MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/09/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/09/01


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive <>




January 11, Thursday

"Arms Transfer for Diamonds and Power in Sierra Leone," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Al Shek Kamara, Visiting Scholar (School of Criminal Justice and African Studies Center, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


FLAS Fellowships 2001-2002

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. FLAS fellowships are awarded to graduate students enrolled in programs which combine the study of modern foreign language with advanced training and research in area studies and/or international development. In general, fellows may be enrolled in any discipline, however some restrictions may apply. Awards cover the cost of core college tuition and fees at MSU, plus a stipend of $11,000 for the academic year. FLAS fellowships at MSU are awarded by three of the University's Title VI National Resource Centers. Each center is authorized to fund the study of particular languages as listed below. A smaller number of summer grants cover tuition and fees for a six-week intensive study of an African language (see below).

A) Intensive Shona Summer 2001 Program will be held from June 21 to July 27, 2001 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. This six-week Intensive Summer Program in Shona will be preceded by a three- day gratis workshop on Zimbabwe, June 18-20. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Shona (AFR 151 & 152) and Intermediate Shona (AFR 251 & 252), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for six weeks; and Advanced Shona (AFR 450), 6 credits, for 20 hours per week for six weeks. A three-day seminar on Zimbabwe for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Zimbabwe will be offered June 18-20, 2001. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from Zimbabwe as well as from the more than 50 MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in Zimbabwe. Shona Intensive Summer Program participants are expected to participate in this gratis workshop.

The Summer Shona Institute will be directed by Professor Albert Natsa, faculty member of the Dept. of Curriculum and Arts Education, University of Zimbabwe.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or E-mail: Application deadline is February 16, 2001.

B) MSU-Ford Minority Fellowship: Zimbabwe MSU with the support of the Ford Foundation announces three competitive fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested to complete an M.A. and Ph.D. in an MSU academic department. The fellowship offers full financial support for a 12 month African studies immersion program in the language and culture of Zimbabwe beginning June 2001. Those completing the 12 month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study at MSU in the following academic year beginning September 2002. They will be eligible to compete for the Center's Title VI African Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program for Immersion in African Studies (from the African Studies Center) and to an MSU academic department for graduate degree study. Graduate admission forms may be obtained from the relevant department or through the Admissions Office at MSU. The application deadline is February 16, 2001.

C) The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Women and International Development Program (WID) offers fellowships for the study of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hausa, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. Students who are studying other languages as part of their program in international- development studies should contact the CASID office regarding their eligibility. Interested candidates may contact: Dr. Robert Glew, 306 Berkey Hall; e-mail:; Phone: (517) 353-5925; Fax: (517) 353-4840. Application materials are due February 16, 2001.

D) The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) offers academic year and summer fellowships for the study of Portuguese, Spanish (advanced level only), and select Latin American indigenous languages. Consult the CLACS website, for additional information. Interested candidates may contact: Professor John Bratzel, CLACS, 206 International Center; email: Phone: (517) 353-1690, Fax: (517) 353-7254. Application deadline is February 16, 2001.

MSU Faculty/Student Publication Review

Review article by Geneva Smitherman, (MSU Faculty) and Tumelontle Thiba, (MSU Alumni), of "Ethnicity in Africa: Roots, Meanings and Implications," pages 139- 142, in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Issue 144, 2000; Issue on "Language and Ethnicity in the New South Africa."

CASID Connection

The CASID Connection is published as part of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) outreach program. In the past the Connection has assisted faculty at post-secondary institutions with internationalizing their courses and curriculum by providing collections of articles with a thematic focus such as gender and the environment, microfinance, and global development. Future issues of the Connection will contain contributions from faculty and administrators at post-secondary institutions that focus on models and best practices for internationalizing their institutions, faculty, curriculum and courses. We are currently soliciting contributions for the next Connection so please submit contributions that address the new focus of the Current. Submissions may be specific examples of how a course has been internationalized to broader institution-wide models for internationalizing. We are interested in a wide-range of topics. There is no minimum length for submissions, but please do not exceed 20 double-spaced pages. Please send contributions to: CASID Connection, 306 Berkey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1111.

Call for Papers Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History

MSU history graduate students along with John H. Hannah Professor of History, Darlene Clark Hine, and the Comparative Black History PhD Program at MSU invite paper and panel proposals for Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History, a conference that aims to place the history of Black people in the Diaspora within a comparative framework. MSU will host the conference on September 20-23, 2001. Conference organizers welcome paper and panel proposals on the African Diaspora in Africa and the Americas and on diverse regions such as Asia, Australia, and Europe. Topics concerning identity, resistance, gender, labor, slavery, genocide, migration, religion, education, sexuality, black nationalism, and the Cold War, among others, are invited.

Panel proposals should include a one page abstract and current CV. Proposals should also include an abstract of panel's intent and current CV of each participant. Individual paper proposals will also be evaluated for acceptance and should include a one page abstract and current CV. All proposals are due no later than January 31, 2001. The preferred method of submission is a Word or WordPerfect attachment to CBHPRGM@MSU.EDU. You may also submit proposals, and direct questions, to the Conference Committee, Comparative Black History PhD Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824- 1036. (517)355-3418. For more information, visit


Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) June 18 - August 9, 2001. Tuition will be $1800 and students will receive 8 UW-Madison credits for work completed at SCALI 2001.

