JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (02/12/07)


Issue No.3, Spring 2007
Feb 12th, 2007

Dear JUA Readers,

I hope you enjoy the latest issue of JUA, filled as always with information on Africa-related events, jobs, and resources. Please note that the jobs we list are only the latest postings--check recent back issues of JUA, hosted on <>, to find even more Africa-related opportunities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any submissions or questions.

With best wishes,
James De Lorenzi
JUA Editor



For archived issues of JUA see:

                      UPCOMING AREA EVENTS


On February 17th, the Penn Museum will be having a "World Culture Day: Celebration of African Cultures." The event will be at the Penn Museum, at 3260 South Street, from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.


On February 20th, Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates will discuss the role of the International Criminal Court's indictments against top leadership of the Lord's Resistance Army in bringing about the end to the conflict in Northern Uganda. The talk will take place at Silverman Hall, 3400 Chestnut Street, S-245, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.


The Africa Studies Center Teacher Outreach program will have a K-12 Teacher Workshop this month, entitled "Teaching about Africa: Cultural and Natural Diversities." The event will be on February 26th, in 816 Williams Hall from
3:30 - 6:00 PM.

                      OTHER AFRICAN STUDIES EVENTS


The Centre of African Studies, University of London will be holding a seminar on Thursday 8 February, from 5:00 to 6:30 in Room B102, in the School of Oriental and African Studies. Dr Benedetta Rossi (SOAS) will discuss "Dependence and Independence in the Ader: Articulations of Slavery and Colonialism in Niger."

                      CALL FOR PAPERS

SUDAN STUDIES CONFERENCE (Philadelphia, PA, May 25th-27th) The Sudan Studies Association is currently accepting proposals for its next conference, which is entitled "Sudan/ese in the Diaspora: Past and Present". Sudanese communities are currently mushrooming in many places around the globe. The diasporas have impacted the home country, economically, politically and socially. Throughout history, Sudanese have lived in different places outside their country for various reasons. They lived as invaders and occupiers such as in ancient Egypt; as prisoners against their will and as material goods during the slave trade and moved to various places in the Middle East and beyond; as expatriates in oil-rich countries of Arabia and North Africa; as refugees and asylum-seekers from war-ravaged areas settling in many places in Europe, North America, Australia, and in many African countries; or as college students and professionals in many foreign countries. The sheer presence of these communities outside Sudan has raised and highlighted several cultural issues regarding citizenship and identity within their host countries as well as in their homeland. With the current political events in the Sudan, the role of the Sudanese diasporic communities should be examined critically not merely in terms of their political discourses and activism, but equally within the context of the global discourse about the Sudan. The tradition of the SSA conference is to give priority in timing and prominence of presentation to papers that address the theme of the conference, but papers on other issues relating to Sudan are also welcome. Abstracts of proposed papers (150-200 words) should be received by April 2nd, 2007. Please send paper abstract to Dr. Benaiah Yongo-Bure, 2007 SSA Panel Organizer, Economics Department, Kettering University, 1700 Third Avenue, Flint, MI 48504 Tel (810)762-9622, e-mail: A preliminary program will be announced on April 16, 2007. Late proposals for papers will be considered only if space is available. Proposals and paper abstracts submitted earlier will receive preferential treatment in scheduling. Acceptance for presentation will depend on the quality of the abstract and the judgment of the program committee. Small stipends of $200 are available for assistance to a limited number of graduate students, and interested persons should contact SSA President Dr. Ali Dinar: Registration forms and fees are available at SSA website and they should be sent to Dr. Richard Lobban, Sudan Studies Association, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02908. Accommodation information will be available on SSA website: <>. Abstracts are due by April 2nd, 2007.


Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) at the University of Basel is now accepting papers for a conference entitled "Contemporary Encounters: Europe and Africa." European states have a long but also particularly controversial relationship with Africa. Today strong links are still maintained via formal and informal economic and political routes, the migration of people, the exchange of ideas and through exposure to music and art. Despite these exchanges, in many European states African countries and African people are still often looked upon as exotic or threatening. Within Africa, Europe is viewed both with awe and suspicion - partly due to the unequal power relations that have frequently defined the interactions between these two areas. These controversial historical and contemporary relationships need to be both acknowledged and at the centre of critical thought when addressing Africa related issues within Europe. The conference seeks to encourage constructive interdisciplinary student dialogue on the politics of studying Africa in present-day Europe as well as allow students to gain a wider knowledge of the opportunities available within Europe for academic exchange and cooperation. Students are invited to present planned, in-progress and recently completed work to other students. In addition, an afternoon of workshops will be held during which the presentations will be used to critically reflect on the problems, advantages and controversies of studying Africa in Europe. All senior students and recent graduates of European universities working within the humanities or social sciences on a topic related to Africa are invited to submit a rough abstract (no more than half a page) for a fifteen minute presentation pertaining to their research. The presentations may be on any topic and students from all disciplines, working on any region of Africa and any time period are encouraged to apply. Studies of a transregional, transnational or comparative nature are also strongly welcomed. Final abstracts are due a week before the conference. Those who wish to attend but not present are encouraged to apply, but should be aware that due to limited space, preference will be given to students who plan to present. Those chosen to attend might be requested to prepare a very brief overview of the resources for studying Africa at their institutions. The application deadline is the 15 March 2007. All those accepted will be contacted by the 15 April with further information regarding accommodation and other conference details. Due to the lack of translation facilities presentations should be in English. If, however, there are enough applications in other languages, efforts will be made to attempt to accommodate this. Please note that due to the needs of discussion within the workshops participants should at a minimum be able to converse in English. Accommodation in a youth hostel or private homes, breakfast and lunch are included in the conference fee, however it is not possible for the conference organisers to cover travel expenses. The application should include: One application form, a short rsum, a rough abstract (half a page) if planning to present. Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to Claudia Gastrow, at <>.

MATERIAL CULTURE IN ETHIOPIA (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, August 25th 2007) In association with the Centre of African Studies, University of London, the SOAS is accepting expressions of interest for the above proposed one-day conference. The conference focuses explicitly upon the material culture of Ethiopia (and very adjacent areas in the Horn of Africa) during the medieval period. This is very loosely defined as the period after the decline of the Aksumite polity until the mid-seventeenth century. The main ethos underpinning the meeting is to bring together scholars of differing methodological backgrounds (art history, archaeology and cultural historians) in order to debate and discuss our different approaches to the material culture of this period. Such themes which might be of interest would include: architecture; economic and cultural aspects of the monastic system; iconography; peripatetic kingship; economic landscapes. Expressions of interest and if possible an abstract may be written in English or in French. Conference attendees will need to cover the costs of their own travel, and possible overnight accommodation if required.
AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION (New York, NY, October 18-21, 2007) The ASA is now accepting proposals for its 50th Annual Meeting, which will have the theme of "21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights." The African Studies Association was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. Its mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. The ASA also provides information and support services to the Africanist community. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, Young Scholar papers, or poster sessions. Proposals are due by February 28th, 2007. See <> for more information.


The WMU Center for African Development Policy Research (CADPR) announces the 4th International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (ICEDS) on the theme: "Challenges and Opportunities: Peace, Democracy, and Development in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa." The Symposium is intended for academics, policymakers, investors and donors, and others interested in contemporary issues in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Each contributor is invited to submit the participation form, found at: (click on the 4th ICEDS Conference Announcement) and a one-page typed double-spaced copy of the proposal. Abstracts that do not include a completed "Participation Form" will be regarded as incomplete and will not be accepted. Proposals on the following are invited: 1) Agriculture, Food Security, and Rural Development; 2) Education for Sustainable Development; 3) Regional Integration for Development; 4) Building Democratic Institutions of governance and civil society; 5) Health and HIV/AIDS Issues; 6) Private Sector, Entrepreneurship and Markets; 7) Science and Technology for Development; 8) US Policy on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa; 9) Managing Ethnic, Clan, and Religious conflicts; 10) Peace building and Conflict Resolution; 11) Women and Development; 12) The Role of the Diaspora in Development; and 13) An open forum for political parties. Please send all abstracts or proposals by March 1, 2007, and completed papers by April 1, 2007 to: 4th International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (4th ICEDS), Attn: Professor Sisay Asefa, Center for African Development Policy Research (CADPR), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008, USA; Fax: (616) 387- 0630 e-mail: SISAY.ASEFA@WMICH.EDU.

