JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (10/15/2007)


Issue No. 3, Fall 2007 October 15, 2007

Dear JUA Readers,

Here is the third issue of JUA for 2007-2008. You can also find a copy of this and previous archived issues on our website: As always, we will continue to publish a new issue every other Monday.

Remember that you can always send your submissions to For the next issue, kindly send announcements by no later than Wednesday, October 24, 2007.

With best wishes, Cedric Tolliver JUA Editor




Please join the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn Abroad and the African Studies in welcoming two visiting scholars from Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Sénégal.

Papa Mamour SENE is a visiting scholar at Upenn through the "Exchange Program" with Université Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal. After his second "DEA de gestion" (MS management) from the Université Cheikh Anta DIOP de Dakar, he spent five years as director of a Small Business before joining the Université Gaston Berge, Saint-Louis, Senegal, where he is in charge of the Management accounting" course and also assists with marketing. He is preparing a "doctorat d'etat" on "Privatization and Corporate governance.

Professor Massow Fall isvisiting UPenn through a three-month OIP visiting scholar exchange.He receivedhis doctorate at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Now, he isan assistant professor at the Université Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal, whereheteaches ESL, literature and ESP.He isespecially interested in literature focused onracialminorities (Jews, African-Americans, etc.). His thesisconcerns Judaism and Antisemitism in literature.He is currently devoting much ofhis research to Judeo-African relationships in the past.



Curio Theatre Company presents Death and the Maiden, by Ariel Dorfman winner of the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season 1992 and 5 Dora Awards in Toronto, 1996. Set in an unnamed country (South Africa) that is, like the author's native Chile, emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, this political thriller explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls. Paulina and Gerard were student activists at the height of the corrupt regime. Some years later the couple are married, and Gerard has been named head of an investigation into the past human rights abuses. A helpful stranger, Dr. Miranda, stops at their home to congratulate Gerard on his appointment. Paulina overhears them speaking and recognizes Miranda's voice as that of the man who supervised her prison torture sessions some years earlier. She ties him to a chair and conducts her own interrogation, gun in hand. Gerard doesn't know whether to believe his distraught wife or his persuasive new friend - and neither does the audience. This white knuckle thriller is a riveting intellectual and emotional tug of war. The show is playing at the Calvary Church, 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia from October 4 27, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm. No Sunday performances. Tickets for Thursday evenings are $15 for all adults. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $22 regular, $19 for students and seniors. Adult/mature audiences only. This performance is not suitable for children - please call if you have questions regarding this. Visit their website at to order online. Or call 215-525-1350 for tickets for more information.


The Educational Linguistics Forum and Penns African Studies Center invite you for a brown bag discussion with Dr. Martha Wagar Wright about her research & personal experience in Eritrea & Uganda over the past 10 years. Topics will include: multilingual literacy practices, classroom interaction, teachers' beliefs & ESL methodologies, and practical considerations of carrying out research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 from 12 noon 1pm in the Graduate School of Education, Room 322. 3700 Walnut St.


On November 9, 2007, at 12pm Drexel University will host a luncheon with Dr. Amal Hassan Fadlalla. Dr. Fadlalla (Women's Studies and African and African American Studies, University of Michigan) will speak on her new book "Embodying Honor: Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in Eastern Sudan" (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). She will discuss how women living in eastern Sudan manage foreign dangers and diseases, threats perceived to be disruptive to their fertility, feminine identities and social well-being. The will be held at Drexel University, MacAlister Hall 2019-2020 (33rd and Walnut Streets). Lunch will be served.


Beginning Thursday Oct. 11, 2007, the African Studies Center will sponsor a series of workshops for K-12 teachers addressing such topics as African Immigrants in Philadelphia, Women in Africa, Holidays and Celebrations in Africa, and more. Workshops are FREE and open to the public. Participants will receive Act 48 credit for attendance. William Hall is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce. If interested please contact Anastasia Shown, Assistant Director, 215-898-6449.

SOCIAL EMBEDEDNESS AND SOCIAL CHANGE: GENDERED LAND RIGHTS IN KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA" The Rutgers University Center for African Studies and the Department of Human Ecology are pleased to present a talk by Ben Cousins (Director, Programme on Land and Agrarian Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa) entitled "Social Embededness and Social Change: Gendered Land Rights in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa." Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007; Time: 12:30pm-2pm; Place: Blake Hall, Room 131, Cook Campus. Dr. Cousins is a leading critic of land reform from the left - and in international debates regarding agrarian policy. His work is tremendously important in South Africa. For his profile visit

CONGRESSMAN DONALD PAYNE TO SPEAK Congressman Payne will visit Rutgers on October 15th at 9:30am to deliver a talk in the Special Events Forum at the Bloustein SPPP (Civic Square Building) to discuss Africom and other Africa-related issues. Congressman Payne is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on the Committee for Foreign Affairs. Rutgers Center of African Studies and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning are the proud sponsors for this event.

WHARTON AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM The annual Wharton African Business Forum (WABF) of the University of Pennsylvania will take place Saturday, November 10th, 2007,at John Huntsman Hall on Penn campus. The theme for the conference is Africa Rising: The New Dawn of Trade and Investment. For more information, please visit:

SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST BERNI SEARLE Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series. Douglass Library Galleries, Rutgers University "On Either Side", Berni Searle, October 1 - December 14, 2007. Lecture by Berni Searle, 2007-2008 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence dis-appearance: exploring ideas of visibility and invisibility in the work of Berni Searle, Wednesday, November 14, 2007, Reception at 6 pm; Lecture at 6:30 pm Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 RSVP by November 7: or (732) 932-7505.

