MSU Tuesday Bulletin (2), 10/23/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (2), 10/23/'96


Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other announcements, Africa-related courses at MSU, conferences, grants, fellowships, scholarships, jobs


January 24, Wednesday, "Roots of Hunger, Roots of Change" film sponsored by the Women and International Development Program (WID) and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology. 3:00 - 4:20 p.m., 113 Bessy Hall.

January 25, Thursday, "Hausa Culture in West Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jennifer Burt (Agricultural and Extension Education masters student) and Usman Adamu (Agricultural and Extension Education Ph.D. student), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

January 25, Thursday, Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc. information meeting, Spartan Room E and F, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 3:00 p.m.

January 26, Friday, "Local Understanding of Policy Reform in South Africa: A Comparison of the Labor and Educational Sectors" SID (Society for International Development) and CASID (Center for Advanced Study of International Development) Seminar with Loyiso Jita (Ph.D. student, Education, MSU), 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

January 29, Monday, Overseas Summer Study Program in Morocco Information Meeting, 4:00 p.m., Spartan Rooms E & F, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. (See related article in MSU Announcements Section.)

February 1, Thursday, "First World Management in a Third World Airline: The Case of Ethiopian Airlines" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Reid Whitlock (Faculty, Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship applications for Academic Year 1996-97 and Summer 1996 are available at the African Studies Center. The Intensive Summer Language Institute will be Amharic for 1996. Interested students should stop by to pick up an application, or call (517-353- 1700) to have one mailed. Deadline for submission of all references, transcripts, and forms relating to the FLAS application is February 16, 1996.

CASID (The Center for Advanced Study of International Development) FLAS awards are made for all levels of Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili and intermediate and advanced levels only of Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. Additionally, applicants must have a strong international development focus. FLAS applications for Summer 1996 and academic year 1996 - 1997 are currently available in the CASID office, 306 Berkey, from 8:00 - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. For further information, contact: Gail Campana, 353-5925.

1996-97 Thoman Fellowship Program applicants are being sought. This program is designed to bring together 12 advanced Ph.D. students from developing countries to consider strategies to address issues of poverty, hunger, and food security, both in our local community and in the students' home communities. Application forms are available from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 207 International Center. Application deadline is March 1, 1996.

Africa-Related Magazines. The African Studies Center subscribes to a number of periodicals from Africa or which contain Africa-related material. Some of the periodicals are: Africa Report, Afrique Asie, The Courier, Refugees, Focus on Africa, New African, The New Internationalist, South African Report, Weekly Mail and Guardian (South Africa), Chronicle of Higher Education, and West Africa. These are located in the Africa Colloquy Room, which is open the same hours as the African Studies Center, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Two other periodicals, Africa Confidential and the Indian Ocean Newsletter, are available at the reception desk.

Overseas Smmer Study Program in Morocco Information Session will be held Monday, January 29, 1996 at 4:00 p.m. in Spartan Rooms E & F, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. (Another information session will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in Spartan Room E.) Students are invited to participate in this program in Rabat, Morocco, under sponsorship of the local university and the University of Wisconsin. For about $4500, including airfare, a student can obtain 8 or 9 semester credits in literature, history, language, anthropology and geography, visit several cities, the mountains and the desert, and live with a Moroccan family. The program runs for eight weeks from late May to mid-July, 1996. For further details, contact Cindy Felbeck Chalou, Overseas Study Office, 109 International Center. Phone: (517) 353-8920.


Intensive Joint Advanced Hausa/Yoruba Course in Nigeria. An eight-week intensive advanced Hausa/Yoruba course in Nigeria will be offered by the Association of African Studies Programs (AASP), under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA), from June 22 to August 18, 1996, pending support from the U.S. Department of Education. The course will be coordinated by the Center for African Studies, University of Florida, the Dept. of Nigerian Languages, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and the Institute of Cultural Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The program director in 1996 will be Dr. Olabiyi Yai of the University of Florida. Contact: Dr. Catherine VerEecke, Assistant Director, Center for African Studies, 427 Grinter Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-5560. Phone: (904) 392-2183. Application deadline: February 10, 1996.

ASA Panels. Clifton Crais is starting to put together two panels for the 1996 ASA and 1997 AHA conferences. One panel will revisit peasant rebellions in Africa and elsewhere (his paper will be on the Pondoland Revolt). The second panel, for the ASA, will be on the theme of the intersection of political violence and the violence of everyday life. Anyone interested in participating should contact him at: Clifton Crais, Dept. of History, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43023. e-mail to


University of California Summer FLAS deadlines (for all world areas) is February 2, 1996. Students interested in studying Chichewa this summer at the Cooperative Institute at Ohio State and want to apply for a FLAS from the University of California-Berkeley, must get their applications to the University of California-Berkeley by February 2nd. For applications, contact: Michelle Bullock, Student Affairs
Officer, 318 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720.
Phone: 510-643-7477. Fax: 510-643-1524.