SOUTH EASTERN REGIONAL SEMINAR IN AFRICAN STUDIES (Rock Hill, SC, March 31st, 2007) SERSAS is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual Spring conference at Winthrop University. SERSAS is a multidisciplinary African Studies conference intended for scholars and graduate students at all levels. The conference provides a collegial forum for the lively exchange of ideas and innovative paths in research about Africa. The seminar theme is "Africa in the 21st century: Looking past, moving forward." Paper topics are open in terms of topic and methodology. For more information, see <>.
ECONOMIC POLICY IN AFRICA (November 8-11, 2007, Dakar, Senegal) The United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) and the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA) are announcing their second conference on economic policy in Africa. The theme of this conference is: "Sector-led Growth in Africa and Implications for Development." The Conference will be held November 8-11, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal. Over the last few years there has been some resurgence in the growth of African economies. While growth is welcome there remain questions on its sustainability; the nature of employment creation and distribution from growth; the sectors responsible for the resurgence; its impact on poverty eradication; the kinds of economic policy that would lead to sustained growth; and the relationship between sectoral policy and NEPAD. Successful papers will be those that have substantial policy applicability. Authors should submit an abstract for each paper which explicitly states how the work is related to the conference theme, identifying paper title, authors' names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and fax numbers to Dr. Sylvain H. Boko, conference co-chair (, by March 15, 2007. Authors will be informed of the Selection Committee's decision by April 1st, 2007. To participate in the conference complete drafts of each accepted paper must be circulated by August 31st, 2007. Papers written jointly by African economists in the Diaspora and on the continent are particularly encouraged. Some partial support for travel and attendance may be available. Please indicate whether you require any support for attendance.
MEMORY AND CULTURE IN ZANZIBAR (July 2-4, 2007, Zanzibar) The Zanzibar International Film Festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with another grand cultural festival from 30th June to 8th July, 2007, under the overall theme of "Celebration of Waters and Dreams." It is a moment of reflection on where we have come from, where we are at, and where we are going. As part of what has become a tradition, ZIFF will organise another conference to celebrate the occasion on the conference theme focusing specifically on "Celebrating Memories & Visual Cultures." As in previous conferences, we are looking for short thought papers that will excite debates and cross-fertilisation of ideas between scholars and artists, story-tellers, documentary and film makers, rather than highly scholastic or technical papers. Those interested in participating in the conference should send: abstract of their paper by 1st April, and final paper by 15th June, 2007 at the latest. An attempt will be made to raise funds to support a limited number of contributors from the Dhow Countries who need such assistance for travel and accommodation. Those intending to apply for such assistance should write an application and send an abstract and their CV by 1st March, 2007 at the very latest. Please write to: ZIFF, P. O. Box 3032, Zanzibar, Tanzania, or email
AFRICAN FILM CONFERENCE (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, November 9-10, 2007) The African Film conference in Urbana-Champaign will explore how appreciating films as form and modes of expression can be combined with an understanding of their content. Cinema has a more pronounced public dimension than some of the other arts because it creates an audience that it depends on for survival, and filmmaking itself can be situated within the history, economy, politics, and broader cultural trends of postcolonial Africa. The conference aims to foster a dialogue between film scholars, critics, and the social science interpreters, users, and enthusiasts of African films, and will encourage a greater sensibility for film as a medium among the latter. We seek abstracts from scholars and writers interested in participating in this project. Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2007.
AFRICAN CITIES AND URBANISATION (June 6-7, 2007, Tel Aviv, Israel) Cities provide useful grounds for examining the dynamic interaction between local idioms and global processes over time. Research on African cities in particular have provided scholars with an opportunity to learn about the everyday experiences of Africans as they have navigated colonial and post-colonial spaces. But while cities have offered scholars a powerful lens for viewing the dynamics of migration, cross-cultural exchange and economic development, the role of the city in shaping these processes is not always evident in research of Africa. We seek to understand the ongoing dialogue between the evolution of the physical and political landscapes in African cities, and the evolution of the groups, cultures and social networks present within these cities over time. The conference title is "African Cities: The Significance of the Urban Context, Past and Present," and abstracts may be submitted (250 words) to Dr. Lynn Schler(, Dr. Gali Sabarm (, or Dr. Louise Bethlehem ( no later than February 25, 2007.


The African Review of Foreign Policy is a journal published by United States International University. To submit manuscripts and for more information, contact [].