ANNENBERG CENTER, PENN PRESENTS: AFRICAN ROOTS Continuing its long, community-connected tradition of presenting some of the very best programming reflecting African cultures, Penn Presents features three very special concerts, featuring hot, highly acclaimed, young artists of phenomenal talent and extraordinary audience appeal. No matter what your age or experience may be with African music and ethnic traditions, these shows will to open new worlds to you and leave you smiling. The events are: Spirit of Uganda, Thursday, April 3 at 7:30pm; Angélique Kidjo, Sunday, April 6 at 7:00pm; Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective, Friday, May 2 at 8pm. For more information, visit



The initial event entitled "An Ambassadorial Roundtable: Perspectives on the Horn" has been replaced by a briefing on Somalia with Ambassador Yates, U.S. Special Envoy for Somalia. Ambassador Yates will discuss the security and humanitarian crises in Somalia, as well as the implications of US anti-terrorism policy for Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The event will be moderated by Ambassador Wolpe, Director of the Wilson Centers Africa Program. The event will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2007, 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. on the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Woodrow Wilson Center in the Ronald Reagan Building, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Please RSVP by e-mail to Africa Program Assistant Roseline Tekeu at

AFRICA IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM K-12 The Local Arrangements Committee of the 50th Anniversary African Studies Association Annual Meeting is proud to organize a Teachers Workshop on "Africa in the School Curriculum K-12" on Friday, October 19, 2007, 8:30am to 5:00pm, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Avenue and 82nd Street, in the Borough of Manhattan, New York City. The workshop proceedings on October 19th will include the official ceremony of the ASA Children's Africana Book Award to take place in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. Information about the workshop, including the registration/application form for teachers, is available on the Internet at: Teacher registration for the workshop has begun and ends October 1st. Early registration is advisable (until September 14th, the fee is only $50 per teacher). Late registration fee is $65. Please note that space is limited to 100 teachers. The teachers workshop is co-sponsored by the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, the Education Division of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Africa Access, a NGO that works to improve the quality of children's books on Africa [ ].


December 1-2in partnership with Kick Aids at Dartmouth University, Student Leaders Respond to the Global AIDS Pandemic. For more information and registration:


GOOD GOVERNANCE LEARNING NETWORK, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 15-16, 2007 The GGLN invites representatives from all civil society organisations and networks, local governance researchers and the media to participate in the abovementioned event, which will take place on 15th and 16th October 2007 in Johannesburg. The event will be held at the Protea Hotel Parktonian, 120 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. To participate in this event, please contact Ms Ivy Pillay on 011 442 2666 or email: for a registration form. Registration closes on Friday 5th October 2007. For any enquiries about the event, please contact the GGLN Co-ordinator, Terence Smith on 021 418 4173 or More information about the GGLN can be accessed on its website


The Department of Education and Higher Education South Africa, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs, are co-hosting the second India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Academic Seminar as part of the second IBSA Heads of State Summit. The following topics will be discussed by the leading academics and scientists of these three countries: Global Imperatives: economic, political and social; Challenges of Connectivity: consequences for economic growth and development; and Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development. An invitation to attend this event is extended specifically to the following organisations: Local, provincial and/or national government with a specific focus on the educational and skills needs of the three regions; the private sector; civil society and non-governmental organisations; the higher education sector; and science organisations, councils and their laboratories. Closing date for registration is 8 October 2007. Please find registration form and further details at Contact person: Violet Botolo at (012) 481-2938 or



In 1808, two hundred years ago, Sierra Leone became a British Crown colony. The bicentennial presents the opportunity to re-examine the history of Sierra Leone. The conference will bring together academics from different disciplines, museum professionals, archivists, policy makers concerned with contemporary issues, and individuals interested in human rights and the reconstruction of modern day Sierra Leone. This conference will mark the bicentenary of the establishment of Sierra Leone as a British Crown colony in 1808. All participants will be required to pay a registration fee and to arrange their own accommodation and travel. Information on local hotel accommodation can be arranged through the Hull Conference Bureau; details to be supplied upon registration. An edited collection of papers presented at the conference will be published. Contact Info: Jane Ellison, Conference Manager, WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation), University of Hull, Oriel Chambers 27 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE, T: 01482 305182. F: 01482 305184. Email: Visit the website at


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


We invite papers on Anglophone Literature for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA. The theme for this years conference is Passages. Obviously our theme would work well in any number of works dealing with issues of migration or travel, such as V.S. Naipauls The Enigma of Arrival or Tayeb Salihs Season of Migration to the North; however, any proposal on authors from the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, etc. will be considered. Proposals should be submitted via the online database at by November 1st, 2007. When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to me, Maria Odette Canivell, chair of the Anglophone Literature panels. To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes. All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site


African Youth in America & Africa: Bridging the Gaps. This conference examines the state of African youth in the USA and Africa, with a focus on discussing inter/intracultural and group challenges, including crime and other conflicts. Together, we will examine the prospects for bridging the gaps between African youth, as well as identifying best practices and models for youth empowerment, leadership development, crime prevention, networking, and family stability. We strongly encourage submission of paper proposals that are based on case studies and best practices on domestic and international youth issues: e.g. youth development and leadership, peer relations, U.S.-African youth study abroad exchanges, community outreach, crime prevention and peace building/peacemaking, peace education, African youth parenting; family; art expression, media and value formation, African-African American relations, girl-child education; Child soldiers; youth gangs/cults; etc. Please include the following in your proposal: name, current position and institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (75 words maximum), your mailing address, email, phone and fax number. You will be notified of acceptance by email. Selected papers will be considered for publication and inclusion in the conference proceedings. We prefer presentations in English; but can accommodate French speakers. The preliminary conference program will be available in February at: Participants are responsible for the conference registration fee of U.S. $50, plus their travel costs. Please email/fax/mail your proposal to: Ernest Uwazie, Director, Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6085, USA. TELEPHONE (916) 278 -6282; FAX (916) 278 -3429; EMAIL Deadline for submission of proposals is NOVEMBER 29, 2007


How valid, in retrospect, is the founding claim of the postcolonial that it offers a different view of the real? We seek to confront through this conference one of the ongoing tensions in postcolonial studies: the concern for articulating aesthetic issues of realism and representation and theoretical reflections upon the real, with the complex postcolonial realities of underdevelopment, violence, political instability and gender inequality. This conference hopes to augment these addresses to the real and pursue further engagement with the conditions of its possibility or impossibility. Please visit the conference web-site at for updates on program, registration and accommodation details in due course. Individual Papers: Please send abstracts of 150-200 words with the subject line, Postcolonial Conference Abstract, by December 15, 2007. E-mail Address: Panel Proposals: Each panel should include 3 presenters and the name of the panel organizer. No presentation to exceed 20 minutes in length and no panel to exceed 1-1/2 hours. Please include a brief description of the panel as well as individual abstracts for each of the papers. Please include full name, institutional affiliation, title, phone number and email address with your proposal. Convenors: Professors Toral Gajarawala, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Jini Kim Watson, Robert JC Young (NYU). Sponsored by: Anglophone Research Project, Department of English, NYU, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Conference web-site:


Sponsored by the African Studies Program and College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University, this conference commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of decolonization in Africa, starting with Ghana, and working up to 1960. It initiates an extended conversation around the theme Perspectives on African Decolonization by staging a series of academic conferences at Ohio University to commemorate these significant moments in African history and to reflect upon the legacies of fifty years of independence in Africa. For more information, contact Nick Creary, Bentley Annex 451, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, Phone: 740-593-4355, Fax: 740-593-0259 Email:

AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING, New York, NY (October 18-21, 2007) The ASA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding during the 50th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. The ASA was founded in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, New York, March 22-24, 1957. The annual meeting theme is 21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights. For more information, visit

RELIGION IN AFRICA, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, UK, APRIL 9-10, 2008 DEADLINE: DECEMBER 10, 2007 The Centre of African Studies, the University of Edinburgh and The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research invite submissions for a conference entitled Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State: Development and Politics from Below. This conference aims to understand the role of religion within development and politics and develop our understanding of the role and position of religious organizations and actors within more traditional conceptualizations of public action and its relationship to the state in Africa. For more information, see

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL, NEW YORK, NY (NOVEMBER 23 DECEMBER 9, 2007) The African Diaspora Film Festival celebrates the richness and diversity of the Black experience through the presentation of over 70 films. Filmmakers, actors, producers, writers, and educators of diverse ethnic groups, nationalities, and backgrounds highlight and discuss the multifaceted lives of people of African descent from North and Sub Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, and Europe. For more details, see the festival website: (

34TH ANNUAL AFRICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, APRIL 22-27, 2008. PANEL: AFRICAN WOMEN IN SEMBENE'S VISUAL IMAGININGS Ousmane Sembene, the acknowledged father of African cinema, uses literary and cinematic arts to raise controversial issues about inherited power and privilege in neocolonial African. His films might be called visual imaginings which interrogate and often re-situate the power paradigms of gender and tradition and call upon his audience to reassess the role of the African woman in the restructuring and transformation of the contemporary African state. This panel, which is being organized for the 34th annual conference of the African Literature Association taking place at Western Illinois University (from April 22 to 27, 2008) seeks proposals that address the many faces of African feminism in Sembenes literature and films.Please send 200-word abstracts to Prof. Joyce Hope Scott,

FROM AFRICA TO THE BALKANS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, APRIL 24-25, 2008. The Italian Academy at Columbia University will host an international conference on April 24 and 25, 2008, aiming at initiating a new, integrated approach to the history of fascist Italy's expansionism, in relation to Mediterranean and African studies. Pannels include: Theories and Practices of Violence; Social Behavior and Cultural Hybridization; Material Culture; The Built Environment: Formulations of Modern Spaces. We invite proposals from the fields of history, art and architectural history, anthropology, sociology, political science, cultural studies and the museum studies. Organizers: Jennie Hirsh, assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Maryland Institute College of Art; and Lidia Santarelli, assistant professor/faculty fellow of European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University. Contact e-mail:



This edition offers scholars, theorists, researchers, and practitioners opportunities to reassess, contest, and/or elaborate notions/theories of Black Spirituality. Topics/themes/rubrics to be addressed will include, but are not limited to: The role of the Black American Church in the Information Age (mega-churches; civil rights, American politics); The role(s) of African Initiated Churches (AICs) in modern African politics; African immigrants and spiritual expression (USA, Canada, Europe, etc.); Comparative Religion and the Black experience; Black/African Secret Societies; Black/African Ways of Knowing; Islam, African-Americans, and Africans; Blacks/Africans and Eastern Religions and Spirituality; The Spirituality of Black/African women: Africa and the Diasporas; Black/African Spirituality and methods/modes of conflict resolution Black Sexuality and Religion in Modern Society; The Black/African Family as a Spiritual Unit: Lessons for the world Art, Language, Voice, and Literature: Expressions of the Black; Spiritual experience (this section could include artwork, poetry, short essays/testimonial?...); Time, History in Black/African Spirituality. All manuscripts must be original (hence, not under consideration at any other journal) and submitted in MS word format via The entire work should not exceed twenty double-spaced pages with a concise title, abstract, and scholarly citation (MLA style); articles in languages other than English will be considered, however they must also be presented in English, and all submissions must list the author's current affiliation and contact points (e-mail address, etc.). Please address manuscripts to: BioDun J. Ogundayo, Ph.D.,University of Pittsburgh,300 Campus Drive, BRADFORD, PA 16701.


A special edition of Nova Religio will be dedicated to the theme of the changing nature of African Christianity. English-language articles of original research are invited on any expression of African Christianity that may be defined as new, emergent, or alternative. Submissions are invited across disciplines. The guest editor of this edition of Nova Religio is Dr. Joel E. Tishken. He may be contacted at Paper submissions via email will be due to Dr. Tishken by April 1, 2008. The preferred length of articles is around 8,000 words including endnotes. The maximum length for a submitted paper can be 10,000 words including endnotes. Submission of photographs or other graphics is encouraged when they can substantively enhance an article. Accepted manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed., rev., sections 15.1 to 15.426) and should be submitted according to these style guidelines. All references should be in endnotes, numbered throughout the manuscript with the auto-numbering feature of the word processing program. The paper should be sent via email saved in a MS Word or rich text format file. Photographs should be sent as jpg files.


We seek for publication theoretical and empirical papers on the nature, impact, and trajectory of Chinese economic, political, and social activities in Africa, written from multidisciplinary perspectives, including history, economics, political science, sociology, media and communication, and cultural studies. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: Comparative theoretical essays that locate Chinese involvement in Africa as a moment of Second Imperialism; Changing trends: China and Africa from the late 19th century to the present; China and the forces of globalization in Africa; Critical assessment of Chinese foreign and economic policies toward African states; African initiatives and responses to the Chinese presence in Africa; African and/or non-African media and the constructions of the Chinese in Africa; Specific Chinese projects on the continent and their effects; Chinese culture and language in Africa; The implications of Chinese quest for raw materials in Africa; China and the Darfur conflict etc; Responses of Western governments etc. to Chinese expansionism in Africa. The deadline for submitting abstracts of approximately 300 words is November 15, 2007; and the deadline for the submission of completed essays is March 31, 2008. Please, note that arrangements are in the pipeline for a conference and you may be invited to present your submitted paper(s) at the conference. Please, address all submissions and queries to: and/or


