JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (03/10/03)

JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (03/10/03)

Issue No.5, Spring 2003
March 10, 2003



March 21, 2003
African Culture Day
Time: 5:30PM-8:00PM
Place: Hamilton College House (HRN) Rooftop Lounge

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: Houston Hall, Griski Room

March 21, 2003
Outreach Event
"Doing Business in Africa
Time: 8:30AM-1:30PM
Place: Houston Hall, Golkin Room

March 25, 2003
Africa Health Group
"Therapeutic Pluralism: Implications for Medical Practice in Eastern and Central Africa"
Steve Feierman
University of Pennsylvania, Department of History and Sociology of Science Time: 4:30 PM
Place: TBA

March 27, 2003
African Studies Center Sponsored Event
"African Union and the Way Forward"
Professor George Ayittey
American University
Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM
Place: Stiteler B26

March 28, 2003
Spring Lecture Series
îThe UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Whither (or Wither) Africa in the Post-Kyoto World?î
Richard Hosier
United Nations Development Program
Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM
Place: Irvine G-16

April 3, 2003
Penn Inter-Areal Spring Lecture Series
Middle East Center, South Asian Regional Studies Center, South East Asian Studies Center and the African Studies Center "African Martial Arts? The Origin and Spread of an Angolan Foot-Fighting Tradition"
Thomas Desch-Obi
Time: 12:00PM
Place: TBA

April 4, 2003
Outreach Event
K-12 Teachers Workshop: "Islam in West Africa" Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM
Place: Rainy Auditorium, University Museum

April 4, 2003
Spring Lecture Series
ìHanding Over a Government Top-Down Project to Local Communites: The Case of the Blantyre City Fuelwood Project in Southern Malawiî Ezekiel Kalipeni
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM
Place: Irvine G-16

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


Liberian Studies Association 35th Annual Meeting March 27 - 29, 2003
Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deadlines for Abstracts: March 15, 2003 Panels already being scheduled will include papers dealing with the Liberian novel, history, politics, and media. Abstracts for additional proposed papers, panels, and working groups will be considered through March 15. There will be a report on the Indiana archiving project, and one or more films concerning Liberia.

Besides papers on the normally wide range of topics, it is proposed that the first breakout session on Saturday morning will be allotted to discussion and formal organizing of more or less permanent or at least long-term working groups. 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, along with academic papers. Some of the areas where such working groups might be productive include Liberiaís Arts (including music); Health; the Natural Environment; De- militarization, Rehabilitation, and Re-education of participants and victims of Liberiaís conflicts; Repatriation (of human and financial capital); Expatriate Affairs (including legal concerns); Education; Liberiaís Media; Preservation and Diffusion of Liberiaís 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.

Registration prior to March 21: $30.00 Registration on March 21-26: $40.00 Registration on/after March 27: $45.00 Registration with valid student ID: $25.00

For further information, contact:
Dr. Gordon C. Thomasson
P.O. Box 1017, Broome Community
College (SUNY), Binghamton, NY 13902
Telephone: (607)778-5097.

New York African Studies Association
Teacher Training Workshop on Africa
27th Annual Conference
April 4, 2003
Ithaca, New York

The New York African Studies Association has organized a Teacher Training Workshop on Africa to be held during its 27th Annual Conference in Ithaca, New York. The workshop for K through 12 teachers, administrators and staff will focus on the continuing challenges of overcoming the all too frequent negative images and stereotypes about Africa and to reflect on Africaís past and current difficulties and achievements in a more balanced and informed ways. The workshop participants will also examine the more complex issues facing Africa as a result of the globalization of economics, politics, social dynamics, health issues and technology.

Leading African scholars have been invited to present and lead the workshops in discussing issues such as
*Teaching about Africa
*African Centered Education Theories
*Africana Teaching Methodologies
*Africana Global Curriculum Content
*Africana Curriculum Development
*Africana Teaching Materials
*Resources for Teachers Continuing Education *Teacher Networking

All educators are encouraged to attend. Workshop sessions are scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2003 from 8:30AM to 4:00PM. Breakfast will be offered at 7:30AM and a reception will follow the workshop at 5:00PM at the Africana Studies and Reaserch Center, 310 Triphammer Road, Ithaca, New York.

