JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (10/16/00)





WORKSHOP Friday, October 27, 2000

Eighth Annual African Studies Consortium Workshop "Unfinished Business: Africa in the New Millennium" Amado Recital Hall Irvine Auditorium (34th and Spruce) The University of Pennsylvania Campus

PROGRAM: 8:30-9:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks Lee Cassanelli, Director, African Studies Center

9:30-11:00a.m. Panel I: "War and the Prospects for Peace in Central Africa"

Panel II : "Health and Disease in Africa Today"

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:45-3:15 p.m. Panel III: "The Condition of Africa's Youth"

3:30-4:45p.m. Panel IV: "An African Cultural Renaissance?":

4:45-6:00 p.m. Celebratory Launch of LATITUDES (an international, interdisciplinary forum on literature, culture, and human geography) and the PENN POST-COLONIAL READING GROUP Reception Co-Sponsored by the Department of English and the African Studies Center For detailed information contact Lynette Loose 215.898.3883 webpage:


Fall 2000 Lecture Series

November 3, 2000 Dr. Zolani Ngwane, Haverford College. "Apartheid Under Education: Schooling, Initiation and Domestic Rerpoduction in Post-Apartheid Rural South Africa." Golkin Room, Houston Hall 3417 Spruce Streets 12noon-1:30p.m.

November 28, 2000 Dr. Kola Abimbola, Haverford College. "Philosophy and the Unity of Yoruba Religion." Class of '47, Meeting Room , Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Streets 12noon-1:30p.m.

December 8, 2000 Dr. Richard Mshomba, LaSalle University "Africa in the Global Economy: Is Trade the Answer?" Golkin Room, Houston Hall 3417 Spruce Streets 12noon-1:30p.m.




November 7, 2000 David Roos, Professor of Biology and Director, University of Pennsylvania Genomics Institute: "Antimalarial Drugs and Drug Resistance: Genomic and Experimental Approaches."

November 14, 2000 Tom Wellems, MD, PhD, Head, Malaria Genetics Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIH, Bethesda: "Chloroquine Resistance in Malaria." November 21, 2000 Terrie Taylor, DO, Director, Malaria Project, Blantyre, Malawi and Professor of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University: "The Pathology of Cerebral Malaria."

November 28, 2000 Isabella Quakyi, Associate Research Professor of Biology, Georgetown University: "Epidemiology of Malaria and Acquisition of Immunity."

December 5, 2000 Steve Hoffman, MD, and Capt. USNR, Director, Malaria Program, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Springs: "Integrating Molecular Immunology, New Vaccine Technologies, and Genomicsto Develop Malaria Vaccines."

January 23, 2000 Ayoade Oduola, Professor, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Coordinator, Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, WHO, Geneva: "Global Solutions to the Malaria Crisis."

All talks 4:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Building II/III, Auditorium on Curie Boulevard. Presented by: Africa Health Group African Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences Office of International Medical Programs, School of Medicine.


EXPOSITION Sptember 15--October 29, 2000 The Goldie Paley Gallery presents: "A Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art" Organized by the Museum for African Art, New York Guest Curator: Bogumil Jewsiewicki Goldie Paley Gallery Moore College of Art and Design 20th Street & The Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 phone: (215) 965-4027 e-mail:


Conference in Burkina Faso: "Environment, settlement history and interethnic relations in Burkina Faso." The conference will take place at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on December 4-6, 2001. Deadline: March 31, 2001. You can send your papers of 200 words--in Engllish or in French--at the following addresses: Dr. Claude Nurukyor Somda, UniversitÈ de Ouagadougou, B.P. 7021, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Dr. Richard Kuba, Goethe Universito/oot Frankfurt/M, SFB 268, Liebigstr. 41, 60323 Frankfurt/M., R.F.A.

Call for papers: Yearbook on Islam in Africa

The Yearbook of Sociology of Islam (LIT-Verlag, Germany - Transaction Publications Rutgers University, USA) vol. 4, edited by Thomas Bierschenk and Georg Stauth, will address the following themes and subjects: 1) Islam in Africa is based on form of conversion and movements which are different from those found in the Islamic heartlands in the Middle East. 2) Islam in Africa has been particularly marked by Sufism which has developed into a variety of facets and forms of Islamic expression. 3) Islam is by itself a translocal and transnational phenomenon. 4) This intensification of links between the Arab heartlands of Islam and Islamic communities south of the Sahara has contributed to the mushrooming of local Islamic associations and lo-cal Islamic NGOs with an international reference. 5) Recent events in Nigeria suggest a new political assertiveness of Islamic groups. 6) The use of Islamic symbols and cultural practices has always been a sign of modernity in local African contexts. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, contact the editors mentioned above as soon as possible. Abstracts (in English, French or German, one page max.) are expected by November 1, 2000, full papers (in English) by May 1, 2001. Thomas Bierschenk & Georg StauthInstitut f,r Ethnologie und Afrikastudien Johannes Gutenberg-Universito/oot Mainz D-55099 Mainz, Germany. Tel. (6131)392.3978, Fax. 06131)392.3730, Email:

The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON is inviting submissions for the Annual Conference of the Western Humanities Alliance. Paper abstracts (250 words max.) due March 1, 2000. Complete panel submissions are also welcome. The theme of the conference is "THE PIOUS AND THE PROFANE - Religion and Public Culture," Western Humanities Alliance - 19th Annual Conference, The University of Washington, Seattle, WA, October 19-21, 2000.

