JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (01/25/00)

JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (01/25/00)

Issue # 1, Spring 2001 January 25, 2001




January 30, 2001 Ayoade Oduola, Professor, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Coordinator, Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, WHO, Geneva: "Global Solutions to the Malaria Crisis."

4:30 p.m. Auditorium, Biomedical Research Building II/III Curie Boulevard University of Pennsylvania

Presented by: Africa Health Group African Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences Office of International Medical Programs, School of Medicine.

Third Annual Conference on Health and Human Rights

"HIV/AIDS in Africa: The Critical Link Between Human Rights and Health"

Friday, February 2, 2001 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall Bodek Lounge 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

sponsored by:

African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania ( Global Lawyers and Physicians ( Human Rights and Ethics Program, Philadelphia Veterans Affair Medical Center ( Physicians for Human Rights (

For more information call (215)-823-4206, e-mail


Advanced Kiswahili Group Project Abroad in Tanzania

African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania invites all eligible and interested students to apply for the Intensive Kiswahili Group Project Abroad (GPA) in Tanzania. Kiswahili GPA is funded by the United States Department of Education's Fullbright-Hays fellowship. To be eligible to apply, a participant must be:

(1) a US citizen, or permanent resident, and either (2) a junior, senior or graduate student in an institution of higher education who plans a teaching career in modern foreign languages or area studies. The following will be considered in the application process:

(1) Overall previous academic performance and promise (2) Superior performance in at least four semesters of university level Kiswahili courses, or equivalent. Applicants who are attending their fourth semester or final quarters of intermediate Swahili at the time of application will also be considered (3) Letters of recommendation that portray a strong candidate (4) Applicant's statement of purpose (5) Applicant's level of Kiswahili oral proficiency (6) Career commitment to African Studies.

In addition to the above criteria, a selection committee, to be determined by the Association of African Studies Programs and the African Language Teachers Association oversight comittee, will conduct oral proficiency interviews in Kiswahili over the telephone with applicants who meet these criteria so as to determine the final list of candidates and alternates to be funded. Priority will be given to students who meet all of the above criteria and who have not visited or lived in a Kiswahili speaking community for a substantial period of time.

Applications should be received not later than February 4, 2001.

For more infromation contact: Dr. Alwiya Omar University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center 648 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104 Tel: 215 898 6971/4299 Fax: 215 573 8130

Penn in Dar Es Salaam University of Dar Es Salaam July 9th to August 10th. 2001

Penn-in-Dar es salaam is a five week program which provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study at the University of Dar-es-salaam, in Tanzania. The program offers a menu of courses covering topics on Tanzania and other East African countries. Courses range from Government and Politics, Development, History and Sociology to Indeginous Healing, Theater Arts, and Kiswahili Language and Culture. There will be weekly field trips for each course within and around Dar-es-salaam. Application deadline is April 1st, 2000.

For further information, please contact: Penn Summer Abroad, College of General Studies University of Pennsylvania 3440 Market Street, Suite 100 Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335 Phone: 215 898 5738; Fax: 215 573 2053 E-mail: or African Studies Center Penn-in-Dar Es Salaam Program 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104 Phone: 215 898 6971



Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) June 18 - August 9, 2001. Tuition will be $1800 and students will receive 8 UW-Madison credits for work completed at SCALI 2001. Offerings for the summer have not yet been set. However, students are invited to visit the SCALI website at: to register your interest, including indicating the language and level you would be interested in taking. SCALI 2000 was able to offer Bamana II, Chichewa I & II, Hausa I, Setswana I, Swahili I & II, Xhosa I, Yoruba I & II, and Zulu I. The site will be updated with additional information on offerings, funding, accommodations, etc., as it becomes available.

For further details, contact: Mark L. Lilleleht, Coordinator, SCALI (2001); email:; Phone: (608) 262-2380; Fax: (608) 265-2380.