The registration fee is $50. Please send your name, title/ position, institution/ affiliation, email address, business address and phone number to

Mwalimu Abdul Nanji
Africana Studies & Research Center
Cornell University
310 Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel: 607-255-0537 or 607-255-4625
Fax: 607-255-0784

4th Annual Conference of the Middle States African Studies Association
"Legacy of Empire: War, Famine and Poverty in Africa and the Diaspora."
West Virginia State College
May 1-3, 2003

Deadline for Abstracts: March 14, 2003
Middle States African Studies Association <> CFP West Virginia State College will host the 4th Annual Conference of the Middle States African Studies Association entitled, "Legacy of Empire: War, Famine and Poverty in Africa and the Diaspora." The conference will be held May 1-3, 2003.

Abstracts for papers, and panel proposals of 200 words will be accepted until March 14, 2003 from all disciplines, however, priority will be given to the following: Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Historical Legacy; Racialism, Ethnicity, Religion; Traditional Literature and Restoration; Diaspora Studies and Pan-Africanism; Africa, Caribbean, Latin American International Relationships; Linguistic Transformation; Environmentalism; Militarism and Foreign Policy; and Cold War Politics and Independence. Abstracts may be submitted by mail to:
Dr. Stuart McGehee
Department of History
307 Hill Hall
West Virginia State College
Institute, WV 25112-1000

Womenís Songs from West Africa
Princeton University
May 2-4, 2003

Women's Songs from West Africa is the theme of a 3-day conference that will be held May 2-4 at Princeton University. Sponsored by Princeton in cooperation with Penn State, the conference is one of the outcomes of a three-year research project co-directed by Hale and Sidikou-Morton that involves a team of 20 researchers. Researchers working on any aspect of women's songs mainly in the Sahel region that stretches from Senegal eastward to Niger are invited to participate. The conference will feature a concert by women singers Saturday, May 3.

For information, contact Thomas Hale at and Aissata Sidikou-Morton at

For registration, housing, transportation, etc., contact Tara Zarillo, Assistant Director, Center for Visitors and Conference Services ( at 609-258-6117.

A program will be posted on the web site of the French & Italian Dept. at Princeton ( by early April.

Listed below are participating team members.

Robert Baum/ Iowa State/ Senegal/ Diola
Louise Bourgault/ Northern Michigan/ Mali/ Bamana Ariane Deluz/ Lab. d'Anthropologie Social-Paris/ Cote d'Ivoire/ Gouro Bah Diakit/ Institut des Sciences Humaines-Bamako/ Mali/ Bamana Marame Gueye/ SUNY-Binghampton/ Senegal/ Wolof Thomas Hale/ Penn State/Niger/ Songhay
Jan Jansen/ U. of Leiden/ Mali/ Bamana (will be sending paper but not attending)
Marloes Janson/ U. of Leiden/ Gambia/ Mandinka George Joseph/ Hobart & William Smith/ Senegal/ Wolof Charles Katty/ PROMETRA/ Senegal/ Serere Kirsten Langeveld/ U. of Leiden/ Senegal/ Diola Beverly Mack/ Kansas/ Nigeria/ Hausa
Fatima Mounkaila/ U. of Niamey/ Niger/ Zarma-Songhay Nienke Muurling/ U. of Amsterdam/ Mali/ Bamana Boub Namaiwa/ U. of Dakar/ Niger/ Hausa
Aissata Niandou/ U. of Niamey/ Niger/ Songhay-Zarma Luciana Penna/ EHESS-Paris/ Senegal/ Wolof Susan Rasmussen/ U. of Houston/ Niger/ Tuareg Aissata Sidikou-Morton/ Princeton/ Niger/ Songhay-Zarma, Hausa Aline Tauzin/ U. of Picardie-CNRS/ Mauritania/ Moor

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.

PO Box 1600
Port Elizabeth 6000
South Africa
Tel: 27 41 504 2185
Fax: 27 41 504 7425

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

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:

22nd Annual Meeting of Sudan Studies Association "Crossing Borders: Sudan in Regional Contexts" 3rd International Conference of SSA, SSUK and IAAS July 31- August 2, 2003
Georgetown University Washington, DC

Deadline for Abstracts: May 1, 2003
The fact that Sudan shares borders with nine countries (Chad, Libya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zaire and Central African Republic) has allowed for the movement of people across the borders, and it has influenced cross-border cultural and political interaction. The nature of such relationships influences both the border zones and the country at large, particularly when wars and crises over natural resources occur along political boundaries. In addition, relationships between Sudan and its neighbors are not merely limited to border areas, but such influences could transcend borders such as in political, social, and economic trends.

The Sudan Studies Association (SSA) seeks proposals that address various issues (past and present) related to the relationships between Sudan and it's immediate neighbors, pertaining, for example, to issues in history, politics, culture, belief systems, literature, and relevant fields. SSA welcomes proposals not only from Sudan specialists, but from experts on neighboring countries as well.

