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****Philadelphia Events****

The Status of South African Literature and the Arts

This discussion will feature Zakes Mda, South African Writer/Painter/Composer and Professor of Creative Writing, who will join Africana faculty from Haverford, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and Penn.

Friday, April 2
3:30 - 5 PM
Multicultural Center
Stokes Building at Haverford College

It will be followed by a reception at 6:15 PM and a public reading from Professor Mda's Cion at 7 PM in Founders Hall.

All faculty and students are welcome.

South African Blind Wine Tasting on the Riverfront Brought to you by Philly Wine Tasting

At this Blind Wine Tasting Event we will guess which wine is not from South Africa. This tasting will be limited to only 20 people, so sign up now! Each participant will be asked to bring one bottle of wine covered aka brown bagged from South Africa and one select participant will be asked to bring one bottle not from South Africa. At the door we will number your bottles on the bag with a marker. At the end anyone who guesses the correct bottle not from South Africa will win Free Admission to a monthly social tasting event. Please keep bottles in the $10 and above range for this event. Wine glasses, cheese, crackers, water and grapes will be provided. Hope to see you down on the waterfront! This will be another awesome time! SPACE IS LIMITED!

For more info:

Apr 23, 2010 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Enterprise Oasis
7 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

COST: $15

Philadelphia University Singers Spring Concert Kanbar Performance Space
Sunday, April 25, 2010, 5-7pm

Featuring Songs of Struggle (Folk Music from Estonia, Haiti, South Africa and African-American


Philadelphia University - Design Center at Goldie Paley House 4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

"Genetic history of Africa; implications for human evolution and medicine." Dr. Sarah Tishkoff

MAY 7TH 2010

PASEF Luncheon. Sarah Tishkoff, Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Genetics in Medicine and Biology in Arts and Sciences, examines how genetic variations and genetic diversity can affect a wide range of practical issues.

Location: The Inn at Penn University Club

Time: 11:45 A.M. Plan to arrive at the University Club between 11:30 A.M. (opening time) and 11:45 A.M. to avoid long lines at the buffet.

Cost: $10.90 for full lunch or $8.00 for light lunch. The light lunch is a choice of salad or sandwich, with soup and beverage. The annual membership dues of the University Club for Emeritus Faculty is $45.00.

Not a Club member? You are welcome to attend the talk without actually having lunch. Alternatively, you can purchase lunch for the same price as Club members by telling the cashier that you are a PASEF member attending the PASEF luncheon.

"African Vessels"
Indigo Arts Gallery

Traditional ceramic vessels from Africa. Works from Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Africa. This show is one of over 90 exhibitions that are part of INDEPENDENCE: The 44th Annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference taking place in Philadelphia from March 31 – April 3, 2010 hosted by The Clay Studio.


March 11-April 3, 2010

Wed. through Sat. , 12 - 6 PM


Thursday, March 11, 6 -9 PM
Thursday, April 1st, 6 - 9 PM

1400 N. American Street
Crane Arts Building, Unit 104
Philadelphia, PA 19122

18th Congress on Women's Health Issues Cities and Women's Health: Global Perspectives April 7th to the 10th
University of Pennsylvania

Although much is known about the health of women, the practice of public health and the health impact of living in urban environments—less is known about the intersection of these three subjects: urban women's health. Urban populations are growing at an unprecedented pace.

More info and registration at:

*****Fellowships & Grants****

African Studies FLAS Fellowship 2010–11

The African Studies Center will award, pending federal funding by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, FLAS Fellowships for AY 2010-11 to some undergraduate and graduate students planning to pursue African language study at the intermediate or higher level.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be admitted to or enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate program at Penn, and have research or career plans that require the use of an African language. The languages most commonly studied are Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof,

Yoruba, and Zulu, but other languages may be approved.

