JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin, (08/23/10)

Issue No. 2, Summer 2010
23 August, 2010

Dear JUA Readers,
Below, you will find the second edition of JUA for the summer of 2010. You can also find acopy of this and previous archived issues on our website: This is the last of our summer editions, and once the school year commences, we will resume our semimonthly posting.

Your submissions are always welcomed, so please send your announcements to by 1 September, as the tentative date for our next publication is 6 September. Furthermore, if you want to learn more about Penn African Studies and other happenings in the Northeastern African community, check us out on Twitter (, Facebook (, and Tumblr ( Cheers,
Zachary Propert,
JUA Editor



Hugh Masakela

Zellerbach Theatre
Annenberg Center at Upenn Friday, October 8 Over the course of a 40-year career during which he has collaborated with a myriad of international artists from Paul Simon to Dizzie Gillespie to Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Alvin Ailey this extraordinary trumpeter and composer has mixed the music of his native South African roots with the pop-jazz of the '60s. One of the world's most versatile artists, Masekela's Grammy award-winning hit "Grazing in the Grass" sold over four million copies and made him an international star while his Broadway smash musical Sarafina introduced the sounds and passion of South African music to theatre audiences worldwide. Also known for his tireless work as an anti-Apartheid activist, his hit song "Bring Him Back Home" became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement. Now this great legend Rolling Stone applauds as being "one of the most thrilling live performers around," stops in Philadelphia for one night only performing classic favorites as well as hits from his new album Phola.

SORAC 2010

Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths and Realities October 7, 8 and 9, 2010 Montclair State University Looking at Africa today, it appears as though the continent has become, in the minds of many around the world, synonymous with all that is wrong with humanity. Genocides, wars, tribal strife, disease and humanitarian disasters seem to have taken, therein and in the minds of many outsiders, a coloration that has reinforced the multifarious stereotypes about Africa as a continent of misery, tribal wars and chaos. Numerous questions do indeed come to mind when looking at the issue of conflict in Africa, namely: What is conflict and how do Africans define, describe and/or understand conflict? What are the causes of conflict in present-day Africa, and what were these causes in pre-Muslim and pre-Christian Africa? How have Africans dealt with conflicts in their pre-Muslim and pre-Christian past, and how have they dealt with them in their Muslim and Christian present? What does/did conflict resolution mean in the African context? Are/were there any principles of conflict resolution in African cultural ethos? Have any such principles been successfully implemented at some point in the past and/or present of Africa? Is/was there a philosophy of conflict and conflict resolution in African culture(s)? How does/did it manifest itself? Are present-day conflicts on the continent due to an inherent flaw in African culture(s) or have there been too many simplifications in past and present understandings of conflict in Africa? The questions are too many to list here, and the issues vast. If you would like to submit a paper for this event, please see the information in our Call for Papers section.

New Jersey Film Festival

Sunday, October 10 7pm
Voorhees Hall 105 at Rutgers New Brunswick CAC
Please attend the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2010 screenings of African films! The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the Bi-Annual New Jersey Film Festival. The Fall 2010 festival, held between September 3 through November 4 at Rutgers University, will showcase the best in independent film and video, featuring premiere screenings of award winning works and guest appearances by emerging and recognized film and video makers. All Voorhees Hall film programs begin at 7pm. Films are screened in the order listed with a brief intermission for double and multiple-bills between films. Admission is $10 General; $9 Students and Seniors; $8 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends. All films are subject to change. Call the information number 732-932-8482 the day of show to confirm titles. Tickets are available on a "first-come-first-served" basis only and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time.

Fear Itself - William Wonders III

A short film about a state of dreadful uncertainty. A year ago a pastor was shot in his own church. This is the first time he is returning to the pulpit. Only one thing is certain: that fear has a tight grip on him. 2010; 6 min. Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean - Curt Fissel Your morning cup of coffee comes to you as the end product of a vast global industry. This lively documentary tells the inspiring story of one coffee-farmer to illuminate the challenges faced by small coffee-growers around the world. The Delicious Peace Coffee Cooperative was started by a Ugandan coffee farmer who organized a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish neighbors to challenge historical -- as well as economic and environmental -- hurdles and to enhance mutual economic development. As the Delicious Peace coffee-growers band together, to improve their standard of living, they are spreading their messages of peace and fair trade to coffee customers in the US. 2010; 40 min.