Ericka Hoagland and Reema Sarwal, editors of The Postcolonial Wondrous: The Third World in Science Fiction and Fantasy, seek pieces for this groundbreaking collection. We are particularly interested in essays about the following collections (essays either examining the collections as a whole, or pieces within them are welcome): So Long Been Dreaming, It Happened Tomorrow, and Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora. We are also interested in essays about Chitra Banerjee Divakarunis novel The Mistress of Spices. Submissions on the following are also encouraged: Essays that focus primarily on the intersections between postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy theory; Case studies of Third World SF/F authors/filmmakers (such as Amitav Ghosh, Manjula Padmanabhan, etc.); Essays that examine SF/F traditions in the Third World; Parodies, adaptations, and variations of Western SF/F in/from the Third World; Essays that explore specific issues, such as reproduction, technology, social and political systems, etc. in SF/F produced in/from the Third World. While we expect essays that will examine pieces of literature, we also welcome essays that focus on television and film. Articles published recently in refereed journals dealing with the above issues are also welcome. Please attach a short biographical note (100 words) mentioning your designation, university/institute, area of study, academic interests and relevant publications. Include contact information (your postal and preferred email address, phone and fax numbers). Provide all of this information in BOTH the email and at the end of the article attachment. Note: Since this is a non-grant/sponsored publication we are not going to remunerate the contributors for their articles. The editors will provide each contributor with a complimentary contributors copy of the book. Important Points: Deadline: 31 October 2007; Word Limit: 3500 to 6000 words (MS Word); Style: MLA (with Works Cited). Please feel free to send your queries and articles (MS Word File) through email to: Ericka Hoagland and Reema Sarwal


To follow the 2007 UCLA African Activist Association Conference, entitled "Multi-Mediating Africa: Emerging Artistic and Technological Re/presentations," UFAHAMU is publishing a special issue that will include work presented at the conference. The theme of conference highlighted ways that Africans leverage and negotiate locality in a globalized world to encourage discourse on how Africa is represented. UFAHAMU is actively seeking submissions of articles thematically related to multi-media: use of internet, digital technology, emerging artistic media, and new ways of using traditional media. Submissions should not be limited to scholarly articles, but also include political-economic analysis, commentaries, film and book reviews, short fiction, and poetry. This special issue will be published in Volume 34, Issue 2 (Winter 2007). Submissions are due no later than Friday, November 30, 2007. Submissions should be no more than 30 pages, clearly typed, double spaced, and, where appropriate, with footnotes on separate page(s). Electronic submissions only please, submitted at The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit any manuscript to meet the objectives of the journal. Along with the submissions, authors are expected to email a brief biographical note, including position, academic affiliation and recent significant publications, etc. All correspondence should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief via email at


The Editorial Collective of postamble invite submissions with a focus on the theme of Science, Technology and Society in Africa. The guiding questions for this edition of are as follows: How do people make sense of new technologies and scientific practices as they impinge on their lives, and their understandings of the world in which they live? In what ways are technologies from elsewhere the West, the global North hybridised and transformed as they travel to African contexts and the continents different regional and national traditions? In what ways do new technologies and scientific practices and languages provide materials for reworking notions of culture, identity and the self in particular, local African contexts? Submissions may vary in their subject matter and approach, and will be assessed on the basis of their relevance to the theme of the edition. Correctly formatted submissions ( should be addressed to the Managing Editor and either posted or emailed directly to postamble by no later than 31 December 2007.



The Aluka Digital Library is a broad and diverse collection of materials about African history, culture, and botany relevant to disciplines such as global politics, economics, archaeology, anthropology, architecture and preservation, ecology, history, and human rights. Aluka aspires to enrich teaching and research by making valuable primary and supporting materials about Africa available to students, faculty, and researchers. The Aluka Award for Innovative Teaching recognises instructional uses of the digital library that enrich teaching about or related to Africa. Any faculty member or graduate student teaching an accredited course in any discipline is eligible to apply. The US$2000 award is unrestricted and may be used toward any academic - or research-based expense, including books, supplies, equipment, or travel. Complete details about the award program are provided at, along with a downloadable pdf version of the proposal guidelines. General questions may be directed to To learn more about Aluka or access the digital library, please visit


The British Academy is pleased to announce a call for applications under this year's round of its Visiting Fellowship scheme. The scheme has been devised with a view to enabling overseas postdoctoral academics to come to the UK for at least two months in order to carry out research in a British institution, in conjunction with a UK academic. A number of places are being reserved specifically for candidates from Africa. The scheme is open to application by any scholar from outside the UK who has obtained a PhD after January 2002, or who is of equivalent status. Application must be made in tandem with a UK-based academic sponsor whose home institution is willing to host the visit (UK institutions can apply to the Academy for the full economic cost of hosting the visiting scholar). The closing date for applications is 23 November 2007, for visits to take place after 1 April 2008. Results of the competition will be announced in mid-March 2008. Further information together with application forms and notes of guidance (for both candidates and host institutions) are available from the Academy's website: Contact: International Relations, The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH,Tel 020 7969 5235; Fax 020 7969 5414;


As part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's ( ) new $100 million African Health Initiative, the foundation will award grants to create Population Health Implementation and Training Partnerships that provide cost-effective, large-scale, integrated primary healthcare that is linked to operations/implementation research and workforce training in a specific region in Africa. Organizations working in any of the following nine countries are eligible to submit Letters of Interest: Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. PHIT Partnerships will be required to identify significant, measurable community health improvements to be achieved over a five- to seven-year period and then design outcome-driven programs to achieve those goals. PHIT Partnerships must be African-led or co-led; must include representatives of the national Ministry of Health, academic institutions, and local communities in which they are based; and must complement the country's national health plans and build and expand upon existing programs in the region of interest. After a review of the Letters of Interest, up to fifteen teams will be selected to submit proposals for planning grants. Up to nine planning grants of up to $150,000 each will be awarded to support the development of full proposals to establish PHIT Partnerships. After a review of the full proposals, up to six PHIT Partnership implementation grants will be awarded. It is estimated that partnerships each will receive funding ranging from $8 million to $20 million over five to seven years. DDCF also expects to support a portfolio of smaller projects that complement, advance, and foster collaboration among PHIT Partnerships. Visit the DDCF Web site for complete program information.RFP Link: additional RFPs in Health, visit:


The Humanities Research Center at Rice University will award up to four external faculty fellowships for one-semester appointments during the academic year 2008-2009. Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 to $50,000, depending on rank, as well as an allowance for research and relocation. Fellows will be in residence at the center; they will give a series of three lectures or participate in a conference or event centered on their research; and they will teach one course. The fellows will participate in the intellectual life of the center. Applicants should describe how their research project would contribute to the intellectual focus of one or more of the HRCs workshops (such as the African Studies Workshop, Cultural Studies of Science and Technology, Early Modern Reading Group, Global Hispanism Workshop, History of Philosophy Workshop, Judaic Studies Workshop, and Medieval Studies Workshop) or to interdisciplinary Humanities initiatives (such as the Americas Colloquium or Medical Humanities communities). For details on these workshops and application guidelines, please visit the HRC's website. Applicants are eligible to apply from all humanities disciplines including, but not limited to, history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, religious studies, art history and the arts. Proposals employing humanistic approaches are welcome from the social sciences, natural sciences, music, architecture, and engineering. Both junior and senior faculty members with faculty appointments at universities other than Rice are eligible, but they must be at least three years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. at the beginning of the fellowship term. Application deadline is November 19, 2007. Applicants will be notified of fellowship decisions in late December 2007. These fellowships are generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lynette S. Autrey Endowment. Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Humanities Research Center MS 620, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892.


