JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (01/27/03)

JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (01/27/03)



January 31, 2003 10th Annual African Studies Consortium Workshop "War and Peace in Contemporary Africa" Time: 8:30AM-6:00PM Place: Terrace Room, Logan Hall For more information about the workshop and a complete schedule, please visit

February 3, 2003 "The Search for an 'Authentic African Theater'" Mohammed ben-Abdallah Theater Arts Department, University of Ghana former Minister of Culture of Ghana Time: 7:00P.M.-9:00P.M. Place: Kirby Lecture Hall in Martin Hall Swarthmore College

February 10, 2003 "Language, Exile, Dispossession & Counter Discourse" Abena Busia English Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Time: 7:00P.M.-9:00P.M. Place: Scheuer Room Swarthmore College

February 15, 2003 PERFROMANCE Ladysmith Black Mambazo "Ladysmith Black Mambazo continued to imbue its music with a haunting, ethereal, dreamlike quality. Its seven bass voices and two of its three tenors sang such close harmonies and with such subtle nuances that they sounded like one deep, rich, resonant and proud voice." -- The New York Times For more information about Ladysmith Black Mambazo, visit Time: 8:00 P.M. Place: Zellerbach Theatre For tickets, please visit

February 17, 2003 "English as a Foreign Anguish: African Diaspora & The Silencing of Tongues" Kamau Brathwaite Comparative Literature Department at New York University Time: 7:00P.M.-9:00P.M. Place: Scheuer Room Swarthmore College

February 25, 2003 Africa Health Group "Healing and Post-War Reintegration in Mozambique and Angola" Alcinda Honwana Time: 4:30PM Place: Biomedical Research Building II/III 253

March 4, 2003 "Documenting the African Experience of Slavery: History, Literature, Film" Kofi Anyidoho Swarthmore College Time: 4:15P.M. Place: Scheuer Room Swarthmore College

March 21, 2003 Spring Lecture Series "The Governance of Protected Areas in Eastern and Southern Africa" Peter Rogers Bates College Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM Place: TBA

March 21, 2003 Outreach Event "Doing Business in Africa Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM Place: TBA

March 25, 2003 Africa Health Group Steve Feierman "Local Strategies for AIDS Prevention in Rural Malawi" Time: 4:30 PM Place:TBA

April 11, 2003 Scholars for a Day Liisa Malkki & James Ferguson Time: 8:30PM-6:00PM Place: TBA

April 18, 2003 Outreach Event "Africa in the Media" Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM

April 29, 2003 Africa Health Group Title: TBA Kwaku-Ohene-Frempong, MD University of Pennsylvania Time: 4:30PM Place: TBA


Prosperity through Empowerment" African Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference February 4-7, 2003 Johannesburg, South Africa The African Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference entitled "Prosperity through Empowerment" will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-7, 2003 and is organized by AMANITARE. AMANITARE, the African Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights of Women and Girls, is a Pan-African ten-year initiative of RAINBOW (Research, Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity of Women). Its main aim is to build an influential social movement to institutionalise the recognition of African women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights as fundamental to their civil and human rights.

The aim of the conference is to create a unique forum for debate and creative strategising around gender and health in Africa by bringing together African Women's Health and Rights movement activists with policy makers, researchers, health care providers, youth representatives, and the media from all sub-regions of the African continent. For information visit E-mail:

15th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies July 14-18, 2003 Hamburg, Germany The 15th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies is organized by the University of Hamburg, Germany. The thematic focus will be on the humanities, with several sessions devoted to various aspects of archaeology, history, religion, languages, literature, arts, anthropology and social sciences (including law and politics).

For more information, contact: 15th ICES Organizing Committee Hamburg University Asia-Africa Institute Edmund-Siemers-allee 1, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany Fax: +49-40-42838-5675 E-mail: Website:


Liberian Studies Association 35th Annual Meeting March 27 - 29, 2003 Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York The Liberian Studies Association is welcoming paper submissions for its 35th Annual Meeting to be held at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York on March 27-29, 2003. The intent is to facilitate year-around communication and efforts among interested parties. It is hoped that this will lead to annual reports of work accomplished being given at future meetings, rather than just "academic" papers. Some of the areas where such working groups might be productive include Liberia's Arts (including music) Health Natural Environment De-militarization, Rehabilitation, and Re-education of participants and victims of Liberia's conflicts Repatriation (of human an financial capital) Expatriate Affairs (including legal concerns) Education Liberia's Media Preservation and diffusion of Liberia's History and Media (Indiana archives: papers, newspapers, audio-tapes, photographs, etc.), and the funding and conversion of those materials to permanent digital form so that they can be made available throughout
Liberia at minimal cost Early maps of Liberia Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Development, and so forth. If you have ideas along these or other lines, contact those you think also might be interested in such an effort and then submit a proposal for an initial meeting. The idea is to add to our usual conference format a more long-term applied focus on the nation. For further information, contact: Dr. Gordon C. Thomasson P.O. Box 1017, Broome Community College (SUNY), Binghamton, NY 13902 Telephone: (607)778-5097. E-mail:

The South Eastern Regional Seminar on African Studies (SERSAS) Annual Spring Meeting April 11-12, 2003 Carrollton, Georgia The South Eastern Regional Seminar on African Studies (SERSAS) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its annual spring meeting and conference. The meeting will be hosted April 11-12, 2003, at the State University of West Georgia, Carrollton,
GA, U. S. A.

