA or by e-mail to Registration materials for the conference are available by mail and online at Dr. Diane Ciekawy in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University is the Conference Convener.

In cooperation with the Institute for the African Child, Ohio University Press will publish a volume related to this conference, edited by Arvind Singhal and Stephen Howard. Prospective publication date is World AIDS Day, 2003. See accompanying call for papers for the book for further information.

Call for Papers HIV/AIDS and African Children: Health Challenges and Educational Possibilities (An Edited Book) by Arvind Singhal and W.Stephen Howard Ohio University

Submissions are invited for an edited volume entitled HIV/AIDS and African Children: Health Challenges and Educational Possibilities. This edited volume is being supported by Ohio University's Institute for the African Child <> and will be published by the Research in International Studies of the Ohio University Press <>.

The Institute for the African Child at Ohio University was established in 1998 to focus on the health, education, and development issues facing Africa's children, and to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration across the social sciences, communication, health, education and medical fields. The Institute's vision of African development is a child-centric and future oriented one.

Why this volume on HIV/AIDS and children? An estimated 45 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS; over 21 million people have died, leaving behind some 16 million AIDS orphans. The African continent has been most ravaged by HIV/AIDS. HIV prevalence rates in most countries in the Southern African region range from 20 to 40 percent of all adults, and children represent a quarter of that statistic. The marginal position of children has made them particularly vulnerable to further spread of the disease.

Full-length chapters (6,000 to 7,000 words) and shorter case-studies (1,000 to 2,500 words) are invited from both scholars and practitioners with disciplinary affiliations in public health, communication, education, development, social work, and other relevant areas. Submissions with implications for policy, strategy, and advocacy are especially welcome.

Please mail one hard copy of the manuscript and one copy on floppy disk (in MS-Word format) for consideration to Steve Howard, Director, African Studies Program, Burson House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA by April 1, 2002. Submissions may also be made via email attachments to An abstract of 200 words with contact information and brief biographies of all authors should accompany the manuscript.

For substantive information, please feel free to contact either of the volume editors; Arvind Singhal, Tel: 740- 593-4903; Fax: 740-593-4810; email: or W.Stephen Howard, Tel: 740-593-1834; Fax: 740- 593-1837; email:

Those submitting papers to the present edited book are strongly encouraged to also attend the international and interdisciplinary conference on the same topic of "HIV/AIDS and African Children: Health Challenges and Educational Possibilities" on the Athens, Ohio campus April 11 to 13, 2002.


The Young Africanist Fellowship Program

Organized by the new Africa Project, these fellowships seek to give advanced graduate students a chance to spend one to three months during the summer in Washington, D.C. At the time of the application, the candidates should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation. During their residence at the Center, the recipients will use the Center's research facilities, interact with policymakers in Washington, and present part of their research to a wider audience.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in a Ph.D. program in any of the social sciences. Their dissertation work must be on an African subject that is relevant to the broader policy community in Washington. For this reason, applicants are required to explain how their research will benefit from residence at the Center. Priority will be given to scholars who otherwise could not have an opportunity to conduct research in Washington. The Center expects to select four recipients who will come to Washington between June and August 2002.

The application should consist of (1) a brief proposal of 2-3 pages, (2) a curriculum vitae, providing complete contact information (mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address), and (3) two academic references, including one from the dissertation advisor. The applicants must also indicate field of study and the time frame available to take up the fellowship. Please apply by January 15, 2002. The Center will provide $3,000 per month, inclusive of travel. Selections made by a panel drawn from our Academic Advisory Council will be announced by April 1, 2002. Applications should be mailed to: The Young Africanist Fellowships, The Africa Project, The Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-3027.


Professor - University of Missouri-St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is pleased to announce the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African-American Studies. The professor will be expected to exhibit, in his or her scholarship, both intellectual rigor and accessibility to a wide audience. He or she will teach courses and conduct research on Africa and/or the African-American experience.

Working with the Center for International Studies, (where the professorship holder will have a one-third time appointment), the professor will be expected to work with other faculty to develop a program in African and African-American Studies at the University, as well as programs for community audiences about Africa and linkages of persons of African heritage to the African continent. The professor is expected to be active in seeking external funds to these programs and collaborating with holders of other international professorships and Center programs to develop a comprehensive international program.

Candidates must have a distinguished record of publication, teaching, program development, and community outreach. This appointment will be made at the full professor level. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2002. Applicants should include a letter describing how their background and experience prepare them for this important and innovative position. Also include a curriculum vitae and names, addresses and telephone numbers of four references. Please send materials to: E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African- American Studies Search Committee, Dr. Joel Glassman, Committee Chair, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 366 Social Sciences and Business Bldg., 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121-4499. Applications may also be submitted electronically to the following e-mail address:, or by fax (314) 516-6757.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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