JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (11/28/00)





Fall 2000 Lecture Series

November 28, 2000 (Tuesday) 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 (Friday) 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 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 Genomics to 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 will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Building, 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.

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania presents the MERRIAM SYMPOSIUM "Can The World Cope? The Challenge of Ethno-political Conflict" Wednesday, November 29, 2000, Houston Hall. The Panels will address conflicts in: Kosovo, Jerusalem, Rwanda, and Kashmir.


Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia. August 2-4, 2001 The Ethiopian American Foundation (EAF) announces an international conference on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia which will convene at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The primary objectives of the conference are to: 1) Raise awareness about critical development issues in Ethiopia among the Diaspora and the public at large; 2) Provide a forum for informed dialogue on key development and policy issues, and 3) Build consensus on policy issues that are critical for future progress and development. The conference is intended for researchers, policy makers, investors, the donor community, and others interested in development issues in Ethiopia.


Conference Title: "Environment, Settlement History and Interethnic Relations in Burkina Faso" Conference Date: December 4-6, 2001 Conference Location: University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Deadline: March 31, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Abstract Length: 200 words--in English or in French Contacts: 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.

Conference Title: "Linguistic Reconstruction and Comparison in Africa" (thirty-second Annual Conference on African Linguistics--ACAL32. Conference Date: March 23-25, 2001. Conference Location: Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley Deadline: January 31, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Abstract Length: one-page Contacts: Larry Hyman, Professor & Chairman, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; tel: (510) 643-7619; fax: (510) 643-5688.

Conference Title: "Technology and Development in Africa" (the 27th Annual Symposium) Conference Date: April 25th-28th, 2001 Conference Location: Center for African Studies and College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Deadline: November 15, 2000 (Abstract Submission) Abstract Length: no more than one page long or up to 400 words Contacts: Center for African Studies 210 International Studies Bldg. 910 S. Fifth Street Champaign, Illinois 61820 U.S.A. Phone: 217-333-6335 Fax: 217-244-2429 E-mail: Web:

Conference Title: "Re-envisioning Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in African Studies" Conference Date: Friday, March 30th-Sunday, April 1st 2001 Conference Location: University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Deadline: December 1, 2000 (Abstract Submission) Abstract Length: a short (half-page) abstract, single-spaced Contacts: Please send submissions to: 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference Program of African Studies Northwestern University 610 Library Place Evanston, IL 60208-4110 Queries may also be addressed by e-mail to:

Conference Title: "Survival of a People: Towards a History of the Family and Intergenerational Relations in Tanzania" Conference Date: June 2001 Conference Location: University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Department of History Deadline: January 31, 2001 (Abstract Submission) Contacts: Professor James L.Giblin Department of History 280 Schaeffer Hall University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242 Phone: 319-335-2299 Fax: 319-335-2293 Y.Q. Lawi, PhD. Chair, Department of History University of Dar es Salaam, P.O. Box 35050, Dar es Salaam. Department of History, E-mail: Fax: 255 - 22 - 2410395

Conference Title: "Homecoming: Returning to Our African Values" (National Council for Black Studies, Inc.--NCBS) Conference Location: Charlotte, North Carolina at the Hilton University Place Hotel, 8629 J. M. Keynes Drive Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2000 (Abstract Submission) Contacts: The National Council for Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS), 25th Annual International Conference, National Office, SAC 1115, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, California 90747-0001. Tel: (310) 243-2169. Fax: (310) 516-3987. E-mail:

Conference Title: "Preparing Women to Live in a Global Society" Conference Location: Marygrove College, Detroit, MI Conference Date: March 23-24, 2001 Deadline: Friday, December 18, 2000 (Abstract Submission) Contacts: MWSA, 213 W. Main Street, Lansing, MI 48933. Phone: (517) 484-1880; Fax: (517) 372-0170; E-mail:; Web:


