JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (06/05/07)


Issue No.10, Summer 2007
June 5th, 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. This summer, JUA will continue on an irregular schedule.

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


K-12 teachers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey are invited to apply for the University of Pennsylvania's week-long Summer 2007 Institute, "The Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East: An Exploration of Art, Music, and Film." The Summer Institute is most appropriate for Social Studies, World History/Cultures, Art, and Music teachers, but teachers of all subjects may apply. Selected candidates will be paid a stipend of $150 and receive materials for the classroom, contingent on attendance at all sessions and completion of a basic lesson plan by the last day of the institute based on the instruction provided by expert speakers and curriculum designers. Pennsylvania teachers will receive ACT 48 credit. Teachers from New Jersey can also receive professional development credits through Penn's Graduate School of Education. The Institute will be held June 25-29, 2007, and the application deadline is June 1, 2007. The Institute is organized by Penn's four Title VI National Resource Centers. For an application, please see

                      CALL FOR PAPERS

SOMALI STUDIES ASSOCIATION (Columbus OH, August 16-18, 2007) The 10th Triennial International Somali Congress, entitled "Somali Studies in the 21st Century: Local and Global Perspectives" will explore the reasons why the intersection between an endless political crisis and an unprecedented massive global dispersion, buttressed by high speed internet and affordable communication, has made Somalia a very different society than it was just a decade ago. The social transformations that resulted from these forces have challenged the traditional Somali ways in which individual, group, political, and social identities have been historically understood. These transformations present Somali Studies with significant challenges and opportunities. The Ohio Congress Organizing Committee welcomes papers that use diverse approaches and viewpoints since our guiding principle is to foster wide ranging discussions. "Somali Studies in the 21st Century: Local and Global Perspectives" is the theme of the conference, but not all papers, nor presentations are expected to focus on this overall theme. Papers reflecting a variety of sub-themes that explore issues pertinent to any aspect of Somali life both in the homeland and in the Diaspora are welcome. One page (12 point) abstract proposal including the desired sub-theme, title, full name of author, address, and institutional affiliation can be submitted online to or fax to 614-292-4273 on or before July 1st, 2007. Incomplete proposals will not be forwarded to the program committee for review. Please see for more details.
SOMALI STUDIES ASSOCIATION (Djibouti, December 13th-15th) This 10th International Congress of Somali Studies is organized in the name of Somali Studies International Association (SSIA). This is the Call for Papers for the second part of the Congress. It is expected to meet two demands: first, the event must respect the continuity of the SSIA, built up during the past nine congresses; second, it must pay firm attention to the particularities of the host country, Djibouti - not to close itself in, but on the contrary, to draw inspiration, to specifically consider the margins of "Somaliness", travelling along the lines of collision and collusion which inevitably connect with the Other, here and elsewhere. Papers should be sent before July 1st to,, and Please see for more details.
COMMODITIES OF EMPIRE (London, July 13-14, 2007) The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies (Open University) and the Caribbean Studies Centre (London Metropolitan University) have launched a collaborative research project entitled 'Commodities of Empire'. Details of this project can be found on our website: We are organising an international workshop in London, 13/14 July 2007, and would like to hear from anybody interested in participating. We would particularly like to hear from researchers wishing to attend from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America who are working on any historical aspects of the global movement of commodities (i.e. industrial crops, foodstuffs and stimulants). For more details, please contact either Sandip Hazareesingh ( or Jonathan Curry-Machado (

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 <>.
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.


(Kalamazoo MI, August 2-4, 2007)
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.

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.


We have the pleasure to announce the launch of the Malawi Law Journal (MLJ). The MLJ is a collaborative effort between the Malawi Law Society, the Faculty of Law of the University of Malawi and the Malawi Legal Diaspora. It seeks to address the shortage of academic and practice-oriented literature on legal developments and the law practice in Malawi. It will publish articles on all aspects of the law and the relationship between law, human rights, democracy, and development. It will also accept submissions analysing recent judicial decisions, new legislation and current law reform proposals. The MLJ aims to provide a forum for dialogue between academics, practitioners, judges, students, administrators and civil society, and for keeping all those interested in the law abreast of new ideas and the progress of legal reform in the country. Submissions of a comparative nature, which are locally relevant, and those dealing with current legal issues of regional importance may also be considered. The MLJ is a fully refereed publication. Submissions will first be reviewed by the Editorial Team and then externally assessed on a double-blind basis before a decision on acceptance can be made. The MLJ now welcomes the submission of articles, comments on recent cases and legislation, and book reviews for consideration for publication in its maiden edition scheduled for November 2007. Submissions must be sent to Dr. Danwood M. Chirwa at by no later than 30 July 2007 and must conform to the following: Submissions must be original and unpublished work that has not been simultaneously submitted to another journal. The onus rests with the contributor to obtain copyright in respect of already published work. Articles should generally not exceed 10 000 words while case notes and comments should not be longer than 4 000 words including footnotes. Submissions must comply with the house style of the MLJ. Style guidelines may be obtained from Dr Chirwa by email as indicated above.