Offerings for the summer have not yet been set. However, students are invited to visit the SCALI website at: to register your interest, including indicating the language and level you would be interested in taking. SCALI 2000 was able to offer Bamana II, Chichewa I & II, Hausa I, Setswana I, Swahili I & II, Xhosa I, Yoruba I & II, and Zulu I. SCALI 1998 was also able to offer an equally diverse state of languages. The site will be updated with additional information on offerings, funding, accommodations, etc., as it becomes available. For further details, contact: Mark L. Lilleleht, Coordinator, SCALI (2001); email:; Phone: (608) 262-2380; Fax: (608) 265-2380.


One-day Conference at U/M - January 13, 2001

The University of Michigan will host the one-day conference entitled, "Reimagining South Africa and the Political Imagination of South Africans" on Saturday, January 13, 2001, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. The conference will be held at the International Institute, Room 1636, 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Some Presenters include: Keith Breckenridge, Univ. of Natal; Clifton Crais, Kenyon College; Donald L. Donham, Emory Univ.; Patricia Hayes, Univ. of the Western Cape; Sindiwe Magona; United Nations; Sinfree Makoni, Univ. of Michigan; Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane, Univ. of Fort Hare; Abdul Rashied Omar; The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Grant Parker; Univ. of Michigan; and Daniel Rothenberg, Univ. of Michigan. There is no registration fee and the conference is open to interested visitors from other universities. For more information, or to request electronic copies of the papers, contact: D. Grace Davie, email:; Phone: (734) 213-5612.

Call for Papers Middle States African Studies Association

The Middle States African Studies Association will hold its second conference on May 3-6, 2001, at West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia. The theme of the conference will be Black Plague: Health, Population & AIDS on the African Diaspora. Papers will be accepted from all disciplines. Deadline for the 22 word abstract submission is January 21, 2001. Send abstract and direct inquiries to C. Stuart McGehee, Dean, Department of History, 307 Hill Hall, Campus Box 162, West Virginia State College, Institute, W. Virginia 25112-1000. Phone: (304) 766-3240. Fax: (304)766-5186.E-mail:

Call for Papers International Policy Research Workshop

Western Michigan University, Department of Economics will host a workshop entitled, "Managing Natural Resources for Sustainable Agriculture in African Highland Ecosystems." The conference is intended to provide a forum for an informed discussion on key policy research issues in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture in African ecosystems. It is a joint forum for researchers and policy makers, aimed at enabling future collaborative research among participants.

The program committee invites proposals for research papers relevant to the following sub-themes: 1) Natural Resources and Agricultural Linkages; 2) Causes of Natural Resource Degradation; 3) Evolution of Institutions and Technological Innovations; 4) Lessons Learned from Impact Assessment Studies; 5) Public Policies, Natural Resource, and Agriculture. Other proposals related to the topic will be considered. Abstracts or proposals are due by January 30, 2001. For more information contact Professor Sisay Asefa, Natural Resources & Sustainable Agriculture in Africa Workshop, Dept. of Economics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008; email:; Fax: (616) 387-3999.

Call for Papers Institute for Global Cultural Studies

The Institute for Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Binghamton University is hosting a conference on Islam in Africa: A Global, Cultural and Historical Perspective, April 19-22, 2001, at Binghamton, NY. This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the uniqueness of Islam in Africa, emphasizing its global context, from the first arrival of the religion on the continent up through current events in which Islam pays a role. Papers are welcomed from a number of perspectives: historical, social, cultural, political, philosophical, textual, economic, linguistic, and literary. Papers may be presented in English, French, or Arabic; however, participants must provide an English translation of their abstract, as well as an English translation of the paper, if accepted. Papers will also be included in a published volume on Islam in Africa. Please contact IGCS for information or for qualified translators. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length. For more information contact Micheal Toler, Institute for Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000 LNG-100, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Phone: (607) 777-4494. Fax: (607) 777- 2642. E-mail:


Assistant Professor of African/Diaspora History U of Michigan, Flint

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in African/Diaspora History, starting Fall Semester 2001. Teaching responsibilities include courses in African and African-Diaspora History, comparative survey courses, and introductory courses in Africana Studies. The successful candidate will have a PhD in African Studies or History, teaching experience and the potential for active scholarship. Doctoral within six months of completion are also invited to apply. Interested applicants should submit the following: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, official transcript from degree granting institution showing record of doctoral course-work, name and telephone numbers of three telephone references (professionals), and three letters of recommendation. Send materials to Chair, Search Committee, Department of Africana Studies, 446 French Hall, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502. Applications received before January 7, 2001 will have first consideration.

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies U of Pittsburgh

The Department of Africana Studies of the University of Pittsburgh is seeking to fill a tenure-track assistant professorship, to begin September 1, 2001, subject to budgetary approval. Area of specialization is open to any of the social science disciplines, including anthropology, history, and sociology. Regional focus is on the Black experience in Africa, the US, or the Caribbean. A strong grounding in qualitative and quantitative methodology as well as Africana Studies foundations will be an advantage. Teaching responsibilities will include a mixture of introductory and advanced courses in the area of specialization. A commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching is essential, along with a PhD.

In order to ensure full consideration, send cover letter, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, a sample of written work, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Jerome Taylor, Chairperson, Search Committee (Social Science), Department of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 3T01 Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, by January 15, 2001.


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