MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/07/04


Issue No. 2 Fall 2004
September 7, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 9, Thursday

"Impact of HIV/AIDS inUganda: Building Bridges and Alleviating Poverty Through the Provision of Free Education for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Rural Areas," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Co-Founder/Program Director of Scientific Technology and Sustainable Agricultural Development, Inc. (STSAD, Inc.) and Nyaka AIDS Orphans School, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 16, Thursday

"A Discussion of a Scholar's Mistaken Observation: The Case of the 'Galla' of Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ayalew Kano, Faculty Affiliate of the ASC (Retired Civil Servant, State of Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 23, Thursday

"Foreign Aid and the African Farmer: New Evidence," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Carl Eicher, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Study Abroad Fair

The 15th Semi-annual Fall Study Abroad Fair will be held on Thursday, September 23rd from noon to 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of the MSU Union building. For more information contact the Office of Study Abroad; 109 International Center; Phone: 353-8920; or visit the web site at:


African Studies Association
Call for Proposals to Edit African Issues

Are you interested in critical, contemporary issues in Africa? Do you have innovative ideas for how best to bring in depth analysis of the most pressing topics - political, cultural or economic - to an African Studies audience? The African Studies Association (ASA) seeks creative proposals from individuals interested not only in editing African Issues, but also in re-envisioning the focus, broadening the scope, and re-imagining the layout (including on-line publication) of this important biannual journal. ASA's aim is to assure that African Issues remains responsive to and at the forefront of debate on the most critical topics concerning the continent in the coming decade.

Those interested should send a one-page proposal indicating their plans for the editorship of African Issues and a copy of their cv to: Carol L. Martin, Ph.D., Executive Director, African Studies Association, Rutgers University, Douglass Campus, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400.

One-page proposals are due postmarked on or before Deadline extended to September 30th, 2004.

The Publications Committee of the ASA will review all proposals by October 15. Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal postmarked on or before December.

Canadian Review of Comparative Literature Special Issue on African Literature: Call for Papers

The growing success of African literature has been matched, albeit slowly, by a corresponding growth in African literary theory and criticism. These developments, some of which appear to have been inspired by African literary criticism, have in turn prompted literary scholars in Africa and abroad to rethink their conceptual premises and theories of criticism, thus generating further advances in theories of literature and criticism. Drawing upon oral and literary sources, emerging electronic and print technologies, urban myths and legends, new sensibilities arising from the reconfiguration of the relationship between the postcolonial state and civil society, and rapid cultural globalization, African writers are responding in highly innovative ways to the new realities Africans face in a rapidly changing world. Some of these responses are thematic. Others, however, are formal and generic.

The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Litt rature Compar e thus announces its Special Issue on African Literatures, and opens its pages to critics and writers who wish to explore these developments. Papers of about 6000 to 7500 words, double space, from any of the following thematic areas listed: 1. Theory of African Literature; 2. Critical Methods: Marxist, Historicist, Feminist, Structuralist and Poststructuralist, Ethnic, Nativist, etc.; 3. African Literature and Technology; 4. African Film and Cinema;

  1. African Literature and Orality; 6. African Performance: Performance theory; African Theatre; Oral Traditions: Poetry and Narrative Performances; Cyberperformance in Africa; 7. The Language Question in African Literature; Writing in European and African Languages; African Writing in the Roman Script, Arabic and other scripts; 8. Gender and African Liteterature; 9. Body and Soul: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the African Literary Imagination; 10. Psycholoanalysis and African Literature; 11. Race and ethnicity in African Literature;
  1. African Literature and/as Minority Discourse?; 13. Colonialism, Decolonisation, and Neo/Postcolonialism;
  1. Artistic Movements and African Literature: realism, postrealism, modernism, postmodernism, socialism, magic realism, etc.; 15. African Writing and Literary Scholarship Abroad: exile, immigration and Diaspora;
  1. Globalization and African Writing; 17. 100 Great Books: (A case of) Greatest Writers or Cannonical and Culture Wars?; 18. Market Literature: The Onisha and other traditions.

Contributors should follow the MLA style as provided in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Third Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1988.