For more information:

For application form:

Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, Ithaca College

Job Description: The Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship program at Ithaca College supports promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities. The Fellowship in Art History will support a doctoral student in one or more of the following areas: Latin American Art, Latino Art, the Arts of Africa or the Arts of the African diaspora.

Enrollment in an accredited program leading to a Ph.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution, evidence of superior academic achievement, and commitment to a career in teaching at the college or university level required. Prior to August 15, 2010, the fellow must be advanced to candidacy at his or her home institution with an approved dissertation proposal. Preference will be given to those candidates in the final writing stages of their dissertation. Candidates must also be authorized to work in the United States.

For more information and online application:

UC Berkeley Fellowships for African Journalists 2010-2011

The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for three yearlong fellowships for accomplished African journalists, beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year.

The fellowships will each total $36,000, including round trip airfare, professional stipends, and rent while in Berkeley.

The selected fellows will join the School's Visiting International Scholars Program and participate in a new journalism training initiative aimed to provide high quality coverage of agricultural development issues in Africa for dissemination in U.S., African, and international media. The initiative will also offer dedicated funding for both domestic U.S. and Africa travel for research and reporting work.

Selected fellows must bring at least five years experience in journalism in sub-Saharan Africa, in any medium including print newspaper, magazine, television, radio, documentary, or new media format such as blogging, podcasting, and other online publishing.

Applicants also must demonstrate a proven track record of commitment to the truth-seeking craft, and a willingness to effectively investigate the problems of hunger on the continent with an aim to publish or broadcast stories about these topics and bring them to light in compelling form for audiences in Africa and around the world. A B.A. degree, at minimum, is strongly desired, along with experience and knowledge about agricultural issues in the applicant's native country.

Selected African fellows will enroll with other Visiting Scholars in background courses at Berkeley examining the global food crisis starting in late August 2010, while also contributing their knowledge about Africa and journalism to their U.S. and international peers.

Please submit applications via the online form:

To access the form, use the password:

The form provides spaces to include your resume, a one-page cover letter containing a statement of interest, and links to three examples of work.

For questions, contact

Deadline for applications: Monday March 29, 2010


The American University in Cairo (AUC) is pleased to announce several new Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowships for recent Ph.D. graduates. Successful applicants will be appointed as Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows with the rank of visiting assistant professor, and will become part of a unique program designed to provide young scholars with the opportunity to acquire the skills and experience necessary for success in teaching. The program also supplies fellows with travel and other support for research purposes. In addition, one of its principal objectives is to provide fellows with unparalleled opportunity to observe, work in and learn about one of the most fascinating countries in the world, Egypt.

Fellows will primarily teach students engaged in AUC's freshman-level Core Curriculum. The Core is designed to introduce students to the liberal arts and sciences and includes a variety of freshman-level courses in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Fellows will teach Core courses that reflect their personal interests and disciplinary backgrounds. They will also have the opportunity to teach additional courses in their own or related disciplines while at AUC.

Review of candidates will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Several Fellows will be appointed to AUC's program of Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowships beginning in fall 2010. Candidates are welcome in any of the following disciplines: Anthropology Arab and Islamic History Archaeology Astronomy Biology Chemistry Economics Egyptology Geology History History and Philosophy of Science Mathematics Philosophy Physics Psychology Sociology To be eligible for appointment, applicants for Post-Doctoral Fellowships should have received their Ph.D.'s within three calendar years of the date of application. In exceptional cases A.B.D.'s will be considered. Teaching experience is not required.

Additional Information:
Successful applicants will hold a term of appointment for three academic years; receive support for travel associated with a job search at the end of the employment; receive special research awards of up to $5,000 per year; and participate in a monthly seminar that will provide Fellows with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and views with leading scholars and intellectuals from both Egypt and the wider Arab world. Note: Please remember your account login enables you to respond to AUC additional questions (if required).

