MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/06/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/06/01

THE TUESDAY BULLETIN Issue No. 11 Fall 2001 November 6, 2001 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive <>




November 8, Thursday

"Music, Dance, Magic and Filmmaking in West Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Taale Laafi Rosellini, Founder/Director (African Family Film Foundation), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 8, Thursday

"There and Back Part II: Robben Island and Beyond," African Studies Center Special Brown Bag with Eddie Daniels, Founding member of the African Resistance Movement (South Africa), 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Spartan Room C, Crossroads Cafeteria, International Center. Reception to following.

November 15, Thursday

No Brown Bag ASA Annual Meeting

November 16, Friday

"HIV-AIDS: How Health Communication Campaigns Can Help," CASID/WID Series with Bella Mody, Faculty (Department of Telecommunications, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 18, Sunday

Global Festival 2001, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. (See MSU Announcements), MSU Student Union (corner of Grand Riverand Abbott Road in East Lansing). Call 353-1735 or 351-5106 for further information.

November 22, Thursday

No Brown Bag Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29, Thursday

"DOING the History of Muslim Societies in African History," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Robinson, Faculty (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Rm 201, International Center.


Course Announcements - Spring 2002

Gender/Development/Globalization Tuesday, 9:10-12:00 noon, Instructor, Rita S. Gallin: e- mail

This course focuses on women and post-colonial regimes of production and reproduction. Through readings and discussions, students will explore how capital, culture, and politics are linked to women's lives and communities and to their organization. The goal throughout the course will be to analyze the way historical transformations are implicated in unequal relations among and between people and nations and to interrogate the possibility of a feminist and international politics of solidarity.

African-American Literature

ENG 850/991C, Figures and Figurations of Black Radical Tradition, is a graduate course scheduled to meet Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. The course takes a cue from Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, Cedric J. Robinson's "classic" but under-recognized text. It will engage relatively recent writings in and sometimes on "radical" or, more preferably, "revolutionary" traditions in African/Diasporic contexts.

Some of the overall themes to be considered are Diaspora and De-Colonization, Self-Determination via Female Militance, The Ecstasy of Revolt, "Man" and Empire, The Myth of the So-Called "Negro," Pan- Africanism against "Dollarism" and "Native Bourgeoisies," The Prison of Neo-Slavery, and African Matriarchal Foundations.

Students should have read from Robinson's critique of both Western Capital and Western Marxism before the first class. For further details, contact Professor Greg Thomas, 205 Morrill Hall, 355-1777.

Travel the World in a Day - Global Festival 2001

MSU students representing dozens of countries around the world will share their culture and talents with exhibits and demonstrations, exciting and colorful performances and an entire floor of children's activities. Pick up your "passport", enjoy delicious food at the global cafÈ or ala carte and purchase a gift at the World Gift Shop (items are donated and proceeds are used for tuition scholarships for the spouses of international students). The cafÈ is open from 12:00 noon to 3:00p.m. and ala carte foods are available all afternoon. There is something for everyone so.....bring your family and friends and join the festival on Sunday, November 18, 2001, MSU Union. Admission is free!

For more information call the CVIP office, 353-1735 or Lois Park, festival coordinator, 351-5106. The Global Festival is co sponsored by International Studies and Programs, the Office for International Students and Scholars, the MSU Student Union and Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP).

WANTED: Items from your world travels which you no longer want. Donate to the World Gift Shop. Proceeds provide scholarships for spouses of MSU international students. To donate call Lillian Kumata, 351-6046.


Call for Papers Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference

The Midwest Art History Society invites abstracts for its 29th annual conference, to be held April 18-20, 2002 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sessions are planned to focus on a broad spectrum of topics: Western art, African art, Asian art, gender in art, museum and urban design, museum acquisitions, and landscape design. An open session is provided for papers on additional subjects. The keynote speaker will be Dave Hickey, Professor of Art Criticism and Theory at the University of Nevada and contributing editor to Art Issues magazine in Los Angeles.

