JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (03/27/07)


Issue No.6, Spring 2007
March 27th, 2007

Dear JUA Readers,

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

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

With best wishes,
James De Lorenzi
JUA Editor



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                      UPCOMING AREA EVENTS


This Friday, March 30th, African language students from the Philadelphia area will be presenting their year's work in a celebration of African culture featuring singing, dancing, poetry, and delicious African foods. The event will be in the Du Bois College House Multi-Purpose Room, 3900 Walnut Street, from 5:30-8:00PM.


John Ghazvinian, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Penn Humanities Forum, will be presenting a lecture entitled "Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil." His talk will be on March 27th, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.


The African Studies Center will host Dr. Lydie Moudileno at its next workshop for K-12 teachers on March 29th. She will be discussing "Using Films in Teaching about Africa: Resources and Methodologies." The workshop will be in 816 Williams Hall, from 3:30 - 6:00 PM.

                      CALL FOR PAPERS

ANTHROPOLOGY OF SOCIAL CHANGE (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, December 13th-15th, 2007 The last two decades have been unquestionably marked by the progressive establishment of an anthropology of social change and development in the field of social sciences. This achievement is the outcome of a progressive action in which the Euro-African Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development (APAD) has played a crucial role. APAD was created on the basis of studies of social processes resulting from the phenomenon of development in Africa. Although it is active in the field of fundamental research favouring "classical" ethnographical methods, it also tries to promote dialogue between African and European researchers in the social sciences as well as with developments agents. Initially devoted to the empirical studies of interactions brought about by development, APAD's approach has evolved towards research regarding changes in the African public space, subjected to international public policies for the promotion of decentralization, good governance and support for initiatives coming from civil society. True, it is no longer necessary today to defend the relevance of topics that were considered less noble by the academic anthropology. Yet it is necessary to make an assessment, both from the epistemological and the empirical point of view, of the contribution of this set of studies that has submitted to anthropological scrutiny issues that were until recently reserved for economic and political science, and to formulate new research perspectives. The theme of APAD's 2007 international conference is 'Development, Liberalism and Modernity'. The choice of title shows how the distinctions between the notions of development, liberalism and modernity are increasingly blurred. The socio-political conditions of development aid receivers (target groups), the disengagement of the State and transformations related to modernity demand new reflections on the approaches developed within the APAD network, as well as in the anthropology of anglophone countries. For more information on the conference, visit <>.
SUDAN STUDIES CONFERENCE (Philadelphia, PA, May 25th-27th) The Sudan Studies Association is currently accepting proposals for its next conference, which is entitled "Sudan/ese in the Diaspora: Past and Present". Sudanese communities are currently mushrooming in many places around the globe. The diasporas have impacted the home country, economically, politically and socially. Throughout history, Sudanese have lived in different places outside their country for various reasons. They lived as invaders and occupiers such as in ancient Egypt; as prisoners against their will and as material goods during the slave trade and moved to various places in the Middle East and beyond; as expatriates in oil-rich countries of Arabia and North Africa; as refugees and asylum-seekers from war-ravaged areas settling in many places in Europe, North America, Australia, and in many African countries; or as college students and professionals in many foreign countries. The sheer presence of these communities outside Sudan has raised and highlighted several cultural issues regarding citizenship and identity within their host countries as well as in their homeland. With the current political events in the Sudan, the role of the Sudanese diasporic communities should be examined critically not merely in terms of their political discourses and activism, but equally within the context of the global discourse about the Sudan. The tradition of the SSA conference is to give priority in timing and prominence of presentation to papers that address the theme of the conference, but papers on other issues relating to Sudan are also welcome. Abstracts of proposed papers (150-200 words) should be received by April 2nd, 2007. Please send paper abstract to Dr. Benaiah Yongo-Bure, 2007 SSA Panel Organizer, Economics Department, Kettering University, 1700 Third Avenue, Flint, MI 48504 Tel (810)762-9622, e-mail: A preliminary program will be announced on April 16, 2007. Late proposals for papers will be considered only if space is available. Proposals and paper abstracts submitted earlier will receive preferential treatment in scheduling. Acceptance for presentation will depend on the quality of the abstract and the judgment of the program committee. Small stipends of $200 are available for assistance to a limited number of graduate students, and interested persons should contact SSA President Dr. Ali Dinar: Registration forms and fees are available at SSA website and they should be sent to Dr. Richard Lobban, Sudan Studies Association, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02908 Accommodation information will be available on SSA website: <>. Abstracts are due by April 2nd, 2007.