This CFP is currently open in terms of disciplines and topics, and prospective participants are invited to propose panels as well as individual papers. SERSAS prides itself on providing an informal, collegial environment for the exchange of academic ideas, research, and papers relating to all aspects of African studies. Advanced graduate students are welcome to submit work-in-progress proposals and faculty are encouraged to bring along advanced graduate students. Further information about directions, accommodation, and panels will be made available in due course. Please check the SERSAS website noted below. For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact the coordinators: Dr. Aran S. MacKinnon Department of History, State University of West Georgia 1600 Maple St., Carrollton, GA, 30118 Tel. (770) 836-4554 E-mail:

Dr. Nonso Okereafoezeke Department of Criminal Justice Belk Building Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 28723 Tel. (828) 227-2177 E-mail:

For more information about SERSAS and to see past papers and conferences, please visit the SERSAS website:

For more information about our hosts at the State University of West Georgia or for directions, please consult their website:

13th Annual Conference of the Pan African Anthropological Association Anthropology and the Contemporary Global Trends University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa June 29-July 4, 2003 Anthropologists as well as other social scientists should make a concerted effort to understand the underlying historical and cultural motivations that contribute to ethnic and religious conflicts so that they may assist in humankind's understanding of its existence and the need for cooperation in the global village. There is a challenge for social scientists to explore the sub-themes mentioned below. Indigenous Knowledge Systems Aids/HIV and Health Inequalities in Africa Gender and Development Issues Sport, Culture and Tourism The teaching of Anthropology and its future in the 21st century Ethnicity and Racism issues Perspectives on NEPAD and AU Poverty and Human Rights Research Ethics and Methodologies The Conference will be held at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa from June 29-July 4, 2003.

PAN AFRICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (PAAA) University of Port Elizabeth PO Box 1600 Port Elizabeth 6000 South Africa Tel: 27 41 504 2185 Fax: 27 41 504 7425 Email:

David Mills, Anthropology Coordinator, C-SAP: Centre for learning and teaching Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, BIRMINGHAM B15 2TT Phone: 01865 793328 Fax 0121 414 7920 Email: Website:

"Towards an Africa without Borders: Unification and Fundamental Change" University of Wisconsin-Madison Deadline for Abstracts: February 1, 2003, Deadline for Papers, May 1, 2003 We are interested in papers for a conference to be held at the University of Wisconsin. The conference is titled, "Towards an Africa without Borders: Unification and Fundamental Change". The purpose of the conference is to bring scholars, writers and political activists concerned with fundamental change together under one roof to discuss the future of Africa, the future of theoretical and practical approaches to change and the role of African languages and literature in the quest for African unification. The conference is open to all activists regardless of the specific locality of their struggle. The deadline for abstracts is February 1st and for the full papers May 1st, 2003.

We, the organizers are working under the following premises: That we are living in a world where the term globalization denotes the exploitation of labor, natural and human resources for the vast majority of the world's population. For that reason, struggle in Africa finds itself at the world stage. A local struggle must by necessity locate itself in the global struggle. The international arena has become the theater of change. Therefore, those serving change, whether as writers, historians, scholars, and/or political activists in and for Africa have to be willing to serve, in word and deed, contemporary struggles against continued marginalization. Thus, we are moving forward as members of a generation that seeks to step up to history and answer the call previous generations have hearkened to: that Africa should take control of its economic, political and cultural livelihood. It is time for our generation to answer Frantz Fanon's call to action: "Every generation must out of relative obscurity find it mission; fulfill or betray it." Anticipated key-note speakers include Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Angela Davis, and Maina Wa Kinyatti.

We are calling for papers that address but not limited to the following topics: Feminism and Pan-Africanism/ Feminist critique of Pan-Africanism African American and African relationships in political struggles The future of change in Africa Latin American and African connections in political struggle Globalization and the struggle against neocolonialism Racism, imperialism and literary expression Pan-Africanism and political struggles - historical and contemporary African unification The Congo and Pan Africanism Palestine: What does it mean to the Political activist in Africa and America? The African Writer and Language Art in social change: visual, dramatic, literary, musical African and African diaspora connections North African and Sub-Saharan African connections Native American and African American historical relationship

You can email abstracts to or or send them to the following address: Towards an Africa without Borders Department of African Languages and Literature University of Wisconsin 1414 Van Hise 1212 Linden Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53715 For more information, please contact Mukoma Wa Ngugi at 608-251-6136 or visit our website

Stanford Berkeley Joint Center for African Studies Conference on Popular Culture in Africa April 26, 2003 Stanford University Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2003 Popular culture in Africa is a vibrant site of cultural production and interaction that reflects the power of the informal sector. It is commonly understood in opposition to official or "high" culture of museums, formal theaters, galleries, and corporate film and music distribution. Such concepts create misleading boundaries that efface the mutual appropriation of forms and sites of cultural production. Indeed, the production of popular culture can be a sphere for expressing shared aesthetic and social values among disparate socioeconomic groups, including dominant elites and marginalized, impoverished groups (e.g., as in the audiences for certain kinds of humor). Thus there are alternative and sometimes conflicting ideas about what popular culture is and how to use the term analytically. One of the goals of this conference is to sharpen our understanding of the term itself.