The Third Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics, organized by the CNRS Laboratoire "Langues, Langage et Cognition", Universiti de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, is to be held at Sophia Antipolis, France, June 27-29, 1996. The aim of the Conference is to promote research in theoretical linguistics in relation to Afroasiatic languages. Abstracts are invited for thirty minute talks in all areas of syntax, morphology and phonology. Abstracts should be no less than one page and may not exceed two pages. Send three anonymous copies of the abstracts and one copy with the name of author(s) and institution(s). Include a card containing the following information: name of author(s), title of the paper, address and affiliation, phone number, fax and e-mail address. Abstracts must be received by February 1, 1996. E-mail or Fax submissions are accepted (send only one anonymous abstract in this case). All abstracts will be anonymously reviewed. Send material to: Third Conference on Afro- asiatic Languages Selection Committee, c/o Jacqueline Lecarme, CNRS-2LC, 1361, route des Lucioles, 06560 Sophia Antipolis, France. Tel: +(33) 92 96 73 95. Fax: +(33) 93 65 29 27. E-mail:

An International Conference on Master & Servant in History will be held at York University, Toronto, April 11-13, 1996. From meieval England to early twentieth-century Africa, the law of master and servant defined the rights and obligations of most "free" labour throughout the British empire and commonwealth and enforced them through penal and civil sanctions. With an emphasis on developing an explicitly comparative approach to master and servant in history, the papers at this conference will describe the origins, enforcement, and impact of this contentious body of law. For a registration form and further details, contact Ms. Christine Wright, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Postal address: 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3. Phone: (416) 736-5030 ext. 70356. Fax: (416) 736-5736
Law, Colonialism, and Inheritance in Africa is the title of the 4th Annual Joint Stanford-Berkeley Center for African Studies with UCLA and the Stanford Humanities Center Symposium, to be held May 10, 1996 at the Stanford Humanities Center Annex. By linking law, colonialism, and inheritance, the organizers of this symposium are interested in exploring the range of ways the study of law in colonial Africa regarding inheritance can provide new insights into change in colonial Africa and the meanings of those changes. Papers on topics linking law, colonialism, and inheritance in Africa are welcome. Abstracts should be received by March 15, 1996. If accepted, papers must be received by April 25, 1996 in order to be circulated in advance. Local expenses will be covered and a few stipends to defray travel are available. For more information, contact Richard Roberts, African Studies Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5013 (e-mail:


A Chairperson in the Department of Black Studies is being sought by the Ohio State University. This is a tenured position at the level of professor with a possible adjunct appointment in a relevant department. The Department of Black Studies is a multidisciplinary unit offering the bachelor's and master's degrees in Black Studies, with specialization in African-American or African Studies. Consideration of applications will begin on January 12, 1996. Contact: C. Magbaily Fyle, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Black Studies, 486 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus Ohio 43210.

Director, African/African-American Studies Program. Tenure-track, twelve-month position. Terminal degree in an appropriate discipline required by the starting date of the position, July 1, 1996. Field of specialization open, but candidates must qualify for academic appointment in a discipline represented by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. A teaching or research interest in the African-American experience or the African Diaspora is desirable. Postmark deadline: February 1, 1996. Send letter of application, c.v., and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: Dr. Jeffrey L. Buller, Chair, Director of AAAS Search Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, L.B. 8142, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, 30460-8142. E-mail:

Beloit College Anthropology Department seeks a sociocultural anthropologist for a position available in August 1996. Rank and salary are open for this tenure-track position. Ph.D., demonstration of teaching excellence, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in anthropology and interdisciplinary programs, and an active research agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa are required. Candidates with interests in linguistics, political anthropology, or development will be given preference. Send letter of application, 3 letters of reference and a c.v. to: Robert J. Salzer, Chair of the Search Committee, Dept of Anthropology, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511; Fax 608-363-2718. Senior scholars may send a letter of inquiry together with a c.v. to the same address.

The West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) is recruiting a senior scientist for the position of Production Economist in its Continuum Program. The econoist will develop and implement a program of applied economics research in West Africa analyzing rice-based production systems and evaluating the adoption and impact of new rice production technologies. A Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics or Economics required. Details available in the Reference Room - 219 Ag Hall, MSU. Information cannot be given over the phone.

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Date: Fri, 19 Jan 96 16:02:09 EST Message-Id: <> From: Judith Lessard <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin Spring No. 2, January 23, 1996

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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