MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/01/07
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 1 Spring 2007
January 1, 2007
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>
January 18, Thursday
"Fiction and Reality in Modern Ethiopian History," African Studies Center
Brown Bag talk with Maaza Mengiste, Master of Fine Arts
candidate/Instructor (Creative Writing Program, New York Univ.), 12:00
noon, Room 201 International Center.
January 25, Thursday - (This Brown bag may be post-poned to a different
date. Notice will be sent via e-mail.)
"Future Directions of MSU's African Studies Center I," African Studies
Center Brown Bag talk with African Studies Center Core Faculty members,
12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
February 1, Thursday
"The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Courts in Somalia," African Studies
Center Brown Bag talk with Lee Cassanelli, Faculty, (Univ. of
Pennsylvania), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
February 8, Thursday
"Future Directions of MSU's African Studies Center II," African Studies
Center Brown Bag talk with African Studies Center Core Faculty members,
12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
African Studies Center Application for Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) for 2007-08 AY
The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting
on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic
year 2007-08 and for the 2007 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 15, 2007. 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 2007
will be hosted by the University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign. For details, please visit:
http://www.afrst.uiuc.edu/SCALI07.htm for details.
2007 Compton Africa Peace Fellowships
Michigan State University's African Studies Center
(ASC) and Women and International Development
(WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace
Fellowships to graduate students from Sub-Saharan
Africa to support their dissertation field research in
Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African
Higher Education Partnerships Initiative (AHEPI).
These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible
by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its
Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace,
conflict resolution, and security in Africa.
The goal of the Compton Fellowship Program in Peace
and Security is to strengthen intellectual capacity in
Sub-Saharan African nations and institutions that can
address the challenges of conflict resolution, peace, and
security issues intra- and internationally. The
fellowships will support exceptional Ph.D. degree
candidates at MSU from Sub-Saharan Africa who
intend to return to their country or region of origin after
completing their studies. A secondary goal is to
promote the integration of environment, peace, and/or
population issues in graduate-level study and research.
The Compton Foundation's peace and security program
focuses on a variety of activities and issue areas which
include: resolving and avoiding international and
regional conflict; reducing the threat from weapons of
mass destruction; and broadening the definition of
national security to include environmental and
Students eligible for the Compton Africa Peace
Fellowship Program at MSU must:
Be citizens of a nation in Sub-Saharan Africa and
not be seeking citizenship or residency abroad.
Be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Michigan State University.
Be candidates for the Ph.D. degree in any of a
variety of disciplines, such as political science,
sociology, anthropology, history, public policy,
criminal justice, social work, communications,
economics or agricultural economics, and law and
pursuing an eligible research topic (see next section).
Provide evidence that all requirements for the Ph.D.
degree (including comprehensive examinations and
departmental approval of the dissertation proposal) will
be completed except for the dissertation fieldwork and
write-up by the time they plan to begin fieldwork with
the Compton funding.
Be pursuing a dissertation that requires fieldwork in
Africa for a minimum of six months and a maximum of
12 months for collection of qualitative or quantitative data.
For Information on eligible research topics and
application forms please visit:
or http://africa.msu.edu/compton.php. Completed
application forms must be submitted by mail and e-
mail to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee, c/o
David Wiley, African Studies Center, 100 International
Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing,
Michigan 48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700; Fax: 517-
432-1209; e-mail: email@example.com. The application
deadline is March 16, 2007.
Explore Africa at MSU, June 17-23, 2007
Explore Africa at MSU is a residential program
designed for academically talented high school students
(entering grades 10, 11, and 12) who would like to
become immersed in learning about the tremendous
diversity found within the continent of Africa. This
program is a cooperative venture by the African Studies
Center and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education
Participants will attend daily language classes in
Swahili; participate in sessions on African literature;
develop self-selected projects on African topics;
participate in African music and dance, as well as assist
an African chef in making a traditional dinner.
For registration or other information, contact John
Metzler, (517) 353-1700; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, url:
Int'l Conference on the Nigerian State, The Oil
Industry and Niger Delta - October 22-25, 2007
The Department of Political Science at Niger Delta
University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria,
now in it's fifth year has decided in spite of it's young
age to take up the challenge of inviting scholars from all
over the world to participate in a three-day conference
to address and discuss the present "state of affairs" of
the Nigerian State in the Niger Delta. The conference
will be held in the heart of the Niger Delta at
Wilberforce Island, Ammasoma.
