JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (03/17/2008)


Issue No. 12, Spring 2008
March 17, 2008

Dear JUA Readers,

Here is the twelfth issue of JUA for 2007-2008. You can also find a copy of this and previous archived issues on our website: As in the past, we are currently publishing a new issue every other Monday.

Remember that you can always send your submissions to For the next issue, kindly send announcements by no later than Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

With best wishes,
Cedric Tolliver
JUA Editor






AFRICAN SCHOLAR FOR THE DAY: DAVID COPLAN On Friday, March 28th, from 10:00AM to 5:30PM in the Arch Crest Room, 3601 Locust Walk, the African Studies Center, in partnership with the Penn Music Department, will host our annual African Scholar for a Day event. The visiting scholar will be David Coplan, a seasoned and well-known ethnomusicologist whose impact on the field of African music studies has been very significant. The music department has organized two interdisciplinary panels for that day around Coplan's work. One will concern border crossings, and the other film and ethnography, in conjunction with a screening of his film. For more information, please visit: AFRICAN CULTURAL DAY
On Friday, March 28th from 5:30PM 8:30PM at the University of Pennsylvania, W.E.B. Du Bois College House, 3900 Walnut Street (215-898-5253), African language students from the University of Pennsylvania and consortium schools (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges) will perform skits, read poetry, dance and singall in African languages. This event is free and open to the public; African food will be served to all attendees. For more information, visit
On Wednesday, March 26th from 5:00-7:00PM in Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th St., Rm 639, the African Studies will hold its fifth and final workshop of the semester. This workshop will take a closer look at ethnomusicologythe study of music of different cultures. Workshops are FREE and open to the public. Participants will receive Act 48 credit for attendance. William Hall is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce. If interested please contact Anastasia Shown, Assistant Director, 215-898-6449.
CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND NATIONAL IDENTITIES On April 10-11, 2008, in 209 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, a conference entitled, Christian Missions and National Identities: Comparative Studies of Cultural 'Conversions' in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, will be held. This two-day conference will provide a forum for the comparative study of Christian missions within colonial and postcolonial societies in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and South Asia. The conference is organized by Heather J. Sharkey, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, For more information, contact the Middle East Center at 215-898-6335. ARTS CENTER AND THE AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER PRESENT: "AFRICAN ROOTS." Continuing its long, community-connected tradition of presenting some of the very best programming reflecting African cultures, Penn Presents features three very special concerts, featuring hot, highly acclaimed, young artists of phenomenal talent and extraordinary audience appeal. No matter what your age or experience may be with African music and ethnic traditions, these shows will to open new worlds to you and leave you smiling. The events are: Spirit of Uganda, Thursday, April 3 at 7:30pm; Angélique Kidjo, Sunday, April 6 at 7:00pm; Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective, Friday, May 2 at 8pm. Save up to 50% with discount tickets through the African Studies Center. Tickets available now at the African Studies Center Williams Hall 639. Cash or Check. Check made payable to The Annenberg Center. For more information, visit ONE BOOK, ONE PHILADELPHIA
The Penn African Studies Center is a community partner for One Book, One Philadelphia which is a joint project of the Mayor's Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The mission of the program is to promote community building throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The 2008 One Book program runs from January 8 through March 20, 2008. Dave Eggers' What Is the What is the featured selection for 2008. What Is the What is an epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children (the so-called Lost Boys of Sudan), was forced to leave his village at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot—pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals—crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom, eventually settling in the United States. For a list of all events visit: ONE BOOK UPCOMING EVENTS:
Closing Event with Dave Eggers and Mary Williams On Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 7:00PM, the Central Library will host featured authors Dave Eggers and Mary Williams, who will discuss their respective relationships with Valentino Achak Deng and the development of What Is the What. Williams played an important role in Valentino Achak Deng's transition to life in the United States, and introduced him to Dave Eggers. In addition to speaking about What Is the What, the two will also provide an overview of Valentino's current work in Sudan. ISHMAEL BEAH: A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A CHILD SOLDIER On Wednesday, March 26, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in 200 College Hall, the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics, in cooperation with the International Relations Program, is proud to announce that ISHMAEL BEAH -- former child soldier & human rights activist -- will be delivering a major address at Penn. Mr. Beah's book "A Long Way Gone" is an award-winning bestseller. The book has been featured not only on CNN and C-Span, but also at Starbucks, in the Oprah Winfrey book club, and even on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show." (More details on Mr. Beah's background are noted below.) General seating will be on a first-come, first serve basis.


The office of Global Health Programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is hosting our 2nd Annual Global Health Career Day on Saturday, March 29 and you are invited to attend. Please forward this invitation, along with the attached flier, to all students and colleagues who might be interested. Online registration for this free event is required: For information on other global health events, visit the Global Health Programs Calendar accessible on the news page of our website:



On Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Logan Hall, University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative would like to invite you to a unique and free conference & workshop: Lessons Learned: Experiences in Water Supply & Sanitation in Developing Countries. This conference is FREE, but registration before March 27 is required. Presented with the assistance of the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science, The Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at Wharton/Penn, Pennoni Associates, and the Philadelphia Water Dept. For more information, please visit


On Thursday, March 27th at 8:00 p.m. the Free Library of Philadelphia will host Chinua Achebe in celebration of his groundbreaking 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, one of the most frequently read books in the world. Written in response to negative portrayals of African culture in much of Western literature, Things Fall Apart is an unsentimental portrait of colonization's devastating effect on the Ibo people of Nigeria. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Author Lorene Cary (Black Ice, The Price of a Child) will interview Mr. Achebe. $14 General Admission, $7 Students.