The African Diaspora Archaeology Network and Newsletter works to provide a focal point for archaeological and historical studies of African diasporas, with news, current research, information and links to other web resources related to the archaeology and history of descendants of African peoples. Through this engagement with African diasporas, the ADAN seeks to connect an intellectual community that considers the historical processes of racialization, gender, power, and culture operating within and upon African descendant communities. Please contact me if you have essays, articles, analysis papers, book reviews, project reports, announcements, or news updates that you'd like to contribute to the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, available at: <>


For its special issue on the philosophical significance of Wole Soyinka's writing, the journal Philosophia Africana solicits relevant articles on any aspects of his work. Contributors may examine Soyinka's work in any genre - drama, poetry, fiction, occasional essays, or criticism - but we ask that analysis must focus on those themes with special appeal to an audience interested in philosophy. Relevant topics may address issues in one branch or several branches of the discipline, such as: aesthetic theories, philosophy of culture, ethics and morality, epistemology and metaphysics, or philosophy of religion. Other topics may address matters in Soyinka's cultural and social thought from the perspective of existentialism, political theory or activism, theories of tradition and change, or philosophy of history. Send a title and an abstract (200 words or less) by March 30, 2007. Completed articles (7,000 words or less) are due by November 30, 2007. Submissions and inquiries can be sent by e-mail to: Dr. Peter Gratton, or posted to: The Editors, Philosophia
Africana, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University, 2352 N. Clifton Ave, Suite 150, Chicago, IL 60614. For detailed "Notes for Contributors" visit:


Guest Editors Odile Goerg (Paris 7), Marie Rodet (University of Vienna) and Natalya Vince (University of London) of the journal Stichproben, Wiener Zeitschrift festische Afrikastudien/ Vienna Journal of African Studies would like to invite submissions of proposals for articles, research notes and book reviews for a special issue devoted to exploring "Fracturing Binarisms: Gender and Colonialisms in Africa." In the past ten years, a number of important studies synthesizing scholarship on gender and colonialism have been published, enabling more multilayered insights into power relations between men and women, the colonisers and the colonised, post-independence leaders and post-independence populations. Aware of the multiplicity and complexity of the colonial situations experienced by the African continent, the ambition of this special issue is to explore the multiple intersections between gender and colonialisms by underlining the limits of dualist approaches, including gendered ones, to such questions. The history of colonial Africa is certainly a history of dominating and dominated peoples, but it is also a history of political, economic, social and cultural messages experienced by gendered colonial populations, colonised peoples, imperial powers, and anti-colonial movements. This special issue is interested not only in discourses on gender produced within colonial spaces, but on how women and men themselves responded to these discourses. Rather than seeing, for example, the individual woman as simply at the intersection of the fantasies, ideals and discursive conflicts of largely male interlocutors, particular emphasis will be placed on women's and men's interactions with gendered discourse in a long-term perspective: interactions which were hybrid, shifting and often conflictual. This special issue particularly welcomes contributions based on sources such as oral testimonies, newspaper analyses, court cases and material objects, but is also interested in a renewed critical gendered reading of colonial sources, in order to restore subaltern voices. Contributions which consider all of the African continent are welcomed. North Africa is often forgotten in collections of essays, which take a largely sub-Saharan definition of Africa. Postgraduate and recent PhD graduates are particularly encouraged to send in article proposals. Please send your proposal of 500 words as an attachment in MS Word or PDF form to the editors by 18 February 2007: Odile Goerg,, Marie Rodet,, Natalya Vince, The deadline for receipt of the final article is 27 May 2007. It is preferable that articles are written in English, but articles in French or German will also be considered. For more information about the journal, please go to


As Africa grapples with what many have termed the "new" scramble for natural resources on the continent, there is an urgent need to put this phenomenon in perspective vis--vis the continent's development. Are we seeing a "new" scramble, or perhaps a mutation, or even a deepening, of an old scramble? What drives the "new" scramble for petroleum, gold, diamond, timber, rivers, etc? What is the character of state and (transnational and local) corporate involvement in the "scramble"? What kinds of development and security challenges have emerged or are emerging, especially for local communities and ordinary people in whose immediate ecologies these "strategic" resources are exploited? Are there any emerging patterns of grassroots resistance to the "scramble"? How is the scramble shaping, and being shaped by, grassroots struggles and resistance? What is the "state" of scholarly discourse on grassroots dispossession and empowerment in Africa, with particular reference to natural resource exploitation? Development Southern Africa invites papers from scholars, researchers and policy analysts, for a special issue of the journal to be published during the first half of 2008 under the theme: "Africa and the 'new' Resource Scramble: Emerging Contestations and Insights". Papers must address any of the concerns raised above, or questions related thereto. Researchers who have done recent empirical work that can link primary data to broader theoretical and policy discourses and insights are particularly encouraged to send in submissions. Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2007. Please send your submissions to: []. For further enquiries, please contact: Dr. Wilson Akpan, Department of Sociology, University of Fort Hare, East London Campus, 50 Church Street, P.O. Box 7426, East London 5200, South Africa. Tel: +27 43 704 7172 (W); +27 82 462 3608 (M). Fax: +27 86 628 2209. E-mail: See also [].