Popular culture derives its vibrancy from its resonance with "tradition" and from its engagement with trans-local circuits of culture. But the engagement with tradition is not an uncritical performance of a by-gone past. Instead, it is often a statement of new aspirations and meanings drawing on traditional as well as new media. Popular culture draws from the local even as it engages with new developments in transnational movements, vernacularizing them in particular ways. In this manner, it may provide space for the oppositional understandings and inversions of dominant cultural forms. The study of popular culture in Africa thus provides opportunities to probe its performative as well as its political and economic aspects, to interrogate the linkages between the production and consumption of culture, and to probe historical changes in the field.

The Stanford-Berkeley Joint Center for African Studies invites papers and presentations of popular culture in Africa and on related topics. Registration for the conference is free. Each participant is responsible for his or her own transportation, hotel and meal expenses. Please contact Stanford's Center for African Studies for a list of local hotels.

Please send a one-page abstract with a title, name, position or job title, affiliation and department, mailing address and e-mail address, telephone and fax number. Individuals whose papers are accepted will be asked to 1) Submit papers by April 10, 2003 for distribution to the discussants. The Center reserves the right to remove from the conference program papers that are not made available by that date. 2) Submit a request for special equipment, e.g., slide or overhead projectors, cassette recorder, by April 3, 2003. 3) Notify the Center whether or not copies of your paper can be given to the Stanford and University of California, Berkeley libraries. Notification must be received by the date of the conference.
Unfortunately, we can not accommodate requests to have papers read in the absence of the author. Send questions application materials to Christine Capper Program Administrator Center for African Studies Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305-2152 Fax: 650-723-8528. Email:

International Conference on the Development of Women in South Africa Broadening and Strengthening Gender Relations in the 21st Century July 2-4, 2003 Alice, South Africa Submission Deadline for Abstracts: February 28, 2003 Vukani Makhosikazi Sekunjalo--Women arise! Now is the time! The Bisho Conference, which will be held at the University of Fort Hare Alice July 2-4, 2003, is a collaboration between the Gender Forum
of the University of Fort Hare Alice, the Office of the Status of Women, the Bisho Commission on Gender Equality and Office of the Premier Special Program.

Women remain the poorest in every country in the world. Poverty prevents women in rural areas, in the slums of the cities from developing. The way to empowerment is through the ending of poverty. Almost all our disabilities stem from our lack of money, which leads to independence. Lack of independence makes women vulnerable to abuse. Violence against women and children is rife in South Africa as well as in other parts of the world. The incidence of rape in South Africa is amongst the highest in the world. Not only women, but also small children suffer this abomination. The scourge of HIV/AIDS has impinged on women to an enormous degree. They are carrying the burden of this pandemic. Not only are young women dying and leaving their children behind in destitution, but they also are caring for their men and children who are afflicted. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has exacerbated violence against women and children. The widespread mythology that infants can cure them has led men to violate the youngest of babies. Many young women do not have the power to insist on protection when having sex and get infected. Women are abused in the most violent ways. Schools are not immune from the horrendous consequences of violence where it has reached unacceptable levels. These are realities, which none of us can us can deny.

The purpose of the conference is to create a forum where women worldwide will have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas. We need to identify how to break the bondages of poverty, exploitation and violence against women and children. It will provide a non-threatening space to facilitate appropriate and creative but practical strategies to eradicate all forms of violence against women and children. The conference seeks to empower and capacitate women and girls to be vocal in breaking the silence and demanding their rights. The organizers of this conference aspire to attracting girls and women from all sections, categories, cultures, religious formations, as well as across the South African borders. Youth are also encouraged to participate at this workshop to present their ideas, perspectives and suggestions to identify workable strategies to fight this evil.

Proposals for presentations should focus on the conference theme and following sub-themes, which serve as guidelines, but not an exhausted list: Women and poverty: gendering economics and politics Rural development: building and infrastructure in rural areas and empowering women Exploring violence: the abuse of women, men and children Carrying the burden of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and other infectious diseases Gendering education: from nursery to tertiary. Gendering the work place: unionizing women, measuring and valuing unwaged work Gendering social institutions: religion, marriage and cultural institutions Educating the girl child Gender mentoring

The format of the papers and abstracts should preferably conform to the requirements of: The South African Journal of Psychology: instruction to authors (which is based on publication Manual of the American Psychology Association) or The South African Journal of Higher Education: Guidelines and conditions. Should a presenter have her/his own journal or publication of her/his choice either than the above, such information and format of the publisher should be forwarded to the conference secretariat prior to presentation. No changes to the titles of presentations and abstracts will be considered after formal acceptance thereof. Abstracts for papers should include the title of the paper and 200- 400 words that describe the purpose, overview (results) and conclusion of the paper. Abstracts for workshops should be a maximum length of 400 words. Please describe the purpose, outline, techniques to be used and maximum number of participants to attend. Abstracts for posters should include the title of the poster and a 200-400-word description of the theme of the poster. The deadline for submission of all abstracts (paper, poster &workshop) should is February 28, 2003. Full papers are due by the end of April 2003.