On March 27-29, 2008, Rutgers University's Department of History, Cornell University's Africana Studies and Research Center, Columbia University's Department of History and Ohio State University's Department of History present a workshop entitled, "Re-evaluating Africa and World War II." This workshop seeks to explore the social, cultural, political and economic impact of World War II on the continent. In addition, the workshop will explore the possibility of launching a major publication project that would result in the production of a text and supporting materials (web site, CD-ROMS, images, primary documents) that can be used in advanced undergraduate classes on Africa, the African diaspora, and more general classes on World War II. A "Film Festival on Africans in the War" is also included in the programming: "Days of Glory - Indigènes" will be shown on Thursday, March 27 in Alexander Library at 8pm and "761st Tank Battalion" will be shown on Friday, March 28 in Milledoler Hall 100. For more information contact Carolyn Brown:



On Tuesday, April 8, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program will host a discussion of two new books on the Cold War in Africa by Elizabeth Schmidt and Gregory Mann. Drs. Mann and Schmidt, both historians specializing in the history of Africa in the 20th Century, will comment on one another's work. Elizabeth Schmidt is professor of history at Loyola College in Maryland and author of Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946-1958. Gregory Mann is assistant professor of history at Columbia University, and author of Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the Twentieth Century. The event will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-3027.


On Wednesday, April 9, from 4pm – 6pm in Maryland Hall 109, Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Africana Studies will host a lecture by Scott Straus, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Professor Straus teaches classes on genocide, violence, human rights, and African politics. His book on the Rwandan genocide, The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2006), won the 2006 Award for Excellence in Political Science and Government from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.


Southern Ghana is home to sub-Saharan Africa's most dynamic and enduring glass bead-making tradition. "Glass Beads of Ghana" is the first museum exhibition to look closely at this distinctive yet often over-looked art form that attests to the creativity and ingenuity of Africa's artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on the contemporary creation and use of glass beads in southern Ghana, with an emphasis on recent innovations. The exhibition also includes a recreation of a Ghanaian market stall, complete with touchable examples of these colorful beads. The majority of works in the exhibition are from The Newark Museum's own extensive collection, one of the few such collections in the world. Associated with the exhibit are Thursday Evening Lectures at The Newark Museum and include: February 28, 2008: "Memory, Material Culture and the African Diaspora" by Abena Busia, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Women Writing Africa Project, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; and March 20, 2008: "The Power of Touch: Women's Waist Beads of Ghana" by Suzanne Gott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Aboriginal and Visual Arts, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada. All lectures take place in the Museum's auditorium from 7-8 p.m. and are preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required. Please call 973-596-6613. Visit for directions and additional information.
AFRICAN ASCENT: CLIMBING TOWARDS POSSIBILITY IN THE HORN OF AFRICA On Thursday April 17, 2008 the World Affairs Council Young Professionals International Network in partnership with the Pacific Science Center's young professional group, "Science with a Twist," will host Majka Burhardt, author of "Vertical Ethiopia," the story of how four women traveled to northern Ethiopia to climb virgin sandstone towers in the Horn of Africa. Please pre-register by calling the Pacific Science Center at (206) 443-3611. The event will be held at the Pacific Science Center - Eames Theater, 200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109.



MARCH 27-29, 2008.

The theme for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA is "Passages." For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site –
The mass media have been the bedrock of development initiatives in Africa, ranging from local and national developmental strategies to regional and (cross) continental initiatives like the New Partnership for Development of Africa (NEPAD). These development strategies and goals have been set on a pedestal by various media and communication channels in Africa. The imperative is to interrogate these efforts in a bid to identify opportunities and problems and help support the development process. The conference will explore the role played by different media at various levels. It also seeks to place the African development agenda within the context of UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by debating the role of the media in development. What role have the following organizations played in African Development: USAID, Save the Children, Oxfam, DANIDA, SIDA, CIDA, NORAD, DfiD Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Ford Foundation, NIZA, Article 19, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Kellogg Foundation? How have they engaged the media? What part has been played by states and local communities in African development? Are the mass media necessary? Are the new media providing new answers? 1ST INTERNATIONALCONFERENCE ON AFRICAN CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT, KUMASI GHANA, APRIL 21-26, 2008.

This conference is designed to draw attention to the missing link in the futile attempts to develop the African continent - culture. This is clearly illustrated in the 1995 report of the World Commission on Culture and Development: "Development divorced from its human or cultural context is growth without a soul. Economic development in its full flowering is a part of a people's culture". The purpose of this conference is to provide a platform for the generation, interaction and refinement of ideas. As an advocacy body, the ICACD Secretariat aims to push for the conclusions drawn at ICACD 2008 and subsequent programmes into the framework of policy-making on the African continent. For more information, see