Application Instructions:
All applicants must submit the following documents via online. a) an updated C.V (upload via Step 2 in the next page); b) a letter of interest; c) a completed AUC Personal Information Form (PIF). For your convenience, the PIF can be downloaded in the next page (next to upload section); d)List names & contact information of at least three references familiar with your professional background. Application Information Contact:

American University in Cairo

Online App. Form:


The George Mason University, Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in South Asian or Southeast Asian Studies, with a focus on the history, culture or politics of Muslim populations in these regions.

Fellows will be given an office at the Center for Islamic Studies, while an affiliation will be arranged in an appropriate academic department as well. Fellowship stipend will be $41,200 (plus benefits) for the academic year. There will also be a $2,000 allowance for travel and research. Appointment begins August 25, 2010, and will end May, 24 2011.

Responsibilities: (1) Teaching: One course during the academic year, preferably focused on a broader theme related to the Muslim Societies in South Asia or Southeast Asia; (2) Other responsibilities: Play an active role in the intellectual life of the center, and participate in and support the programs at the Center for Islamic Studies.

Ph.D. in a humanities or social sciences discipline, or from a department with a specialization in Islamic Studies, South Asian Studies or South East Asian Studies. Those having received their Ph.D. degree after 2006 will be eligible. Candidates who will receive a Ph.D. by June 2010 will also be considered. About George Mason University and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies: Mason is a dynamic public university located approximately10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Va. George Mason's Islamic Studies program, strengthened by the activities of more than 15 faculty members, focuses on the study of Islam as a global tradition, with an effort to include Muslim societies in South, Central and Southeast Asia; Africa; Europe; and North America.

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies will support numerous workshops, conferences, lectures, scholarships and other academic events on the George Mason campus throughout the year. For more information, see the Web page: Application Information Contact:
George Mason University

Online App. Form:


Lewis & Clark College Department of History invites applications for a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in sub-Saharan African history, starting in Fall semester 2010. Potential for excellent teaching and research at an undergraduate institution are essential. The Fellow will teach three courses per year, including a survey of African history, a lower division course on modern Africa and a colloquium or seminar determined by scholarly specialty. Excluding North Africa, geographical and topical specialty are open. Preference will be given to candidates with interdisciplinary and/or comparative perspectives.

Ph.D. required at time of appointment as Mellon Teaching Fellow. Review of applications will begin on February 8, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application must include (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a letter of application that includes a statement of educational philosophy, teaching experience, and research interests; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (if any); (4) a sample of scholarship; (5) three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover; and (6) graduate transcripts. Send application to Susan Glosser, Chair, Department of History, MSC 41, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, 97219-7899. Inquries to

Lewis & Clark College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to preparing students for leadership in an increasingly interdependent world, and affirms the educational benefits of diversity.See We encourage applicants to explain how their teaching at Lewis & Clark might contribute to a learning community that values diversity. Lewis & Clark will conduct background checks on the finalist(s) for the position.

Application Information
Postal Address:
Susan Glosser, Chair
Department of History
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
MSC 41
Portland, OR 97219
Email Address:

****Academic Jobs****

Faculty at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full professor in Department of Africology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is seeking to hire one faculty at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor with expertise in political economy or public policy to begin August, 2010. Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service.

We have a particular interest in a candidate who can contribute to a new Ph.D. program in the department.

Candidates with quantitative methodological skills and research interests in urban economics, health economics, and the economics of education or public policy issues in black communities in the U.S.A. are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate is expected to maintain a vibrant research program and supervise Ph.D. theses. The ability to generate extramural funding is a plus.

For more information or to apply online:

One-year Visiting Assistant Professor in African History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This is a full-time position, with a 3-3 teaching load, including one section each semester of a large, TA-assisted World History course. Position duties include both a research and a departmental/university service component.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in History or a related field (specialty open) in hand by August 2010, strong evidence of scholarly promise, at least two years' experience as an instructor or three as a teaching assistant, and teaching experience in African History.