The Sudan Studies Association has been organizing annual conferences of academics, policymakers, Sudanese citizens and other interested persons for over 20 years. Many previous conference proceedings have been published, with assistance from the Association and generous donors such as the Tannenbaum Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Small stipends are available for assistance to graduate students for travel. Abstracts of proposed papers (150-200 words) should receive the Conference Organizer on or before May 1, 2003. A preliminary program will be announced on May 15, 2003. 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. For more information, please visit the Sudanese Studies Association website at

All abstracts for papers and panels should be sent and received by May 1, 2003 to:
Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar
African Studies Center
University of Pennsylvania
650 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA, 19149,USA.
Tel: 215-898-6610
Fax: 215-573-7379

Russian Academy of Sciences
Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies Institute for African Studies
3rd International Conference
ìHierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizationsî June 18-21 2004
Moscow, Russia

Deadline for Abstracts: December 1, 2003 Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies in cooperation with the Institute for African Studies (both under the Russian Academy of Sciences) is organizing in Moscow on June 18-21 2004 the Third International Conference "Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations.î For more information about the first two Conferences (Announcements, Programs, electronic versions of the Books of Abstracts and journal reviews) please visit the Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies Internet site at the address . At this site one may also get acquainted with the history and activities of the Center. The address of the Institute for African Studies? Internet site is

The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee has considered all the panel proposals received by it. The descriptions of the accepted proposals please find below. The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in English or both English and Russian) is November 1, 2003. Paper proposals should be sent not to the Organizing Committee but directly to the respective panel convenors who are to inform the applicant about his application's fortune by December 1, 2003. The information to be submitted alongside with the paper abstract includes full name, title, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, and fax #.

However, in the case you feel your paper does not fit any particular panel but corresponds to the Conference general problematique, you may submit your proposal to the Organizing Committee by the same date (November 1, 2003) and it will be considered for scheduling for the Free Communication Panel.

All the general inquiries should be sent to Organizing Committee
Prof. Dmitri M. Bondarenko,
Dr. Igor L. Alexeev
Mr. Oleg I. Kavykin
Fax: (+ 7 095 202 0786)
Tel: + 7 095 291 4119
Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies Russian Academy of Sciences
30/1 Spiridonovka St.
123001 Moscow, Russia

PANELS ACCEPTED FOR THE CONFERENCE (In the alphabetical order of titles):

*Alternativity in Cultural History: Heterarchy and Homoarchy as Evolutionary Trajectories
*Art, Struggle, Survival and Change
*Civil Society, Civil Education and Cultural Identity in the Time of Globalization
*Comparing the State in Africa: The Drama of Modern Development *Divine Politics and Theocracy: Religion as a Power Mechanism in the Greco-Roman World
*Ethnic Model of Power Legitimation in the Political Practice of Contemporary Multiethnic States and Quasi-States *From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Transformation of Political Structures and Social Institutions** A la demande de l'organisateur de la section vous pouver faire votre contribution non seulement en anglais ou en russe, mais aussi en francais. Pour obtenir l'information sur la section en langue francaise contactez, s'il vous pl#it, avec son organisateur. *Hierarchy and Power in Dates of Archaeology *Hierarchy and Power in Science: An Oxymoron? *Hierarchy and Power in the Postcolonial World *Hierarchy, Power, and Ritual in Pre-Columbian America *Ideology and Legitimation of Power in Ancient and Medieval Societies *Legitimation of Public Authorities in the Politically Transient Societies of Eastern Europe
*Markets and Hierarchies in the History of Civilizations *Models of Government in the Late Classical and Hellenistic World *Money, Currency and Power, with focus on Africa A la demande de l'organisateur de la section vous pouver faire votre presentation pas seulement en anglais ou en russe, mais et en fran/ais. Pour recevoir l'information en fran/ais sur la section contactez, s'il vous pl#it, avec son organisateur.
*New Crises and New Wars in the Periphery: The Role of the Global Movement of Ideas and Capital
*Patterns of Hierarchy and Power in Southeast Asia *Power as "Great Mystery"
*Propaganda, Protest and Violence: Revolutions in the East and the West *Religion and Ethnicity between Legitimation and Dissent in the Premodern Muslim World
*Studying Political Centralization Cycles as a Dynamical Process *The Order of Things: Material Culture, Practice and Social Status *Role of the Evolutionary Theory in the Political History of the 20th Century


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

West African Research Association
Summer Institute for College and University Faculty Contemporary Islam in West Africa: Senegal in Perspective Dakar, Senegal
June 15-29, 2003

As a contribution to the urgent need to increase American understanding of the Muslim world, the West African Research Association is offering this intensive two-week summer institute for college and university faculty. The institute will be based at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and its focus will be on this important West African Muslim country noted for its stability, social harmony, and working democracy. The institute is intended for faculty who wish to enhance and
develop either teaching or research related to the issue of Islam in Africa. To the extent possible, the Institute director and the staff of WARC will help participants pursue individual interests in making research contacts or developing teaching materials.

