MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/26/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/26/02

Issue No.13 Fall 2002

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November 28, Thursday Thanksgiving Holiday No Brown Bag

December 5, Thursday "Elephantiasis, An Ancient Medical Scourge, Under Attack," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Charles Mackenzie, Faculty (Filarial Disease Unit, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Spring 2003-Updated African Related Course List A full list of Africa-Related courses planned to be offered Spring 2003 has been updated and is available on the African Studies Center web site at:, or hard copies are available in Room 100 of the International Center.

Course Announcement

Religion as Ideology: Islam and Contemporary Politics - PLS 950, Instructor: Mohammed Ayoob This course marries the disciplines of International Relations and Comparative Politics with the intention of exploring the interaction of religion and politics in important Muslim states, including African states such as Egypt and Nigeria. Students will analyze the use of political Islam by groups as a way to further their political goals within states and in the wider international sphere. In addition to critically reviewing the conceptual and analytical literature on the subject, students will be required to undertake research projects on countries/regions in which they are interested. Mohammed Ayoob, University Distinguished Professor of International Relations at James Madison College, will teach the course. For more information please contact Professor Ayoob at

Zulu Tutor Needed Seeking private tutor in Zulu for Spring semester 2003. Time commitment is for 5 hours per week, for 16 weeks at $12.00 per hour. For more information, contact David Dwyer at

Fula Tutor Needed The African Language program at MSU is looking for a speaker of Fula to serve as a tutor in the Program during the coming Spring semester. The position involves 5 class hours per week, but does not require any previous teaching experience. The program coordinator prefers a speaker of a western variety (Fouta Torro, Futa Jallon or Maasina). Please address inquiries to: David Dwyer, Coordinator, African Language Program, MSU; or e- mail

MSU Compton Fellowship Announcement for Dissertation Research by African Students Beginning in 2001, the African Studies Center (ASC) and the Women in International Development Program (MSU-WID), in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), are offering Compton Peace Fellowships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa to support their dissertation field research in Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African Higher Education Renaissance Initiative (AHERI). These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace, conflict resolution, and security in Africa.

Eligible candidates must 1) be from Sub-Saharan Africa (citizens of a nation in Africa); 2) be enrolled in a Ph.D. program either at Michigan State University or at an African university partnering with MSU in linkage agreements and exchanges (currently, these linkages exist with institutions such as Addis Ababa University, the University of Dar es Salaam, the University of Malawi and the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar); 3) have completed their course work in any of a variety of social science disciplines such as political science, sociology, history, public policy, economics, and law. Candidates must provide evidence that all requirements for the Ph.D. degree have been completed, including comprehensive examinations and departmental approval of the dissertation proposal; and 4) be pursuing a dissertation which requires a period of fieldwork for collection of qualitative or quantitative data.

The awards are for up to $15,000 and are to be used solely to support field research in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the Compton activities, Fellows will participate in a directed readings program related to peace and security at MSU. Note that for those students enrolled in African universities, the grant award of $15,000 is expected to cover costs of travel, housing and meals to attend the one month long MSU directed readings program, as well as to support field research in Africa.

Awards will be granted after a selective and competitive review by an MSU committee of African Studies and Women in International Development faculty. Normally, awards are limited to 12 months.

Awards will be made until funding is exhausted. Applicants should complete a fellowship application form which is available from: Women in International Development Program, 202 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone 517-353-5040; or download it
from the website: The deadline is January 6, 2003.


ALO Special Request for Applications The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) is pleased to announce the release of a Special Request for Application, "University Consortium Program for the Study of Elections and Political Processes in Developing and Newly Independent Countries." The RFA may be downloaded from ALO's website: The deadline for receipt of applications is December 17, 2002, 5:00pm EST.

ALO, in cooperation with USAID's Office of Democracy and Governance (DG), within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) is issuing this call for applications from a consortium of U.S. higher education institutions interested in collaboratively building upon existing research with counterpart institutions in developing and newly independent countries to produce three papers that will enhance USAID/DG's understanding and improve programmatic decision making. This RFA is supported by funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). ALO administers a cooperative agreement between USAID and the six major higher education associations, including the American Council on Education, to help their member institutions implement development programs with colleges and universities abroad.

For more information on this RFA or on other ALO activities, please visit their website, or contact Tony Wagner, Communications Coordinator e-mail:; Phone: (202)-478-4704.


2nd International Symposium on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia, July 11-13, 2003 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Announcement and Call for Papers of the 2nd International Symposium on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia. The conference is now scheduled for July 11-13, 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Institute of Development Research, Addis Ababa University has agreed to serve as the primary co- sponsor. Other prospective institutional
co-sponsors are also invited and encouraged to do so.

The Symposium hopes to continue the tradition of featuring an academic forum for objective, inclusive, independent, and balanced dialogue on some of the key development issues of Contemporary Ethiopia. Conference organizers are excited about the prospects having a symposium in Ethiopia, that hopes to bring together academics and others interested, from Ethiopia and abroad to engage an educational process of constructive dialogue on key development issues. Prospective participants who would like to present a paper, please send abstracts by December 30, 2002.

Abstracts and proposals received by the deadline will be reviewed by a joint EAF/IDR symposium advisory board, who will notify authors of accepted papers by January 30, 2003. Future updates including specific conference registration information will be posted on the conference website:


Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Program The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York announce a Rockefeller-funded Humanities Fellowship Program, Facing Global Capital, Finding Human Security: A Gendered Critique. Fellowships are available for 2003/2004 to selected activists, academics and policymakers. This interdisciplinary program explores the uses of a human security framework for identifying non-discriminatory, sustainable policies for women and girls, drawing into dialogue critical theories in the humanities and social sciences, and discourses of policymakers and activists.

For more information and application forms visit the web site at: and Applications for 2003/2004 are due January 31, 2003.


Assistant Professor -Univ. of Michigan-Flint The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, starting Fall 2003. The position is in political science or economics with a specialization in African and Diaspora politics or economics. Teaching responsibilities include the area of specialization and introductory courses in Africana Studies. Development of additional courses in area of expertise will be encouraged. A Ph.D. in political science or economics with an emphasis on Africana studies is required.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, three letters of recommendation and transcript to: Search Committee, Department of Africana Studies, University of Michigan-Flint, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48502. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. U/M-Flint is a non- discriminatory/affirmative action employer.

African Diaspora Studies - U. of Wisconsin-Madison The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks candidates for a new faculty position in the field of African diaspora studies. Appointment to begin as early as August 2003. The committee is seeking a scholar irrespective of discipline or rank, whose primary specialization lies in some aspect of African diaspora studies, focusing upon the linkages between Africa and African Diasporic communities, the dynamics of their forced or voluntary migration, their interactions and relations with societies of encounter, and the adaptation, reproduction and transformation of African institutional, cultural and expressive forms in diasporic settings. The committee particularly welcome candidates in history with an interest in Africans in the diaspora.

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of their background and interest in African diaspora research and teaching, a sample of publications or writings, and three names of potential references to: African Diaspora Search Committee, Professor Aliko Songolo, Director, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1397. To ensure full consideration, the application should be received by December 13, 2002.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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