For more information or to submit abstracts, please contact: Ms L.N.Mlisa Conference Chairperson Acting Director: Student Counseling University of Fort Hare P/BAG X1314 Alice 5700 Tel: +2740 6022279/ 6022010 Fax: +2740 6531007 / 6022010 Email: Mobile: +2783 494 0433

Ms Hazel Hloma Conference Secretary Oliver Tambo Human Rights Center University of Fort Hare P/BAG X1314 Alice 5700 Tel: +2740 6022544 Fax: +2740 6022544 Email: Mobile: +2783 3640 900 Closing date for registration is January 31, 2003.

Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) Program of African Studies at Northwestern University Third Annual ISITA Colloquium: Muslim/Christian Encounters in Africa May 22-25, 2003 Deadline for Abstracts: March 1, 2003 The Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa will hold a colloquium on May 22-25, 2003, devoted to scholarship on the interactions between Muslims and Christians in Africa, past and present. Recent inter-religious conflicts in Africa suggest a decline in tolerance between Muslims and Christians. Violence has erupted in Nigeria and Tanzania, for example, over the imposition of Islamic law and codes of conduct, hardening cleavages between Muslim- and Christian-dominated areas. This is symptomatic of the growing importance of religion in the public arena.

In North Africa and the Horn, Christians and Muslims have a long history of mostly peaceful interaction dating back to the earliest spread of Islam in the seventh century. In sub-Saharan Africa, encounters between the two religions came at different times, the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries along the coast and after the eighteenth century in the interior regions. Under colonial rule, European administrations pursued a wide variety of religious policies, in some places promoting the rise of an educated Christian elite (e.g. Kenya and Tanzania) and in others protecting the powerful Islamic polities against Christian encroachment (Northern Nigeria and Northern Sudan). Presently, theological traditions, changes in demographic patterns, the growth of religious militancy, and global religious trends have become important factors in the struggle of individuals to make sense of political turmoil, economic disparity, and social upheaval. In the Sudan, such interaction has resulted in a decades-long civil war. In Nigeria, religious interaction ranges from extreme intolerance in some Northern states to easy peaceful coexistence in the Southwestern states. In Senegal, where Islam has been a strong influence since the eleventh century, ecumenicalism prevails. In many other parts of the continent, Muslims and Christians interact with relatively little friction, and it is not uncommon to find members of the same family following different religious paths. Possible topics for colloquium papers are the following: The role of Islam and/or Christianity in public life in Africa The role of international religious organizations in Africa Religion in civil society Conversion to/from Islam/Christianity Intermarriage between Muslims and Christians Human rights and religious law (sharia in Nigeria, for instance) Life histories and/or biographies of Muslim or Christian theologians, clerics, intellectuals, or philosophers

Interested scholars are invited to submit paper abstracts of not more than 300 words, along with their curriculum vitae by 1 March 2003. As funds and space are limited, ISITA is able to accept only a small number of submissions and provide partial travel support for a few participants; others are urged to seek their own funding.

Materials may be emailed to or sent to Rebecca Shereikis ISITA Coordinator Program of African Studies Northwestern University 620 Library Place Evanston, Illinois 60208-4110


Journal of African Law Special Issue: "Africa and the WTO"
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2003 The launch of the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation's ministerial meeting in Qatar has serious implications for Africa's participation in the multilateral trading system. The new round of trade talks are to focus on a wide range of issues including antidumping, dispute settlement, electronic commerce, subsidies, technology transfer, and regional trading arrangements. The outcome of the negotiations will affect considerably the future growth and development of Africa's economies. It is for this reason that the Journal of African Law invites papers to be considered for publication in a special issue on "Africa and the WTO" to be published in 2003. The deadline is January 31, 2003.

Papers should be original and should cover any of the items being negotiated by the parties. Specifically, the Journal would like to receive papers that deal with the broader organizational issues such as the dispute settlement mechanism, the participation of African countries in the Committees established under the various agreements, the relationship between African regional organizations and the WTO, and the implementation of WTO obligations at the national level.

Proposed papers should be sent to: The Editors, Journal of African Law Faculty of Law and Social Sciences Department of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies Thornhaugh Street Russell Square LONDON WC1H 0XG United Kingdom Full instructions are available at


Facing Global Capital, Finding Human Security: A Gendered Critique Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Program The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center of CUNY Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2003 Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Program, The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York announce a Rockefeller-funded Humanities Fellowship Program, Facing Global Capital, Finding Human Security: A Gendered Critique. Fellowships are available for 2003/2004 to selected activists, academics and policymakers. This interdisciplinary program explores the uses of a human security framework for identifying non-discriminatory, sustainable policies for women and girls, drawing into dialogue critical theories in the humanities and social sciences, and discourses of policymakers and activists.