Dreaming Mali - Barbara Kowa

If it is true that art can be a universal language, can artists from totally different worlds and cultural backgrounds work together? In this enthralling documentary film, two visual and performing artists from Germany travel to remote villages in Mali - to co-create works of art with the villagers that fuse together traditional techniques of music, dance, singing, smelting ore, and blacksmithing. The results are truly amazing, reflecting the harmonious blending of two cultural perspectives. 2010; 84 min. In Bambara and German, subtitled. For more information, including the full list of sponsors, go to, call (732) 932-8482 or e-mail

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2011

Presented by Unite For Sight, 8th Annual Conference at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17, 2011. Unite For Sight's must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. The conference convenes 2,200 people from all 50 states and from 50 countries. Conference registration is now open. Register during July to secure the lowest registration rate. The registration rate increases after July. For more information, please see the website:


SORAC 2010 Three-Day International Conference

Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths and Realities October 7, 8 and 9, 2010 Montclair State University In order to begin an intellectual discussion of these complex issues, SORAC calls for papers that would explore the themes of conflict and conflict resolution in Africa from a variety of perspectives (historical, literary, political, etc.) and disciplines (humanities, social sciences, diasporic studies, etc.). It is expected from participants at SORAC 2010 that they will, from their own disciplines and perspectives, help to illuminate not only the historical/chronological dimensions of conflicts in Africa from ancient times to present, but also their cultural dimension, especially as they pertain to the relationship between conflict and conflict resolution within the African context. Interesting will also be approaches that will look at the links between Africa and black people of the African diasporas around the world. As far as the African diasporas are concerned, questions of interest could be: What historical as well as cultural relationships can be established between the African spirit still alive in such diasporas and their embattled (and non-embattled) situations in their new cultural universes? What psychological and cultural ambivalences/crises have resulted from their diasporic estrangement? What types of relationships and ambivalences have defined their ties with the African continent, and informed the socio-cultural and political interactions within their own communities? Deadline for Paper Submissions: August 30, 2010 Proposal Submission Guidelines: Paper Proposals for SORAC 2010 are due on or before August 30, 2010. Submit a 200-300 words abstract summarizing the content/theory/rationale of your presentation, and include your contact information and institutional affiliation with your abstract (address, title, university or institution, phone, fax, email, etc.). For more details on the conference, visit

Ethnic Canons in Global Contexts - April 7 - 10, 2011

THEME: Ethnic Canons in Global Contexts As an ongoing and vital process through which societies and cultures have become integrated through a globe-spanning network of communications, economics, and politics, globalization addresses the transnational circulation of ideas and languages. Its impact on literature is manifold, with both positive and negative associations, wherein cultures receiving outside influences ignore some, adopt others as they are, and then immediately start to transform others. Certain aspects of globalization - such as hybridity and multi-rootedness - are increasingly present in literary texts as we witness ways in which they shape new literary forms, interrogate existing canons, and explore the emergence of ethnic canons. We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of the multi-ethnic literatures of the United States and elsewhere. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore globalization in terms of its influence on ethnic canons, and vice versa, and encourage presentations on all global frameworks of analysis, such as Atlantic studies, global feminisms, pan-Africanism, postcolonialism, transnationalism, global indigenous studies, etc. Submissions should detail requests for specific audiovisual equipment, if needed. We also ask that a proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop include a short description of the central topic, supplemented by brief abstracts of individual speakers' contributions. This conference will be held at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Deadline for abstracts and proposals (250 words in Word or rtf format): NOVEMBER 15, 2010. PLEASE NOTE: e-mail abstracts to: John Hawley at