EDINBURGH, UK (March 28-29, 2007)
The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh invites submissions for a conference entitled "The Power of Water: Landscape, Water and the State in Southern Africa." The conference will focus on three themes in order to explore the interrelationship between practises and discourses of water, landscape and the state in southern Africa. For more information, see (

CONFERENCE ON POPULAR CULTURES IN AFRICA, University of Texas at Austin, USA (March 30-April 1, 2007) The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a three-day conference focusing on the histories, genres, meanings, purposes, and impact of popular cultures in Africa. The aim of the conference is to examine how popular cultures have evolved and contributed to the character of Africa. Participants will be drawn from various countries. Submit proposal that includes a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the authors name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation to Conference Convener, Toyin Falola ( or Conference Coordinator, Tyler Fleming ( For more information, contact Toyin or Tyler.


The theme of the 33rd annual conference of the French Colonial Historical Society will be "Rivers and Colonies," but papers on all aspects of the French experience overseas will be considered. The Society encourages scholars from all disciplines to send proposals. Consult the web site for the individual responsible for proposals relating to Africa. The conference will be held in La Rochelle, France, June 6-10, 2007. See ( for more details.


The Schlager Group is looking for writers to contribute to The Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World. Writing for the Ancient World set will take place under the direction of the editor in chief, Peter Bogucki, with the aid of a board of editorial advisers for separate regions of the world (R. Hunt Davis, Jr., Professor Emeritus of History and African Studies, University of Florida, is the adviser for Africa). The four-volume Ancient World set covers prehistory to the fall of Rome (476 CE), arranged A to Z by 69 headwords, from "adornment" through "writing" and including such topics as art, death and burial practices, education, natural disasters, science, and trade and exchange. Please contact Marcia Merryman Means ( if you have an interest in participating in this project. Be sure to include your rsum and a writing sample. For more information, visit the website at (



The University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center directs a three-year Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu Group Project Abroad (Zulu GPA) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007. The 9th Intensive Advanced Zulu GPA for the summer 2007 will be held in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from June 13 to August 05, and is now accepting applications. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States; and either currently enrolled in graduate studies concentrating on Africa, or undergraduates currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year and focusing on Africa. For more information and application materials go to <>. Applications are due by February 15th.


The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia at Princeton University invites applications for 2007-2008 academic-year research fellowships. Upon approval of a Princeton department and the Dean of the Faculty, fellows teach a one-semester undergraduate seminar, which may be open to graduate students. Fellows pursue independent research and participate in Institute-related activities. Preference will be given to academics with expertise in the area of the Institute's 2007-2008 theme, "The Politics of Contemporary Islam." Limited travel assistance available; salary, title and teaching eligibility will be based on qualifications. Complete information and application instructions available at; further information about applying to Princeton available at Princeton University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Application deadline: March 15, 2007.


The Stanley J Tarver Memorial Scholarship fund was established by the Tarver family in memory of their son, Stanley. The scholarship will be a $1,000 per semester award, for a maximum of $2,000 per academic year. The fund provides a scholarship to a graduate student of African descent, an African American, or a Black person of another nationality who is matriculating toward a Doctorate or a Masters Degree in African History and/or Culture, and who has completed at least one year of graduate study at a college or university in the United States. Applications are available from the Community Foundation of Dutchess County web site at: Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2007.


The David Boren Scholarship competition to fund undergraduate study abroad is now underway, and supports applications from all disciplines with an African geographic focus. All recipients of NSEP awards incur an obligation to work for one year upon graduation for the federal government, normally in the Departments of Defence, Homeland Security, State, or the intelligence community. For more information, visit [].