For more information and application forms visit the web site at: and Applications for 2003/2004 are due January 31, 2003.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2003-2004 Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2003 The Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a PhD in the social sciences with experience using both quantitative and qualitative measures, good writing skills, and field experience in at east one developing country. The Fellow will be placed with the Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Understanding of refugee issues and humanitarian operations would therefore be an advantage. The Fellow will be expected to contribute to UNHCR research, evaluation and policy analysis projects, with an opportunity to pursue one personal research project. The Fellow will also be expected to contribute to the development of a new Masters program at the Asch Center. Fellowship support will be about $40,000 (U.S.) and a second year of support may be possible. Applications accepted until 1 February 2003, notification by 15 February, placement as early as June 2003 and negotiable.

Inquiries and applications to Dr. Clark McCauley Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict University of Pennsylvania St. Leonard's Court, Suite 305 3819-33 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2003 The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund was established in 1981 to honor the late Margaret McNamara and her commitment to the well being of women and children in developing countries. The purpose of the grand is to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries. Previous grant recipients studies agriculture, architecture and urban planning, civil engineering, education, forestry, journalism, nursing, nutrition, pediatrics, public administration, public health, social sciences and social work.

Applicants must be women who are already living in the United States and enrollment in the program for which they will use the grant. The MMMF does not provide pre-enrollment funding, even if the candidate has received notification of acceptance. The MMMF awards up to six grants of about $11,000 each year; they are not renewable. Application forms are currently available through January 31, 2003. The deadline for completed applications is February 1, 2003. Recipients are notified by May 1.

To be eligible, a woman applying for and MMMF grant must meet ALL of the following criteria: She must have a record of service to women and/or children in her country She must reside in the United States at the time she submits the application She must already be enrolled in the accredited U.S. educational institution where she will use the grant and remain enrolled during the entire year of the grant She must use the grant to continue to study for her degree She must be a national of a developing country that is currently eligible to borrow from the World Bank and cannot be a U.S. Green Card holder She must intend to return to a developing country in about two years She must demonstrate financial need She must be 25 years old by December 31, 2002 She must not be related to any World Bank Group staff member or his or her spouse

Students who meet ALL criteria may request an application by email, fax or letter or by visiting the MMMF website: and click on the link to Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund. Please refer to the Country Eligibility List or write to MMMF, World Bank Group Volunteer Services 1818 H Street NW MSN H2-204 Washington, DC 20433 Tel: (202) 473-8751 Fax: (202) 522-3142 Email:

2003-2004 Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture University of Chicago Deadline for Applications: February 17, 2003 The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago invites applications for the 2003-2004 post-doctoral fellowship to begin September 29, 2003. Qualified candidates from all disciplines who have their Ph.D. are encouraged to apply.

The goal of the fellowship is to support the work of an outstanding scholar whose research focuses on the study of race or ethnicity by allowing the fellow to devote his or her full energies to the further development of their research agenda. The fellowship carries a stipend of $35,000 and a travel and research budget of $2,500. The fellow will be provided with office space and a computer at the Center and full access to University libraries and other facilities. Awardees will be expected to be in full-time residence during the academic year beginning September 29, 2003, present his or her work at one of the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop meetings and actively participate in the workshop and other activities sponsored by the Race Center. There will be no teaching responsibilities.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago is committed to moving the study of race and ethnicity beyond the black/white paradigm. The work of faculty affiliated with the Center explores different processes of racialization experienced within groups as well as across groups in sites as diverse as North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Asian Pacific, and Europe. We are especially interested in work that highlights the intersection of race and ethnicity with other identities such as gender, class, sexuality and nationality, and interrogates social and identity cleavages within racialized communities.

Applicants for the 2003-2004 academic year are required to have a Ph.D. currently and to send 1) Description of the project(s) that will be undertaken over the course of the fellowship year (3-5 pages). 2) Writing sample, which may be a published or un-published work (not to exceed 30 pages). 3) Curriculum vitae. 4) Three letters of recommendation under separate cover.

Complete applications must be received at the address below by February 17, 2003 for full consideration. Awards will be announced by March 31, 2003. For additional information call (773) 702-8063 or e-mail

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture The University of Chicago Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee 5733 S. University Chicago, Illinois 60637

SCALI 2003 Fellowship

Deadline for Applications: March 7, 2003 University of Illinois Center for African Studies invites applications for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for African Language for the summer term, 2003. The Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois, pending funding from the US Department of Education, works in conjunction with other African Studies units nationwide to offer African language courses during the summer. For more information, please visit

For details on applying for the SCALI 2003 program, contact FLAS Committee Center for African Studies 210 International Studies Building 910 S. Fifth Street Champaign, IL 61820

West African Research Center Travel Grant Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2003 The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal is offering travel bursaries of up to $2500 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 that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work 3) Travel to research site.

Applications consist of the following: A description (6 double-spaced pages max) of applicant's research and how the travel is relevant to his work. CV with research and teaching record when applicable An abstract of the paper to be read and a letter of acceptance to the conference A description of the collections to be consulted and their significance to the research

The deadline for travel between July 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003 is March 15, 2003.

