Tuesday Bulletin, No. 5


Issue No. 5 Fall 2004
September 28, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 30, Thursday

"The Americas as Methodological Aid for the Interrogation of Africa's History: Reflections on Santiago de Cuba," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Harry Nii Koney Odamtten, Graduate Student (African and African American Studies, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 7, Thursday

"New Fossil Discoveries From Southwestern Tanzania," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Michael Gottfried, Curator, MSU Museum and Associate Professor of Geological Science, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 14, Thursday

"Institutions, Investments and the Uncertain Future of Agricultural Research Networks in West and Central Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Brent Simpson, Faculty (Center for Global Change and Earth Observation, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


New Book by Michael Bratton, et al on African Democracy

Michael Bratton, Robert Mattes and E. Gyimah-Boadi, Public Opinion, Democracy and Market Reform in Africa (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005). This book is a groundbreaking exploration of public opinion in sub-Saharan Africa. Based on the Afrobarometer, a comprehensive cross-national survey research project, it reveals what ordinary Africans think about democracy and market reform, subjects on which almost nothing is otherwise known. The authors find that support for democracy in Africa is wide but shallow and that Africans feel trapped between state and market. Beyond multiparty elections, people want clean and accountable government. They will accept economic structural adjustment only if it is accompanied by an effective state, the availability of jobs, and an equitable society. What are the origins of these attitudes? Far from being constrained by social structure and cultural values, Africans learn about reform on the basis of knowledge, reasoning, and experience. Weighing supply and demand for reform, the authors reach cautious conclusions about the varying prospects of African countries for attaining fully-fledged democracy and markets.

Funding for the Malaria Project in Malawi

Drs. Gretchen Birbeck (Departments of Neurology & Epidemiology) and Terrie Taylor (COM Department of Medicine) have received a 5-year, $805,000 award from the National Institute of Health to study cerebral malaria as a risk factor for epilepsy. Their study will utilize both perspective and retrospective epidemiological study designs to assess outcomes among survivors from the Blantyre Malaria Project's Research Ward where Dr. Taylor has had ongoing work for several years studying the clinicopathological findings of malaria.

Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC)

Please join the GJEC to learn more about this exciting new field of inquiry. There will be an informational meeting on Friday, October 8, 2004, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room 204 International Center. Refreshments will be provided.

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Graduate Specialization, administered by Women and International Development (WID) and sponsored by the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the College of Social Science, is the first of its kind to focus on local and global intersections of gender, social and environmental justice, and environmental change.

The GJEC Program seeks to promote collaborative research, scholarship, and public awareness. Program activities include the offering of two core courses in GJEC scholarship, one on theories and issues and the other on research methods and their application, as well as a speaker series, dissemination of relevant information such as bibliographies and video guides, and development of collaborative training and research projects. For more information, call 353-5040, e-mail, or visit the GJEC Website


Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa to visit Alma College, September 29 - October 1, 2004

Discovering Vocation: The Lilly Project at Alma College will welcome a special guest : The Most Reverend Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, South Africa will visit Alma College from September 29 - October 1, 2004.

Archbishop Ndungane, the successor to Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, became Archbishop in 1996. His journey includes life under apartheid, imprisonment and a passionate commitment to a new and just South Africa. His book, A World with a Human Face, was published last year.

While at Alma College, the Archbishop will give evening public lectures on Sept 29th and 30th and an afternoon seminar on October 1st. There are also afternoon and evening sessions designed for academics. On Thursday, September 30th from 4:00 5:30 pm, scholars who are interested in the history, politics and religion of South Africa are invited to gather for a private conversation with the Archbishop. This informal conversation will be followed by dinner at 6:00 pm and the Archbishop's lecture at 8:00 pm on "Building a Just Society: Challenges in Today's South Africa". Space is limited for the conversation and dinner with the Archbishop and so reservations are required.

If questions, please contact the Discovering Vocation office at 989-463-7981 or e-mail:

African Studies Association 2004 Annual Meeting

The ASA Secretariat is pleased to provide the following update for the 2004 Annual Meeting.


The Preliminary Program for the joint ASA and CAAS/ACEA 2004 Annual Meetings, "The Power of Expression: Identity, Language, and Memory in Africa and the Diaspora," November 11-14, 2004 at the New Orleans Marriott, is now available on the ASA website: Please note: the program currently is available in Word. It will be available in PDF format shortly.

