MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/05/00, 09/12/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/05/00, 09/12/00


Issue No. 2, Fall 2000

September 12, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 14, Thursday

"Local or Universal Lessons? Participatory Action Research with Farmers in Africa and Latin America," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Maria Fernandez, Visiting Scholar (Universidad Nacional Agraria, Peru) 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 21, Thursday

"Race, Place, and Politics: Understanding Zimbabwe's Land Invasions," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Heather Holtzclaw, Advanced PhD Candidate (Department of Sociology), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 28, Thursday

"Economic Globalization in the Margins: an Archaeological View from the Lower Falemme (Upper Senegal)," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Ibrahima Thiaw, Research affiliate (Rice University, Houston, TX), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU Faculty

Okey Iheduru, assistant professor in James Madison College, received a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship for one year, which began July 1, 2000. Iheduru plans to affiliate with the Department of Political Studies and International Studies and the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Iheduru's project is one of 19 proposals funded nationwide.


Call for Book Chapters

The Center for International Higher Education, School of Education, at Boston College is looking for authors who could write articles for the Center's recently launched African Higher Education Project. The goal of the project is to publish a comprehensive handbook on African higher education that will cover all African countries. The center is looking for experts who can write a chapter on postsecondary institutions on any of the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, DRC (Zaire), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Reunion, Seychelles, Sudan, and Tunisia. Please contact Damtew Teferra, Coordinator, African Higher Education Project, School of Education, Boston College or via email at


Special Student Rates for ASA Conference

Undergraduate and graduate students can pre-register for the 43rd African Studies Association Annual Meeting for $20. The Board of Directors of the African Studies Association reduced the rate to encourage students to participate in and attend the conference.

To register as a student:

Complete a regular pre-registration form, indicating that you are a student. Send $20 check or credit card payment.

Send a copy of a valid student I.D. card.

While students are encouraged to present papers in organized panels, they may consider presenting during the "Baobab" poster sessions that are less formal than panels. Poster sessions make presenters available to conference participants in a one-on-one or one-on- several conversational format, where participants ask questions and discuss the presenters' materials, analysis and findings. Presenters in these sessions do not deliver formal papers, but rather come prepared with all of their data to talk in a more off-the-cuff format, so that ideas and issues of particular interest to participants may be pursued in depth, and a lively exchange of ideas can ensue. Sessions will be two hours long, and during that time presenters can expect to speak with many different people about many different aspects of their research. Abstracts for the Baobab poster sessions should be prepared just like abstracts for more formal presentations.

The 43rd African Studies Association Annual Meeting is November 16-19 2000, at Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Reduced rates are available at the Renaissance Hotel (800-327- 6618 or 615-244-8200) and the Doubletree Hotel (800- 222-8733 or 615-244-8200). More information about the meeting is available at the African Studies Association website:

Call for Papers

"Linguistic Reconstruction and Comparison in Africa" is the theme for the Thirty-second Annual Conference on African Linguistics to be held March 23-25, 2001. Invited speakers are: Ben Elugbe (Ibadan), Ngessimo Mutaka (YaoundÈÈ), John Stewart (Edinburgh), Russell Schuh (UCLA), and Kay Williamson (Port Harcourt).

Abstracts for papers on all topics concerning linguistic aspects of the languages of Africa are invited. Papers addressing the theme are particularly welcome. One- page abstracts must be received in Berkeley by January 31, 2001 to be considered for inclusion in the program; however they may be submitted as early as December 1, 2000 for early review. 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).

"The New Benue-Congo Working Group"

Following the ACAL there will be a special Workshop March 26-27 with invited and contributed papers and working sessions focused on the reconstruction of Benue-Congo and it's subgroups (including Bantu). ACAL participants are invited to stay on to attend this workshop. If interested in contributing, contact Larry Hyman or Ian Maddieson at the address listed above. Further information will also be posted on the web at

African Finance and Economics Association Conference and Meetings

African Finance and Economics Association's conference "African Economic Development: Prospect in the New Millennium" will be held January, 2000 in New Orleans. Members of the African Finance and economic Association (AFEA) are invited to submit papers. Papers, abstracts of papers, participation requests and requests for information on becoming a member of AFEA should be sent to: Emmanuel Nnadozie, AFEA President Elect and Program Chair, Truman State University, Economics Department, Kirksville, MO 63501 or via email:


Assistant Director - Rutgers University

Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey is searching for an Assistant Director to assume administrative and financial responsibilities in the Center for African Studies. The Assistant Director works under the supervision of the Director who is a faculty member, manages the Center's office, budget, and records, and works with faculty to implement the Center's programs. African Studies is strongly supported by the university administration and by disciplinary departments. Over 70 Rutgers faculty have research and/or teaching interests in Africa. Located on the northeast corridor between New York and Philadelphia, Rutgers serves as several active constituencies for Africa, including a number of large African expatriate communities. Additionally, Rutgers hosts the Secretariat of the African Studies Association.

Minimum qualifications require a Masters level training or commensurate professional experience, practical experience managing accounts and grants in higher education or comparable institutions, familiarity with IBM/PC word processing programs and accounting programs, one or two years experience in developing and writing funding proposals, practical or scholarly experience in Africa and/or African studies is preferred but not required, and experience in working with foundations is a plus.

Interested applicants should provide a CV, a cover letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications, and contact information for three referees. Completed applications and further inquiries can be directed to: Richard Schroeder, Director, Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, 99 Avenue E, Beck Hall Rm. 206, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8045; Tel: (732) 445- 6639; email: Expected start date is November 1, 2000. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2000 and continue until the position is filled. Rutgers University is an equal opportunity employer.

Assistant/Associate Professor - U of California-Davis

The Women and Gender Studies program at the University of California at Davis seeks applications for a full-time, tenure track, assistant/associate professorship to begin July 1, 2001. They seek candidates with a social science background and with expertise in on one of the following areas: African American women and gender relations; African American families; black feminist/womanist politics and theory. Candidates should be conversant with theoretical perspectives which foreground the intersections among race/ethnicity, class, and gender and sexuality. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the following or related fields: sociology, anthropology, public policy, political science, geography, and/or ethnic or women's studies and must have completed their degree by the time of appointment. Women and Gender Studies at U.C. Davis is an undergraduate major and minor and offers a graduate level Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Women and Gender Studies also participates in a Cultural Studies M.A. and Ph.D. Program, maintains a close connection with the American, African and African-American, Asian American, Chicana/o, and Native American Studies programs on campus, and encourages a strong commitment to fostering connections between campus and community.

Please send a letter of application, a CV, a sample of written work, and a list of referees to Professor Wendy Ho, Women and Gender Studies Program, One Shields Ave, 2222 Hart Hall, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. All materials should be postmarked no later than November 17, 2000.


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