Submit applications to: West African Research Center/ Centre de Recherche Ouest Africaine, B.P. 5456 (Fann Residence), Rue E x Leon G. Damas, Dakar Senegal Telephone: 221-865-22-77 Fax: 221-824-20-58 Website: http://www.warc-croa

Summer Arts Institute Arts and Culture of African, African American, or African Diasporic Communities University of Maryland June 28-August 4, 2003 Deadline for Applications: March 21, 2003 The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland is hosting its first Summer Arts Institute from June 28 to August 4, 2003, designed primarily for upper class undergraduates intending to pursue a master's of fine arts or doctoral degree in any humanistic field with a focus on the arts and culture of African, African American, or African diasporic communities. The goal of the Institute is to encourage promising students to pursue careers in the arts and study of African diasporic culture.

The Institute will entail five weeks of seminars; hands-on workshops in a range of media (such as visual, musical, or performance arts, video, creative writing, web technologies); visits to local arts and cultural institutions; conversations with accomplished artists and scholars. Students will work on a scholarly or creative project to be shared in a culminating exhibit or roundtable. Participants will receive round trip air travel, a modest stipend, a meal card, appropriate supplies, and access to the UM library, computer labs, and other facilities; they will be housed on the UM campus.

Applications from upper class undergraduates or the equivalent, and recent graduates (within two years of the BA) are welcomed from which, approximately sixteen students will be chosen to participate. They will be provided with round trip air travel from their home to the UM campus in College Park, lodging and meals for the duration of the program, access to UM facilities, a stipend.

The application consists of 1) a personal statement 2) an official undergraduate transcript 3) a 500 - 1000 word project proposal, outlining either a scholarly question of interest or a creative work the applicant wishes to realize 4) two letters of recommendation, which may be sent separately

The applicant should send also any relevant supporting materials such as slides, a writing sample (not to exceed 3000 words), etc. The deadline for receipt of all materials and supporting documents is March 21, 2003. The Driskell Center will notify those selected for participation in the Institute by April 30, 2003. For more information, please contact Michelle Henderson Tel: 301-405-6835 Email:

Applications should be sent to: The David C. Driskell Center Attn: Summer Arts Institute Program 2114 Tawes Fine Arts Building University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2003 The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education is a program that enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two-and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year long study opportunities in other countries. To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. For more information, application deadlines and the online application, please access the Gilman Program web site at . For travel in Fall 2003, the deadline for applications is April 15, 2003.


Volunteer Positions in South African or Central American Libraries Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2003 Spend the summer of 2003 helping communities gain access to the information they need to build a better future as part of the Inform the World Library Skills Exchange (ITW). ITW volunteers provide hands-on assistance and training to rural librarians in South Africa, Honduras and Guatemala. The program is a unique opportunity to share your skills while experiencing another culture. If you love libraries and have a sense of adventure, join us for this exciting service project! The World Library Partnership (WLP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building global understanding by promoting literacy, learning and access to information. Visit our website at for more information. WLP invites librarians, library school students, teachers, IT professionals and others who love libraries to apply. Conversational Spanish is a requirement for the Central America program. Fluency in English is required for the South Africa program. The ITW volunteers will conduct practical service projects in libraries in rural South Africa and Central America.

Central America Honduras - June 25-July 23, 2003 Guatemala - July 2-July 30, 2003

South Africa Limpopo Province - July 15-August 15 Kwa Zulu Natal Province - July 22-August 22, 2003

The application for the various ITW 2003 programs can be found at our website along with more detailed information about each program. The Application Deadline is January 31, 2003.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. For the South Africa programs contact Maggie Hite at and for the Central America programs contact Mary Alice McCarthy at or give us a call at 919/479-0163.

The Fulbright-Hays Summer Group Project Abroad for Zulu Durban, South Africa June 18-August 7, 2003 Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2003 The Program in African Languages and The Council on African Studies at Yale University under the sponsorship of The Association of African Studies Programs and The African Language Teachers' Association invite applications for the Summer Group Project Abroad in South Africa 2003 for Intermediate and Advanced students of Zulu. Participants will meet in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, for Orientation and then move to the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of Natal for Part One of the program. They will live on campus and receive intensive Zulu instruction from Zulu faculty led by Professor Msawakhe Hlengwa and Ms Mary Gordon. Each afternoon participants will have tutorial sessions with Zulu language student tutors that will include excursions into Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. There will be regular site visits to places of significance to Zulu history and contemporary life in KwaZulu-Natal, and participation in ceremonies and cultural events. In Part Two participants will move to southern KwaZulu-Natal for home stays. They will stay with Zulu families and join in family activities. During this period they will undertake mini-research projects. In Part Three of the program participants will again leave campus to stay with urban families in the Pietermaritzburg suburb of Imbali. They will return to the University of Natal campus for examinations, and will then leave for a final weekend of debriefing in the Drakensberg mountains before departure.