*** ASA guidelines for submitting proposals state that all proposals must be accompanied by the appropriate membership and pre-registration fees. Panel and roundtable presenters who have not paid membership and/or pre-registration fees are not listed in the Preliminary Program (hence the blanks) and will only be listed in the Final Program if fees are paid on or before September 30. ***

All participants are urged to pre-register and save. Registration will be substantially more expensive onsite in New Orleans. To pre-register, participants may go to the ASA website: Click on the link for the Online Membership System to pay by credit card or check. Participants may also complete the Membership/Pre-registration Form in the ASA News and return it with a check or credit card information. Forms may also be downloaded from the ASA website.

*** Participants will be required to pay onsite fees in New Orleans if the pre-registration materials are not postmarked on or before September 30, 2004.***

The program information is subject to change. Corrections to the program must be submitted in writing on or before October 15, 2004 to: Annual Meeting Coordinator, African Studies Association, Rutgers University, Douglass Campus, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400; Fax: 732-932-3394; Email: The Final Program will be distributed onsite in New Orleans at the Annual Meeting.


Participants may visit to make hotel and travel arrangements online by clicking on the relevant link.

To make reservations at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, click on the link ONLINE HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS. You may also call 1-888-364-1200 or 504-581-1000. Mention the Group Code "ASA" to receive the hotel discount. The discounted rates are valid from November 9-15, 2004. *** The discounted rates are only guaranteed until Wednesday, October 20, 2004.

To make travel reservations, click on the link ONLINE TRAVEL RESERVATIONS. Click on the "Register Now" button to register with Travizon, the ASA partner travel agency. Upon registration, a Travizon representative will contact you via telephone or email to finalize your travel reservation. You may also call 1- 800-462-6461 or 585-436-1701. Mention the Group Code "ASA" to receive the discount.

Requests for Letters of Invitation to help secure visas or funding should be postmarked on or before September 30, 2004. Requests received after September 30 will incur a $25 administrative fee.

The ASA and CAAS/ACEA look forward to successful meetings in New Orleans!


Three Faculty positions - Penn State University

The Pennsylvania State University has undertaken steps to expand the Department of African and African American Studies. As part of that expansion, the department will be filling three new faculty positions and invites applications from candidates at all ranks. Preference will be given to those at the professor or associate professor level, although junior candidates with strong records will also be considered. The successful candidates will be expected to participate in cross-disciplinary teaching in the department and in research activities of the Africana Research Center, which deals with economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of people of African origin.

  1. One position is for a scholar whose research focus deals with policy on social and economic issues, including social and criminal justice, education, housing, the politics of race in contemporary urban context, and the political economy of urban development/decline in the U.S.

  2. The second position is for a scholar whose research focuses on socioeconomic development, socio-cultural protest ideologies, or the political economy of gender relations and social mobilization among people of African origin in Africa, the U.S. or the Western Hemisphere.

  3. The third position is for a scholar whose training focuses on issues of environmental justice and/or economic development of people of African origin in Africa and/or the U.S. Scholars who are qualified to teach quantitative and qualitative research methods will be given preference.

Applications, consisting of a letter of application curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and writing sample should be sent to Chair of Search Committee, African and African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 214 Willard Bldg., University Park, PA 16802. Applications received by November 1, 2004 will be assured of consideration; however, all applications will be considered until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

African Anthropology - Harvard University

The Harvard University Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology invite nominations and applications for a joint appointment in the social-cultural anthropology of Africa. The position may be filled at the level of Assistant, untenured Associate, or tenured full Professor. Nominees and candidates should demonstrate achievement (or, at the untenured level, the promise of excellence) in ethnographic field research, theoretical innovation, and teaching. Topical and regional specializations are open, but the search committee seeks, among others, specialists in urban life, the arts and popular culture, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, mass media, development, environmental and refugee issues, military conflict, or changing forms of governmentality in Africa.

Duties in both departments include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, individual mentoring of students, and service on departmental committees. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2005, and untenured candidates should expect to have completed the Ph.D. prior to appointment.

Please send nominations or applications (including CV, a letter outlining research and teaching interests, and at the untenured level writing samples and the names of at least three people who may be contacted for letters of recommendation) to: Africanist Anthropology Search Committee (attention: Prof. J. Lorand Matory), Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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