JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (03/24/03)

JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (03/24/03)


AREA EVENTS & LECTURE SERIES ********************************************************************************

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: Biomedical Research Building II/III Room 253

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

March 28, 2003 Spring Lecture Series "The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Whither (or Wither) Africa in the Post-Kyoto World?" Richard Hosier United Nations Development Program Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM Place: Irvine Auditorium, Room 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 Baruch College Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM Place: McNeil Building, Room 410

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 "Handing Over a Government Top-Down Project to Local Communities: The Case of the Blantyre City Fuelwood Project in Southern Malawi" Ezekiel Kalipeni University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM Place: Irvine Auditorium, Room G-16

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

April 18, 2003 Outreach Event "Africa in the Media" Time: 8:00AM-1:30PM Place: Houston Hall, Golkin Room

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

CONFERENCES AND CALLS FOR PAPERS ********************************************************************************

Liberian Studies Association 35th Annual Meeting March 27 - 29, 2003 Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 Liberia's Arts (including music); Health; the Natural Environment; De-militarization, Rehabilitation, and Re-education of participants and victims of Liberia's conflicts; Repatriation (of human and financial capital); Expatriate Affairs (including legal concerns); Education; Liberia's Media; Preservation and Diffusion of Liberia's History and Media (Indiana archives: papers, newspapers, audio-tapes, photographs, etc.), and the funding and conversion of those materials to permanent digital form so that they can be made available throughout Liberia at minimal cost; Early Maps of Liberia; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Development, and so forth. If you have ideas along these or other lines, contact those you think also might be interested in such an effort and then submit a proposal for an initial meeting. The idea is to add to our usual conference format a more long-term applied focus on the nation.

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. E-mail:

Center For African Studies International Conference "Islam, Society and the State in West Africa" Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey March 28-29, 2003

"Islam, Society and the State in West Africa" is an international conference that will open with a major analysis of the history of Islam in the region and then focus on the period from 1990 to the present. During the past decade or so, movements of religious resurgence and innovation promised to solve pressing needs arising from the convergence of economic crisis and the thrust toward democracy. In the aftermath of the Cold War, African democratic challengers confronted single party states and military regimes, claiming social space for new associational life. The groups ranged from human rights to religious and cultural movements, oppositional newspapers, and political parties. This decade was also marked by severe economic decline. IMF Structural Adjustment programs provided little relief, while the 50% cfa franc currency devaluation of 1994 hurt consumers, particularly urbanites. While their resources shrunk, West African states faced great pressures from international agencies and citizens who saw their economic welfare decline. In this atmosphere of simultaneous crisis and stagnation there has been a religious effervescence that includes charismatic Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Sufi brotherhoods, and other Muslim movements -- a new wave of purifying reformers. This conference focuses upon Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Nigeria in order to examine both the ways that Islamic coalitional politics have emerged to mobilize around aspirations and fears regarding justice, material life, and existential security and the ways that states have responded to their demands.

Professor Boubacar Barry of the department of history at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal, and New York University will give the keynote address on Friday, March 28 at 7:00PM. Professor Barry is an internationally known historian and the author of Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade, Le royaume du Waalo, and many other works .

The conference will be held in Special Events Auditorium Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 38 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ

For more information, please contact Barbara Lewis at or visit the website

The conference is open to the public and is free. The Center for African Studies thanks the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy and the Research Council, Rutgers University, for generously supporting the conference.

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 Africa's 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 Research 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 Email:

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

Women's 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

University of Edinburgh Centre of African Studies Annual International African Studies Conference "Remaking Law in Africa: Transnationalism, Persons, and Rights" Edinburgh, Scotland May 21-22, 2003 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The University of Edinburgh Centre of African Studies will hold the Annual International African Studies Conference May 21-22, 2003 in Edinburgh. The conference title is "Remaking Law in Africa: Transnationalism, Persons, and Rights." In 2003, the Centre's annual international conference will examine the way that law is embedded in and shaped by processes that have an impact upon political, economic, and social development in Africa.

Scholars have observed that law represented the cutting edge of colonialism in its attempts to control and govern its subjects while bringing about their transformation and that of the societies in which they lived. Its role continued to have a powerful presence in the postcolonial period when many newly independent countries turned to law as a form of social engineering within the nation-state. In recent y ears attention has focused on globalization as a phenomenon and local communities' response to it. This has led to a growing recognition of the importance of transnational forms of law and ordering derived from diverse sources, including the World Bank, the European convention on Human Rights, the WTO, WHO, IMF, African Union and religious movements. The success and failure of polities and persons' access to, and use of, law raises questions about the power and authority to construct meaning at multiple levels, including local, regional, national and international domains that intersect with one another in a variety of ways. This conference aims to explore the ways in which law operates in different places at different levels and at different moments in the historical record, in order to gain a more informed view of the processes that underpin continuity, transformation and change.