The project is open to US graduate students and undergraduates who have successfully completed at least two semesters or equivalent of isiZulu, isiXhosa, siSwati, or siNdebele language study. The program will be directed by Sandra Sanneh, Director Yale Program in African Languages in affiliation with University of Natal - Pietermaritzburg. Participants will pay their own air travel costs to and from New York, and a fee to cover tuition and administration costs. Other expenses will be met by the program. See the application packet for further details Sandra Sanneh Yale Program in African Languages P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 Tel: (203) 432-1179 Fax: (203) 432-5963 Email:

Application packets available from Title VI Resource Centers for African Studies and from: Lora M. LeMosy Senior Administrative Assistant Council on African Studies Yale University PO Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 Tel: (203) 432-3436 Fax: (203) 432-5963 Email: For more information, please visit

A Study of Akan and Ga Cultures in Ghana GPA Short Term Seminar (Pending Funding) June 18-August 1, 2003 Deadline for Applications: February 10, 2003 U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA), Center for African Studies, University of Florida and the Office of International Studies and Programs, University of Florida are sponsoring a GPA Short-term Seminar. It will be A Study of Akan and Ga Cultures in Accra Ghana from June 18-August 1, 2003. Group departure will be from Gainesville, Florida and the group will return to Orlando. The program participants will all travel together; there are no exceptions.

Eligibility: Citizen, national, or permanent resident of U.S. Elementary or secondary school teacher (Priority 1) Four- and two-year college faculty of area studies (Priority 2) Experienced educator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in area studies (Priority 2) Graduate student (Advanced Akan or Ga graduate students only) (Priority 3) Demonstration of career commitment to area studies No previous visitation/residency for 12 months or more in Akan or Ga area in Ghana Must possess a valid passport (obtain a passport immediately) Proof of health insurance (emergency and non-emergency)

There is a program fee of $650 but the GPA Short-term Seminar Financial Support will cover group airfare to and from Accra, Ghana, accommodation (double occupancy) in Ghana, food in Ghana, culture instruction, field trips and instructional materials.

There will be mandatory orientations at the University of Florida 2 days prior to departure and also in Accra Go to for an application in Acrobat PDF format. For additional information contact: Dr. Paul A. Kotey, Director, Akan and Ga Short-term Seminar University of Florida Center for African Studies 427 Grinter Hall P.O. Box 115560 Gainesville, FL 32611-5560 Phone No: 352-392-7015 or 392-2183 E-mail:

National African Language Resource Center Summer Institute for African Language Instructors June 2-20, 2003 Deadline for Applications: March 3, 2003 As interest in African language learning and teaching increases, so does the need to prepare graduate students and teaching assistants who are planning to pursue African language teaching as a profession. The Summer 2003 Institute has been designed to help meet this need. It will train fellows in a number of crucial areas central to the effective design and operation of an African Language Program. African language scholars who are interested in professional development are also encourage to participate in the institute.

The program consists of a three-week intensive introduction to: 1)African Language Program development, coordination and evaluation; 2)Teaching the Productive Skills (Speaking and Writing) in the African Language Classroom 3)Teaching the Receptive Skills (Listening and Reading) in the African Language Classroom.

Fellows will learn how to start a new African language program and how to enhance an existing one. They will also have hands-on experience on how to teach both the productive and receptive skills.

Applicants must be graduate students in good standing in any African language, linguistics, cultural studies, literature, second language acquisition, or any related field at an accredited institution of higher education. African language instructors and scholars may also apply. Experience in teaching African languages is preferable. To apply, the applicant should submit a letter of application and supporting documents (which include a CV and three letters of recommendation, one of the letters should be from the director of the applicant's African language program) for the summer 2003 institute by March 3, 2003. Applications may be submitted by mail or through electronic mail. Send to: National African Language Resource Center 4231Humanities Building 455 N. Park Street Madison, WI 53706 Tel: (608) 265-7905 Fax: (608) 265-7904 E-mail:

University of Natal International School Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2003 The University of Natal is offering an intensive 5 week International School Program from June 23 - August 1, 2003. This program presents an opportunity to study in KwaZulu-Natal, the most populous and diverse province in South Africa. Students get the opportunity to learn Culture and Diversity, Service Learning and Zulu Language and Culture at the Durban campus. The Pietermaritzburg campus offers Zulu language, Art and culture, community service and policy issues, and Turbulent Times: A history of KwaZulu-Natal from days to present. It integrates theory and practice through site visits as well as hands on experience with multi-media learning. Students earn credits through continuous assessment and an exam at the end of the program. For more details about the program, please visit the site:

Applications close on March 31, 2003. Inquiries may also be directed to Dr. Catherine Ndinda, Ph.D., Coordinator International School Rick Turner SU Building, 4th Floor Room 412 University of Natal 4041, Durban SOUTH AFRICA Tel: +27-31-260-2677 Fax: +27-31-260-2136 E-mail:

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc.

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. (CCC) is an educational non-profit organization that promotes cultural exchange and understanding. It is a research center and meeting place for exhibits, community based art workshops, performances, conferences, classes, and other activities to promote cultural awareness and appreciation. Their goal is to bring people together from different cultures where they can get to know each other through the language of art.

Workshops are held at the center, located next to the ocean in a suburb of Accra. CCC, Inc. has a Ghanaian staff, resident manager and is in a gated community with clinics and hospitals nearby. CCC, Inc. invites scholars from all over the world to work with Ghanaians on collaborations that range from mosaic walls to documentary films.