The Humanities Research Center at Rice University will award up to three Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships for two-year appointments beginning July 1, 2008. Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 per year, as well as an allowance for research and relocation. Fellows will teach two courses per academic year, and will be expected to make significant progress in their research. The fellows will play an active role in the intellectual life of the center. Applicants should describe how their research project would contribute to the intellectual focus of one or more of the HRCs workshops (such as the African Studies Workshop, Cultural Studies of Science and Technology, Early Modern Reading Group, Global Hispanism Workshop, History of Philosophy Workshop, Judaic Studies Workshop, and Medieval Studies Workshop) or to interdisciplinary Humanities initiatives (such as the Americas Colloquium or Medical Humanities communities). For details on workshops and this fellowship application, please visit the HRC's website. Applicants are eligible to apply from all humanities disciplines including, but not limited to: history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, religious studies, art history and the arts. Proposals employing humanistic approaches are welcome from the social sciences, natural sciences, music, architecture, and engineering. Eligible applicants have received a PhD in 2005 or later, or will have received the degree by July 1, 2008. Fellowship recipients cannot have accepted or currently hold a tenure-track position. Postmark deadline: December 10, 2007. Applicants will be notified of fellowship decisions in February 2008. Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Employment eligibility verifications requested upon hire.


The National History Center invites applications from historians (in the United States and abroad) at the beginning of their careers who are interested in participating in an international seminar on the history of decolonization in the 20th century. The seminar, July 6August 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress, focuses in particular on the transitions from colonies to nations in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The selected 15 participants receive a small stipend and the Center meets meet the costs the travel and accommodations in Washington, D.C. Requirements: Applicants should preferably have a recent PhD (obtained after January 1, 2002) and be at the beginning of their careers. Applications from advanced PhD students who are nearing completion of their dissertations are also encouraged. Applicants should note that all the academic activities (including discussions and written work) will be in English. Applicants must, therefore, be fluent in English. The applications should contain the following items: (i) a cover letter of not more than two pages that includes a brief (100 word) statement about the proposed research project relating to the history of decolonization; (ii) a c.v. of not more than two pages; (iii) a statement of not more than 1,000 words outlining the research project, briefly indicating the research already done by the applicant, the aims of the proposed project, and (iv) a one- to two-page select bibliography of sources relevant to the proposed research. Applicants should also have three letters of recommendation in support of their application sent directly (mail, fax, or e-mail). The letters of recommendation should follow the guidelines provided online. Details can be obtained from the National History Centers web site, Applications must be received by November 1, 2007.


The fellowship period extends from August to May and carries a stipend of $25,000 plus a $2000 research budget. The fellowship has two overall goals: (1) to enable outstanding African American doctoral candidates at the ABD level to devote their full energies to the completion of the dissertation, and (2) to provide opportunities for African American scholars to experience life at the University of Notre Dame, a major Catholic research institution. The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to nurturing a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Interested candidates for the academic year 2008-2009 should view the Erskine A. Peters Fellowship information at and follow the online application instructions. Additional information about the fellowship program may be obtained by contacting the Department of Africana Studies. Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2007. Questions may be directed to: Tiwanna DeMoss, Program Coordinator. Application materials may be directed to: Dr. Richard Pierce and Members of the Selection Committee. Department of Africana Studies, 327 O'Shaughnessy Hall University of Notre Dame. Phone: (574)631-5628, Fax: (574)631-3587


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites applications to its Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program for fellowships in 20082009. Named in honor of the two principal founders of NED, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. For further details, please visit For instructions on how to apply, see or visit Applications for fellowships in 2008-2009 must be received no later than November 1, 2007.

DISSERTATION RESEARCH IN AFRICA The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. Seventy-five fellowships will be awarded in 2008 with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The IDRF program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies grounded in empirical and site-specific research (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Fellowships will provide support for nine to twelve months of dissertation research. Individual awards will be approximately $20,000. For more detailed information on application procedures and eligibility requirements, visit the IDRF website at ( or contact program staff at (



Cornell University Africana Studies and Research Center (ASRC) invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position, to begin July 1, 2008. We are interested in candidates with broad interests in identity, inequality, family, social networks, or gender who will have completed a Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, or related fields by that date. Qualified candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and to conduct a sustained, high- quality program of research. The successful candidate will have a primary appointment in the ASRC. The ASRC has, for more than 35 years, maintained its national stature as a multidisciplinary program, embracing African, African American, Caribbean, and other Diasporic African Studies. More information on the ASRC can be obtained at our Web site: Specific questions may bee-mailed to the ASRC Director, Salah Hassan, at: Application deadline: Please submit application materials by October 22, 2007 for priority consideration; however, the position remains open to applications until filled. Qualifications: Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, or a related field is required. Interested candidates should provide the following: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two scholarly publications (or no more than two chapters of a dissertation), research statement, and teaching statement. In addition, applicants should request that recommendation letters from three referees be sent directly to the address below by the stated deadline. Send materials to: Salah M. Hassan, Director, Social Science Faculty Search, Africana Studies and Research Center, 310 Triphammer Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850. Cornell University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career Program and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium ( to assist with dual career searches. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


The Department of African-American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark is pleased to invite applications from scholars with expertise in African-American and African diasporic studies working in all areas of the humanities and social sciences. We will consider applications from candidates appropriate for appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor as well as applications from established scholars appropriate for tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. This position is for full-time appointment in the Department of African-American and African Studies. The department is particularly interested in emerging and established scholars who engage in work on African Americans and African diasporic populations. The department wishes to position itself at the forefront of new scholarship that is now taking place in diaspora and immigrant studies. Our distinguished faculty is comprised both of full and joint appointments, as well as of affiliate faculty from a range of academic departments, institutes and graduate programs. A Ph.D. is required by September 1, 2008. Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Professor Sterling Bland, Chair, African-American and African Studies Search Committee, Rutgers University-Newark, 175 University Avenue, 304 Conklin Hall, Newark, NJ 07102-1814.