Summer Institute Indiana University

Methodological Alternatives for Incorporating Africa's Oral Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge into a Changing World is a Summer Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, designed for junior faculty and advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences actively completing research in Africa on these topics. Workshop sessions planned for the initial weeks of the Summer Institute will introduce and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative methods relevant to such research, focusing specifically on how they can be integrated into the contemporary world. The Institute will be directed by Dr. Gracia Clark (Anthropology, Indiana University), and sessions will be led by members of Indiana University's African Studies faculty and visiting scholars. Interested applicants should contact the African Studies Program for application requirements and further details: Phone: (812) 855-6825. Fax: (812) 855-6734. E-mail: Web: Applications must be received by February 23, 2001.



Conference Title: "Fighting back African Strategies against the Slave Trade" (An International Conference) Conference Date: February 16-17, 2001 Conference Location: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Livingston Campus Contacts: Center for African Studies Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 99 Avenue E., Beck Hall 204 Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8054 fax (732)-932-8708 e-mail:


Conference Title: Graduate Student Research Conference (The Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference in African Studies) Conference Date: March 23-24, 2001 Conference Location: Boston University Deadline: February 9, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Contacts: Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. For more information visit the Conference website at or send an e-mail to or

Conference Title: Islam in Africa: A Global, Cultural and Historical Perspective Conference Date: April 19-22, 2001 Conference Location: Institute for Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Binghamton University, N.Y. Abstract Length: 250 words Contacts: Micheal Toler, Institute for Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000 LNG-100, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Phone: (607) 777-4494. Fax: (607) 777- 2642. E-mail:

Conference Title: "Democratization in Africa" (The Annual Spring Conference of the Stanford-Berkeley Joint Center in African Studies) Conference Date: April 28, 2001 Conference Location: Stanford University Deadline: February 16, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Contacts: Christine Capper, Administrator, Center for African Studies Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305-2152 e-mail: website:

Conference Title: "The History of the Great Lakes Region" Conference Date: November 9-10, 2001 Conference Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Deadline: May 15, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Abstract Length: 200 words approximately Contacts: Dr. Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin Department of History 1121 AuSable Hall Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI 49401 Email: Fax: 616-895-3285 Phone: (616) 895-3445

Conference Title: "Africa and the African Diaspora: Past, Present, Future" (44th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association) Conference Date: November 15-18, 2201 Conference Location: Houston, Texas Deadline: March 15, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Contacts: Loree D. Jones Executive Director African Studies Association Rutgers University Douglass College 132 George Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400 Telephone: 732-932-8173 Fax: 732-932-3394

Conference Title: "Environment, Settlement History and Interethnic Relations in Burkina Faso" Conference Date: December 4-6, 2001 Conference Location: University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Deadline: March 31, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Abstract Length: 200 words--in English or in French Contacts: Dr. Claude Nurukyor Somda, UniversitÈ de Ouagadougou, B.P. 7021, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Dr. Richard Kuba, Goethe Universito/oot Frankfurt/M, SFB 268, Liebigstr. 41, 60323 Frankfurt/M., R.F.A.


Book Title (inter-disciplinary volume): "Anthropology and Popular Culture" Themes: - The effects of globalization on health and human rights - Alternative healing practices in a galobalizing world - Gender, ethnicity and health care practices - Labor, health and global capital - Social violence and popular culture - Violence, media and
the state - Endangered languages and popular culture: problems and prospects Article Length: 7,000-10,000 words (American Anthropological Association's style) Contacts: Kevin Browne Midwest Center for Human Services 2828 Marshall Ct., Suite 210 Madison, WI 53705;

Journal Title (Special Issue): "Transforming Anthropology" Themes: The various facets of health (and obstacles to achieving it) in African and African Diasporic populations. Contacts: David Simmons at, or


4. WARC Travel Grant

The West African Research Center is now offering travel bursaries of up to $2000 to West African scholars and graduate students. These funds may be used to: 1) Attend and read papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant's field of research; 2) Visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work.

