MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/02/03

Issue No. 14 Fall 2003 December 2, 2003


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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December 4, Thursday

"The Ongoing Crisis in Zimbabwe: Implications for Higher Education, Research and Collaborative Research," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Bill Derman, Faculty (Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


H-Swahili network on Swahili Language and Culture

The H-Swahili network will strive to conduct its business in Swahili and in English as the primary languages on topical issues related to the use, teaching, promotion and general advancement of the Swahili language and culture, which is spoken by over 100 million people throughout East, Central and parts of Southern Africa.

H-Net is an international network of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H- Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources, and is hosted by Michigan State University. For more information about H-Net, write to

For information on joining H-Swahili, send a message


New Annotated Bibliographies

The Women and International Development (WID) Program is pleased to announce the Website publication of two new bibliographies regarding issues of critical importance in the gender, development and globalization arena today: "Gender and HIV/AIDS" and "Gender: Not Just Women - Masculinity in a Global Perspective." Please visit the WID Website and click on the Annotated Bibliographies menu option under Publications to view each.

Gender and HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic. As of December 2002, over 42 million people were living with HIV/AIDS, with 70% of those cases occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa (UNAIDS 2002). Women are fast becoming the predominant group infected and affected by HIV/AIDS; in Sub-Saharan Africa, women have a higher number of new HIV/AIDS cases than do men. Because HIV/AIDS is growing among women, gendered perspectives and research are needed to understand contexts of infection and its effects on agriculture and other aspects of the economy and society. The Gender and HIV/AIDS bibliography is divided into two major sections. The first, "Gender and Development," gives an overview of literature concerning how HIV/AIDS has affected land and water rights, agrarian livelihoods, and food and nutrition, as well as how those issues may affect the course of the disease. The second section, "Empowerment, Vulnerability, Rights, and Sexuality," focuses on constructions of gendered power and risk as well as human rights and social justice. The bibliography includes citations from many countries but the major focus is Sub-Saharan Africa, the current epicenter.

Not Just Women - Masculinity in a Global Perspective While attention to the status of women in developing countries has improved in recent years, the efforts of most major development organizations to improve women's status and access to resources have largely been characterized as an "add women and stir" approach. Because gender relations are a fundamental dynamic of all societal change, pro-women policies directed towards "women's issues" have not been enough to improve the lives of women across the globe. Recently a shift has occurred away from a focus solely on women to an approach centering on gender relations and critical analyses of men and masculinities. This bibliography contains a collection of recent resources that addresses masculinities in the context of international development, including books, journal articles, research monographs and Internet resources. The theoretical, empirical, and political research offered here holds significant policy implications for development efforts aimed at improving the status and well-being of women.


International School: Opportunity for Students to Study in South Africa

The University of Natal offers a five (5) week International School from June 25 - July 29, 2004.

The International School offers the experiences that appropriately complement the institution's curriculum while adding significant cultural dimensions to students' life experiences. The program in 2004 will run at two campuses: Durban & Pietermaritzburg. Students must attend either Durban campus or Pietermaritzburg campus.
Courses offered in 2004 at Durban campus are:

  1. Culture & Diversity in the Rainbow Nation: Overview of language policy & film in Modern South Africa.
  2. Zulu language and Culture: Opportunity to experience Zulu language, culture & History.
  3. Service Learning: Community service; visit to development projects.

Courses offered at Pietermaritzburg Campus are:

  1. Policy Issues & Community Service: Building democracy through sharing of citizenship in a land, etc.
  2. Turbulent Times: Kwa-Zulu Natal from earliest days to the present.
  3. Zulu Language, Art & Culture: Language, culture and African Art.

For more in-depth information on the International School as well as the University of Natal, visit the web site at: or contact the Coordinator at Tel: +27-31-260-2677; Fax: +27-31-260- 2136; e-mail: The application deadline is April 15, 2004.


Eritrea: History and Culture of an African Nation

June 27 - July 19, 2004

This study abroad program is sponsored by the University of Michigan - Flint, International and Global Studies Program.

The purpose of this study tour is to provide students with firsthand learning experience of the history and culture of an African nation. During their visit to Eritrea, participants get the opportunity to see ancient religious sites and commercial centers. By visiting historical sites and museums, they will learn about the Eritrean history and its contribution to human civilization. They will learn about the struggle of the Eritreans for national independence. They will study to culture by interacting with the local people. On-site lectures will reinforce the learning process.