Preferred qualifications include more than the required minimum two years' experience as an instructor or three as a teaching assistant, experience supervising TAs, demonstrable research expertise in African History, and a record of scholarly publication.

For more information or to apply online:

Lecturer at the Lauder Institute with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

The Lauder Institute, with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time appointment as Lecturer in Arabic beginning September 2010. If the selected candidate is available, the appointment may begin as early as May 2010. The appointment will be for one year with the expectation that it will be renewed annually for up to an additional two years based on satisfactory performance. Minimum qualifications are an M.A. in linguistics, applied linguistics, and/or Arabic language and literature, Ph.D. preferable. Applicants should have experience teaching the Arabic language as an instructor at all levels in a college setting, notably at the advanced and superior levels. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in Arabic with an excellent command of English. Availability to manage and participate in Lauder's Summer Immersion Program is highly desirable. Preference is given to candidates familiar with standards-based instruction, with a commitment to pursuing ACTFL OPI tester certification. The salary is competitive.

Include a CV and brief description teaching philosophy and methods. Also submit the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information or to apply online:

Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Job Description: Tenure Track. We are seeking candidates who have teaching and research expertise in Africa. This line is an interdisciplinary hire, and candidates should be able to contribute to other teaching needs across majors, including courses on at least one of the following: public health, global ethics, or other aspects of globalization. In addition to teaching 12 credit hours of course work each semester, faculty members are expected to maintain active participation in research, college governance, and academic advisement.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Science or related discipline in hand by September 1, 2010. Candidates should have related teaching and research experience and subject-appropriate quantitative or qualitative research skills. Strong preference given to those with fieldwork experience.

For more information or to apply online:

Librarian for the Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center, University of South Florida—Tampa

The Librarian will:

-Build, manage, and assess the USF Libraries' Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center's collections -Monitor global collection development trends and new forms of scholarly communication in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies -Serve as a resource to faculty, students, and other researchers by creating research guides and by providing consultation and curriculum-related instruction in Holocaust and Genocide studies -Communicate and partner with national and international centers for Holocaust & Genocide studies, as directed

Minimum Qualifications:
-MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution or foreign equivalent -Post-secondary coursework relevant to Holocaust and Genocide studies -Work experience in a library, museum or similar institution developing subject focused collections -Experience working in a team environment -Effective communication skills in English

Preferred Qualifications:
-Additional graduate degree, in a related field, with coursework relevant to Holocaust and Genocide studies -Demonstrated record of scholarly research and/or professional service -Experience developing digital collections -Adequate proficiency in foreign language(s) needed to acquire and use resources in genocide studies -Demonstrated experience with instruction and the development of subject guides/bibliographies -Knowledge of genocide in Africa or Asia desirable

Special Instructions: Applications should include: a letter addressing applicant's experience related to the required and preferred qualifications for the position; a current curriculum vita; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references

For more information or to apply online:

Interim GPIA-Milano Dean, The New School

The New School seeks an interim dean for a period of one year, with the possibility of a second, to lead the strategic process of launching and developing this new entity. Building on the collaborative preparatory work of faculty and administrators up until July 1, 2010 when the School will come into existence, the Dean will have the responsibility to lead, develop, and manage a growing program of graduate teaching in six degree programs, applied research, knowledge creation, professional practice, and active civic engagement on a local and international scale.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience in at least 3 kinds of leadership:

  • Academic leadership: research, international and national, with an applied social science foundation;
  • Public leadership: active engagement in the world, international, national and local and to build relationships with external constituencies including donors, public and international agencies and organizations, the private sector, and foundations.
  • Institutional leadership: including the capacity to represent the substantive interests and mission and objectives of the School.

Experience is preferred in academic institutions and or public or large international institutions, with a record of positions of increasingly significant responsibility. The candidate should have the experience and credentials to merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

It is anticipated that the new Dean will assume office in July 2010 but not later than January 2011, and hold the position for 1 to 2 year

For more information or to apply online:

Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History, The University of Memphis

Visiting Professor, 2010-2011 academic year.