One-page abstracts are to be sent to the chair of the appropriate session. The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 31, 2001. For additional information about the conference and session chairs, contact: Catherine Sawinski, Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202; e-mail:

Call for Papers Middle States African Studies Association 3rd Annual Conference

"The Global Legacy and Application of the Vision of Booker T. Washington: Science, Technology and Education" is the title of this conference June 19 - 21, 2002 to be held on the campus of West Virginia State College, Institute, WV. Featuring The Booker T Washington Family Reunion & the African Zion Church.

The Middle States African Studies Association is currently seeking papers and panel proposals for the conference. Papers will be accepted from all disciplines, priority will be given to the following: Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Historical Legacy; Racialism, Ethnicity, Religion; International Education and International Partnering; Industrial Education; Education (areas of pedagogy, history, practice, culture); Curriculum Innovations and Critical Studies; Educational Technological Transfers; Agricultural Technology; Traditional Literature and Restoration; Diaspora Studies and Pan-Africanism; Africa, Caribbean, Latin American International Relationships; Linguistic Transformation; and Environmentalism. Deadline for submission will be February 22, 2002. Interested presenters please submit 200 word abstracts to: Dr. C. Stuart McGehee, Dean, School of Social Sciences, 307 Hill Hall, Campus Box 162, West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia 25112- 1000; Telephone: (304) 766-3240, Fax: (304) 766- 5186; email:

7th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies - "Critical Approaches in African Studies: Conversations Across Disciplines"

The Graduate Students in African Studies and the African Studies Initiative of CAAS (the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies) at the University of Michigan are pleased to extend an open invitation to graduate students to participate in the 7th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies, to be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, March 22-24, 2002.

Graduate students from all disciplines and at all stages of their careers are invited to present their work in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. Participants from all colleges and universities are welcome. Those from Midwestern institutions are particularly encouraged to participate. As in the past, contributions may take various forms: research proposals and papers; preliminary results of research/field data; methodological, theoretical or conceptual papers; thesis and dissertation chapters, either in process or complete; term papers, etc. Please submit a short abstract (200 words). Be sure to include a page with: name, paper title, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and email address. Panel or roundtable proposals are also welcome. Papers are due February 11, 2002. For registration, accommodation or additional information, contact:; Kate Luongo, Co-Chair, e-mail:; or Monica Patterson, Co- Chair, Please send submissions to: 7TH Annual Graduate Conference, Center for AfroAmerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, 550 East University, 106 West Hall Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092.


Institute for Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

The Institute for Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) invites applications for Africa-based junior scholars to take part in its 2001-02 program on "African Muslim Commentaries on the State." The fellowship will be tenable at Northwestern University for varying periods during the spring quarter (April 1-June 30, 2002).

The competition is open to Africans who are either advanced doctoral students (studying in Africa or abroad) or junior scholars/researchers working in African universities who have received their last degree within the past five years. ISITA will provide fellows with round-trip airfare from the applicant's country of residence to Chicago, Illinois and pay a stipend sufficient to cover living expenses.

Applicants must summit: 1) A cover letter indicating their interest in competing for the ISITA fellowship and assuring ISITA that they are able to secure research leave from their institution of study or employment for the period of the fellowship; 2) A research proposal of no more than 1,200 words that addresses current research interests and their direct relevance to the 2001- 02 ISITA theme. The proposal may be written in either English or French, but the applicant must be sufficiently fluent in English to present a paper and participate in discussions in English; 3) A cv that includes full contact information (e-mail and postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers, etc.); 4) A chapter of applicants thesis or other substantial piece of scholarly writing, published or unpublished; and 5) Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's scholarly work. These letters must be included in the application package.

Applications must be received by November 30, 2001. For details, write ISITA Coordinator, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, Illinois 60208-4110, USA.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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