Please send your proposal to: WHA Conference Committee Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities University of Washington Lewis Annex 2, Box 353910 Seattle, WA 98195-3910 Tel (206) 543-3920 Fax (206) 685-4080

TRANSFORMING ANTHROPOLOGY: Papers are sought for a special issue of the journal "Transforming Anthropology" that analyze the various facets of health (and obstacles to achieving it) in African and African Diasporic populations. For further information, contact David Simmons at, or


The Thirty-second Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL32) will take place March 23-25, 2001. "Linguistic Reconstruction and Comparison in Africa" is the theme of the conference to be hosted by the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Abstracts for papers on all topics concerning linguistic aspects of the languages of Africa are invited. One-page abstracts must be received by January 31, 2001 to be considered for inclusion in the program. Send abstracts electronically to: or by mail to: ACAL32, Department of Linguistics, 1203 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 84720-2650 (Electronic submission is preferred where possible). For further details contact Larry Hyman, Professor & Chairman, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; tel: (510) 643-7619; fax: (510) 643-5688.


CAORC Fellowships for Regional Research

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is offering fellowships open to U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. Application deadline is: December 31, 2000. For further information or to receive an application visit the web site at:; or write to: Attn: Ms. Julia Pilson, Regional Research Program, Smithsonian Institution, 10th and Constitution St., NW, NHB - East Court Room, CE-123, MRC 180, Washington, DC 20560; tel: (202) 842-8636; fax: (202) 786-2430; e- mail:

2001 WARA Fellowship Competitions

1. 2001 WARA/WARC Collaborative Scholars-in- Residence Fellowship Program

The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, is offering fellowships, each of which will support a pair of researchers (one researcher based in a West African institution and one based in a North American institution). The two pairs of researchers will spend 2-3 months at the Center as scholars-in-residence in order to collaborate on their joint project. Priority will be given to scholars who have already initiated collaborative projects and who require work time together in order to finish a manuscript such as a book, book chapter, or journal article. Joint proposals, of no more than ten (10) pages in length, written by each pair of applicants, should be submitted to the WARA office in Madison, Wisconsin or the WARC/CROA office in Dakar, Senegal by December 15, 2000. Proposals should, in concrete terms, describe the history of the collaboration between the two scholars on the project at hand, summarize the significance of the research, the planned methodology, and the resulting publications. Curriculum vita and three (3) letters of recommendation for each applicant should be submitted to: WARC/CROA, B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011- 221-8-24-20-58; email:; or WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262-2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website:; For further details, write to either address indicated.

2. West African Research Association Fellowship

Two (2) research fellowships are being offered for Summer of 2001 in West Africa with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These fellowships are open to both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates who wish to conduct research for a 10-12 week period in order: 1) to prepare a doctoral research proposal; 2) complete or elaborate upon earlier research; 3) enhance their understanding of a particular topic in order to improve teaching effectiveness or broaden course offerings. The competition is open to U.S. citizens who teach or are enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States. Candidates must submit an essay of no more than eight (8) pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of their research project to their academic field or teaching profession. Supporting materials must include three (3) letters of recommendation by professors (for pre-doctoral candidates) or established scholars in their field (for post-doctoral candidates); a curriculum vitae; and college transcripts (for pre- doctoral candidates). Please direct inquiries and submit all relevant materials (one original and three copies) to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262- 2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

3. West African Research Association Minority Student Internship Competition

Three (3) Summer 2001 Minority Student Internships are being offered in West Africa in an effort to increase the active participation of minorities in international affairs (African-Americans, Eskimo or Aleut, Native American Indians, Mexican Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. Students from HBCU's and those without previous foreign travel experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706, Telephone: 608-262-2487, Fax: 608-265-4151; email: website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

4. WARC Travel Grant

The West African Research Center is now offering travel bursaries of up to $2000 to West African scholars and graduate students. These funds may be used to: 1) Attend and read papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant's field of research; 2) Visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work. For further details on application requirements contact: WARC/CROA; B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas, Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011-221-8-24-20-58; email: or Edris Makward, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin; Telephone: (608) 262-2487; Fax: (608) 265-4151. Travel funds will become available October 1, 2000. Applications should reach the West African Research Center at least 3 months before the travel date. `


The KU African Studies Resource Center seeks a Program Assistant starting November 1, 2000. Required qualifications: M.A. degree; experience in Africa and familiarity with African area studies; familiarity with grant-writing and funded programs; writing, research, and analytical skills; effectiveness with people in project planning and management. This is a full-time, annually renewable appointment, tied to Title VI funding; salary range $22,000. - $25,000. Applicants must submit a letter of application, current CV and three letters of reference to: African Studies Resource Center Director, University of Kansas, 104a Lippincott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045-2107. Email: Telephone: (785) 864-3745. Review of applications will begin October 23 and continue until position is filled.

AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 Phone: (215)-898-6971 FAX: (215)-573-8130 e-mail: website:


African Studies Center University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 Phone: (215)-898-6971 Fax: (215)-573-8130 e-mail: Website:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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