In order to provide as broad a perspective as possible on the various facets of contemporary Islam in Senegal, participants will be offered a series of lectures, seminars and discussion sessions at WARC, with both Senegalese academics and with various religious leaders and activists. They will also travel to religious sites and to "ordinary" non-urban centers outside of Dakar to examine the practice of Islam in everyday Senegalese life. An initial three days of lectures in Dakar is planned, followed by a trip to the holy city of Touba (center of the Mouride Sufi order) and to the historical city of St. Louis. Week Two will include
further seminars and talks in Dakar, as well as a two day trip to other sites, including a non-urban setting. We will conclude with a day in a pleasant beach resort in Sali-Portudal.

The cost per participant is $2,500. This fee will include the full cost of the seminar sessions at WARC (all lectures and seminars); fourteen days of single- occupancy hotel accommodations; all local transportation costs; breakfasts, lunches, and approximately one half of the evening meals; and all local and in- country transportation. Participants will be responsible for their own airfare to and from Dakar; bar, telephone and other incidental hotel expenses; and occasional evening meals.

Participation in the seminar will be limited to 12. For more information or an application form please contact WARA at A $500 deposit is required to reserve a space upon notification of acceptance to the institute. This deposit will be non-refundable after 15 April 2003. The balance of $2,000 must be paid before the start of the institute. A detailed program will be sent to all participants in early May. If you have any questions, please contact Leonardo A.
VillalÛn, director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida and current President of the West African Research Association. Leonardo A. VillalÛn
Director, Center for African Studies
The University of Florida
427 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115560
Gainesville, FL 32611-5560
Tel: 352-392-2187
Fax: 352-392-2435

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

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.

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship

Deadline for Applications: April 18, 2003 The Community Foundation of Dutchess County, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is pleased to offer the Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship. The Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Tarver family in memory of their son, Stanley. This fund provides a scholarship to a graduate student of African descent or an African American 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. The Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship will be a $1,000 per semester award, for a maximum award of $2,000 per academic year.

To apply, please contact
Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Dutchess County 80 Washington Street, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel: 845-452-3077
Fax: 845-452-3083

Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in African Studies Centre for African Studies
University of Cambridge
ìResource Rights, Gender and Developmentî October 2004

Deadline for Applications: October 1, 2003 The Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University, with the generous assistance of the Ford Foundation, Isaac Newton Trust and Smuts Memorial Fund, is pleased to announce a Visiting Research Fellowships Scheme to be held at the University of Cambridge on the theme 'Resource rights, gender and development'. Applications are invited for five Visiting Research Fellowships to take effect from October 2004, one of which will be entitled 'Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in African Studies'. The maximum duration of a Fellowship is six months and is non-renewable. Subsequent Fellowships will be announced to take effect from October of each year. Applications are invited from all disciplines and are open to scholars and others in academia, research institutes, NGOs, museums and libraries. Preference will be given to candidates with a distinguished research profile who are permanent residents in Africa and who have active research interests in the area or areas advertised for the Fellowships Theme (October 2004) : Resource rights, gender and development.

The livelihoods of many people in Africa depend upon rights to natural resources such as water, land and forest products. On the ground the rights are complex: some are given by formal government policy and reforms; some are determined by customary tenure; others are given by a combination of these. All, in practice, are highly gendered: under customary tenure regimes women tend to have only secondary rights to resources, and the extent to which women benefit from natural resource rights policy reforms may be limited.

The Centre of African Studies invites applicants for its Research Fellowships from men and women who propose research which examines the gendered dimension of access to resources, the importance of this for livelihoods, and the constraints and opportunities of intervening in tenure regimes of different kinds. Proposals that explore dimensions of this theme, in a rural or urban context in Africa, are encouraged. The closing date for completed applications is 1 October 2003 and applications received after this date will be declined.

For further information on this fellowship and future fellowship themes see


Penn In Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
July 7-August 8, 2003
Penn-in-Dar es Salaam is a five-week program that will provide students with an opportunity to study at the University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam is a coastal city on the Indian Ocean. Frequent boat services to the spice islands of Zanzibar are available. The historic town of Bagamoyo, Tanzania's game reserves and snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa are a few among the many attractions in the country and are easily accessible from Dar es Salaam via, bus, train, automobile or plane.