The Program in Africana Studies at Hamilton College invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position. A senior-level appointment likely, but appointment at lower rank is possible and junior scholars are encouraged to apply. Open to any discipline and specialization within the African Diaspora. Hamilton is a distinguished liberal arts college with competitive salaries and a teaching load of five courses per year. The College also offers generous research support, including start-up funds. The successful applicant will be able to teach courses in at least two of the following: African, Afro-Caribbean and/or African-American studies. Responsibilities will also normally include teaching an interdisciplinary, Diaspora-based Introduction to Africana Studies, and designing and implementing campus-wide programs for an increasingly diverse student body. Applications, accompanied by a current curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, should be sent to Shelley P. Haley, Director, Africana Studies, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323 (telephone: 315-859-4197; fax: 315-859-4253; email: Applicants who have email addresses should be sure to submit those addresses with their applications. The application deadline is December 10, 2007.


The Department of African and African American Studies of Fordham University is accepting applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor, with a specialty in African Diaspora Studies, which will also involve helping administer the Bronx African American History Project. Candidates should have a demonstrated expertise in Oral History or Urban Ethnography, and be able to teach courses in Sociology or Anthropology as well as African American Studies. The candidate will have a two /three teaching load, with a one course reduction for serving as Project Administrator of the Bronx African American History Project. Project Administrator duties involve supervising student workers, writing grant proposals and fundraising brochures, maintaining quality control over the BAAHP's Oral History Program, directing the BAAHP's Hip Hop History Initiative, and giving lectures and workshops to area universities, schools and cultural institutions about the BAAHP's research. Send a letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation by November 7 to Dr. Mark Chapman, Chair, African and African-American Studies Department, Fordham University, 641 Dealy Hall, Bronx, N.Y. 10458. Fordham University is an independent, Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition and welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Fordham University is an equal employment, affirmative action institution.


The Sociology/Anthropology Department invites applications for a one year leave replacement position for an Anthropologist with an area focus in Africa to begin in September, 2008. The successful candidate will teach courses in Africa, Anthropological Theory, and two additional courses. Appointment at either the Assistant Professor or Instructor level. Applicants must show evidence of teaching excellence as well as a program of active research. Send letter of application, C.V., and three letters of reference to Burke Rochford, Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Only hard copy applications will be accepted - no electronic submissions. Initial interviews will be held at the AAA meetings in Washington DC. Application deadline: December 15, 2007. Middlebury is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse faculty to complement the increasing diversity of the student body.


The Department of Women's Studies at the University of California, Riverside is conducting an open rank search for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track position in African feminisms construed in the broadest sense including Africa and the various locations that comprise the African Diaspora. Position will begin July 1, 2008. Candidates with primary research strength in one or more of the following areas will be considered: (1) global theorizations of African feminisms; (2) comparative perspectives on gender and sexuality studies in the African Diaspora; (3) conceptual approaches on blackness and Africanness in feminist contexts; (4) women, gender and Pan-African consciousness; (5) comparative feminist interpretations of the African Diaspora; (6) transnational feminist diasporic movements; and (7) representations of women in the African Diaspora (in literature, visual arts, media and other artistic expressions). The successful candidate will teach core and elective courses in women, gender, and/or sexuality studies within a transnational focus and will undertake curricular development. Ph.D. required. Please send Curriculum Vitae, letter of application, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials to: Christine Gailey, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Women's Studies, University of California, Riverside, California 92521. Review of completed applications will begin on December 15, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants for assistant professors should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by their authors. Applicants for associate or full professor should include the names and addresses of at least three referees. All applicants must submit a writing sample and evidence of teaching ability. Salary commensurate with education and experience. The University of California, Riverside, is an EEO/AA employer.


The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities invites applications for a feminist scholar at the rank of Assistant Professor. Essential qualifications include a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent by the start date for appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Advanced ABD's may be considered for appointment at the rank of tenure-track instructor, with the stipulation that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of the appointment. Preference will be given to candidates whose doctorates are in the interdisciplinary field of feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate expertise in African American, African Diasporic, and/ or Indigenous studies. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Appointments will be 100%-time, tenure-track, for the nine-month academic year, beginning 28 August 2008. Salary is competitive. To be considered for this position, please go to:, click on search & apply for job openings and follow the instructions. You will be given an opportunity to attach a cover letter and a curriculum vitae. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. To be ensured of full consideration by the search committee, applications must be received by November 30, 2007; later applications may be reviewed as needed.


The Department of English and the Africana Studies Program invite applications for a tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2008, in African-American Literature and Culture. Ph.D. required (or ABD with degree in hand by position start date of August, 2008). This position will be a joint appointment in English and the Africana Studies Program. While preference will be given to highly qualified scholars specializing in the nineteenth century, all appropriate areas of specialization will be considered, including Afro-Caribbean, post-colonial, black Atlantic, and African diasporic studies. The Search Committee will begin to review applications immediately. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and dossier with three letters of recommendation and an article-length writing sample to: C. Jan Swearingen, Chair / Search Committee / Department of English / Texas A&M University / 4227 TAMU / College Station, TX 77843-4227. To be assured of full consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2007. Interviews will be conducted at MLA or at Texas A&M as circumstances warrant.


Applications are invited for a limited term Assistant Professorship in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University, with a specialization in African History. The contract is for eight months beginning on 1 January 2008. Simon Fraser University operates a trimester system with semesters of thirteen weeks in length. The appointed candidate will teach two courses in the Spring semester and two courses in the Summer semester. Preferred qualifications include a completed PhD and university teaching experience. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. Applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae, in electronic form if possible, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Dr. John Craig, Chair, Department of History, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada, Email: Closing date: 10 October 2007


The California State Polytechnic University invites applications for a tenure-track position with a starting date of September 2008. The primary duties is teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses on Sub-Saharan Africa, and lower-division surveys of US or World history. The minimum qualifications are: Ph.D. in History or a closely related field from an accredited university by July 2008; university teaching experience; evidence of scholarly engagement and promise; demonstrated ability to be responsive to the educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic diversity and international character. A completed application will consist of: a cover letter that describes the candidates teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; this must include a statement of their teaching philosophy within a multicultural environment with examples of past experiences; a curriculum vitae; three recent (dated within the past two years) letters of reference (the department will contact the referees); names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 additional references; a completed application form; a transcript showing highest degree earned. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 1, 2007. Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to: Mahmood Ibrahim (Attn: Africa Search), History Department. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA 91768. Email:

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS: OPEN RANK PROFESSOR IN AFRICAN STUDIES The University of California, Davis invites applications for the position of Professor (Open rank), in African Studies, to begin July 1, 2008. Candidates should have earned Ph.D. in African Studies or a social science discipline with emphasis on Africa by June 30, 2007. We are especially interested in candidates working in areas of applied social science such as public policy and governance, law, religion, public health, immigration, development studies, and international relations. Applicants may possess expertise and/or training in any of a broad range of allied disciplinary areas (e.g. Law, Religion, History, Sociology, Economics, Population Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, and International Relations). Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses with cultural, political, social, and economic dimensions of the contemporary African experience as their focus. The successful appointee is expected to demonstrate academic commitment through excellence in teaching and outstanding research progress. In order to be considered for appointment at the Associate or Professor rank, an applicants record of scholarship must meet the standards for tenure at the University of California. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vita, description of research interests, a 20- to 30-page writing sample from recent research (published or under contract with a publisher), copies of syllabi and teaching evaluation summaries from 3 recent courses, and 3 letters of recommendation. Candidates should submit application packet to Professor Milmon Harrison, Chair Search Committee, African American and African Studies Program, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, 2201 Hart Hall, Davis, California 95616. Review of applications begins on September 24, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of California, Davis, and the African American and African Studies Program are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an Affirmative Action/equal opportunity employer. Visit our home page at .


The Department of History at Columbia University invites applications for an assistant professorship in African history, to begin in the fall of 2008. All periods and specialization in Sub-Saharan Africa excluding West Africa and Francophone Africa are welcome. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in African history. Applicants should send a letter of application, c.v., dissertation abstract, chapter-length writing sample and three letters of recommendation to the African History Search Committee, Department of History, Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., MC 2527, New York NY 10027. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 15th; to receive full consideration they must be received by November 15th. The Ph.D. must be completed by July 2008. Applications from scholars trained or working on the African continent are welcome. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


The Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. As one of the largest and most dynamic departments of its kind in the country, we offer the undergraduate major and minor and a Master of Arts degree as well as a community extension center that serves as the outreach arm of the department. The successful candidate will be a full professor or an associate professor who is eligible for promotion to full rank at OSU upon appointment, has had administrative experience, and can demonstrate commitment to and experience in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. We welcome applications from individuals in all disciplines, but we are especially interested in applicants with a specialization in African and/or African American women's studies. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Professor Ted McDaniel, Chair, Search Committee, Department of African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University, 486 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Although the screening of applications will begin November 1, we will continue until a new chair is named. The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Anthropology of Health & Development in Africa. All searches are at the rank of Assistant Professor unless otherwise noted. In searches for Assistant Professors, exceptional candidates at higher ranks may, in some cases, be considered. Candidates must present evidence of scholarly or creative productivity and must show evidence of dedication to effective teaching. Expected start date: August 18, 2008. Ph.D. or terminal degree is expected by start date of appointment. Preferred candidates would contribute to the climate of diversity in the College, including a diversity of scholarly approaches. For a complete position announcement and requirements, please refer to the CLA&S Web site at www.clas.ku.eduOr, you may contact the department of interest through the KU Directory Assistance (785) 864-2700, or email; Erin Spiridigliozzi, Asst. Dean, CLAS, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 200 Strong Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045. FAX: (785) 864-5331.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA: PROFESSORSHIP COMPARATIVE POLITICS The Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track position in Comparative Politics, with specialization in comparative political development and sub-Saharan Africa, at either the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, to begin in August, 2008. Competencies in ethnic politics and in the problems confronting failed states and conflict and post-conflict societies are especially desired and will complement the departments existing strength and reputation in International Studies. This search is being conducted as part of an effort to expand African Studies; other searches are being conducted for new faculty positions in the College of Education and the Arnold School of Public Health. The Department will consider an appointment with tenure at the Associate rank for candidates with outstanding records of publications and pedagogy. For full consideration at either rank, applications must be received by October 31, 2007. Send vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and samples of published or unpublished research to: African Politics Search, Department of Political Science, Gambrell Hall, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. WELLESLEY COLLEGE: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN AFRICANA STUDIES

The Africana Studies Department at Wellesley College invites applications for a tenure-track position in religion with interests in media and society studies and within the context of Africa and the African Diaspora. The position is open as to rank, starting in September 2008. We are seeking candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and research. Candidates should have an active, theoretically-based research agenda, a strong publication record, and a record of superior performance in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will teach at both the introductory and advanced levels. Our teaching load is 2 courses per semester. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, a description of research and teaching interests, and three letters of reference.


Williams College invites applications for a position in Africana Studies to begin in the fall of 2008. Candidates at all levels are invited to apply. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a field in the social sciences, arts and humanities, or in African-American, African, or Caribbean Studies. The candidate should have a strong interest in teaching on the undergraduate level, a record of research and scholarship, and familiarity with the various developments in the African Diaspora curricula. The candidate should also have a strong desire to assume and exercise program leadership to ensure a model best suited for this campus. Candidates should submit cover letter, c.v., and dossier, including at least three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2007 and continue until the search is completed. Send application materials to: Linda Saharczewski Africana Studies Program Stetson Hall Williams College Williamstown, MA 01267


The History Department at St. Lawrence University seeks applicants for a tenure track Assistant professor position in African history starting in the fall semester of 2008. The candidate must be an Africanist willing to teach a range of courses in terms of time period, regions, and themes from the introductory through the senior research seminar levels. Regional specialization open, but preference will be given to candidates able to teach courses in Islamic Africa and Africa in a global context. Candidates willing to develop courses in global history are especially encouraged. Also, must be willing to contribute to sustaining our interdisciplinary African Studies Program with its established study abroad opportunities in Kenya and Senegal. Applicants with completed PhD preferred. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to Search Chair, Department of History, St. Lawrence University. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2007. Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the AHA.


Ousseina Alidou, the Director of the Program in African Languages and Literature, seeks a Shona speaker who is interested in tutoring at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Shona is spoken in Zimbabwe. Interested Shona speakers should contact Dr. Alidou on her cell: 908-420-9089. Please circulate this request to your friends and colleagues.