In the tradition of the Centre, it is hoped that participants will be drawn from a number of academic disciplines including history, social anthropology, politics, economics, health, education and law, as well as from international agencies, state institutions, NGOs and development actors.

Themes include: Human Rights Constitutional Issues Tribunals and other forms of Justice Law, Development and Gender Resource Entitlement Rights to Health, Education and Intellectual Property

All inquiries should go to Pravina King Centre of African Studies 21 George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD Scotland Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 3878/9 Fax: +44 (0) 131 650 6535

13th Annual Conference of the Pan African Anthropological Association Anthropology and the Contemporary Global Trends University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa June 29-July 4, 2003 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

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

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

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. E-mail: 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 "Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations" 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." 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 E-mail: 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

SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS ********************************************************************************

Institute for War and Peace Studies Prizes Columbia University

Columbia University is hosting a competition for three prizes of $5,000 each for papers that develop practical ideas for dealing with problems of political violence including civil and international wars, ethnic violence, genocide, and terrorism. Specific conflicts may be discussed for illustrative purposes, but the principal goal is to put forward knowledge that will be broadly applicable. Papers should be 20-40 pages double spaced, and unpublished as of submission date.

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2003, and will only be accepted via mail. For further information contact: Combat Political Violence Competition Institute of War and Peace Studies Columbia University 1336 International Affairs Building MC 3347 420 West 118 Street New York , NY 10027 USA

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

Resource Rights, Gender and Development Centre of African Studies Cambridge University Research Fellowship ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University, with the 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. The maximum duration of a Fellowship is six months and is non-renewable.

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 Fellowship theme.

The closing date for completed applications is October 1, 2003. For further information on this fellowship and future fellowship themes, please visit

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 Email: Website:

Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in African Studies Centre for African Studies University of Cambridge "Resource Rights, Gender and Development" 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

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES ********************************************************************************

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 Email:

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

Institute for Teachers University of Kansas June 9-20, 2003
The University of Kansas African Studies Resource Center presents a two-week Institute for teachers. The title is Contemporary Africa: Challenges, Realities, and Renaissance." This institute is recommended for any teachers, educators, or graduate students who teach and learn about Africa in their classrooms, or who seek quality information and thought-provoking discussion about different aspects of African culture and societies.

It's designed to address challenges and problems encountered in learning and teaching about Africa. Using a multi-faceted teaching approach, including presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, video illustrations, and hands on library research. Specific topics of study will include teaching resources and methodology, current African issues (media stereotypes, women, health, human rights, ethnic conflicts, politics, and HIV/AIDS); plus culture, languages, music/dance, literature, and religion. A visit to see African art collections at Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City is planned as well as featuring teaching resources available at the Kansas City Zoo and Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology. The closing day will include an elaborate ceremony featuring culture, music, dance, and foods of the people of the Horn of Africa, namely Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.

For more information, contact Khalid El-Hassan, at (785) 864-1064; e-mail: A $40 materials fee along with completed registration form may be sent to: African Studies Resource Center University of Kansas 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm 10 Lawrence, KS 66045-7574

Late registration after June 1, 2003 is $45.

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, Berkeley, 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 Email:

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

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

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 student's 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 Email:

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc
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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

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Center for Global Education: Interns for Namibia

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2003 The Center for Global Education is looking for one interns in both Namibia and Central America. The internship programs provide an opportunity to learn about coordinating semester-long programs for undergraduates as well as short term travel seminars. Interns live in the program house and work with staff, college students, and travel seminar participants, facilitating community life and participating in the logistical operation of the programs. The position in Namibia involves traveling with Students in Namibia and South Africa. Previous experience in Southern Africa is preferred, though not mandatory. Room and board, travel, health insurance, deferred student loans, and a living stipend are provided.

The commitment for Namibia is July 15, 2003 through August, 2004. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2003. For a job description and application, contact Juanita Chawaro at

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 Email:

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 a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase economic opportunity, agricultural productivity, rural employment, and protect the environment. The organization heads programs that aim to improve resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged in some 40 countries around the world.

For further information, contact Winrock International Volunteer Program 38 Winrock Drive Morrilton, AK 72110 USA Tel: 501-727-5435 Fax: 501-727-5426 Email: Website:

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)-573-7379 e-mail: Website: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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