For further details on application requirements contact: WARC/CROA; B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas, Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011-221-8-24-20-58; email: or Edris Makward, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin; Telephone: (608) 262-2487; Fax: (608) 265-4151. Travel funds will become available October 1, 2000. Applications should reach the West African Research Center at least 3 months before the travel date.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Congressional Scholars Program at Howard University

The Kaiser Family Foundation is launching the Congressional Scholars Program to honor the legacy of former Kaiser Trustee and Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, by creating new opportunities for minority students in health policy and eventually, increasing the numbers of minority health policy professionals. The Program will annually provide 10 talented, economically disadvantaged college seniors or recent graduates with a 9-week summer college internship in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities. The Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works. Candidates must be in their senior year of undergraduate study or have graduated within the last twelve months from an accredited U.S. college or university. Candidates must complete an application form, including a 500-word essay. They must submit a resume and college transcript, and letters of reference from faculty members. Candidates will be evaluated on 1) academic performance; 2) their essay; 3) their letters of recommendation; and 4) demonstrated leadership. This program is under the direction of Celia J. Maxwell, M.D., Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs and Director of the Women's Health Institute at Howard University.

For further information, contact Jomo Kassaye at (202) 865-4844 or by fax at (202) 667-5694 or visit our website at:

Graduate Scholarships for Foreign Language Study

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) will award up to 30 scholarships to graduate students at CIC universities to pursue foreign language study this summer. Scholarships may not be used for language study at a student's home institution and must be used for a 'less commonly- taught' language.

For more information contact the Foreign Language Liaison at MSU, Dennie Hoopingarner, email: Or visit: Application deadline is February 1, 2001.

MSU-Ford Minority Fellowship: Zimbabwe

Michigan State University (MSU) with the support of the Ford Foundation announces the creation of three competitive full fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested in completing an M.A. and Ph.D. in an academic department at MSU. Deadline to apply is February 16, 2001. Students will be admitted for a 15-month program beginning June 2001 for a program for the study of Zimbabwe, consisting of: six-weeks of intensive Shona language study at MSU in summer 2001 under the instruction of Prof. Albert Natsa, University of Zimbabwe; one semester at MSU in fall 2001 for a full load in Shona and African studies, enrolled in a graduate department of one's choice; and eight-months of immersion in Zimbabwe studies at University of Zimbabwe January- August 2002. Those completing the 15-month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study in an MSU academic department in the following academic year 2002-2003. To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program and to graduate degree study in an MSU academic department. Graduate degree admission forms should be obtained from the relevant department of interest to the student - and the Center can assist with that communication. Criteria for selection shall include: academic excellence and achievement; commitment to the study of Africa through advanced graduate programs; commitment to completing an M.A. and Ph.D. program in an academic department; and commitment to learning the language and culture of the African nation. For further information see: or contact Professor Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, MSU. Tel: (517) 353-1700. Fax: (517) 432-1209. E-mail:

Thoman Fellowship Program

MSU International Studies and Programs is seeking applicants for the 2001-2002 Thoman Fellowship Program. The program aims to bring together advanced PhD students from developing countries to consider strategies to address issues of poverty and hunger, both in our local community and in the students' home communities. The successful applicant will demonstrate professional and personal interest in the issues of poverty and hunger, an outstanding academic record, a high degree of motivation, previous professional experience, and promise for a significant future contribution to the home country. Preference will be given to applicants who will have completed or expect to complete their comprehensive exams by the end of the Fall 2001 semester. Application materials are available from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 201 International Center, MSU. Completed applications are due by March 1, 2001.