The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is an independent international research council that is based in Stockholm, Sweden. The mission of IFS is to strengthen the scientific research capacity of developing countries in science fields related to the sustainable management of biological and water resources. Research proposals submitted to IFS should be from biological, chemical, physical, sociocultural or economic science fields, and relevant for the conservation, production or renewable utilization of biological or water resources. IFS awards research grants with a maximum value of USD 12,000 for the purchase of equipment, expendable supplies, fieldwork activities, etc. Researchers are eligible to receive up to three research grants during their career. For more information, visit (

                     COURSES & PROGRAMS


The University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center directs a three-year Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu Group Project Abroad (Zulu GPA) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007. The 9th Intensive Advanced Zulu GPA for the summer 2007 will be held in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from June 13 to August 05, and is now accepting applications. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States; and either currently enrolled in graduate studies concentrating on Africa, or undergraduates currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year and focusing on Africa. For more information and application materials go to <>. Applications are due by February 15th.

FIELD PROGRAMS IN KENYA (Summer 2007) Rutgers University and the National Museums of Kenya will be co-hosting three study abroad programs in Kenya this summer. Courses of study will include Paleoanthropology, "Swahili Culture, History, Language, and Peoples of Coastal Kenya," and "Primatology and Wildlife Conservation in East Africa." For further information on any of these three field programs please contact Rutgers Study Abroad at [] or (732)932-7787.

NALRC AFRICAN LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY PROGRAM (Summer 2007) As interest in African language learning and teaching increases, so does the need to prepare graduate students, teaching assistants who are planning to pursue African language teaching as a profession, and faculty members in the field who need retooling. The National African Language Resource Center Summer 2007 Institute has been designed to help meet this need. It will train fellows in a number of crucial areas central to the effective operation of an African Language Program. Participants will move from a theoretical overview to hands-on practice in teaching the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, and assessing them. The NALRC will cover the program fees (for example, registration fees, administration costs, instruction costs) for all selected applicants. Other expenses, such as transportation, food, lodging, and books will be the responsibility of each participant's African Studies Program. 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 are eligible. African language instructors and scholars may also apply. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to remain at their institution for at least three years after the completion of the summer institute. National African Language Resource Center, 4231 Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706, Tel: (608) 265-7905,

Fax: (608) 265-7904, E-mail:, Web:

The National African Language Resource Center is organizing a workshop that will cover the teaching of grammar from a communicative approach and best practices in materials development. If you would like to attend, send your CV and two letters of recommendation to Adedoyin Adenuga, NALRC, 455 North Park Street, Madison WI, 53706. The NALRC will cover the program costs for attendees, but the cost of lodging and transportation will not be covered. Program attendees are encouraged to ask their departments for support.



The History Department at Wright State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Sub-Saharan African history to begin in the fall 2007. This is a new search. Ph. D. anticipated by September 1, 2007. Research specialization within the field is open, but the successful candidate will offer general education courses in African regional studies and more specialized courses at the upper division and graduate levels. Send letter of application describing both research and teaching interests, c. v., three letters of recommendation, a representative sample of scholarship (article or dissertation chapter) and evidence of teaching experience to Professor Edward F. Haas, Chair, History Department, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2007. Wright State University is EOE.


Pending sufficient course enrollments, the UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center seeks short-term instructors in Yoruba, Zulu and Swahili for the Language Intensives in LA program during Summer Session 2007 (25 June to 17 August). One instructor will teach Introductory Yoruba and one will teach Intermediate Yoruba; Swahili and Zulu will be at the Introductory level. Classes meet 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Job duties will include teaching, lesson planning, writing exams and quizzes, grading student work, arranging for guest speakers, and participating in field trips (some of which may take place outside of class time). Candidates must be available to participate in training sessions both before and during the Summer Session. Employment will be for the Summer Session only. Applicants should have teaching experience and a degree in a relevant discipline. (M.A. or other advanced degree preferred.) Experience with university students in the United States is a plus. Candidates should speak Yoruba, Zulu or Swahili at the Superior proficiency level or beyond, and also have strong English skills. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience and educational level. Deadline: 1 March 2007. Send letter of application, curriculum vita and two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson, African Languages Coordinator UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center, Attn: Summer Sessions Instructor Search, 10244 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310


The American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia, PA is currently re-recruiting for a Quaker International Affairs Representative (QIAR) for Central Africa. The Central Africa QIAR will concentrate on the countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda. The QIAR is expected to serve as a faith-motivated presence for peace, justice and non-violence in the region. This program is linked to grassroots peace initiatives through partnerships with community-based organizations led by Quakers and other faith-based and civil society organizations throughout the region, whose work includes trauma healing, gender-based violence and alternatives to violence programs. The QIAR will build new partnerships, strengthen and support the capacity building of partner organizations and coalitions in advocacy, conflict transformation and reconciliation. Among the other program priority areas, the QIAR will highlight issues related to the development of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, and address concerns related to the management of international assistance during the transition periods between the signing of a peace accord and a firmly established responsible government; the "Responsibility to Protect"; and the relations between peacekeeping missions and local populations. The QIAR will address some of the underlying causes of conflict in Central Africa through policy and advocacy work in the US, Europe and Central Africa. The complete job description is available on the AFSC website:


The University of South Florida, as part of its Interdisciplinary Initiative on Sustainable Community (IISC), invites applications for up to three tenure-earning faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The positions are nine-month positions beginning fall, 2007. Successful candidates will have established a scholarly/research agenda that explores issues of "Sustainable Community" with special emphasis on building social, cultural, and environmental capital in a globalized world. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) population movements; communication, technology, and information issues; cultural diasporas; health, economic, educational, and environmental disparities; ethnicity, gender, aging; cultural heritage and identity; sustainable development; ethics; or security issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may be considering both past and contemporary questions. Although expected to work across disciplines, each candidate will be housed in a Social Science or Humanities department/school in the College of Arts and Sciences: Anthropology, Africana Studies, Aging Studies, Communication, Criminology, English, Geography, Government and International Affairs, History, Humanities & American Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies, World Languages. Minimum qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. completed by the time of appointment; a record of research/scholarship related to Sustainable Community; and eligibility for appointment in a Social Science or Humanities department listed on the USF College of Arts and Sciences Preferred qualifications include a record of interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives especially at the graduate level; experience conducting research that involves community members in a collaborative manner; evidence of teaching effectiveness; and a record of research and scholarly productivity. Applications must be complete and include a cover letter detailing the applicant's qualifications for the position, relevant experience, interest in the position, and contributions the candidate will make to the Interdisciplinary Initiative on Sustainable Community. In addition, the application must include a curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching effectiveness; sample research/scholarly publications; and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. References will not be contacted until the advanced stages of screening; candidates will receive prior notification. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled with the initial review commencing February 26, 2007.


Middlebury College is currently looking for a visiting instructor to teach an introductory Kiswahili language course during our 4-week intensive winter term in January 2008. Candidates should have advanced training in language instruction and solid teaching experience in Kiswahili. Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by e-mail to or by regular mail to Jacob Tropp, History Department, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.


The History department of DCCC is seeking to fill a tenure track World History position for the 2007-2008 school year. Scholars concentrating on any historical period, past or present, and three or more geographical areas including the Americas, the Middle East and/or Africa are highly desirable. The job requires candidates to have a Masters degree in History, (Ph.D. preferred) and the equivalent of three years of full time college teaching experience and a commitment to teaching in a multiracial, multiethnic environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. An ability to integrate new technologies into the curriculum and a willingness to develop distance learning courses is key to becoming a successful candidate.


The Department of African Languages and Ethiopian Studies at the Asia-Africa-Institute of the University of Hamburg invites applications for an instructor to teach Swahili courses at all levels and willing to participate in a full range of Swahili language programme activities such as the development and implementation of Swahili courses within the framework of the new B.A. and M.A. curricula. The teaching load will be 16 academic hours per week during the semester. The teaching obligations of teachers for particular courses (here: language courses) are found in section 10, paragraphs 1 and 5 of the Hamburg regulations concerning university teachers. The successful candidate should have a university degree in Swahili language or linguistics and a record of at least three years of teaching Swahili as a foreign language. Native or near-native command of Swahili is required. Experience with Swahili language teaching materials development is preferred. The successful candidate will also be willing to regularly update her/his didactic training. While high proficiency in both Swahili and English is a prerequisite, a working knowledge of German is expected to be acquired in at most two years' time. For more information, contact <>.