Attorneys, Deneys Reitz a leading national law firm, seeks to appoint an associate for the Public Interest Law Department which is responsible for the administration, co-ordination and management of the firms pro bono work and greater corporate social investment strategy. The successful candidate will be responsible for: running and managing litigation matters; client and relationship management; client sourcing and development; independently consulting with clients and briefing counsel; attending functions/conferences and representing the firm (day, evening and weekend functions); marketing and practice development; participation in strategic planning. Qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience required: law degree, admitted attorney; 3 years post-articles experience; must have litigation skills and experience; must have right of appearance in court; ability to work independently; must have a Public Interest Law background/experience; must have knowledge and experience of Constitutional and/or Human Rights matters and issues; good project management skills; good interpersonal skills - enthusiasm and a positive attitude; proactive and innovative. Appointments will be made in line with the companys Employment Equity and transformation policies. Applications should be forwarded to Bianca Naransamy (email address by close of business 31 October 2007. Interviews will be conducted thereafter with suitable candidates.


The position of Director is available from 1 January 2008. Job responsibilities are: initiate and co-ordinate fundraising on a national and international level; management of the various outreach projects; formulation and co-ordination of strategies for future growth in projects; management of the overall financial, HR and administrative functions; monthly reporting to the Head of School and termly reporting to the Outreach Advisory Board and the Board of Governors of St Marys DSG. Experience/requirements sought: well-developed written and verbal communication skills; presentation and facilitation skills; knowledge of administration procedures; knowledge of human resource management / staff development processes; computer literacy; planning, organisational and project management skills; a strong team player. A two-page CV, as well as the names of three recent referees, should be sent to: The HR Manager, St Marys DSG, P O Box 11379, HATFIELD, 0028. Tel: (012) 362 1352; Fax: (012) 362 1080;


The Coalition of Anglican Childrens Homes (COACH) is an NGO that provides opportunities through residential and community development programmes to promote the survival, development, protection and participation of young people at risk and their families, within their community context. COACH invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of a Director to be based in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. The successful candidate will be required to provide strategic leadership to COACH to ensure financial, social and human capital sustainability. Interested candidates should forward their CV stating salary expectations and a letter of motivation to Lorraine Hartwig on 0865113863 (fax) or email to e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Call 011 616 4015 for further enquiries. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals.

BBBSSA, SOCIAL WORKER. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 19, 2007 Big Brothers Big Sisters South Africa (BBBSSA), a NGO that provides mentorship to children & youth in South Africa, is seeking to appoint a Social Worker to be based in Cape Town. The job requirements are: be enthusiastic, committed and self-starter; experience working with children & youth; good interpersonal & networking skills; own transport, as well as English and/or Afrikaans are essential; and previous NGO experience is a must. To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to N Parker at e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Call 021 551 6996 for further enquiries.


Freedom House seeks a Program Officer for its Africa programs at its headquarters in Washington DC. The tasks of the Program Officer will include, but are not limited to backstopping and management of current projects, program design and implementation, fundraising and budget development including researching of new funding, project, or advocacy opportunities, and maintenance of up-to-date program information. Some travel to Africa may be required. For more information, please visit


American Jewish World Service's Service Department is seeking a Program Officer, Volunteer Corps to join a team of professionals who are instrumental in sending Jewish volunteers on assignments in the developing world. The Program Officer will be dedicated to the concept of service and will have an understanding of the developing world. He/she will bring to this position a strong commitment to detail, execution, and customer service. Reporting to the Associate Director, he/she will be responsible for the programmatic aspects of the cycle of recruiting, selecting, preparing, placing and debriefing volunteers. In addition, he/she will assist volunteers in adjusting to their assignments and to their host countries as well as develop relationships with community based organizations in developing countries which serve as our partners for placing volunteers. For more information, please visit

INTERNATIONAL HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE The Alliance is currently bidding for funds to set up a comprehensive programme in Zimbabwe, and if successful seeks to appoint the following staff: CHIEF OF PARTY, PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, EVALUATION AND STRATEGIC INFORMATION DIRECTOR, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR, For full job descriptions see vacancy page at


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

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

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

PAN AFRICAN VISIONS The latest edition of Pan African Visions is now online at

PAMBAZUKA NEWS 322: SOUTH AFRICA: SILENCING THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AND PAMBAZUKA NEWS 323: LINKS AND RESOURCES Pambazuka News is the authoritative pan African electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa providing cutting edge commentary and in-depth analysis on politics and current affairs, development, human rights, refugees, gender issues and culture in Africa. To view online, go to

OBSERVATORY OF CULTURAL POLICIES IN AFRICA NEWSLETTER OCPA NEWS, NO. 189 The PDF version is available at, and those who prefer the Word version can access it at

IDP NEWS ALERT, 20 SEPTEMBER 2007 IDP News Alert is a weekly summary of selected global news on internally displaced persons, compiled by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council. The IDP News alert is available online at

SIYAKHULA - COMMUNITY PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting our popular and practical Community Project Management programme in three different centres in South Africa in the months to come. Venue Dates: Johannesburg 22 26 October 2007; Cape Town 12 16 November 2007; Durban 12 16 November 2007. To reserve your place and to obtain more information please do not hesitate to contact, Mothusi Ndlovu, Tel: 011 886 2647, Fax: 011 7891269 OR Sithembele Mangqangwana, To discover more about the organisation and the all of the programmes that we offer please visit our website


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

THE NATIONAL CAPITAL LANGUAGE RESOURCE CENTER (NCLRC): THE LANGUAGE RESOURCE NEWSLETTER 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 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 RESOURCE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 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

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT DISSERTATION WORKSHOP PROGRAM 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

AFRICAN JOURNALS ONLINE (AJOL) 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

ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND SLAVE LIFE IN THE AMERICAS: A VISUAL RECORD This searchable collection contains about 1,100 images, including many historical drawings and maps on Africa. For more information, visit

CODESRIA RESEARCH AND POLICY DIALOGUE PROGRAMME 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

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 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 (

ISLAM AND HUMAN RIGHTS WEBSITE AT EMORY UNIVERSITY 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,

ONLINE FORUM: WOMEN IN AFRICA 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

PAMBAZUKA: A WEEKLY ELECTRONIC FORUM FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN AFRICA 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

USAID HIV/AIDS E-NEWSLETTER 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

AFRICA: HUMAN RIGHTS DATABASE LAUNCHED The Communication Initiative has introduced its revamped database of global media coverage on human rights issues. This feature is part of the Communication Initiatives 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

JOURNAL OF PAN AFRICAN STUDIES ON-LINE EDITION LAUNCHED 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 ON-LINE: 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. Website:

H-AFRICA ONLINE DISCUSSION NETWORK: 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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