African Cross-Currents in Atlantic Cultures

Scholars of African ethnicities and cultures in the Diaspora are invited to apply for a one-year postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute's Center for Advanced Studies of Race, Ethnicity, and Society in Africa and the Atlantic World at the University of Virginia, to begin August 1, 2001. The Center is particularly interested in projects related to West and Central African ethnicities and cultures. Funded by the Ford Foundation, this teaching and research fellowship is designed to advance individual scholarship while facilitating the reconceptualization of African and African-American Studies through interdisciplinary collaboration. The competition is open to qualified candidates without restriction to citizenship or residence. Applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. by the time of application or furnish proof that it will be received by June 30, 2001. The application deadline has been extended to February 15, 2001; all materials must be postmarked by that date. Forms are available at: For more information contact: Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400162, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162. Phone: (804)924-8889. Fax:(804) 924- 8820.



ACLS plans to appoint up to two postdoctoral Research Fellows, who will work from the Council's New York offices on a variety of projects. The positions will provide Fellows with an introduction to the intellectual, administrative, and organizational issues important to the Humanities, the related Social Sciences, and their Learned Societies on a national level, and with an opportunity to contribute to the leadership that ACLS provides. ACLS will appoint the Fellows for terms of at least two years. While ACLS responsibilities will take priority, Fellows will be permitted to spend up to one-fourth of their time focused on their own scholarly research. Salary and benefits will be competitive with those of New York non-profits.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a field represented by ACLS, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate active interest, even if not proven experience and effectiveness, in academic administration. The position also requires excellent analytical and organizational skills, as well as the qualities essential for working effectively with a wide range of colleagues, grantees, advisors, and institutional partners. A Fellow must be adept at using information technology both as a research tool and for the analysis of data. Broad familiarity with a part of the history of humanities scholarship, while not a necessary qualification, is highly desirable.

Nominations and applications (including a c.v., a writing sample of no more than 20 pages, and the names and addresses of at least three references) should be sent to:

Research Fellow Search 2001 American Council of Learned Societies 228 East 45th Street New York, New York 10017 Fax: (212) 949-8058

African/Diaspora History - U/M-Flint

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a tenure- track assistant professorship in African/Diaspora history, starting Fall Semester 2001. Teaching responsibilities include courses in African and African- Diaspora History, comparative survey courses, and introductory courses in Africana Studies. A Ph.D. in Africana Studies or History, teaching experience in African/African-Diaspora History, a commitment to curriculum globalization, and research promise are required. Doctoral candidates near completion (within 6 months of doctorate-in-hand) are also invited to apply. A letter of application, c.v., two writing samples, official transcripts from terminal degree granting institution, name and telephone numbers of three telephone references (professionals), and three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Chair, Search Committee, Department of Africana Studies, 446 French Hall, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan 48502. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. The University of Michigan-Flint is a nondiscriminatory/Affirmative Action Employer.

College of Arts and Sciences--University of San Francisco

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Media Studies, Sociology, or Theology/Religious Studies with specialty in African Studies who can teach in an interdisciplinary program. The position will be at the Assistant Professor level, pending approval and funding. Teaching responsibilities may include lower and upper division courses centered on Africa as well as in the candidate's area of specialization. Submit a letter of application, c.v., graduate transcripts, copies of recent publications, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching ability including copies of complete teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation to: African Studies Search Committee, c/o Gerardo Marin, University of San Francisco, Harney 243, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080. Applications must be received by January 15, 2001, in order to ensure full consideration.

Twi, Nuer, Dinka Interpreters

CyraCom International, a language services company serving medical and governmental facilities is currently seeking Independent Contractors (who currently live in the United States or Canada) to serve as Telephone Interpreters. Interpreters work from their homes or offices, when convenient with their schedule, providing a very flexible part-time employment opportunity. Interpreter interaction with the computer system is short, simple, and toll-free; a push-button phone is the only hardware required. Following a short testing and training period, approved interpreters are paid $1.10 per minute of interpretation. Demand for languages is variable and CyraCom cannot guarantee call volumes. If you have interpretation experience and strong bilingual language skills, call Marnie at 800-713-4950 or forward your resume to CyraCom International, Attn: Marnie Metro, Operations, 7332 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704; fax: (520) 745-9022.

AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 Phone: (215)-898-6971 FAX: (215)-573-8130 e-mail: website:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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