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: <>


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


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

UCLA AFRICAN LANGUAGES PROGRAM (Summer 2007) Summer African Language courses at UCLA offer the equivalent of one academic year of language instruction in eight weeks. Come study Amharic, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu with us! The courses immerse students in the languages and diverse cultures of Africa through authentic and contemporary materials including movies, music, literature, online resources, and LA's diaspora communities. Enrollment is not restricted to students -- high school students, members of the community, and people interested in
studying these languages can apply for enrollment. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as California high school students interested in the intensive study of one of these languages. For more information, please visit:

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:
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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 Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University seeks a one-year visiting assistant professor in African history to begin October 1, 2007. Responsibilities include teaching survey and upper division courses in African history. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience who hold the Ph.D. by August 2007. Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, C.V., official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, including letters from major advisor and someone who can speak about teaching skills. The website is Review of applications will begin on June 25 and continue until position is filled. OSU is an EEO/AA employer.


Plans are being finalized for UCLA to offer language classes in Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu this fall. Zulu will be taught at the introductory level; Yoruba will be offered at the introductory and possibly intermediate levels, and Swahili will be taught at the introductory, intermediate and possibly advanced levels. Part-time instructors are needed for Yoruba and Zulu and interested applicants. Should Position Description: The UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center seeks part-time instructors in Yoruba and Zulu for the 2007-08 Academic Year (24 September 2007 - 13 June 2008). Classes meet 4 - 5 hours per week; instructors will be paid on an hourly basis for teaching, lesson planning, writing exams and quizzes, grading student work, and meeting with the African Languages Coordinator, up to 20 hours per week.
Applicants should have teaching experience and a degree in a relevant discipline. (M.A. or other advanced degree preferred.) Experience with university students in the United States is a plus. Candidates should speak Yoruba or Zulu at the Superior proficiency level or beyond, and also have strong English skills. Application Deadline: 1 August 2007. Send letter of application, curriculum vita and two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson, African Languages, Coordinator, UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center, 10244 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310. Email:


The John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought invites applications for an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the area of Science Studies, pending budgetary and administrative approval. The initial appointment will be for one year beginning January 1, 2008, renewable annually for a maximum of three years. We seek an outstanding interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on the history or sociology of science and technology, and their relationships to contemporary culture. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, teaching three courses a year, supervising theses, advising students, and participating in Program events. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and excellence in teaching, and have completed the Ph.D. no more than three years before the application date.
Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation prcis, descriptions of three courses you could teach in our program, and three letters of recommendation by July 16, 2007 to: Science Studies Search Committee, Draper Program, New York University, 14 University Place, New York, NY 10003. For more information about the Draper Program see,


The Department of Historical Studies, within the School of Humanities, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for two temporary teaching fellowships from 1 September 2007. You should normally expect to have received your PhD by the date of appointment. An active research record will be an advantage. One fellowship, of twenty-two months' duration, will be awarded to a specialist in nineteenth- and/or twentieth-century European History. The second fellowship, lasting twelve months, will probably be awarded to a specialist in the nineteenth- and/or twentieth-century history of one of the following areas: The British Isles; North America; Africa; South Asia. Scholars with other geographical specialisms, however, will also be considered. You will be expected to teach a range of undergraduate units in the History degrees. Some opportunities for teaching at postgraduate level may also be available. For further details about Historical Studies at Bristol, see our website at Starting salary 21,050-29,138. Further details and an application form can be found at Alternatively you can telephone (0117) 954 6947 or e-mail quoting reference number 13196. The closing date for applications is 9.00am, 11 June 2007. Interviews will be held on 16 and 17 July 2007.


Applications are invited for an eighteen month, fixed term Lectureship in History, available from 31 January 2008. You will be expected to contribute lectures in two large first year courses, Global History and War, Peace and Society. Other teaching duties will be negotiated taking into account the research interests of the successful applicant. You should have a completed PhD in History or be able to demonstrate that their PhD is close to completion. A record of publication in the applicant's field of research and successful university level teaching experience are also desirable. The University has an EEO policy and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. For further information please contact the Head of Department, Professor Barry Reay by email:


Minimum master's degree. Ph.D. preferred. Experience teaching at high school or college level. Preference given to generalists who love to teach. Teach general studies World History courses, and courses for History majors. Position available for fall 2007 and will remain open until filled. Salary and rank negotiable dependent upon training and experience. Send resume, letter of application, copy of transcripts, and names of three references to: Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure, President, Lane College. 545 Lane Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301. Learn more about Lane College at our web site:


The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and its Program in African Studies invites applications for visiting faculty and research positions for the spring 2008. The instructor or team of instructors will offer an undergraduate course on inequality in post-apartheid South Africa and will participate in the institute's Global Project on Discrimination. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, have teaching experience in this topical area, and have published in the field of economics and/or politics on questions of inequality in labor markets, education, and political participation in contemporary South Africa. Salary is commensurate with rank. The appointment(s) and course offering are subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty and the relevant department or program. Application deadline: June 25, 2007. Applications must include (1) a letter of application,, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) two letters of recommendation, and (4) sample syllabi. For more information on PIIRS, see

                      OTHER RESOURCES


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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