The Department of Art invites applications for The Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History. We welcome applications from distinguished scholars who have a significant publication record and whose research interests can enrich the breadth of the teaching program in the department. We encourage applicants whose work focuses on a non-European field of art history, particularly the arts of Africa and/or the African Diaspora. Responsibilities will include teaching one course per semester (one upper level undergraduate course and one graduate seminar in the visitor's area of expertise). The candidate is also expected to maintain a high profile through national and international conference presentations and/or research projects conducted during his/her tenure at the university. In addition to a competitive salary and benefits, travel budget for research and conference attendance, book allowance, and a graduate assistant are also provided.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in art history or terminal degree in one's field. Candidates should demonstrate a good balance of scholarly activity: publications, successful teaching, and lecturing. Scholars with experience in either academic or museum settings are eligible

Special Instructions to Applicants: Documents required at time of application are a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of at least three (3) references and a statement on teaching specialty and current research projects.

For More information or to apply online:

Latin America, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Fall 2010, Gwinnett College

GGC invites applicants for faculty positions in Latin American History with a Transatlantic focus, starting August 1, 2010. The successful candidates will be expected to teach the world history and/or US history survey courses as well as courses within their specialties. Applicants should demonstrate significant innovations in teaching, superior service to the institution, and established research credentials. Commitment to building a new college is also essential. GGC emphasizes a student-centered learning environment. Faculty will be expected to teach lower-division courses in addition to upper-division courses.

Preferred Qualifications: Latin American History with a Transatlantic Focus Country and Era focus is open. Ability to teach history of Sub-Saharan Africa is desirable. Successful candidates will be expected to teach the World History and/or US History surveys as well as courses within their specialties.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience with excellent benefits.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.

For more information or to apply online:

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Princeton University The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia

Research Theme for 2010-2011: "The Resources of Contemporary Regimes in the Arab World"

The Institute would like to sponsor research that seeks to ascertain the balance of coercion, co-optation and legitimation in the Arab world, as well as to assess the political, economic and symbolic resources of contemporary states. Successful fellows will investigate the ways and methods these regimes coerce and co-opt their citizens as well as enjoin obedience and manufacture legitimacy for their rule.

Under this general theme, the Institute invites applications for research fellowships from postdoctoral research associates with any disciplinary or theoretical perspective (e.g., law, sociology, anthropology, demography, politics, literature, as well as Islamic and gender studies). Postdoctoral research appointments will be for the academic year, September 2010 through June 2011, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Postdoctoral research associates will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate seminar, which may be open to graduate students, to pursue independent research at Princeton, and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus. Preference will be given to academics whose research, teaching, and professional activities relate to the Institute's 2010-2011 theme. Travel assistance of up to $1500 for round-trip, economy-class airfare will be available to fellows and their immediate families. Salary, title and eligibility to teach will be based on successful applicants' qualifications and is subject to approval by Princeton's Dean of the Faculty and relevant academic departments.

Essential Qualifications: PhD (including successful defense of the dissertation) by September 1, 2010

Education Required: Doctorate Degree

There is a possibility of a one-year renewal depending on funding and departmental need

For more information or to apply online:

****Call for Papers and Apps*****

CFP: Mapping Africa from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century Construction, Transmission and Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge about Africa Europe, Arab world and Africa

2nd & 3rd 2010

Colonial mapping of Africa during 20th century has received much insightful attention but recent research invites us to overlook the western bias by considering knowledge construction in a global and interconnected perspective while re-inserting the chronology of the colonial moment in the longue durée.

We will seek to develop a history of geographical and cartographic knowledge encompassing simultaneously European, Islamic and African productions and highlighting circulation of knowledge and practices between these different spaces. Rejecting the idea of westernization of the world undertaken through maps we wish to question knowledge and discourses about the representation of African spaces. The adopted timeframe makes a voluntary break with the institutional and political eras in order to understand African cartography as a process which would neither be restricted to the ancient cartographic image of a virgin continent inhabited by lions, nor limited to the image of a vacuum that colonial cartography would eventually fill.