To learn more about this program, visit, or contact: Ellie Schimelman, Director 45 Auburn St. Brookline, MA 02466 Telephone: (617) 277-0482


Northwestern Univeristy: Library Bibliographer of Africana Established in 1954, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University is the largest separate library devoted to African studies in existence. With holdings of about 286,000 volumes and 2800 current serials, the Herskovits Library's collections are strongest for Africa south of the Sahara. Although a separate library, the Herskovits Library is an integral component of Northwestern University Library. The Herskovits Library is closely linked with the curricular and research programs of Northwestern University's Program of African Studies. Established in 1948 by Melville J. Herskovits, the Program of African Studies is one of the earliest interdisciplinary centers of its kind and serves as the academic, administrative and social center of the University's Africanist community. Further information about the Herskovits Library is available from its website,

MLS from an ALA accredited library school or an advanced degree in an Africa-related social sciences or humanities discipline, three years of successful library or equivalent experience including collection development experience, effective skills in both oral and written communication, education and experience that provides for a clear understanding of research and scholarly communication in African studies, competence in French and familiarity with publishing in Africa, the African book trade and Africana vendors. Competence in an African language, Portuguese or written Arabic are strongly desired as are experience and interest in electronic formats and digital technologies.

For more information about this position, please email Peter Devlin at

To apply, please letter of application and resume, including names of three references, to Peter J. Devlin Personnel Librarian Northwestern University Library 1935 Sheridan Road Evanston, Illinois 60208-2300 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

University of Florida: Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Kiswahili Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2003 The Department of African & Asian Languages & Literatures (AALL) at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Kiswahili effective August 2003. All sub-specializations (language instruction, linguistics, literature, film, etc.) will be considered. Salary will be competitive and will depend on the selected candidate's accomplishments and experience. Applicants must have at least a near native command of Kiswahili. All interested individuals should have three referees write directly to the address below. They should also send to the search committee 1. a letter of application, 2. a current cv, including the names and addresses of the three referees, 3. copies of two recent publications which reflect their specialization, and 4. a copy of at most two chapters of the analytical portions of their dissertations if the PHD degree is relatively recent. Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2003.

UF is home to a National Resource Center--African Studies (CAS). It has a very productive exchange program with the University of Dar-es-Salaam. The University libraries have an excellent Africana collection. There is a comparatively large contingent of East Africanist faculty distributed among the various colleges and departments. The selected individual will have ample opportunity to participate in the many facilities and resources available at UF.

Please send applications to: Swahili Search Committee Department of African & Asian Languages & Literatures University of Florida 470 Grinter Hall P.O.Box 115565 Gainesville, FL 32611-5565 USA UF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

Eckerd College: Tenure Track Position

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2003 The discipline of Political Science invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level to begin September 2003. The department seeks a broadly educated scholar trained in Comparative Politics with a regional specialization in the politics of East Asia/Pacific Rim to support majors in Political Science, International Relations and the College's East Asian Studies program. The discipline may also consider strong candidates who have specializations in the Middle East or Africa. The applicant should have strong teaching skills and be able to offer courses in Comparative Politics and East Asian Politics. The applicant must also be prepared to teach introductory research methods/statistics on a regular basis as a required element of this position, and also make periodic contributions to the College's interdisciplinary general education program. Ph.D. in hand by the start of the contract date is strongly preferred.

Applicants should send letter of interest, vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, transcripts and writing samples by March 31, 2003 to: Dr. Anthony R. Brunello Chair Search Committee Department of Political Science/BES Eckerd College 4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 Eckerd College is an EOE employer.

Winrock International: Irrigated Rice Specialist-Mali Winrock International is seeking an irrigated rice specialist for work in Mali. Applicant must have 10 years experience working in irrigated rice. A M.A. or higher in agronomy, plant breeding or pathology is preferred. Experience working in irrigated production systems for vegetables, rice and other food crops. Persons applying should have experience working or living in West Africa and speak both English and French. Please send a resume and cover letter to: Winrock International BPA 457 Bamako, Mali

World Vision: Operations Director-Sierra Leone World Vision seeks an operations director for Sierra Leone. The operations director is responsible to lead, support and coordinate field operations of World Vision Sierra Leone, to ensure that they are efficient and effective, and meet the goals and objectives of World Vision and community partners as laid out in the annual operations plan and grant agreements.

The position requires a M.A. or post graduate degree in development related subjects, strong oral and written communication skills as well as good cross cultural communication skills. Computer literacy, including word processing and spreadsheet skills, knowledge of and commitment to the ethos, core valus and mission statement of World Vision are also necessary. Please send resumes and cover letters to: International Recruiting World Vision US Suite 270 220 I Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Browne Global Solutions: Interpreters

Browne Global Solutions is a language company that hires out freelance interpreters for immigration court all across the US. We are currently in need of speakers of many African languages including but not limited to: Soninke, Fula/Fulani, Hausa, Ewe,Twi, Wolof, Hassaniya, Songo, Bambara, Mandingo, Malinke, Bassa, Nubian, etc. If interested, please contact: Katharyn Quintanilla, Regional Project Coordinator Bowne Global Solutions 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, Suite 308 Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 800.423.6756 ext.137 Fax: 202.496.0608

African Studies Center University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 Phone: (215)-898-6971 Fax: (215)-573-7379 e-mail: Website:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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