UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
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Issue No. 16 - 1997-98
December 2, 1997
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive: http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfricanStudies/
December 4, Thursday
"Exploring New Opportunities for Study in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Metzler (Faculty, African Studies Center), David Wiley (Director, African Studies Center) and Cindy Chalou (Assistant Director, Office of Study Abroad, MSU) Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.
"MANDELA: Son of Africa, Father of the Nation,"Mid-Michigan premiere of the acclaimed film on Nelson Mandela's life.The new 35mm movie will be introduced by Ahmed M. Kathrada, Member of South Africa's Parliament and a close adviser of President Mandela.Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.Students $5; Faculty/Staff/Community $20.All proceeds support the South African Ex-Political Prisoners' Committee.
December 18, Thursday
International Studies and Programs Holiday Open House, International Center Units, 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.
New Spring Courses
Keyan Tomaselli, a Visiting Professor from South Africa, will offer a course on "Third World Cinema" (ENG 471) this spring at MSU.This course, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:50, will examine cinema in the Third World and the notion of Third Cinema in relation to First Cinema (Hollywood) and Second Cinema (Auteur) as historical background to the films screened in the course. The Western gaze at Africa (e.g., Tarzan movies, "Out of Africa", "The Hunters", "The Gods Must Be Crazy") will be compared to Western myths of Africa.Concepts such as "the Dark Continent", the "Tropics" and "backwardness" will be analyzed in terms of the stereotypical north-south oppositions which dominate Western perspectives on Africa.Racism, colonialism and the cinema will be discussed in terms of global economic relations and stereotypes. Other historical and cultural contexts such as underdevelopment, the Cold War and national identity will be brought to bear on the filmsto be examined. Professor Tomaselli is a world expert on African cinema and the director of the Centre for Cultural and Media Studies in Durban, South Africa. He is a professor at the University of Natal and a widely published and highly regarded critic
The francophone areas of North Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and West Africa (mainly Senegal and Mali) will be the focus of a course offered this spring on "Francophone Cultures and Civilizations" (FRN 440).The history, politics and culture of these regions will be studied, with a strong emphasis on Islam and the facets of Islamic history and culture. The course will be based mainly on novels, with some historical studies and a number of movies.Instruction will be in French, and all papers are to be written in French.For more information, contact the instructor, Marie Miran, <marie@ hs1.hst.msu.edu>.
University of Cincinnati - History
The University of Cincinnati and the Department of African American Studies invite applications for a tenure-track position in African American history at the Assistant Professor level beginning in September 1998.A demonstrated interest in the history of the African diaspora in the Caribbean and/or South America is also desirable.Send letter, c.v. and three letters of recommendation by December 15, 1997 to:John K. Brackett, Chair, Department of African American Studies, University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210370, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370.
**** To submit information on Africa-related events or news, send it seven to 10 days in advance of the publication date. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Telephone: (517) 353-1700;Fax: (517) 432-1209 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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