One of the main aims of this conference will be to analyse in depth the construction and circulation of geographical knowledge between the different cultural areas. We invite paper submissions on transfers and circulation of cartographic practices and on the origin of geographical knowledge. We are interested in hearing from scholars who would study the heterogeneity of cartographic knowledge in maps originating from one or numerous cartographic traditions. We welcome papers, not only on the representation of the continent and transcontinental exchanges, but also on local or regional microhistory.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent by 3 May 2010, in English or French, to Camille Lefebvre (CEMAf),

Robin Seignobos (University of Paris I) and Vincent Hiribarren (University of Leeds), conference organizers to:

CFP:The suffering of migrants and refugees of/in Africa and their caregivers: new models, new practices, new actors

For panel organized during the Iberian Congress of African Studies which will take place in Lisbon from September 9-11, 2010.

This panel focuses on suffering and trauma experiences of migrants and refugees in Africa and in Europe. Although this is already widely studied, and even if these populations are both targeted as vulnerable and in crisis, few studies investigate the similarities and discrepancies between the experiences of migrants from Africa to Europe and in Africa and between the apparatus implemented in order to take them into charge. Moreover, new phenomena occur which lead to changes in the way care is given: hardening of migration policies, environmental refugees, growing importance of corporations in the humanitarian aid?

The panel in the first place will explore the social, economic, political and emotional complexity of the episode of migration and of the structural uncertainty characterizing migrants new life in Europe and in Africa. Thus, and consequently, it will study the contemporaneous models and practices of humanitarian aid and social care and their evolution it faces to adapt to new actors and new contexts.

Proposals have to be made via the online form at, not by email. We welcome proposals in English, Portuguese or Spanish.


The Omohondro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Institute for Historical Studies at UT-Austin invite proposals for a conference entitled, "Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds, 1500-1800" to be held in Austin on Feb.27-March 1, 2011.

Proposals are due by April 1, 2010.

A conference co-sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin. February 27 – March 1, 2011, University of Texas at Austin. For people in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, families mattered. Families functioned as key political, economic, social, cultural, and religious units, whether or not individuals remained physically, emotionally, or economically connected to them. Households formed the basis of social, political, and economic order. Embedded in households, kin connections, and gender dynamics, families were at the center of Atlantic worlds.

In recent Atlantic historiography, little attention has been paid to the ways in which families, households, and kin were critically important to subjects such as migration, commodity, production and consumption, racial codification, and imperial projects in the Americas and elsewhere around the Atlantic. Papers for this conference might consider these and other topics, including family economies, the political and religious dynamics of families and households, blood and lineage, the relationship between families and slavery, the language of family, gender and sexualities, and law, as well as relations between parents and children, husbands and wives, and kin of all sorts.

We invite papers from a variety of fresh perspectives that will provide the basis for a rigorous and comparative family-centered history of the early modern Atlantic. Conference papers will be pre-circulated. The sponsors will arrange for and cover the costs of accommodations and will offer some assistance with travel if necessary. Following the conference, selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the William and Mary Quarterly.

By April 1, 2010, a proposal of 500 words and a short c.v. with complete contact information should be submitted electronically to or by email to the Omohundro Institute's webmaster, Kim Foley, at
Submissions will be acknowledged by email; if you do not receive an acknowledgement, please resubmit or contact Kim Foley. Authors whose proposals are accepted will submit their completed papers to the conference organizers by January 15, 2011. Conferences co-chairs: Julie Hardwick, University of Texas, Austin, and the Institute for Historical Studies; Sarah Pearsall, Oxford Brookes University; and Karin Wulf, College of William and Mary and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. More information will be posted as it becomes available here:

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