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

MATERIAL CULTURE IN ETHIOPIA (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, August 25th 2007) In association with the Centre of African Studies, University of London, the SOAS is accepting expressions of interest for the above proposed one-day conference. The conference focuses explicitly upon the material culture of Ethiopia (and very adjacent areas in the Horn of Africa) during the medieval period. This is very loosely defined as the period after the decline of the Aksumite polity until the mid-seventeenth century. The main ethos underpinning the meeting is to bring together scholars of differing methodological backgrounds (art history, archaeology and cultural historians) in order to debate and discuss our different approaches to the material culture of this period. Such themes which might be of interest would include: architecture; economic and cultural aspects of the monastic system; iconography; peripatetic kingship; economic landscapes. Expressions of interest and if possible an abstract may be written in English or in French. Conference attendees will need to cover the costs of their own travel, and possible overnight accommodation if required.


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

SOUTH EASTERN REGIONAL SEMINAR IN AFRICAN STUDIES (Rock Hill, SC, March 31st, 2007) SERSAS is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual Spring conference at Winthrop University. SERSAS is a multidisciplinary African Studies conference intended for scholars and graduate students at all levels. The conference provides a collegial forum for the lively exchange of ideas and innovative paths in research about Africa. The seminar theme is "Africa in the 21st century: Looking past, moving forward." Paper topics are open in terms of topic and methodology. For more information, see <>.
ECONOMIC POLICY IN AFRICA (November 8-11, 2007, Dakar, Senegal) The United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) and the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA) are announcing their second conference on economic policy in Africa. The theme of this conference is: "Sector-led Growth in Africa and Implications for Development." The Conference will be held November 8-11, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal. Over the last few years there has been some resurgence in the growth of African economies. While growth is welcome there remain questions on its sustainability; the nature of employment creation and distribution from growth; the sectors responsible for the resurgence; its impact on poverty eradication; the kinds of economic policy that would lead to sustained growth; and the relationship between sectoral policy and NEPAD. Successful papers will be those that have substantial policy applicability. Authors should submit an abstract for each paper which explicitly states how the work is related to the conference theme, identifying paper title, authors' names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and fax numbers to Dr. Sylvain H. Boko, conference co-chair (, by March 15, 2007. Authors will be informed of the Selection Committee's decision by April 1st, 2007. To participate in the conference complete drafts of each accepted paper must be circulated by August 31st, 2007. Papers written jointly by African economists in the Diaspora and on the continent are particularly encouraged. Some partial support for travel and attendance may be available. Please indicate whether you require any support for attendance.

MEMORY AND CULTURE IN ZANZIBAR (July 2-4, 2007, Zanzibar) The Zanzibar International Film Festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with another grand cultural festival from 30th June to 8th July, 2007, under the overall theme of "Celebration of Waters and Dreams." It is a moment of reflection on where we have come from, where we are at, and where we are going. As part of what has become a tradition, ZIFF will organise another conference to celebrate the occasion on the conference theme focusing specifically on "Celebrating Memories & Visual Cultures." As in previous conferences, we are looking for short thought papers that will excite debates and cross-fertilisation of ideas between scholars and artists, story-tellers, documentary and film makers, rather than highly scholastic or technical papers. Those interested in participating in the conference should send: abstract of their paper by 1st April, and final paper by 15th June, 2007 at the latest. An attempt will be made to raise funds to support a limited number of contributors from the Dhow Countries who need such assistance for travel and accommodation. Those intending to apply for such assistance should write an application and send an abstract and their CV by 1st March, 2007 at the very latest. Please write to: ZIFF, P. O. Box 3032, Zanzibar, Tanzania, or email
AFRICAN FILM CONFERENCE (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, November 9-10, 2007) The African Film conference in Urbana-Champaign will explore how appreciating films as form and modes of expression can be combined with an understanding of their content. Cinema has a more pronounced public dimension than some of the other arts because it creates an audience that it depends on for survival, and filmmaking itself can be situated within the history, economy, politics, and broader cultural trends of postcolonial Africa. The conference aims to foster a dialogue between film scholars, critics, and the social science interpreters, users, and enthusiasts of African films, and will encourage a greater sensibility for film as a medium among the latter. We seek abstracts from scholars and writers interested in participating in this project. Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2007.
AFRICAN CITIES AND URBANISATION (June 6-7, 2007, Tel Aviv, Israel) Cities provide useful grounds for examining the dynamic interaction between local idioms and global processes over time. Research on African cities in particular have provided scholars with an opportunity to learn about the everyday experiences of Africans as they have navigated colonial and post-colonial spaces. But while cities have offered scholars a powerful lens for viewing the dynamics of migration, cross-cultural exchange and economic development, the role of the city in shaping these processes is not always evident in research of Africa. We seek to understand the ongoing dialogue between the evolution of the physical and political landscapes in African cities, and the evolution of the groups, cultures and social networks present within these cities over time. The conference title is "African Cities: The Significance of the Urban Context, Past and Present," and abstracts may be submitted (250 words) to Dr. Lynn Schler(, Dr. Gali Sabarm (, or Dr. Louise Bethlehem ( no later than February 25, 2007.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Applications are invited for a two-year Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in History at the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge, UK, starting on 1 October 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is in connection with a research program on Exchanges of Economic and Political Ideas since 1760. The program is based at King's College, Cambridge and at Harvard University, and is coordinated by Emma Rothschild, C.A. Bayly, Sugata Bose, Gareth Stedman Jones and Richard Tuck. For further information see The Fellowship is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is tenable for two years. It is not associated with a fellowship of a Cambridge college, but can be combined with a non-stipendiary college fellowship. The stipend will be 24,403 in the first year. Further particulars are available from the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to the Centre for History and Economics (, to reach us no later than by 31 May 2007. Interviews are expected to take place in June or July 2007.