Previously unpublished manuscripts, (except for an abstract, lecture, personal announcement, thesis) in three paper copies, with author's names and addresses written only on cover page to ensure an effective blind review process, must reach the editors at the following address by June 30, 2005. On exceptional circumstances, electronic submissions may be acceptable. Upon acceptance, a diskette with word-processed text in Microsoft Word and a printout is required (exceptions will be granted only to scholars lacking the necessary facilities).

Manuscripts may be addressed to: Guest Editor, CRCL, Special Issue on African Literature, and sent to any of the following addresses:

Dr. Abdul-Rasheed NaíAllah, Department of African American Studies, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, USA; e-mail:;

Dr. Harry Garuba, Center for African Studies, University of Cape Town, Private Mail Bag, Randebosch 7701, South Africa

Dr. Uzoma Esonwanne, Department of English, University of Toronto, 7 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3K1


Critical and Contemporary Issues in/on Africa Development: Call for Papers (CFP)

The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Pan African Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento invite you to submit proposal(s) to present and to participate at the 14th Annual Africa conference on Critical and Contemporary Issues in/on Africa Development.

Papers/proposals that articulate new, innovative/creative, and feasible options for development in/on Africa and/or her peoples/diaspora--- as well as case studies and best practices-- are highly invited; e.g. HIV-AIDS, conflict resolution, women & development, healthcare, information technology, justice system, education, democracy & governance, human rights, child soldiers, post-conflict reconciliation, agriculture, arts, trade, etc.

Proposal submissions should include paper title, 50-75 word abstract, full name, mailing address, email, phone and fax, current position/title and institution. The deadline for submission is November 7, 2004.

Notification of acceptance of proposals will be done by email only. The conference preliminary program will be available in February, 2005 at

Select conference papers will be considered for publication and inclusion in the conference proceedings.

There will be a conference fee of $30, and participants will pay for their own travel costs.

Please email/fax/mail your proposals for papers or panels to: Professor Ernest E. Uwazie, Director, Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento CA 95819-6085, USA.; Phone: (916) 278 -6282; Fax: (916) 278 -3429; e-mail:


Fulbright/NYU Center for International Cooperation Fellowship in International Public Policy

Non-U.S. Scholars in public policy researching multilateral issues through a multilateral approach are encouraged to take advantage of a generously funded fellowship: the Fulbright/New York University (NYU) Center for International Cooperation (CIC) Fellowship in International Public Policy Program.

The academic year fellowship (August 2005 to June 2006) is designed to give non-U.S. scholars the opportunity to conduct research at the CIC on more effective means of multilateral cooperation in the fields of peace and security, international economics and development, international law and organizations, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. Projects of particular interest are those that examine the political, legal, institutional, and financial bases for effective multilateral action, including public-private partnerships and the division of responsibility between global and regional multilateral actors. Recent successful projects have examined the international treatment of refugees and the multilateral process of enacting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Interested applicants should contact the Fulbright Commission or the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in their home country to request an application. An interview may be required by the Commission or PAS, which will conduct initial screening and submit finalist applications to CIES by January 15, 2005. Because applications from African scholars must be received at CIES by October 1, in- country deadlines in Africa will be earlier.

Further information about the fellowship, eligibility, and application process are available at html


Paid Workshops Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 13-17, 2004 Native Speakers of Critical languages Needed

If you are a speaker of an African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Arabic language or dialect (or know someone who is) and are interested in earning money in your free time, conducting telephonic interviews in your language in support of the government's fight against terrorism, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has a wonderful opportunity for you.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is recruiting native speakers of specific critical languages (please see list below of targeted languages) for training workshops to be held in Washington, D.C. on October 7-11, 2004 and October 13-17, 2004. A participant chooses to attend one of the two scheduled training workshops.

A willingness to learn new skills and proficiency in the target languages equivalent to an educated native speaker are required. A good command of English is desired. Participants in this workshop are paid by ACTFL to attend the workshop and to complete the post workshop qualification process. Further benefits include becoming an oral proficiency tester for U.S. government testing - a status giving you the opportunity to make more money in the future by working for ACTFL from your home, on an as needed basis, on your own terms, and setting your own hours.

All participants must either be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or have a 3-5 year Visa to work in the U.S. ACTFL is looking for native speakers in the following critical languages: Afrikaans; Amharic; Arabic; Somali (SM).

For more information, contact the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801; Phone: (914) 963-8830; Fax: (914) 963-1275; e-mail:

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