MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/14/08

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Tuesday Bulletin for October 14th, 2008
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences | Jobs


Friday, October 31, 2008
"The Question of Rethinking the Future in a Neoliberal Age: The Case of South Africa"

Talk by Achille Mbembe, Visiting Professor in the Department of English (Duke University), 4:00 p.m., Room 207 Eustace Hall. Reception to follow.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
"HIV and Adolescent Risk"

INPEP lecture with Matthew Decker, MPH, Faculty (Abnormal Psychology, Western Michigan University), 12:00 noon, Patenge Room, C105 East Fee Hall, refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
"Metals or Management? Explaining Africa's Recent Economic Growth Performance"

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Lisa Cook, Faculty (Dept. of Economics and James Madison College, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

Thursday, October 30, 2008
"The Colonial Paradox: Conflict, Policing and Development Along the Kenya-Uganda Border, 1929-1953"

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dave Eaton, Faculty (History, Albion College), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
"MSU's Elephantiasis and River Blindness Control Programs in Africa: Stories of Success"

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Charles Mackenzie, Faculty (Pathobiology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

Thursday, October 30, ! 2008
Reading Group Discussion

Pre-lecture reading group discussion on Professor Achille Mbembe's article, "Necropolitics" 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Room 213 Morrill Hall, pizza and beverages provided.

MSU Faculty and students can access the article from: .


Info Meetings
2009 Study Abroad Programs- Africa SOUTH AFRICA "Pre-internship Teaching in South Africa" Summer 2009 Tuesday, October 14 5:00 pm - Erickson Kiva

"Education, Society and Learning"
Summer 2009
Tuesday, October 21
5:00 pm - 204 International Center

"Food, Nutrition and Health"
Summer 2009
Wednesday, October 22
6:00 pm - 1260 Anthony Hall

"Paradise in ! Peril? Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis" Summer 2009
Wednesday, October 29
6:00 pm - 338 Natural Resources
Wednesday, November 19
Noon - 338 Natural Resources

Please direct any questions to Chris Barden, Editor, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 432-8785; Fax: (517) 432-2082;;

Africa Podcast
This podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa - is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. It is produced by MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU ( Listen and subscribe to the biweekly podcast at: Direct inquiries to: or

Other Announcements

U. of Michigan
Wallenberg Medal to be awarded to Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Oct. 29, 2008, 7:30 p.m. Nobel Peace Prize winner and South African cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be awarded the eighteenth University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal by U-M president Mary Sue Coleman on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus. After the medal presentation, Archbishop Tutu will give the Wallenberg Lecture. For more information, please visit the website at
Taste of Cameroon
Oct. 25th in Lansing, MI The Cameroonian Ladies Association of Lansing (CALALA) is hosting a "Taste of Cameroon" on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Parish Family Center, 3815 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910. The event will feature: Authentic Cameroonian cuisine; Cultural events; Dance; Fundraiser and a Fashion show. For tickets and information, contact Melanie at (517) 927-9637; e-mail:; or Madeleine at! (517) 944-1379; e-mail:


Michigan Circumnavigator Scholarship
By January, 2009, a student with junior standing from Michigan State University, Wayne State University, or University of Michigan will be awarded a grant to travel around the world. The Michigan Chapter of Circumnavigators is inviting college juniors to apply between now and November 1, 2008. Since 1981, Michigan Circumnavigators, through its Foundation, have sponsored 13 students on an around the world trip during the summer between the junior and senior years.

For more details concerning the Foundation and this grant, please look at the link on the Circumnavigators website: Now would be a great time to investigate a topic and think about a possible itinerary. Examples of research grants are listed under The Foundation on the aforementioned website. This grant/scholarship is worth $9,000.00.

The application can be downloaded from the website: Instructions on how to submit the application can also be found on this website. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage global fellowship and understanding by sponsoring grantees while they travel and learn. Interested students will apply for the 2009 Around The World Grant through John Carroll. He can be reached by email at or by phone at 313-824-6564. The deadline is November 1, 2008.


9th Annual Global Perspective Conf.- LCC, Lansing The Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) at Lansing Community College is seeking proposals from potential presenters for the 9th Annual Global Perspectives Conference, which will be held on the Lansing Community College campuses Monday March 30-Thursday, April 2, 2009. The theme for the 2009 conference is "The Realities of Globalization: Past, Present and Future." Proposal forms or more information can be obtained by phone at 517-483-9963 or 483-1006, or by sending an email to The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 31, 2008.