ANTHROPOLOGY AND POPULAR CULTURE Perspectives on Health, Violence, and Human Rights Articles are sought for an inter-disciplinary volume exploring the relationships among health, violence, and human rights that integrate perspectives of anthropology and popular culture. Book has been contracted. Articles of a theoretical or practical nature that analyze these intersections of the two disciplines are welcome. Sample topics: the effects of globalization on health and human rights; alternative healing practices in a galobalizing world; gender, ethnicity and health care practices; labor, health and global capital; social violence and popular culture; violence, media and the state; endangered languages and popular culture: problems and prospects; other topics invited. Articles should range from 7,000 to 10,000 words, inclusive of notes and references, following the style of the American Anthropological Association. Article submission and inquiries to: Kevin Browne Midwest Center for Human Services 2828 Marshall Ct., Suite 210 Madison, WI 53705;

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



AFRICA HEALTH PRACTICA FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS IN HEALTH-RELATED FIELDS OR STUDENTS IN THE HEALTH SCHOOLS Grants for practical training in health-related fields in Africa are available again this year under a Ford Foundation Grant awarded to Penn's African Studies Center, for three students. All graduate students in Penn health schools, the School of Social Work, the School of Arts and Sciences, or any other graduate student preparing for a health-related career is eligible.

The "Africa Health Practicum" awards are intended to fund short duration experiences in Africa that take various forms. Medical, Dental, Veterinarian or graduate students in Nursing may choose a clinical or research experience in a Sub-Saharan setting. Graduate students in other fields may wish to intern in a health-related NGO or design a short research project of their own on an African health-related issue, with supervision by an African institution or equivalent organization.

The Penn Africa Health Group will choose three students for funding based on the quality of their proposals, or if all are equal, by lottery. The AHG will use its broad network of contacts to help find appropriate institutions and NGO's with which students may work or affiliate. The amount available for each is $2100. Institutions in Africa can often help identify low cost housing. The application deadline is January 20, 2001, with notification on February 15, 2001. Applications must include curriculum vitae, a project proposal, transcript, and two letters of recommendation. Please deliver your application to: Ms. Lynette Loose Program Coordinator African Studies Center 645 Williams Hall University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

For further information, please contact Profs Sandra Barnes <> or Donald Silberberg <>

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 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Congressional Scholars Program at Howard University
The Kaiser Family Foundation is launching the Congressional Scholars Program to honor the legacy of former Kaiser Trustee and Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, by creating new opportunities for minority students in health policy and eventually, increasing the numbers of minority health policy professionals. The Program will annually provide 10 talented, economically disadvantaged college seniors or recent graduates with a 9-week summer college internship in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities. The Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works. Seminars, lectures, and field trips will augment the work experiences of the Scholars. Desired attendant results of the program are to assist the Scholars to hone their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, research and leadership, and to provide them a greater understanding of the issues and forces that shape national debate and health policy. Candidates must be in their senior year of undergraduate study or have graduated within the last twelve months from an accredited U.S. college or university. Candidates must complete an application form, including a 500-word essay. They must submit a resume and college transcript, and letters of reference from faculty members. Candidates will be evaluated on 1) academic performance; 2) their essay; 3) their letters of recommendation; and 4) demonstrated leadership. This program is under the direction of Celia J. Maxwell, M.D., Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs and Director of the Women's Health Institute at Howard University. For further information, contact Jomo Kassaye at (202) 865-4844 or by fax at (202) 667-5694 or visit our website at:

SSRC FELLOWSHIPS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND GLOBAL SECURITY The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the availability of new summer fellowships for innovative research on information technology (IT), international cooperation and global security. PhD students and faculty from any academic discipline and of any nationality may apply. These in-residence fellowships, for summer 2001, are designed for researchers who currently work on cooperation and security issues and who want to explore the role and impact of IT in this area; or for researchers who work on IT and want to explore its relationship to cooperation and security. International cooperation and global security involve a wide range of issues including new forms of global regulation and surveillance; transboundary advocacy and global civil society; economic and political "crisis" and transformation; unequal access to goods and services; transnational identity politics; conflict and transboundary intervention; military and warfare practices; and power and authority in the global realm. IT issues could involve the Internet and related technologies such as those associated with telecommunications, data processing, encryption, and systems of code; robotics, automation, and simulation; and concerns bearing directly on connectivity and content such as structures of information flow and processes of disinformation and dissemination. Deadline: January 12, 2001 (mailed from inside U.S.) and January 22 (all others). For more information and an application: Email: <> web: Program on Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security Social Science Research Council 810 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 (212) 377-2700 telephone / (212) 377-2727 fax

THE AFRICA PROJECT The Woodrow Wilson Center The Young Africanist Fellowship program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, organized by the new Africa Project, seeks to give advanced graduate students a chance to spend one to three months during the summer in Washington D.C. At the time of the application, the candidates should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation. During their residence at the Center, the recipients will use the Center's research facilities, interact with policy makers in Washington, and preset part of their research to a wider audience. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in a Ph.D. program in any of the social sciences. Their dissertation work must be on an African subject that is relevant to the broader policy community of Washington. The Center will provide $3,000 per month, inclusive of travel. Selections made by a panel drawn from our Academic Advisory Council will be announced by April 1, 2001. Applications are due on January 15, 2001. For more information, contact: The Young Africanist Fellowship The Africa Project The Woodrow Wilson Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-3027

Graduate Scholarships for Foreign Language Study The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) will award up to 30 scholarships to graduate students at CIC universities to pursue foreign language study this summer. This program is intended to help students take advantage of language offerings not available to them at their home university. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at one of the twelve participating CIC institutions (see web site for listing). Study may be undertaken at any other CIC institution. FLEP recipients may also apply to the CIC Traveling Scholar Program which enables graduate students to pay tuition and fees at their home institution while attending another CIC university. Scholarships may not be used for language study at a student's home institution and must be used for a 'less commonly- taught' language. For more information contact the Foreign Language Liaison at MSU, Dennie Hoopingarner, email: Or visit: Application deadline is February 1, 2001.

AAUW International Fellowships

Women graduate students from countries outside of the US are invited to apply for a $16,860 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation for study or research in the US. For information and application materials, contact AAUW Educational Foundation, c/o Customer Service Center, Department 141, 2201 Dodge Street, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030. Phone: (319) 337-1716, ext. 141. Web: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.


Hamilton College Position in Africana Studies: We seek a senior scholar with administrative experience to serve as Associate/Full Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program. Assistant Professors with 3-5 years teaching experience also are invited to apply. Open to any discipline and specialization within the African diaspora. Successful applicant should have the ability 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, disapora-based Introduction to Africana Studies. A senior appointee will also serve as director of the interdisciplinary program in Africana Studies, designing and implementing campus-wide programs. Salary commensurate with experience. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Hamilton College is an affirmative action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Closing date for applications: December 15, 2000. Applications should be sent to Shelley P. Haley, Director, Africana Studies, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323. Stephen Orvis Associate Professor of Government Hamilton College Clinon, NY 13323 315-859-4310 (office) 315-859-4477 (fax)

Twi, Nuer, Dinka Interpreters CyraCom International, a language services company serving medical and governmental facilities is currently seeking Independent Contractors (who currently live in the United States or Canada) to serve as Telephone Interpreters. Interpreters work from their homes or offices, when convenient with their schedule, providing a very flexible part-time employment opportunity. Interpreter interaction with the computer system is short, simple, and toll-free; a push-button phone is the only hardware required. Following a short testing and training period, approved interpreters are paid $1.10 per minute of interpretation. Demand for languages is variable and CyraCom cannot guarantee call volumes. If you have interpretation experience and strong bilingual language skills, call Marnie at 800-713-4950 or forward your resume to CyraCom International, Attn: Marnie Metro, Operations, 7332 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704; fax: (520) 745-9022.

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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