The Italian Academy at Columbia University will host an international conference on April 24 and 25, 2008, aiming at initiating a new, integrated approach to the history of fascist Italy's expansionism, in relation to Mediterranean and African studies. Pannels include: Theories and Practices of Violence; Social Behavior and Cultural Hybridization; Material Culture; The Built Environment: Formulations of Modern Spaces. We invite proposals from the fields of history, art and architectural history, anthropology, sociology, political science, cultural studies and the museum studies. Organizers: Jennie Hirsh, assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Maryland Institute College of Art; and Lidia Santarelli, assistant professor/faculty fellow of European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University. Contact e-mail:
UNITE FOR SIGHT FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, APRIL 12-13, 2008, YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT Keynote Addresses By: Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim Plus More Than 180 Featured Speakers. EARLY BIRD RATE ( $75 students, $100 all others) Register at REGISTER NOW TO SECURE LOWEST RATE. RATE INCREASES AFTER JANUARY 30th. Who should attend? Anyone interested in international health, public health, international development, medicine, nonprofits, eye care, philanthropy, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, bioethics, economics, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, environmental health, service-learning, medical education, and public service.
An invitation for paper proposals for a seminar of 8-12 presenters at the ACLA, the plan being to turn the the proceedings of the conference into a publication. Refugee narratives embrace a range of storytelling—from those which recount the lives of internally displaced populations and people fleeing the nation to those that relate the predicament of people rendered stateless when territories are transferred as regimes collapse. As the trope of flight defines these narratives of displacement, migrancy, and temporary shelters, the paradigm of the nation-state along with its attendant category of citizenship come to a crisis, and the human rights claims of the homeless are foregrounded. For questions about the panel, please contact the seminar organizer: Basuli Deb ( For submitting paper proposals and for more information on the conference, please visit the official conference website at
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, APRIL 24-26, 2008, WASHINGTON, DC The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Annual Conference--a new, inter-disciplinary academic association that promotes the highest standards of research and teaching in the fields of Middle Eastern studies, African studies and their related disciplines--invites scholars to attend our annual conference set for April 24-26, 2008 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference is entitled: "The Evolution of Islamic Politics, Philosophy, and Culture in the Middle East and Africa: From Traditional Limits to Modern Extremes." It will feature a variety of panels that deal with this subject and a keynote speech from ASMEA's Chairman, Professor Bernard Lewis of Princeton University. Professor Lewis will speak to conference attendees about the future of the Middle East. To register or obtain more information on ASMEA's conference, please visit: CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES IN AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, MAY 22-25, 2008. DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2008. Religious beliefs and identities have among other things shaped the nature of human experience in Africa and the African Diaspora. It is also a known fact that religious beliefs and identities have influenced human behavior in both religious and non-religious ways in different societies. These influences have included positive and negative consequences in the ordering of society in Africa and the African Diaspora. Conference participants are encouraged to submit abstracts (300 words at most) on any aspect of the broad themes identified above. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is April 15, 2008. All abstracts should include title, the author's name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Please submit all abstracts by e-mail to: Onaiwu W. Ogbomo, Western Michigan University, For more information, visit WRITING AFRICAN HISTORIES, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, JUNE 9, 2008. Following successful events in 2006 and 2007, postgraduate students in 'Imperial and International' history at the University of Sheffield are holding their annual conference on the theme of 'Writing African Histories'. Professor Frederick Cooper (New York University) will give the keynote address. Visit the website at INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 'POLITICAL ECONOMIES OF DISPLACEMENT IN POST-2000 ZIMBABWE'. WITS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, JOHANNESBURG, 9-11 JUNE 2008.

This conference, to be held at Wits Campus in Johannesburg from 9-11 June 2008, emerges from an ongoing collaborative research project initiated in late 2006 by the Nordic Africa Institute entitled Political Economies of Displacement in Post-2000 Zimbabwe. The project links researchers located within and outside Zimbabwe who share an active interest in mapping the complex dynamics of change related to the crises, uncertainties and multiple displacements of contemporary Zimbabwe and their effects on neighbouring states and diasporas further afield. The Conference seeks especially (but not only) empirically grounded contributions from researchers from different disciplines, whose work on post-2000 Zimbabwe (yet with linkages to other times and places), helps to address some of these issues. For further queries, please contact: Amanda Hammar ( or Tania Berger ( at the Nordic Africa Institute, and Loren Landau ( at the Forced Migration Studies Programme at Wits University.


UNIVERSITY, JUNE 20-21, 2008.

The Working Group on Childhood and Migration (see will hold our first conference June 20, 21 of 2008 at Drexel University in downtown Philadelphia. The conference them is "Emerging Perspectives on Children in Migratory Circumstances." At this inaugural conference, we welcome researchers and policy advocates from all disciplines and all areas of the world whose work focuses on the ways that increased migration affects children and the cultural, legal, educational, medical, and psychological perception of childhood.


BORDER-CROSSINGS IN AFRICA, CORTONA, TUSCANY, 16-22 JUNE 2008. This is to announce that a summer school designed for advanced Ph.D. students in African Studies (social sciences and humanities) aiming to take part in the Third AEGIS European Conference of African Studies (ECAS 3, Leipzig, July 2009) will be held in Italy. The 2008 summer school will focus on Borders and Border-Crossings in Africa. It will be sponsored by AEGIS-Naples in collaboration with the AEGIS Centres of Bayreuth, Edinburgh, and Leiden. The aim of the summer school is: a) to bring together advanced Ph.D. students and teaching staff from AEGIS Centres in order to exchange field and research experience; b) to improve the students' ability to prepare and present their research in an international context; c) to promote graduate training within AEGIS and stimulate African-European inter-university cooperation. Both students and senior researchers are expected to present papers on their current research. The emphasis will be on field methodology and comparative research results, both in writing and the oral presentation. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their research outline and their ability to engage with wider issues in African Studies today. Priority will be given to students and researchers with recent field experience and fresh research results. Application by research students coming from African Universities is encouraged; subsidies for the participation of a limited number of successful applicants are being sought for. For more information, see



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Kenya is in the middle of a major political, social, and economic crisis. The purpose of this inaugural Kenya Scholars & Studies Association (KESSA) Conference is to examine the genesis of this and other Kenyan political, social, economic and environmental challenges from a variety of disciplinary/interdisciplinary perspectives, with the hope of contributing to the resolution of these issues. Thus papers that advance solutions to immediate and long term political, social, economic, educational, scientific and environmental challenges are especially encouraged. Please email your paper abstracts to: AND your conference registration fees to: Kenya Scholars and Studies Association, Department of Geography, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA. Make checks/money orders payable to: Kenya Scholars and Studies Association. The conference registration & abstract submission deadline is: March 30, 2008. Full papers are due by June 30, 2008. Conference information is also available at: AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF THE UK BIENNIAL CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE, PRESTON, 11-13 SEPTEMBER 2008. The conference aims to bring together Africanists from all over the world and from various disciplines to discuss the past and current developments in Africa and African Studies. For more information, visit the ASAUK websites:
EMPIRE, SLAVE TRADE AND SLAVERY: REBUILDING CIVIL SOCIETY IN SIERRA LEONE. PAST AND PRESENT. WISE - WILBERFORCE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION, UNIVERSITY OF HULL, SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2008 In 1808, two hundred years ago, Sierra Leone became a British Crown colony. The bicentennial presents the opportunity to re-examine the history of Sierra Leone. The conference will bring together academics from different disciplines, museum professionals, archivists, policy makers concerned with contemporary issues, and individuals interested in human rights and the reconstruction of modern day Sierra Leone. This conference will mark the bicentenary of the establishment of Sierra Leone as a British Crown colony in 1808. All participants will be required to pay a registration fee and to arrange their own accommodation and travel. Information on local hotel accommodation can be arranged through the Hull Conference Bureau; details to be supplied upon registration. An edited collection of papers presented at the conference will be published. Contact Info: Jane Ellison, Conference Manager, WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation), University of Hull, Oriel Chambers 27 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE, T: 01482 305182. F: 01482 305184. Email: Visit the website at AFRICAN ATHENA: BLACK ATHENA 20 YEARS ON…, UNIVERSITY OF WARICK, COVENTRY, UK, NOVEMBER 6-8, 2008. DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2008. African Athena was Bernal's original title for Black Athena, his "infamous" work that has confronted the modern academy with some of the most challenging questions it has faced over the last twenty years. This interdisciplinary conference seeks neither to demonize nor to lionize Bernal's book, but to open dialogue on the issues it has posed: can a myth of Afrocentrism ever be a useful narrative in contemporary culture? This is a call for papers from scholars of African Studies, Black British Studies, African American Studies, of South Asia, of the Middle East, of classicists, philologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and any intellectual beyond these borders. Send proposals of up to 500 words for papers by March 31, 2008 to Dr. Daniel Orrells, Department of Classics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. Email:
The sectarian conflicts and civil wars which recur across the African continent are a common, though under-explored concern of post-independence African literature. Authors experiment with form, language, content, and other rhetorical strategies in order to adequately represent the complex and multivalent nature of these conflicts. Their efforts consequently broaden our understanding of armed struggle in Africa and the texts they engender. We invite proposals for a panel organized in conjunction with the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature which concern the narration of conflict in post-independence African literature, particularly comparative analyses and those focusing on texts which have not yet received notable critical attention.



Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies of the Institute for African Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences in co-operation with the School of History, Political Science and Law of the Russian State University for the Humanities is organizing in Moscow on June 16-19, 2009 the Fifth International Conference "HIERARCHY AND POWER IN THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATIONS". The aim of the Conference, like that of the four previous ones, is to bring together the researchers doing the respective problematics in the whole variety of its contexts, within the framework of different academic schools and traditions from the positions of a wide range of disciplines: social anthropology, archaeology, history, political science, sociology, philosophy, psychology, etc. The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in any of the Conference working languages) which will be received by February 1, 2008. All the correspondence should be sent for the Conference Secretaries, Dr. Oleg I. Kavykin and Ms. Anastasia A. Banschikova, preferably by e-mail (, or either by fax (+ 7 495 202 0786), or by ordinary mail (Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 30/1 Spiridonovka St., 123001 Moscow, Russia). The telephone number is: + 7 495 291 4119.



MAY 30, 2008.
The reconceptualization of South Africa as a democracy in 1994 has influenced the production and reception of texts in this country. The literature emerging after 1994 provides a vision for reconciling the ravages of apartheid and consequently shifting social relations from a traumatized past to a reconstructed future. The purpose of this project is to explore, within the literary imagination and cultural production of a post-apartheid nation and its people, how the trauma and violence of the past are reconciled through textual strategies. What role does memory play for the remembering subject? Is that memory "heteropathic" or "idiopathic," and what does that mean—particularly within the South African context? The essays in this anthology will examine texts from the post-1994 South Africa dealing with trauma, resistance, and reconciliation. For example, how is the tension in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (which was set up in South Africa after apartheid) with its elevation of forgiveness over justice depicted in recent writings? How did the airing of the moments and sometimes periods of violence during the TRC hearing help or not help to heal the people — be they the oppressor or the oppressed? We will welcome essays that analyze the repertoire of texts — fiction, biographies, films, documentaries, poetry, short stories, and so forth – that are engaged with rewriting and re-examining the trauma and violence of colonial/apartheid policies and actions, the TRC hearings in the post- apartheid era, the construction of dominant historiographies, personal narratives, collective and individual memory of the past, and the public and collective mourning (or the lack of it) that went on (or did not) in post-1994 South Africa. How different or similar are the responses to these historical moments from various communities within the new multicultural and multiethnic milieu? Abstracts limited to 300 words and a brief bio-detail should be sent to the editors, Jaspal K. Singh at and Rajendra Chetty at WEST AFRICA REVIEW BOOK REVIEWERS West Africa Review (, an e-journal devoted to the promotion of research and scholarship of importance to the global African community, invites you to serve as a book reviewer for the journal. Frequently, we receive new books from publishers across the globe and are seeking experts in the fields of African philosophy, economics, sociology, literature, arts, history, health, politics, psychology, and environmental studies who will review these works to our readers. If you would like to participate in this crucial service of knowledge dissemination, please send a short note indicating your field of interest and expertise to: Chiji Akoma, Book Reviews Editor: Please visit our site at to browse the current and past editions of WAR. MIGRANT SUB-SAHARAN LITERATURE. DEADLINE: 30 JUNE 2008 Subha Xavier (University of Miami, USA) and Papa Samba Diop (Université de Paris XII, France) invite submissions for an edited volume entitled Migrant sub-Saharan Literature that will be published by Dominique Guéniot Editions in France. Articles should be 15 to 20 pages in length and address issues in sub-Saharan migrant literature from one of the following perspectives among others: Has migration favored literary creativity? How and why? What are the moral or thematic implications of migration in literary production? What are the negative aspects of migration where personal fulfillment or social acceptance is concerned? How can we theorize migrant sub-Saharan literature? Which theoretical paradigms are most useful to better understand the role and function of this literature? For a complete list of perspectives, see Articles in English or in French may be sent to Subha Xavier (in English) or Papa Samba Diop (in French) by June 30, 2008.