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TRANSCEND PEACE UNIVERSITY (TPU): This is the largest on-line peace and development university launched in 2003. TPU has been developed by TRANSCEND, a Peace and Development Network for Peace by Peaceful Means and provides the on-line form of Transcends global training programs. For more information, contact Cristina Barsony ( or visit


A bi-monthly webzine of NCLRC, providing practical teaching strategies, share insight from research, and announce professional development opportunities for elementary, secondary and post-secondary foreign language educators. The newsletters and archives can be viewed at the following website


Volunteer in Africa is an organization dedicated to disseminating information on volunteer programs in Africa. They organize a wide range of volunteering, internship and cultural exchange in Ghana. For more information, visit


African Colours, online since July 2000, is a portal for Contemporary Art, as well as a dynamic force to link artists from different parts of the world so that they can share their ideas and culture and achieve a common goal. To make a contribution, you can send your news and editorials to For more information, visit


This site has a collection of tips, samples, and links to help students. The IIS site also includes funding opportunities for Africans and Foreign Nationals. For more information, visit


AJOL is being re-launched on its own website. It provides free access to tables of contents and abstracts for over 175 journals published on the continent, and also provides a number of additional facilities. AJOL offers a document delivery service, and full (improved) searching and browsing facilities, as well as a new Email alert function. The service remains free to both users and participating journals (with charges only for document delivery requests from outside developing countries). For more information, visit


This searchable collection contains about 1,100 images, including many historical drawings and maps on Africa. For more information, visit


The program theme is: The Social Sciences and HIV/AIDS, A Political Economy of Patient Welfare and Rights. The initiative is being undertaken as part of a broader project of interventions which will involve the fostering of a networked community of African researchers with the required competence and interest in the field of health studies. Within this framework, it is envisaged that a range of research, training and dissemination activities will be carried out and several policy dialogues organized. The research and policy dialogue components of the program will be spread over the period 2003 to 2005. For more information, visit


Current funding opportunities relevant to researchers and research institutes working on development issues in low and middle income countries are available through the Global Development Network. For more information, visit , HEALTH AND DISEASES IN AFRICA: A COMPREHENSIVE ON-LINE RESOURCE ON HEALTH IN AFRICA
The objective of this on-line resource is to provide researchers, students, and the general public with resources that are integral to understanding health concerns in Africa. This is accomplished by harvesting information from existing websites and information providers. Links to and information on a wide array of health-related initiatives, facilities, and opportunities on Africa are provided. To access this on-line resource, visit For more information, contact Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar (


This site contains valuable content for scholars, activists, and media. Content includes bibliographies on rights, profiles and contact details for rights organizations in a range of countries, training materials, rights databases, and profiles of scholars and experts in various fields relating to Islam and human rights. All of this content is searchable through a Google-powered search engine. For more information, visit,
The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University is hosting a four month-long online forums beginning November 2005 on its website "Women in World History" ( The forum will give world history teachers the chance to talk about ways to teach issues surrounding women and gender in African history. For more information, contact or visit


Also announcements for jobs in Africa are posted on this resource. For more information, visit

SMITHSONIAN GLOBAL SOUND, Smithsonian Global Sound offers digital downloads of music and sound from Africa and around the world. The site has a wealth of educational content and downloads are accompanied by extensive liner notes. Our goal is to encourage local musicians and traditions around the planet through international recognition, the payment of royalties, and support for regional archives. For more information, visit

The USAID HIV/AIDS E-Newsletter provides monthly updates on USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS and partner activities to prevent and mitigate HIV/AIDS across the developing world. The newsletter reflects activities exclusively to USAID and its implementing partners. For more information, visit


The Communication Initiative has introduced its revamped database of global media coverage on human rights issues. This feature is part of the Communication Initiative's Human Rights Window. It allows for a one-stop search related to media coverage for each individual article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Articles from over 200 developing country newspapers and 10 leading global newspapers are featured in the database. For more information, visit


The Journal of Pan African Studies will be published on-line four times a year (March, June, September and December) by Amen-Ra Theological Seminary Press in association with the California Institute of Pan African Studies. The journal seeks to sustain an interdisciplinary scholarly discussion on the full dynamics of the African world community experience. The journal is accepting articles for its first peer reviewed open access on-line edition in March 2006. The deadline for the March 2006 issue is February 11, 2006. For more information, contact Itibari M. Zulu (


South African History Online (SAHO) is a non-partisan people's history project. It was established in 1999 as a not-for-profit organization, to promote research; to popularize South African history and to address the biased way in which the history and cultural heritage of Black South Africans has been represented in our educational and heritage institutions. Includes lesson plans and other classroom material.



An international scholarly online discussion list on African culture and the African past. H-Africa encourages discussions of research interests, teaching methods, and historiography. H-Africa is especially interested in the teaching of history to graduate and undergraduate students in diverse settings. In addition, H-Africa publishes course materials, announcements of conferences and fellowships, book reviews, and the H-Net jobguide. H-Africa is also non-partisan and will not publish calls for political action. Visit [] for more information.

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