Dress, Popular Culture, and Social Action in Africa This conference is organized as part of the Program for African Studies Sixty Year Anniversary at Northwestern University, March 13-14, 2009 by Professors Karen Tranberg Hansen (Anthropology) and D. Soyini Madison (Performance Studies).

This conference focuses on the dynamic range of micro and macro social action and how it is generated, sustained, and may culminate into transnational social movements that are enlivened by dress and popular culture. This two-day event will involve established and up-and-coming scholars (with a preference for graduate students) in small panel presentations, visual, and performance events. Abstracts of 250 words are due by December 1, 2008. Please contact Andrea Seligman at: with questions or to send submissions.


Director, African Studies Center- Boston University The African Studies Center at Boston University, one of the nation's oldest and best established programs on Africa seeks applications for the position of Director (pending budgetary approval). This search seeks candidates at a senior level with a tenured faculty appointment in any field of social science (including history). The Dean 's Search Committee is especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated record of outstanding scholarship and administrative leadership.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter of application and a current curriculum vitae to the Search Committee Chair Prof. James C. McCann, Director, ad interim, at the African Studies Center, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. Applications received by November 1, 2008 will have priority and members of the search committee will meet candidates at the African Studies Association meetings 13-16 November in Chicago. Boston University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

Gender & Media in the Global South- Amherst College The Amherst College Women's and Gender Studies Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in Gender and Media in the Global South to begin in the Fall of 2009. The position requires a completed Ph.D. in one of the humanities disciplines or from an interdisciplinary program with a strong humanities component, such as Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Film/Media Studies and the various Area Studies. The teaching load is two courses per semester. All members of the Women's and Gender Studies department participate in teaching required core courses (currently these are the Cross-cultural Construction of Gender; and Gender Theory), in addition to teaching courses in their area of expertise and overseeing honors theses. The department also places a strong emphasis on teaching students to write clearly and well, and would welcome applicants with compositional experience. Strong commitments to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, especially to working with a diverse student body, are essential.

A letter of application that outlines the candidate's scholarly and teaching interests, a c.v., and a one-page description (or, alternately, a syllabus) of an interdisciplinary course the candidate would like to teach that is, broadly speaking, in the topic-area of Gender and Media in the Global South, should be sent to: Search Committee, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Box 2257, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. Candidates should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Search Committee. Candidates who submit their materials by October 31, 2008 ! will be assured full consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Amy Ford, Academic Department Coordinator, Women's and Gender Studies Department, More information about the College can be found at

African Literature -U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in African literature, starting August 16, 2009. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment in two of three departments (Comparative and World Literature, English, and French), depending on areas of specialization. The candidate will also have an affiliation with the Center for African Studies.

A demonstrable commitment to scholarship and the ability to teach a wide range of African literatures and cultures required; familiarity with post-colonial theory preferred. PhD in hand by time of appointment. Salary commensurate with experience.

For full consideration, application materials ( letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample) must be received by November 15, 2008. Send application materials, including an email address to: African Literature Search Committee, c/o Marita Romine, 4072A FLB, University of Illinois, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. Phone: (217) 244-3252. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

African Language & Literature - Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison The Department of African Languages and Literature of the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. The committee seeks a scholar whose work focuses on African literature, and who has a high level of competence in an African language. Competence in linguistics would be an advantage. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record in teaching.

Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by beginning of appointment in August 2009 and show promise of a distinguished career as a scholar and teacher. To ensure full consideration, your letter of application and c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (preferred length: under fifty pages of text) should arrive by Wednesday, November 12, 2008. The writing sample may be a self-standing essay, or a chapter from a dissertation or book project. Chapters should be accompanied by a brief outline or statement (less than two pages) that sets the chapter in the context of the larger work and its argument. Send materials to: Prof. Harold Scheub, Chair, Dept. of African Languages and Literature, 1408 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 263-5919; Fax: (608) 265-4151; e-mail:

African History
Macalester College
The History department at Macalester College invites applications f! or a tenure-track professorship in African history beginning September 2009. Rank open; Ph.D. required by time of appointment. All relevant specializations and periods will be considered. A willingness to participate in and develop courses for the College's interdisciplinary programs, such as Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, African Studies or Middle Eastern Studies/Islamic Civilization, is desirable.

To apply, send a cover letter explaining research and teaching interests, C.V., and three letters of reference to Peter Weisensel, Chair, Department of History, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN 55105. Applications received by November 1, 2008 will receive first consideration. For more information about Macalester College, visit:

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