MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/30/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/30/99

Issue No. 12, Spring 1999
March 30, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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April 1, Thursday "Reflections on Trans-Saharan Trade in 20th Century Western Africa.î African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ghislaine Lydon, Advanced Ph.D. Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 1, Thursday "Agricultural, Environmental and Land Use Systems," is the title for this Zimbabwe Semester/Internship Program.This information session is sponsored by the Study Abroad Office at MSU from 4:305:00 p.m., Room 204, International Center.Questions may be directed to Dr. Eunice Foster, Study Abroad; 353-1784;

April 2, Friday "Democratizing the Environment?Participation and Gender Issues in the Context of Water Reform in Zimbabwe." CASID-SID Luncheon seminars with Professors Bill Derman and Anne Ferguson (Dept of Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center.

April 7, Wednesday African Media Program Brown Bag Film Series: 12:00 - 2:00p.m., Room 201, International Center.Featured Films:

"Chronicle of a Savanna Marriage," 56 min, Kenya For fifteen years, filmmaker Stig Holmqvist monitored Nayiani's life, a Masai woman from the savanna of southern Kenya.The story begins in 1979 when Nayiani is fourteen, and has been promised in marriage to the son of their father's good friend.We follow Nayiani as she undergoes circumcision, grows accustomed to her new home, and welcomes the companionship of her husband's other wives.

"Becoming a Woman in Okrika," 27 min, Nigeria This film examines a coming of age ritual in the Niger Delta and offers a commentary on the conflict between traditional practices and the values of the modern world.The rite, Iria, requires young girls to let go of childish fantasies and enter into the adult world of childbearing.The bodies of the young women are painted in elaborate designs.The women are then subjected to the public gazes of the elder women.

April 8, Thursday

"Current Challenges to African Agricultural Research." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Peter Matlon, Division Chief (Africa Desk, UNDP, New York), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

"Agriculture and Donor FatigueA View from Within UNDP."Department of Agricultural Economics seminar with Peter Matlon, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Room 466 Berkey Hall.


4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies to be held at Michigan State University, September 10-12, 1999.

(See Conferences for details).


African Studies Program Homepage

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites interested persons to visit their African Studies Program Homepage at: every Tuesday and click on "Opportunities."There will be job listings, conference and fellowship announcements, information on study abroad and faculty development and more.The page is updated every Monday evening.


4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies

The graduate students in African Studies and the African Studies Center invite graduate students to the 4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies.The conference will be held on September 10-12 at Michigan State University.Graduate papers in any field, at any level are accepted.This is an interdisciplinary conference meant to provide graduate students from all over the country, especially those from the Midwest, with an opportunity to present their work in a collegial and friendly atmosphere.There will also be forums addressing current issues of interest among graduate students in African Studies.Short abstracts not exceeding one half-page, single-spaced, title page with the name of the author(s), institutional affiliation, address, phone number and/ email address should be submitted by April 15, 1999. Completed papers will be due to panel discussants by August 23, 1999.For submission of abstracts and more information about registration and accommodation write to: 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035.Further queries may be directed to: Tim Carmichael, mrtim@mail.h, Ghislaine Lydon, lydon@mail.h-, or Manelisi Genge,

African Languages and Literatures Conference

A conference on African Languages and Literatures will be held June 15-24, 1999 in Asmara, Eritrea. The theme of the conference is "Against all Odds: African Languages and Literatures in the 21st Century."The presiding chairs will be Ama Ata Aidoo and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.For more information contact: Charles Cantalupo at

AFRICARIBE Microenterprise Network (AMEN)

The AFRICARIBE Microenterprise Network (AMEN) announces a conference and training seminar in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire from June 28 to July 3, 1999.The theme of the conference is: "Accessing Sub-Regional and International Markets: Opportunities for African Microentrepreneurs."For more information contact: AFRICARIBE Microenterprise Network (AMEN), 2710 Ontatio Road. NW, Washington, DC 20009.Telephone: (202) 625-7402 or (703) 451- 0636.Email:

Call for Papers

The Sudan Studies Association of North America

(SSA) announces a call for papers for its annual conference at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.The theme of the conference is "Sudan: Dilemmas and Prospects." Abstract should be approximately 150 words, including the title of the presentation.Graduate students and scholars who specialize in Sudan and neighboring countries are encouraged to participate in the conference. Panel proposals and abstract must be sent to: Dr. Ann M. Lesch, Villanova University, Political Science Department, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085;Fax: (610) 519-7487;Email: deadline for proposals is May 1, 1999.For more information contact: Dr. Malik Balla, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 Center for International Programs, East Lansing, MI. 48824-1035;Telephone: (517) 432-3569;Fax: (517) 432-2735;Email: or Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud, Department of Comparative Religion, Miner Hall, Medford, MA 02155;Telephone: (617) 627-2536; Fax: (617) 627-3191;Email:


MSU/Ford Predissertation Grants

MSU/Ford Predissertation Grants for Social Science Fieldwork (1998 1999) The goal of this grant program is to provide doctoral students who are at the predissertation stage in the social sciences an opportunity to gain special training and/or make the necessary, preliminary explorations and arrangements for dissertation research with preference given to fieldwork in Africa, Asia or Latin America.Awards are expected to be in the range of $1,000 to $3,500.Students are expected to share a portion of the total travel cost. For travel after May 15, 1999, the deadline for applications has been extended to April 12, 1999. For more information or application material visit the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) at 306 Berkey Hall or contact Dr. Tom Carroll (CASID) at 353-5925, Dr. David Wiley (African Studies) at 353-1700, or Dr. Scott Whiteford (CLACS) at 353-1690.


Africa ProjectProgram Associate

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seeks a Program Associate for its Africa project.The Program Associate will be responsible for initiating and managing cooperative programs with counterparts organizations throughout Africa with special focus on the general field of global environmental change.Special emphasis will be placed on supporting a new crossdirectorate global initiative with the theme Population, Consumption and the Environment (PCE).Other responsibilities include, obtaining external funding support for Africa project activities, serving as a primary representative for the AAAS on interaction with scientific and engineering communities from the region, providing guidance and counsel to the Director of Internal Programs, monitoring special issues and trends in regional science and incorpora- ting these considerations into the overall program development.The candidate must have a Bachelor's

degree in a scientific field, especially related to global environmental change, 35 years' experience in programs dealing with Africa, successful fund raising experience, excellent writing and communication skills, and an ability to handle multiple projects.A letter expressing interest and a current resume and salary requirement must be sent to: AAAS, Human Resource Department, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 101, PA013, Washington, DC 20005.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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