Crime and Crime Narratives in Postcolonial Societies, Deadline 11-01-2010

An upcoming issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies will focus on crime in those cultures and societies. In addition to the Caribbean region, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region, articles may focus on how the topic applies to "minority" populations in European nations, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Papers from all disciplines related to the topic are welcome: from sociological studies of incidence, causes, and effects to criminological studies of law enforcement methods, the judiciary, and penology; from studies of popular culture, especially films and television programming, to analyses of crime narratives, from reportage and nonfiction books to treatments in "serious" and genre fiction. A few topic-related creative works-including creative nonfiction, as well as short fiction and poetry-will be included in the issue. Papers should range from 3,000 to 7,000 words, should be prepared in Microsoft word with minimal coding, and should be documented in current MLA or APA style. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2010. Submissions should be directed to the issue editor, Martin Kich, at Inquiries are welcome. The journal is peer-reviewed, and publication will occur within one year of the deadline for submissions.

Migrancy and the Text (Postgraduate), Deadline: 27 Sep 10 Event: 6 November

Keynote Lecture by Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway) 'Migrancy, Newness and the Problems of Tradition' Saturday 6th November 2010, 9.30am - 5.00pm Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, London, KT1 2EE, UK This one day-conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students and early career researchers working in literary, cultural, media and film studies, creative writing and critical theory. The conference aims at exploring the concept of migrancy in literary, critical and cultural texts and critically investigates the usefulness of the concept. How has migrancy been represented and/or appropriated by 'migrant' and other writers, artists and intellectuals in their work? How useful is the concept of migrancy when it becomes cut off from the lived experiences of migration and different histories of movement? We invite 20-minute papers, as well as 60-minute panel proposals, from postgraduate students and early career researchers across the arts and humanities, that engage with various interpretations and representations of migrancy. Deadline for abstracts: 27 September 2010. Submission method online at:

World Literature/Global Empathy, NeMLA (April 7-10, 2011, New Brunswick, NJ)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 7-10, 2011 New Brunswick, NJ - Hyatt New Brunswick Host Institution: Rutgers University This panel invites papers that seek to understand the ways in which imaginative literature, in Jeremy Rifkin's words, "allows empathic consciousness to grow and develop." If literature is a vehicle for extending empathy and expanding human consciousness, how does reading literature from around the globe contribute to a "biosphere consciousness" (Rifkin), the belief that "each human being has responsibilities to every other" (Appiah)? Papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines--sociology, anthropology, biology, political science, etc.--are welcome. Benjamin Carson

Reading the Postcolonial Other in Contemporary Film

2011 Northeast Modern Language Association, April 7-10, New Brunswick, NJ Roundtable participants should examine one specific film (Hollywood, independent or international) and its methods used (thematic, cinematic, narrative) in treating the theme of postcolonial other. Preference will be given to under-represented and multi-language perspectives treating this topic in contemporary Africa, Americas, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and South Asia films. 500 word abstract/CV by 9/30 to Sophie Lavin, NeMLA Women's Caucus Rep, SUNY Stony Brook:

Economies of Witchcraft in African Literature (April 7-10, 2011)

Although recent studies in the social sciences have begun to focus on connections between witchcraft and the turbulent political economies of sub-Saharan Africa, studies in African literature have yet to fully confront this sensitive topic. The goal of this panel is to provide a forum for exploring intersections between witchcraft, the political economy, and African literature. The panel will convene, if accepted, at the 42nd Annual NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Conference at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from 7-10 April 2011.

Call For Authors: Culture of the Middle East, Asia and Africa

In our age of globalization and multiculturalism, it has never been more important for Americans to understand and appreciate foreign cultures-how people live, love, and learn in areas of the world unfamiliar to most U.S. students and the general public. The Cultural Sociology encyclopedia takes a step forward toward presenting concise information with historical and contemporary coverage of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as four volumes of area studies illuminate the powerful influence of culture on society. Each title comprises approximately 200 articles organized chronologically and alphabetically, addressing such academic disciplines as sociology, political science, women's studies, business, history, religion, law, health, education, economics, and geography. It is the intent of the encyclopedia to convey what daily life was/is like for people in these regions. Each article ranges from 600 to 3,000 words. We are now making assignments due October 1, 2010. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference in 2012 and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library's electronic services. The General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Orlando Patterson at Harvard University. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today's terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more. The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications. If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia, please contact me at Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials specific to the region.

