MSU Tuesday Bulletin (15), 04/23/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (15), 04/23/'96



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


April 25, Thursday, "Pastoral Development in Uganda: An Overview of Karamoja Region" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Peter Otim (Staff, Center for Basic Research, Uganda and Visiting Scholar, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


Two MSU students were awarded fellowships from the Social Science Research Council's International Predissertation Fellowship Program (IPFP). Kimberly Butler is a 2nd year FLAS grad student in the Dept. of Political Science. She is studying African politics with Dr. Michael Bratton and Dr. Nicolas van de Walle. She has interest in the role of political parties in the consolidation of democracy in newly democratizing countries with strong regional or ethnic voting patterns, using Malawi as her case study. Spring 1997, she will be using the IPFP to study with Dr. Anne Ferguson, Dept. of Anthropology, to explore ethnic and regional identity as bases of support for political parties in Malawi. From May-Dec. 1997, she will be conducting exploratory research in the northern, central, and southern regions of Malawi, continuing to learn Chichewa. Hilary Jones is a 3rd year grad student finishing the M.A. and continuing in the Ph.D. program, African history. She is studying W. African history with Dr. David Robinson. Her African history interests include social history of Senegal during the colonial period. The IPFP will allow her to follow her research interests in Creole communities in the cities of Saint Louis, Goree, Rufisque and Dakar from 1880-1920 and the ways in which they used civil

society to assert political and social influence. She will spend Sep. 1996-Feb. 1997 in Dakar learning Wolof and doing preliminary archival work and continue in Saint Louis from Feb.-Aug. 1997.

The MSU African Studies Center invites World Wide Web users to visit the Center's home page (which includes this newsletter) at: <>

Amharic Language Summer Institute: MSU will be offering an intensive 5-week Amharic Institute this summer from June 17 - 19.

Dr. Denash P. Giga, a Fulbright Scholar from Harare, Zimbabwe, is visiting MSU until June, 1996 to work on a project, the "Development of a Regional Course and Training Manual on Pest Resistance Management." The project will address the lack of training in the use of pesticides and pest resistance management in Africa. His objectives include: the development of a course and training manual, "Pest Resistance Management," for use by masters students and crop protection researchers and trainers; study curricula of select American universities in the fields of integrated pest management and pesticide science; visit the USDA in Savannah, Georgia to study on-going research programs in stored

products entomology with reference to insecticide research; study research techniques; and review literature and collate published articles on pesticide resistance, the techniques used to determine resistance levels and the mechanisms involved in conferring resistance in organisms. Giga's area of expertise is integrated pest management in the tropics and pest control in stored grains. He is currently an instructor of entomology and crop protection at the University of Zimbabwe.

"Political Regimes and Regime Transitions in Africa: A Comparative Handbook" was published in January, 1996, by Michael Bratton (Professor, Political Science and African Studies, MSU), Nicolas van de Walle (Associate Professor, Political Science and African Studies, MSU, and Visiting Fellow, Overseas Development Council), with Kimberly Butler, Soo Chan Jang, Kimberly Ludwig, and Yu Wang. The handbook is working paper No. 14 of the MSU Working Papers on Political Reform in Africa. Research was conducted under the auspices of a project on "Explaining Political Transitions in Africa," funded by the National Science Foundation Grant No. SBR 9309215.

The Center for International Business Education and Research

(CIBER) at Michigan State University invites World Wide Web users to visit the CIBER home page at: <>


An Academic Year Program in French/Hausa is being offered by Boston University. The university invites applications for this program, which is offered in Niger. To obtain further details, contact Boston University's International Programs office at (617) 353-9888.

Kalamazoo College,s Center for International Programs announces several study abroad programs to Africa. They currently run programs to Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe program is new and deals with environmental studies. Contact the Center for International Programs at <>

The Association of Concerned African Scholars homepage is now up and running. The address is: <http://www/prairenet.orgs/acas/>

The Brookings Institution will hold a briefing on the policy options facing international actors regarding the Sudan and implications for other conflicts world-wide, on Tuesday, April 30,

1996 from 10:00 - 12:00 noon. This briefing is being held in conjunction with the release of "War of Visions: Conflict of Identities in the Sudan," a recently published book by Francis M. Deng, senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. The author began this book as a fellow of the Jennings Randolph program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The Institute is a cosponsor of this event. Speakers for this briefing include: Francis M. Deng, senior fellow in the Brookings Foreign Policy Studies program and former Sudanese minister of state for foreign affairs; John Steinbruner, director, Foreign Policy Studies Program; Abdullahi An-Na'im, professor of law, Emory University; Bona Malwal, editor, Sudan Democratic Gazette and former Sudanese minister of information; and Abdalwahab El-Affendi, author of "Turabi's Revolution: Islam and Power in the Sudan," and former press advisor, Sudan Embassy, London. The panel will be chaired by Ambassador Chester Crocker, chairman of the board of the United States Institute of Peace and former assistant secretary of state for African affairs. For more information, contact the Brookings Office of Public Affairs: (202) 797-6105.