A $100 enrollment fee is due by January 15, 2004. For total tuition cost and program information, contact Dr. Guluma Gemeda, Dept. of Africana Studies, 346 French Hall, Univ. of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502-1950; Tel: (810) 762-3353; e-mail:; or contact: Dr. Joseph Rahme, IGSP Director, History Dept., 322 French Hall, Univ. of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502-1950; Tel: (810) 762-3366; e-mail:

University of Georgia-Group Projects Abroad 2004 The Intensive Advanced Swahili Group Project Abroad (Swahili GPA) for the summer of 2004, will be held in Tanzania from June 19 to August 7, 2004.

The program will include travels to Museums, the Rwanda UN Tribunal, cultural center, University of Dar es Salaam, Zanziber, Bagamoyo and National Parks. The program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education to provide for instruction in intensive/advanced Kiswahili language and culture.

The University of Georgia will remain the institution of record for the 2004 GPA program. All communications and questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Lioba Moshi at her e-mail:; Loretta Davenport, e-mail:; or Amsale Abegaz, e-mail:

All interested and eligible students are invited to apply not later than January 30, 2004. Application forms can be obtained from the African Studies Institute at UGA, 321 Holmes/Hunter Academic Bldg., Athens, GA 30602 or from the website: On-line submission is encouraged.

For MSU applicants, application forms are available from Yacob Fisseha, Room 100, African Studies Center.


Young Scholars' Symposium on Africa Call for Papers

The Stanford Journal of International Law welcomes papers from Young Scholars on any topic related to Africa's development and/or its place on the world stage that substantially touches upon either African, comparative or international legal scholarship. The authors of selected papers will be invited to present at SJIL's Young Scholars' Symposium, taking place March 12-13, 2004 at Stanford, and ONE selected paper will be published in the Winter 2005 issue of the Stanford Journal of International Law.

The Symposium will consist of several panel discussions covering a broad array of legal topics. And while the forum will highlight the works of young scholars, panel discussions will include prominent academics and practitioners whose works draw them to Africa and international law.

Specific topics of interest include:

Democratic and Economic Transitions Developments and Assessments of International Legal


Regional Conflict Resolution AIDS, Health Policy and Intellectual Property Adjudication Fundamentalism, Colonialism and Modernity Comparative Constitutionalism

Proposals are due in electronic format to no later than December 15, 2003. Please check the web site at for more information about the Symposium, the opening keynote speaker Adrien K. Wing '82, and paper guidelines and deadlines. Or contact Ms. Ramírez, Submissions Chair at; Tel: (650) 400-2734.

9th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies: Call for Papers The MGSCAS has been revived and will convene at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois from April 2 - 4, 2004 under the theme of "Studying Africa in the 21st Century." This generation of scholars face increasing pressure to transcend interdisciplinary boundaries and create a connection between scholarly research in diverse fields and the pressing concerns faced by the continent today. With this trend in mind, the MGSCAS will broaden it's invitation to graduate students from all disciplines- from humanities and social sciences to law, business, medicine, and journalism- whose research interests touch on Africa, past and present. Graduate students at all levels are encouraged to submit paper abstracts or propose panels and roundtables for the conference. Individually submitted abstracts will be assigned to panels created by the conference committee.

To propose a paper for presentation at the conference, please send 2 hard copies of the following information:

  1. Contact Information: Name, University, Department, Address, Email, Phone, Special Needs
  2. 200 word abstract of paper and equipment needed (overhead projector, slide projector, other)
  3. $15 registration fee as a check or money order made out to Northwestern University ($10 for Northwestern Students)

To propose a panel or roundtable for the conference, please send 2 hard copies of each of the following:

  1. information for each participant, including contact information, paper abstract and equipment list (for panels), and $15 registration fee ($10 for Northwestern students)
  2. list of participants in the panel or roundtable, panel or roundtable theme, order of papers (for panels), and discussant (for panels)

All information must be mailed to the following address by January 16, 2004, Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, IL 60208-4110. Direct questions to:


Assistant Professor - African Art History University of Kansas


  1. Teach four undergraduate and graduate courses per year in African art history and culture, and possibly participate in the introductory art history surveys.
  2. Guide research of graduate students and supervise dissertations in African art history and culture.
  3. Conduct own research program.
  4. Provide service to the departments of Art History and African/African-American Studies and to the university, including advising undergraduate and graduate students, committee membership and participation in university governance.

Required Qualifications:

  1. PhD
  2. Specialization in African art history

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. College or university teaching experience
  2. Record of scholarly publication and professional activity

To apply, please send a letter of application; CV; names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and email addresses of three references to: Linda Stone-Ferrier, Chair, History of Art Department, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. For further information, contact Maud Morris, History of Art Department, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045; Tel: (785) 864-4713; e-mail: Position is contingent on final budgetary approval. Interviews will begin January 9, 2004, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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