MARCH 31, 2008.
The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal are pleased to announce a special edition on MUSEUMS IN THE METROPOLE: SLAVERY, COLONIALISM, AND POSTCOLONIAL MEMORY which examines various exhibition sites and provide contextualization for the public discourse triggered by their creation. Africa and Europe are symbiotically connected through a long history of contact informed by slavery, colonialism, immigration, and various transnational practices. In recent years, these histories have informed both national and pan-European debates concerning the historical legacies of these encounters – as exemplified in cultural, economic, political, and social phenomena, as well as in current reformulations in contemporary Europe as they concern transhistorical links and impact immigrant populations and ethnic minorities. These have included reflection on the limits of reparation, restitution, and memory, and ultimately concerned national identity, ethnic minorities, and the parameters of a multicultural Europe. Important scholarship, such as Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic, Christopher L. Miller's The French Atlantic Triangle, and Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau's La traitre des noirs have foregrounded the centrality of these questions to current (post)colonial frameworks, and the study and reassessment of the colonial era is rapidly reforming curricular interests and orientation in Europe. Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word abstract by March 31, 2008, and will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English) by the strict deadline of 15 December 2008. All communications regarding the special edition should be directed to the Guest Editor, Professor Dominic Thomas (University of California, Los Angeles), by e-mail: Informal enquiries are most welcome, and the Guest Editor will be happy to discuss individual suggestions. For more information, see FAMILY DYNAMICS IN TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AMONG AFRICAN MIGRANTS. ABSTRACT DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2008. The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal announce a Call for Papers for a special issue on Family Dynamics in Transnational Migration among African migrants. The flotilla of dingy open boats bringing African migrants across the Atlantic Ocean to Spanish territories such as the Canary Islands, as well as to the Italian islands of Lampedusa, Sicily and Malta, symbolize the perilous journey of many postcolonial African migrants today. The recovery of bodies of migrants washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean or more recently on those of the Red Sea, and the countless men and women whose bodies never made it to safety, speak to a new encounter between Europe and Africa long informed slavery and colonialism. Transnational migrants have received considerable attention in the last three decades as part of a wider scholarly concern to critically examine the complex phenomenon associated with the international circulation of capital, goods, people, and commodities. However, much of the literature about transnational migrants is devoid of concern related to the logics of their families, their constitution, everyday practices, dynamics and mobility in all their complexities, both in the country of origin and in the country of arrival. By focusing on transnational African migrants, the special issue explores the multiple tensions and conflicts that arise from gender roles and generational pressures as well as from movement, separation and reunion. Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word abstract by March 31, 2008. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English)by July, 30, 2008. The special issue will be guest edited by Marina de Regt (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), Eva Evers Rosander, (Department of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden), Reinhilde König (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam). All communication regarding the special edition should be directed to Dr. Marina de Regt (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), by e-mail:


The Faculty Seminar Series which is supported by CODESRIA will be having a series of Seminars at Laikipia College Campus (LCC). The objective of the Faculty Seminar Series is to promote a culture of interfaculty and interdisciplinary research dialogue and exchange, which is essential in strengthening social science research capacity in Africa. The Faculty Seminar Series aims to promote interdisciplinary scientific collaboration among colleagues within the same institutions while providing a venue for research dialogues which are essential in adding value to social science knowledge production in Africa. It will also provide support upon which tertiary institutions can build the research dialogue. It is expected that at the end of the Seminar Series, the papers presented will be peer-reviewed, and selected ones published in a special issue by CODESRIA. All abstracts and papers should be submitted in soft copy to Dr. Felicia Yieke of LCC at: For more information see: SPECIAL EDITION OF THE JOURNAL OF PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES. NEW DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2008.
This edition offers scholars, theorists, researchers, and practitioners opportunities to reassess, contest, and/or elaborate notions/theories of Black Spirituality. All manuscripts must be original (hence, not under consideration at any other journal) and submitted in MS word format via The entire work should not exceed twenty double-spaced pages with a concise title, abstract, and scholarly citation (MLA style); articles in languages other than English will be considered, however they must also be presented in English, and all submissions must list the author's current affiliation and contact points (e-mail address, etc.). Please address manuscripts to: 'BioDun J. Ogundayo, Ph.D.,University of Pittsburgh,300 Campus Drive, BRADFORD, PA 16701. For further information see: NEW, EMERGENT, OR ALTERNATIVE EXPRESSIONS OF AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY, A SPECIAL EDITION OF NOVA RELIGIO: THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND EMERGENT RELIGIONS. DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2008.
A special edition of Nova Religio will be dedicated to the theme of the changing nature of African Christianity. English-language articles of original research are invited on any expression of African Christianity that may be defined as new, emergent, or alternative. Submissions are invited across disciplines. The guest editor of this edition of Nova Religio is Dr. Joel E. Tishken. He may be contacted at Paper submissions via email will be due to Dr. Tishken by April 1, 2008. The preferred length of articles is around 8,000 words including endnotes. The maximum length for a submitted paper can be 10,000 words including endnotes. Submission of photographs or other graphics is encouraged when they can substantively enhance an article. Accepted manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed., rev., sections 15.1 to 15.426) and should be submitted according to these style guidelines. All references should be in endnotes, numbered throughout the manuscript with the auto-numbering feature of the word processing program. The paper should be sent via email saved in a MS Word or rich text format file. Photographs should be sent as jpg files.
CHINA IN AFRICA: A MOMENT OF "SECOND IMPERIALISM" OR PROGRESSIVE PARTNERSHIP. DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2008. We seek for publication theoretical and empirical papers on the nature, impact, and trajectory of Chinese economic, political, and social activities in Africa, written from multidisciplinary perspectives, including history, economics, political science, sociology, media and communication, and cultural studies. The deadline for submitting abstracts of approximately 300 words is November 15, 2007; and the deadline for the submission of completed essays is March 31, 2008. Please, note that arrangements are in the pipeline for a conference and you may be invited to present your submitted paper(s) at the conference. Please, address all submissions and queries to: and/or For more information see: FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is now accepting applications for the Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development. The two-year fellowships of up to $20,000 per year will be awarded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IIE. The fellowships are open to students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the U.S., Canada and sub-Saharan Africa. Students in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology are especially encouraged to apply. The objective of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship is to produce sound evidence on the role of population and reproductive health in economic development that could be incorporated into national and international economic planning and decision making. For more information, please see the following links: Africa Call for applications: Deadline: April 30, 2008:; US Call for applications: Deadline: April 1, 2008: For more information, contact: Ms. Dinika Mirpuri, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 984-5388, Fax: (212) 984-5458, Email:


The Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics invites applications from Penn standing faculty and graduate students for research grants for the fiscal year 2008-09. The Center is interested in supporting scholarly projects that are related to all areas of international relations, but we are particularly interested in research bearing on international security and the international political economy. Faculty may receive up to $5,000 and students may receive up to $1,500 to cover research expenses. Grants can be used to support travel and field research, to purchase supplies, and to hire research assistants. No faculty member or student can receive more than one grant per academic year. We invite all faculty and graduate students at Penn whose research interests fit within the broad mission of the Browne Center to submit applications. Applications should be no longer than five pages and include the following: 1. a description of the research project; 2. a budget explaining the expenses the grant is to cover and a statement of all current and pending support for the research project; 3. the principal investigator's curriculum vitae. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, starting immediately, and should be submitted to the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics, 222 Stiteler Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215.


Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the national and international legacies of Western colonialism, the course of Africa's economic and social development, the roots of the continent's humanitarian emergencies and the historical challenges of promoting public health and eradicating disease. The Sherman Lecture provides a forum for an outstanding junior scholar (untenured assistant professor or researcher) to offer his or her perspective on a selected topic. The Sherman scholar will meet with undergraduate and graduate students, share his or her expertise with faculty members in history and political science, and be available to the local media. The centerpiece of the scholar's visit will be the presentation of a major public address, which the university will subsequently publish. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of scholarly accomplishment, relevance of the proposed talk to the year's theme and evidence of ability in public speaking before a diverse audience. The scholar will receive an honorarium of $5,000. The lectureship will take place on the UNC Wilmington campus October 14-17, 2008. Applicants should provide a title and brief description of the lecture they propose to deliver. Please send a letter of interest, current c.v., the names and e-mail addresses of three references and a recent scholarly publication to Dr. Taylor Fain, Department of History, UNC Wilmington, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403-5957. We also welcome nominations that are accompanied by contact information. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2008. Finalists must be available for telephone interviews before May 31, 2008. UNC Wilmington is an EEO/AA institution. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW JERSEY AND THE NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA, NAIROBI SUMMER FIELD PROGRAMS

Rutgers University, New Jersey and the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi continues to collaborate in training and research programs. Summer field programs for 2008 are scheduled as follows: 1. The Koobi Fora Field School in Paleoanthropology is a paleoanthropological hands-on field program beginning June 17th to July 27th, 2008 and will take place firstly at Sosian Ranch in Laikipia for one week and secondly at the famous World Heritage site of Koobi Fora, East Lake Turkana Basin for four weeks. For further information please visit the Koobi Fora field school website (; 2. Swahili Studies and Coastal Peoples of Kenya Field School will begin August 1st till August 27th, 2008. The Field school will include a study of the cultures and history of the Swahili people as well as peoples of coastal Kenya. For further information please visit our website (; 3. Primatology, Wildlife ecology and Conservation in East Africa will run concurrently with the Swahili Field School and will take place in three different localities including Tana River-Coast, Mt. Kenya and Kakamega Forest, Western Kenya. For further information on any of these three field programs please contact: a. Rutgers Study Abroad (, 732-932-7787); b. Co-Director (Professor Jack Harris-,, 732-932-8083); c. Co-Director (Dr. Purity Kiura-,; d. Co-Director (Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia-,; e. Co-Director (Dillon Please note that the Programs Co-Directors are following the current political situation in Kenya very closely and at the moment there is no indication as to cancellation of the programs. Kenya is a very fluid nation and normalcy is expected in the next month or so. However, should there be any changes to the above programs; we shall communicate in a timely manner.



Launched in 2003 with the generous support of the Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI), this fellowship offers qualified advanced graduate students the opportunity to spend three summer months at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. During their time in Washington, recipients receive access to a wide array of research resources, including the Center's reference library, and benefit from the Center's relationship with the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. Recipients are encouraged to interact with Washington policymakers and with Wilson Center scholars and staff during their residency. In order to bring new research to a broader audience, fellows are asked to present an informal discussion of their work at the conclusion of their residency at the Center. All application materials should be addressed "attn: Africanist Doctoral Fellowship Program," and submitted electronically to If electronic submission is not possible, material should be sent by mail to: Africanist Doctoral Fellowship Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004. For more info, please see: WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund ( ), a grant-making program of the Aspen Institute ( ) in Washington, D.C., offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund. Fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment. Applications are considered three times annually based on the timing of applicants' availability: For Summer 2008, the deadline is March 15, 2008; and for Fall 2008, the deadline is July 15, 2008. Visit the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund Web site for complete program information:



The Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University seeks a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in African history to begin October 1, 2008. Responsibilities include teaching survey and upper division courses in African history. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience who will hold the Ph.D. by August 2008. Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, C.V., official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, including letters from major advisor and someone who can speak about teaching skills. Review of applications will begin on May 23 and continue until the position is filled. The website is OSU is an EEO/AA employer. Contact Info: Dr. Kenneth W. Goings, Professor and Chair Department of African American & African Studies, 486 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Website:


Bethel College, a small, liberal arts school in western Tennessee, seeks a full-time, tenure-track position in History to begin Fall 2008 pending final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will have a specialization in African-American/African Studies and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate is expected to offer U.S. History surveys as well as upper-level courses in their specialty. The ability to teach one upper-level course in non-U.S. History is highly desirable. Additional duties will include academic advising and committee assignments. PhD. in hand required. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Bethel College is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but it encourages applicants from all backgrounds. Please send vitae, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts to Carol Pinson, Director of Human Resources; Bethel College, 325 Cherry Ave; McKenzie, TN 38201. Electronic submission of materials (encouraged) and questions may be sent to Bethel College is an equal opportunity employer.



Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor – African and Latin American History. This is a full-time 9-month, tenure-track position to begin August 2008. Salary is competitive and commensurate with academic preparation and experience. Major Responsibilities: Selectee will teach World or American survey courses and upper-level electives in African history and Latin American history. Ability to teach online a plus. Specialists in African Diaspora in Latin America and Caribbean encouraged. Required Qualifications: PhD and evidence of excellence in teaching and scholarship required. Application Procedure: Please submit letter of application; curriculum vitae (including your e-mail address); the names, addresses (including email addresses) and telephone numbers of three references to: Office of Human Resources, Austin Peay State University, Attn: HR Faculty Applications - African/Latin American History, P.O. Box 4698, Clarksville, TN 37044, E-mail: Unofficial Transcripts and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Dewey A. Browder, Austin Peay State University, Department of History & Philosophy, P.O. Box 4486, Clarksville, TN 37044. Review of applications will begin the 3rd week of March 2008 and continue until position is filled. Minorities, women and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply. Austin Peay State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Pending sufficient course enrollments, the UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center seeks short-term instructors in introductory Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Yoruba, and either Zulu or Xhosa for the Language Intensives in LA program during Summer Session 2008 (June 23 - August 15). 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 Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Yoruba, Zulu or Xhosa at the Superior proficiency level or beyond, and also have strong English skills. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience and educational level. Applicants must have unrestricted permission to work in the United States. Deadline: 1 April 2008. Send letter of application, curriculum vita, two letters of recommendation, and teaching evaluations (if available) 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. If you have questions, please contact Professor Thompson via email at or call 310-794-1972 SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY - ONE-YEAR VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, AFRICAN HISTORY

The Clements Department of History in Dedman College at SMU seeks a historian to fill a position as a one-year visiting assistant professor in African history. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses each semester. Ideally one course will be a general survey and the other a more specialized undergraduate course. Salary competitive. Minority and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment eligibility verification will be necessary upon appointment. Send letter of application, vita, letters of recommendation, and writing sample by April 4, 2008, to Kathleen A. Wellman, Chair, Clements Department of History, PO Box 750176, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0176. SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. SMU is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


Thiel College invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of History to teach Early Modern, Modern European History. Candidates with secondary fields in Women's, Ancient, or African history will be given preferential consideration. The successful candidate will also teach in the History of Western Humanities program. Qualifications include a Ph.D. (ABD considered) and evidence of excellent potential as a teacher and a scholar. Please send an application letter, C.V., transcripts, statement on teaching, and three letters of recommendation to or to Susan Swartzbeck, Director of Human Resources, Thiel College, 75 College Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Thiel College is committed to enhancing diversity among its staff. Qualified minorities are encouraged to apply. EOE




Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the U.S. and around the world, seeks Deputy Country Office Director Admin/Finance (DCOD/AF) S/he will be responsible for the management and oversight of all Southern Sudan Country Office (SSCO) financial, procurement, administrative and Information Technology activity, covering the Juba, Pagak and Mvolo Offices. Duties include the monitoring of and coordination with field office financial activity, management of procurement of items/services and their distribution/storage, overseeing the transport of goods and staff and supervising the IT systems and information storage. REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate must possess Masters Degree in accounting/business administration strongly desired; Bachelors Degree with extensive experience may substitute. TO APPLY: Please visit:;version=1, tracking code: 3587.



The Sudan Country Office of Save the Children US (SuCO) manages a large and complex portfolio of grants, totaling in the region of $37 million. Grants are funded by multiple sources including USAID, UN agencies, Save the Children Alliance partners and private contributions. Currently SuCO operates in the Darfur and Nuba regions, with two regional offices and eight sub-offices. Sudan Save the Children is currently undertaking Unified Presence between Save US, Save Sweden and Save UK which will increase the complexity of funding sources. Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director - Financial Controller, the Finance Manager will strive to provide efficient and effective management of the Country Office finance function, including oversight of Finance Department; Financial Policies and Procedures; Financial Reporting in-country and to Home/Area Office and Donors; and Cash Flow Management for Khartoum and Sub-offices. Budgeting, Budget Monitoring and Financial Grant Management and Compliance; Training and Capacity Building; and Audit and Internal controls are also a key component of this position. REQUIREMENTS: Masters or Bachelor level degree in finance or Business Administration plus a minimum of five years experience in Management and leadership role in professional Finance in a well established, major or at least medium size organization. TO APPLY: Please visit:;version=1, tracking code: 3474.


Earthlife Africa (ELA) is a membership driven organization of environmental and social justice activists, founded to mobilize civil society around environmental issues in relation to people. Earthlife Africa's main activities are campaign related. This includes lobbying and advocacy with a range of stakeholders including government, building campaigns at community level through sharing information and skills, engaging with environmental impact assessments, engaging the media, and researching and producing information materials. The Nuclear Energy Costs the Earth Campaign (NECTEC) of Earthlife Africa Cape Town is looking for a full time Regional Coordinator. For more information about requirements visit their website: The closing date for applications is Friday 21 March 2008.


The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is a leading, independent pan-African policy and advocacy centre on child rights. ACPF is seeking to recruit motivated, dynamic, pro-active and experienced candidates to fill its various positions. The positions available are: Head of Advocacy & Communication; Head of Africa Child Observatory; Resource Mobilisation Officer; and Regional Representatives (Geneva, Johannesburg and Dakar). Applicants are requested to send in their application with their resume, three reference persons and an indication of their last salary before 25th March 2008 preferably by email at or to the following address: The African Child Policy Forum, P O Box 1179, Addis Ababa. Website:


Projects Abroad is registered in South Africa as a Section 21 NPO although our parent organization is based out of the UK and reaches around the world to 27 countries. Send your CV (maximum of three pages) and a letter of motivation to Dana Myers, Country Director at, or hand deliver to our office on the Fourth Floor, Letterstedt House, New lands on Main, Cape Town, 7700. Projects Abroad is an equal opportunity employer. For more information visit or call 021 674 4449. Closing Date: 25 March 2008.