Collecting African Art, 1890s - 1950s is a special exhibit at the Hurst Gallery from April 19 - June 29. On display will be African

art and artifacts with interesting provenance and collection history. A catalogue can be purchased. Contact: Hurst Gallery, 53 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Phone: (617) 491-6888. Fax: (617) 661-0439. E-mail:
The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University invites World Wide Web users to visit their home page at


The Great Benin 1897 Centenary Organizing Committee is issuing an international call for papers for an international symposium to be held in Benin City the week of February 17, 1997. Scholars are invited to submit the title and an abstract of not more than 200 words on a topic relating to the 1897 British invasion, its impact, and the events that followed in Benin and in surrounding areas. The abstracts of volunteered papers should be submitted not later than August 1, 1996, to: The Secretary/ Symposium & Workshop Committee/ Great Benin 1897 Centenary Organizing Committee/ c/o Benin Traditional Council, Eweka Court, The Oba's Palace/ P.M.B. 1025/ Benin City, Edo State/ Nigeria.

The U.S.A. contact is Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, Ph.D., New York University, 19 University Place, Suite 308, New York, NY 10003-4556. Phone: (212) 998-8080. Fax: (212) 995-4185.
E-mail: <>

Inroads/Africa, an international conference on the performing arts of Africa will be held June 5 - 8, 1996 in New York City. Through discussion with leading scholars and lecture/demonstrations by African performing artists, Inroads/Africa will explore specific African expressive forms, the contexts out of which they have developed, and the way in which they are performed and practiced today. This conference also will investigate the hybrid cultural territories developed through creative collaborations between African and United States artists and explore the relationship of international cultural productions and presentation to the wider political, economic and social reality of our time. For more information, contact: Inroads/Africa, Arts International/IIE, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Fax: (212) 984-5574.

The first "Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies" will be hosted by Northwestern University,s Program in African

Studies on May 4 -5, 1996. The conference will provide participants the opportunity to present their work in a collegial forum and will encourage students from various regional institutions to meet their colleagues. For further information, contact Gregory Mann. E-mail: <>

The 1996 International Summer Institute on Participatory Development will be held July 15 - 19, 1996 at The University of Calgary. The theme is the "Participatory Approaches in the Struggle to (Re) Build Sustainable Communities" with the sub-theme of "Participatory Community Building, Ecological Sustainability, International Solidarity." To advance the theory and practice of North-South cooperation in participatory development in light of the dominant economic, cultural and environmental features of our globalizing world. The program will include internationally known speakers, local community activist facilitators, participant case studies, discussion sessions, community exposure, and informal networking sessions. For more information, contact: Dr. Mathew Zachariah/ International Summer Institute/ Division of International Development, BI-570/ The University of Calgary/ 2500 University Dr. N.W./ Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4. Phone: (403) 220-7078. Fax: (403) 289-0171. E-mail:

"Images and Empires in Africa" is the name of a conference to be held at Yale University in February, 1997. Uniting the concerns of art historians and social scientists, the conference will focus on images in Africa that bear the imprint of empire. Contributors are invited to examine sculpture, painting, photography, advertising, film, television, and other visual media, past or present, in terms of their divergent meanings, audiences, histories, and purposes and to discuss the place of the visual image in mediating relations between the powerful and subaltern in Africa. The conference will be weighted toward Southern Africa, with two of four panels treating West and East/Central Africa respectively. Papers are invited and abstracts must be submitted by May 1, 1996. Finished papers will be required in advance of the conference, as a publication is planned. Send abstracts or contact for more information: Paul S. Landau, History, P.O. Box 208423, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520. E-mail: Or, contact: Deborah Kaspin, Anthropology, P. O. Box 208277, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520. E-mail:

"Rethinking African History: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" is the theme of an international symposium to be hosted by the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh on May 22 - 23, 1995. For more information contact the conference secretary, Mrs. Anne Fernon. E-mail: <> or contact the Centre of African Studies at: <>


The USAID Mission to Ethiopia is seeking the assistance of a senior food policy advisor. Help is needed in the formulation and monitoring of its food system policy reform program. A Ph.D. in agricultural economics or a closely related field is required. More information is available in the Agricultural Economics Reference Room, 219 Agriculture Hall. Information cannot be given out over the phone.

The West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) is looking for a senior scientist with a Ph.D. in either agricultural economics or economics for the position of production economist in its Continuum Program. More information is available in 219 Agriculture Hall, MSU. Information cannot be given out over the

From: Judith Lessard <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin, Spring No. 15, April 23, 1996

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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