MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/6/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/6/98

T-H-E T-U-E-S-D-A-Y B-U-L-L-E-T-I-N Issue No. 6, Fall - 1998 October 6, 1998 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive http//

BULLETIN CONTENTS EVENTS MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS JOBS AFRICAN CULTURE WEEK EVENTS October 8 ìContemporary Textile Design and Development in Zimbabwe.î African Thursday Studies Center Brown Bag with Michael King, Senior (Human Ecology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. October 16 ìThe Shame of Hunger at Home and Abroad: Profiles from Mexico, Tanzania Friday and Michigan,î CASID Luncheon Seminar with Dr. Ann Millard (Anthropology), 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. October 17 - 24 African Culture Week (See back page for program)

MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS MSU Graduate Research Assistant: African Languages The African Studies Center at MSU seeks a half time Research Assistant for the African Language Resource Website Project. The candidate will work under the guidance of Professor David Dwyer, Coordinator of the African Language Program at MSU. The primary responsibility of the candidate is to locate resources for the learning of African languages, on-line, in libraries, and individuals. The project requires using the web, e-mail, telephone, and conventional mail. The project is funded through May, 2000.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Professor David Dwyer: (, or to Professor David Wiley: ( The letters of application should not exceed one page and should include the applicantís: 1) interest in Africa or African Languages, 2) field of specialization, 3) computer skills in web use, e-mail, and word processing (HTML design is not necessary). The position is available immediately. For further details contact Professor David Dwyer by e-mail.

International Conference The International Conference: ìAcademic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Building,î presented by MSU is to be held October 18-21, 1998. (See CONFERENCES for details).

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS African Peace Research Association (AFPRA) The African Peace Research Association (AFPRA) in co-operation with the International Peace Research Association is now undertaking a project ìTraining and Research Project on Peace, Poverty and Environment in Africa.î This training will give AFPRA the chance to prepare and organize a network of African researchers with the purpose of enabling the African association to plan and carry out research on peace, poverty, and environment. For more information contact: International Social Science Council (ISSC), Unesco, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris, FRANCE; tel:; e-mail:

(source: International Social Science Council Newsletter, June 1998)

Pan-African Network ETHNO-NET AFRICA will be a Pan-African network of institutions and scholars -anthropologists, sociologists, lawyers, human rights specialists, political scientists, and all those whose expertise is relevant to ethnicity. It will co-ordinate and support hitherto isolated research initiatives in ethnic conflict; create a documentation centre and electronic database as well as an inventory of scholars; make its findings available through a newsletter, publications, and a website on the Internet; train young researchers through a series of workshops; encourage a more adequate approach to ethnic conflict in academic curricula; and make policy recommendations for conflict prevention, management and resolution. Further information can be obtained from Professor Paul Nchoji Nkwi, PAAA/ICASSRT, BP 1862, Yaounde, Cameroon. Fax: +237 22 18 73 or 23 94 79, e-mail

Town Meeting on Diversity The College of DuPage will present a Town Meeting on ìBuilding Harmonious Communitiesî on October 29, 1998. The meeting is cosponsored by the College of DuPage and U.S. Information Agency (USIA). The keynote speaker will be Clarence Wood, president of Human Relations Foundation of Chicago. Participants will examine how diversity affects their lives, explore how domestic intercultural and international issues intersect, identify problems that create tension and disharmony, and develop action plans to make changes that will create more harmonious and productive communities. The deadline for registration is October 15, 1998. For further details and registration information, contact Dr. Zinta Konrad, (630) 942-3079 or Dr. John Sygielski, (630) 942-2196.

CONFERENCES / WORKSHOPS African Studies Association 41st Annual African Studies Association (ASA) meeting and exhibition will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL on October 29-31, 1998. This years theme is ìAfricaís Encounter with the 20th Century.î The conference theme offers the Africanist scholarly community an opportune moment, a year before the close of the century, to take intellectual stock of the salient transformations that Africa and the study of Africa have undergone in the twentieth century. For more information, contact: African Studies Association, Rutgers University, 1132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400; Tel: (732) 932-8173; Fax: (732) 932-3394; e-mail: GOTOBUTTON BM_1_

International Conference ìAcademic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Buildingî is the title of the International Conference to be held October 18-21, 1998. The conference is presented by MSU in collaboration with the Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum, Committee on Technikon Principals, and South African Universitiesí Vice Chancellorís Association. The conference is limited to 250 participants from universities, educational associations, donors, and government agencies from South Africa, Europe, and North America. In their papers, speakers will identify major issues of higher education in South Africa and how they can be addressed through linkages with partner institutions. The conference will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. For further details regarding the conference and registration, please contact the organizers at: 426 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1034; Phone: (517) 353-6676; Fax: (517) 353-6393; e-mail:, webpage: http//

Call for Papers A conference on ìComparative Imperial and Post-Colonial Historical Studiesî will be held at Michigan State University on February 12 - 14, 1999. The conference seeks to combine traditional historical approaches with more contemporary methods used by scholars across disciplines. Abstracts and panel proposals of 250-500 words are invited from students and young faculty.

The deadline is October 31, 1998. Papers should explore various aspects of human interaction within political, economic and/or cultural contexts. Full texts of accepted papers will be due by January 15, 1999. Topics for consideration include: servitude, migration, medicine/medical history, intellectual movements/history, literature (comparative), state formation and expansion, foreign policy (comparative), domination and resistance, colonization and decolonization, women and states/law, missionaries and/ religious change and methodologies.

To send abstracts or requests for more information contact: Nicholas M Creary, Department of History, 312 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036; e-mail:

JOBS Smith College, Northampton, Sub-Saharan Africanist/Comparatist The Program in Comparative Literature at Smith College seeks a suitable candidate to teach courses in literary and/or postcolonial theory in the literatures of his/her area of specialization. This is a three-year entry-level position with possible renewal for an additional two years. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and fields of specialization must include sub-Saharan literature(s). Knowledge of Arabic-language literatures in Africa, African Film and /or womenís writing in Africa is desirable.

A letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample not exceeding 20 pages should be sent to: Comparative Literature Search Committee, c/o Barbara Kozash, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063. The application deadline is November 16, 1998. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Interviews will be conducted at the MLA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, December 27-30, 1998.

CULTURE WEEK PROGRAM October 17 - African Folk Stories and Games (Ampe, Oware etc) by the Lake Side (Lake Michigan) (11am-5pm) October 22 - Display of African handcrafts at Union Bldg and Intl. Center (All Day) 5pm-7pm - Student Panel Discussion 7pm-9pm - Guest speaker address - Cultural Display before speech October 24 - Cultural Night and Dinner (5pm-2am) 5pm-9pm - Cultural dance (3 groups) - African dress fashion show - Dinner (African dishes) 10pm-2am - Dance to CD music at Ramon's

Lisa Beckum African Studies Center Michigan State University 100 International Center East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 Phone: (517) 353-1700 Fax: (517) 432-1209

Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 16:58:47 -0400 From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 6

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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