The Centre of African Studies at Cambridge University invites applications for the Smuts Research Fellowship in African Studies, from candidates at the postdoctoral level in all disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Applicants will have gained a PhD (or equivalent) within the last five years or will have gained a PhD by the time of the appointment. The appointment will be from 1 October 2007 for a period of three years, and is non-renewable. To apply, please send a copy of your c.v. plus a brief description (not more than 1,500 words) of your intended research. Please also send up to 10,000 words of scholarly work (published or unpublished). This work need not refer to your proposed research program. Three academic reference letters are to be sent directly to the Centre. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2007. The Smuts Fellow in African Studies can normally expect to be offered a fellowship at one of the colleges of Cambridge University. The College may expect its Fellows to assist in the teaching of undergraduates, for which the Fellows are paid. Colleges generally offer a room or rooms, meals on High Table, and other privileges that are intended to draw the Fellow into the life of the college. The emoluments of a teaching Fellowship vary from college to college.


The Barcelona Institute of International Studies is offering two postdoctoral researcher positions for the 2007-2008 academic year (starting October), renewable for a maximum period of three years. To apply for one of these positions, one must have a Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations or the equivalent, obtained within the last three years. The recipients of these IBEI postdoctoral positions will carry out their own research and will participate in the teaching and the tutoring which is done in the IBEI Master's degree program in International Relations. The position provides recipients with 27,000 euros per year, gross. All applications must be sent in by May 2nd, 2007, the date when the selection process will begin. Interested persons must send a letter of interest, their Curriculum Vitae, a sample of previous research, an statement about their research project, and two letters of recommendation to the following address: Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, Research Coordination, Elisabets, 10, 08001 Barcelona, Spain, or by e-mail


The USC Visual Studies Research Lab and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History are pleased to announce a two-year Mellon post-doctoral fellowship for a recent PhD whose research and writing is related to "Visual History." Candidates should possess an expertise in photography and/or film. Preference will be given to applicants who express an interest in using the Shoah Foundation Archive in their teaching or research. The position includes teaching one course a semester, one in History and the other in Art History. Applicants may hold PhDs in History, Art History or Film Studies or any other relevant fields. The PhD should have been awarded within the last five years. Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, two letters of recommendation, and a syllabus for any specialized course relating to some aspect of "Visual History." Send materials to Vanessa Schwartz, Dept. of History, USC: 3520 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Review will begin April 1.


The Centro Incontri Umani, in Ascona, Switzerland, encourages understanding, respect and peace internationally. The Centre offers five residency fellowships for scholars or writers who are concerned with significant aspects of human experience. Applicants from the social sciences or any area of the humanities who are completing writing projects are primarily welcomed. A travel stipend, October 2007 to beginning June 2008 lodging in comfortable accommodation in the Centre's villa, and a fellowship of $16,000 will be offered. Full details are available from Laura Simona (Email: Proposals must be received by April 15, 2007.