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The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, ( encourages applicants for the M.Sc. and Ph.D.degrees in African Studies. The Centre is world renowned for the study of Africa, and involves staff from several parts of the University in postgraduate supervision, in its weekly seminar and in conferences and workshops. Although a relatively small centre, we have a world-class academic staff from many disciplines, and expertise in a large number of topics and regions of Africa, supported by library and digital resources. The Centre is involved in a number of research networks and projects. Academic staff also play key roles on a number of well-known journals including Africa, African Affairs and the Journal of Southern African Studies. Our students come from academic and professional backgrounds in many parts of the world, including especially Africa, Europe and North America. The interdisciplinary taught M.Sc. degree is one year, including a dissertation in an area of the student's choice. The Centre also seeks high-calibre students for the Ph.D. and M.Sc. by Research (a one-year preparation for the Ph.D.) in a number of fields. We would look favourably upon applicants in areas where we have special interests. Our main areas of expertise include, for example, social development and NGOs in South Africa; social aspects of medicine and illness in Tanzania; technology development in Kenya, 'indigenous' rights in Botswana and refugee rights in Uganda, nationalism and the state in Zimbabwe and Eritrea, and the borderland history of Ghana and Togo. Potential M.Sc. students should contact the M.Sc. Co-ordinator, Dr. Andrew Lawrence ( We encourage potential Ph.D. applicants to submit preliminary research proposals (2 to 3 pages) to the Acting Director, Professor Alan Barnard (, for advice. Or you may contact any other potential supervisor whose work is closely related to your interests. Please state in the 'subject' field: 'CAS PhD enquiry'. Formal applications should be sent by post to the Graduate School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh, Adam Ferguson
Bluilding, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LL. These may be sent at any time, but preferably before April, if applying for a September start. A number of scholarships are available at Edinburgh, including the University's Southern African Scholarship, College and School Scholarships, Economic and Social Research Council scholarships, Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarships and Dorothy Hodgkin Awards. Students from Commonwealth countries are encouraged also to apply for Commonwealth Scholarships from within their home country. Information on Edinburgh scholarships can be found at More information about the Centre, its students, staff and research interests can be found at PAMBAZUKA NEWS 351: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: AFRICAN WOMEN SPEAK OUT Pambazuka News is the authoritative pan African electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa providing cutting edge commentary and in-depth analysis on politics and current affairs, development, human rights, refugees, gender issues and culture in Africa. To view online, go to


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African Renaissance, a multidisciplinary journal of African politics and society, will be four years this June. The journal has been published continuously, without missing a deadline, since its inception in June 2004, making it one of the longest-surviving, independently published social science journals on Africa. The journal is not affiliated to any institution and does not run on any donor's funds. Starting from this year, we will be inviting a number of Guest Editors for the journal: for Vol. 4, No 1, Gerrie Swart, a lecturer in political science at the University of South Africa is the Guest editor; Dr Marcel Kitissou, a Visiting Fellow with the Institute for African Development at Cornel University, USA, will be the Guest editor for Volume 4 No 2. Guest editors for the two remaining editions of the journal will be announced later.




Surrogates of the State: NGOs, Development and Ujamaa in Tanzania by Michael Jennings. The focus of this path-breaking book is the central and enduring paradox of the NGO movement: despite evident commitment and best intentions, NGOs reproduce the conditions and relations they define themselves against. Sympathetic yet critical… provides a powerful antidote against the voluntary sector's lack of institutional memory; an absence that allows its limited range of development ideas and tools to be constantly recycled. To order visit:, or call 800-289-2664, or fax 860-243-2867


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Transition towards Jatropha biofuels in Tanzania? An analysis with Strategic Niche Management Adalbertus Kamanzi: "Our Way". Responding to the Dutch aid in the District Rural Development Programme of Bukoba, Tanzania Lothar Smith: Tied to migrants. Transnational influences on the economy of Accra, Ghana Mirjam Kabki: Transnationalism, local development and social security. The functioning of support networks in rural Ghana More information and ordering:


Critical Interventions is a peer-reviewed journal of advanced research and writing on African art history and visual culture. Our mission is to provide a forum for cutting-edge scholarship in African art history and for sustained analysis of issues of urgent concern for the discipline. Critical Interventions foregrounds both the history of African modernity and the historiography of African Art History, and features an international array of authors. The journal proposes a critical intervention at a moment of great contradiction, when there are diminishing opportunities for new and in-depth scholarly research on African arts but also a parallel rise in interest in Africa's modernity among scholars and students. We believe further that studies grounded in research in Africa and based on deep knowledge of historical and contemporary experiences of African art and visual culture can illuminate the fields of modern and contemporary art history. Issue #1 is now available. For further information see http://

The website is the largest of its kind on the internet and I am doing my best to get the word out about the site (although it has been online for many years). Please do share this site with your colleagues and anyone else who you think might find it useful. I created this using my own time and money and hope that it will benefit everyone in the world. As you can see there are no ads and I would like to keep it that way. If you have any questions for me I have included my email address below as well as the links to my website. The website has text at top. The main Presence Africaine image has text that is clickable. Each image can be expanded by clking on it. Furthermore, make sure you scroll down further for image, text and other links. If you know anyone of note that would like to promote this website... like a TV station, celebrity, musician etc. Please have them take a look at my site and email me:


The Centre for Education and Economics in Finance.Africa (CEEF.Africa) invites you to explore our universe - - "A Universe of Opportunity for Critical Scarce Skills, Education and Strategic Leadership". CEEF.Africa's recently re-launched website acts as a gateway to the future and a hub of information and other resources to assist in acquiring, sharing, transferring and utilizing skills.


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IDP News Alert is a weekly summary of selected global news on internally displaced persons, compiled by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council. The IDP News alert is available online at


We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting our popular and practical Community Project Management programme in three different centres in South Africa in the months to come. Venue Dates: Johannesburg 22 – 26 October 2007; Cape Town 12 – 16 November 2007; Durban 12 – 16 November 2007. To reserve your place and to obtain more information please do not hesitate to contact, Mothusi Ndlovu, Tel: 011 886 2647,

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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


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

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. 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.

African Studies Center
University of Pennsylvania
647 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215)-898-6971
Fax: (215)-573-7379

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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