Today, the most visible presence of the Nigerian State
in the Niger Delta is perhaps not found in development
projects, but in heavy development of its coercive
apparatus. In fact, the region can best be described as
one at war with itself, the Nigerian state, and the
Multinational Oil Corporations. What is responsible
for this state of affairs? What is the role of the
Nigerian State, Niger Delta peoples and the
Government and Multinational Oil Corporations?
What are the historical, political, social and economical
forces and factors underlining and fueling the crisis?
What can be learned from experiences of other similar
situated peoples and places? What can be done to
improve the situation? These are some of the issues
which need to be addressed through research efforts.
"The conference should afford many the opportunity a
first-time visit to the Niger Delta, which in itself could
be intellectually rewarding."
Sub-themes are following:
Theoretical and historical background
The State, economy and society.
Imperialism, the Niger Delta and the Nigerian
Colonialism and the roots of conflict
Patterns of resource exploitation & management
in global deltas
The oil industry, the state & host communities in
different regions of the world
Patterns of environmental sustainability
Comparative federal arrangements
Political Economy of the Niger Delta Crisis
Politics of resource allocation & control
Politics of federal restructuring
Politics of development including efforts &
effects of past and present government
The State and Civil Society
The state, Oil induced dislocations &
Protest movement & Militancy
State reactions to civil society's activism
Socio Cultural Dimensions
Corruption and the Niger Delta Crisis
Ethnic relations & ethnicity
The oil industry and societal values
The Future of the Niger Delta
Effects of the Oil industry on the environment
Alternative economic activities in the Niger Delta
Abstracts of papers on any of the sub-themes should be
sent by electronic mail to the conference secretary, Dr.
Ibaba S. Ibaba at: email@example.com and
copied to Dr. W. Ehwarieme at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, by January 30, 2007. For
more information the telephone numbers are Dr. Ibaba
S. Ibaba: +2348037089294; Dr. Ehwarieme:
Int'l Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies
August 3-5, 2007, Western Michigan University
The WMU Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR) announces the 4th International
Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (ICEDS)
on the theme: "The Challenges of Peace and
Development in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa."
The Symposium is intended for academics, policy
makers, investors and donors, and others interested in
contemporary issues in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.
Each contributor is invited to submit the participation
form, found at: http://homepages.wmich.edu/asefa/
(click on the 4th ICEDS Conference Announcement) and
a one-page 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
Proposals on the following are invited: 1) Agriculture,
Food Security, and Rural Development; 2) Education
for Sustainable Development; 3) Regional Integration
for Development; 4) Building Democratic Institutions of
governance and civil society; 5) Health and HIV/AIDS
Issues; 6) Private Sector, Entrepreneurship and Markets;
Science and Technology for Development; 8) US
Policy on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa; 9) Managing
Ethnic, Clan, and Religious conflicts; 10) Peace
building and Conflict Resolution; 11) Women and
Development; 12) The Role of the Diaspora in
Development; and 13) An open forum for political
parties. Please send all abstracts or proposals by April
1, 2007 to: 4th International Conference on Ethiopian
Development Studies (4th ICEDS), Attn: Professor
Sisay Asefa, Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR), Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008, USA; Fax: (616) 387-
0630 e-mail: SISAY.ASEFA@WMICH.EDU.
West African Languages - UNC-Chapel Hill
The Department of African and Afro-American Studies
in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill
invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor
position in West African languages and literature.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in African languages and
literature or related field, native or near-native fluency
in a West African language, and a demonstrated ability
to teach one or more West African languages (with a
strong preference for Wolof) at all levels.
The successful candidate will be expected to assume
responsibility for coordinating the department's African
language program and maintain a strong commitment to
scholarship. Submit cover letter and resume by January
31, 2007 to Michael Lambert, Chair, African Languages
Search Committee, Dept of African and Afro-American
Studies, CB# 3395, 109 Battle Hall, UNC-CH, Chapel
Hill, NC 27599.
Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.