Drexel University's Pennoni Honors College anticipates appointing its inaugural Great Works Symposium Visiting Fellow, position commencing September, 2007. The theme for the Great Works Symposium, 2007-2008 is "The Human Body: Disease, Health, and Society," and it seeks a scholar with a Ph.D. in the social sciences or humanities, with a research focus on medicine and/or public health or related fields to teach two courses over the year that will be offered under these general themes: "Epidemic," and "The Mechanical Body." The Visiting Fellow will serve as part of a teaching team for these two courses, will teach a third course of his/her design in the Pennoni Honors College, and will provide part-time administrative assistance (10-15 hours per week) to the Great Works Symposium director. Additional teaching opportunities are available, and the Fellow may also organize special events related to his/her area(s) of specialization. The Visiting Fellow will also enjoy the opportunity to work closely with the Drexel scholarly community, and to do research in the many archives, museums, and libraries of Philadelphia. The salary is $35,000, plus faculty benefits, and this appointment also includes funds to support travel and research. This is an anticipated non-renewable, one-year appointment, pending final funding, expected in April. For more information on the Great Works Symposia, visit


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


Stonehill College, a selective Catholic college in Massachusetts whose faculty challenge and champion each of its 2,350 students on a beautiful 375-acre campus 20 miles south of Boston, seeks applicants for a one-year teaching fellowship (2007-08) for a late-stage graduate student in the area of History. The Stonehill Fellows Program provides teaching experience and mentoring as well as support for scholarly development. Fellows teach two sections of the first-year Critical Encounters course each semester, developing expertise in undergraduate teaching while completing dissertation research. Successful candidates will receive a stipend of $22,000 for the academic year plus benefits and scholarship development support of $1,500 to fund research and travel to conventions. Please submit a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Joseph A. Favazza, Dean of General Education, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357. Initial application due: March 30, 2007.


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


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

                     COURSES & PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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



The Africana Studies Program at Western Michigan University (WMU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Africana Studies, to begin Fall 2007. This position is subject to budgetary approval. Candidates should have academic background in African American and African Diaspora literary and cultural studies (critical theory, comparative African American and African Diaspora literature). Scholars in the social sciences (Anthropology, Communication or Sociology with focus on African American and African Diaspora specialty) will also be considered. A sub-field in African Studies is a plus and a Ph.D. degree in an appropriate field of study is required by the date of hire. Candidates should have genuine commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a commitment to research in the field. College teaching experience and publications are desirable. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest, c.v., transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to: Dr. Onaiwu W. Ogbomo, Director, Africana Studies Program, 3061 Moore Hall, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. WMU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Department of History at Florida International University ( hopes to make an appointment of a visiting instructor in African History, with preference for geographical focus on east or south Africa. The period of appointment will be up to three years, pending successful annual reviews. The course load is 2/2, and the appointment carries full benefits. The successful candidate will participate actively in our programs in Atlantic Civilization and African New World Studies. Ph.D. or advanced A.B.D. status is required. Applicants should submit a letter of application, c.v., two letters of reference, and a writing sample. Salary competitive. The search committee will review materials as they arrive and begin contacting outstanding candidates after 15 April. For information contact Professor Akin Ogundiran (, Director of the African New World Studies Program, and mail all materials to the African History Search Committee, Department of History, Florida International University, University Park, DM 397, Miami, FL 33199. AA/ADA/EOE.


The Clarkson University Department of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a one-year, replacement appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology or Sociology. Applicants with a focus on any of the following areas are particularly welcome: environmental and/or social impact of globalization, urbanization, resource extraction and/or technological transformation. Geographical area is open. This position involves teaching sections of a required, writing-intensive course for first- year students in the fall term and also courses in areas of specialization to our undergraduate majors and within Clarkson's Common Curriculum in the fall and spring terms. Ideally, applicant's courses will dovetail with one or more of Clarkson's strong programs in science, engineering, and business. Teaching load is four courses per semester. Located in the Saint Lawrence River Valley, between the Adirondack high peaks and Ottawa and Montreal, Clarkson University provides easy access to both outdoor recreation and international social and cultural opportunities. Applicants should send a C.V., three letters of recommendation, and a detailed letter on the courses they might teach, and teaching philosophy to Anthropology/Sociology Search Committee, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social Science and Humanities, Box 5750, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York 13699-5750. Doctoral candidates who are ABD will be considered. The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 20, 2007 and will continue until the position (96-06) is filled. Representatives of underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Clarkson is an AA/EOE university.


James Madison University invites applications for a one-year non-renewable position at the rank of assistant professor to begin late August 2007. Candidates must have the Ph.D., and should have teaching experience. Review of candidates will begin April 20, 2007. Applications and nominations should be received by that date to assure consideration. Candidates must complete the JOBLINK application online at In addition, candidates should send a letter of application, c.v., transcript, and three letters of recommendation to Professor David Owusu-Ansah, Chair, World History Search Committee, History Department, MSC 2001, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. James Madison University is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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



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

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