The program will offer students a menu of courses covering topics on Tanzania and other East African countries. Participants in the Penn-in-Dar es Salaam program will experience Tanzania's new multi-party democratic system and liberalized market economy. They will stay with Tanzanian host families to experience the country's diverse languages and cultures. Students will register for AFST 494: Swahili Language and Culture and will choose an additional course either AFST 275: Government, Politics, and Development in Tanzania and Other East African Countries or AFST 276: Social Structure of Tanzania Societies. Weekly field trips will be organized for each course within and around Dar es Salaam. For more
information and course descriptions, please visit

For academic and program information, contact: Dr. Paul Kaiser
African Studies Center
Tel: 215-898-6449

Penn Summer Abroad
College of General Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: 215-746-6900

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) Ohio University
June 23-August 8, 2003

From June 23rd through August 8th, Ohio University in Athens will host the national Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI). This intensive 7-week institute will provide the equivalent of 1-year of African language instruction with exposure to the culture and traditions associated with the chosen language. SCALI is funded by the US Department of Education and offered collaboratively by the Title VI National Resource Centers for African Language and Area Studies. These include:Indiana University, African Studies Program Michigan State University, African Studies Center Stanford University, Center for African Studies University of California, Berkely, Center for African Studies University of California, Los Angeles, African Studies Center University of Florida, Center for African Studies University of Illinois, Center for African Studies University of Kansas, African Studies Resources Center University of Pennsylvania, African Studies Consortium University of Wisconsin, African Studies Program Yale University, Council on African Studies

For more information, please visit or contact: Catherine Cutcher
Assistant Director
African Studies Program
Ohio University
Center for International Studies
RTEC 307 D
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: (740) 597-1511
Fax: (740) 593-1837

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
Tel: +27-31-260-2677
Fax: +27-31-260-2136

Swahili Summer Study Abroad with Yale University Mombasa, Kenya
June 2-July 25, 2003

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2003 Yale Summer Programs and the Yale University Council on African Studies in conjunction with the Fort Jesus Museum of Mombasa will offer an 8 week intermediate intensive Kiswahili course in Mombasa. The instructor witll be Ann Biersteker of Yale University, author of Masomo ya Kiasa. The Course is designed to refine the studentís speaking, listening and reading skills. The program prepares the student for further work in literary, language and cultural studies as well as for functional use of Kiswahili. The course is not designed for beginners; prerequisites include documentation of previous study of Kiswahili, after African Studies 200. For additional information, visit the wesite or contact Ann Biersteker
African Studies Council on African Studies 34 Hillhouse Avenue
PO Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520
Tel: 203-332-9902

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


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.

Grinnell College: Assistant Professor

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2003 The Department of Political Science at Grinnell College seeks applicants for a one-year leave replacement beginning in the fall of 2003. Candidates should have teaching and research interests in the sub-fields of comparative politics. We seek applicants with a regional specialization and field research experience in developing areas (Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East). Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) strongly preferred, but ABD (Instructor) will be considered. Teaching responsibilities will include five courses (2/3). In addition to teaching three courses in his/her area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach two sections of an introductory course in political science.

Send a letter of application, vitae, teaching evaluations and syllabi (if available) and three letters of recommendation to Barbara Trish Department of Political Science
Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa 50112-1690

In their letter of application, candidates should discuss their interest in teaching in an undergraduate, liberal-arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and values critical thinking and diversity. Inquiries about the application process should be directed to Karen Groves
Tel: 641-269-3173

To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 31, 2003. Grinnell College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, or disability.

Ithaca College: Tenure Track Assistant Professor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Tenure-eligible, Assistant Professor position available August 2003 in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College. Applicants must be able to teach courses on the social forms of slavery; classics in Africana, New World, African American intellectual thought, and 20th Century African American social and political movements. Persons involved in interdisciplinary comparative teaching and research are encouraged to apply. PhD preferred; ABD will be considered. Applicants must be committed toward working in a diverse Center that encourages active exchange and dialogue in teaching, research, community outreach and development, multicultural curricular development and education.

Please apply on-line at, click on the position of choice to select the appropriate contact form and attach vita/resume and letter of interest. Questions may be directed to Brian Martinson
Office of Human Resources
Tel: 607-274-1207.

Ithaca College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups (including people of color, persons with disabilities, Vietnam veterans and women) are encouraged to apply.

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 postgraduate 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 values 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)-573-8130

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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