Past and present African experiences everywhere in the world

Our goal is to provide proper and fair representation of past and present African experiences. We need you -- if you are passionate about the country you live in, country of origin, or a country that you are familiar with -- to write a few pages about historical and contemporary African experiences in that country. See samples of our country pages and writing guidelines. See what¹s in it for you and how you can participate. A beta version of the much awaited African Views framework was launched on June 15th, 2010. Please visit to assess the framework and learn about the writing guidelines. You will gain instant access to over 100 indicators including the African Views indicator, which uses a factor of 100 current vital indicators to create a unique index. The AVI (African Views Index) ranks each country's capacity to promote human development without prejudice based on race, creed culture, religion or gender among its people. The index not only reflects Africans experiences in every country but also provides indicators that reflect the values of each country's culture and society comparatively.

"World Literature"

NeMLA 2011, April 6-10, New Brunswick, New Jersey. contact email:
The panel will explore what "world literature", that has embedded in it the conjunction world-historical, mean today. By the time Goethe coined the term in the 1800's much of the non-Western world was already colonized.The impact of this reorganization was far reaching for the West and the non-Western world.What role did colonial structures play in creating a unified global systems theory such as Orientalism? Can Orientalist literature claim to be "world literature"? Many of the challenges posed by the paradigms of "world literature", global translation, linguistic imperialism, nationalism and modernity open the discussion to new reflection and debate. Have its claims been obscured by assimilations and homogenizations as a result of globalization? We will examine some of the dilemmas facing "world literature" in our times. Is there a need for shifting categories and bring newness to the study of "world literature"? Abstracts of 300 words maximum are invited.

Voices - The Wisconsin review of African Literatures

Voices is a forum for exploring issues of written and oral artistic production in Africa and the Diaspora in relation to the continent. Submissions that stretch and challenge such disciplinary boundaries are welcome and will be considered for publication. We will distribute copies of Voices to American universities with interest in African studies, and to African institutions which may have more difficulty in maintaining/developing their collections of research in African literature. We invite submissions from writers world-wide. Voices is complemented by a web site with the aim of cultivating a broad readership and interactive academic network. Call for Papers
We invite the submission of articles, essays, book reviews of recently published works, translations and original creative works (short stories, poetry, art, drama, renderings of oral narratives). Written in: Languages of Africa (as well as English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German). Format: 4 copies of typed, double-spaced manuscript up to 20 pages; include one copy of an 100-150 word abstract (in English & in the language of the submission). Please remove author's name from 3 of the 4 copies. If the work is accepted, we will request a copy of the submission on 3.5 floppy disk.

Articulate Journal

Articulate is an undergraduate scholarly journal that publishes academic papers on international development and health care in Africa. Articulateprovides a forum for students to contribute to, as well as make, the debates within the international development field. SCOUT BANANA believes undergraduates are a vital, untapped force to bring new ideas, perspectives, and concepts into the development dialogue. Our goal is to spark, share, and spread knowledge through undergraduate students for the sake of innovative change in the health care and development now. For more information, see their website:


Penn Humanities Forum - Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

The Penn Humanities Forum awards five one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year). The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $46,500 plus health insurance and a $2500 research fund, requires that the scholar spend the year in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and is open to international applicants. The current Call for Applications is for the 2011-12 fellowship year, when our topic will be Adaptations. Applicants must be no more than eight years out of their doctorate (e.g., for the 2011-12 Fellowship year, you must have received or will receive your Ph.D. between December 2002 and December 2010). The Ph.D. is the only terminal degree eligible. The broad interdisciplinary nature of the program allows fellows to become fully integrated into the life of Penn. Fellows conduct research that relates to the Forum's topic of study for the year in residence, participate in the Forum's weekly faculty research seminar where they present their research, and teach one undergraduate course on a subject that relates to the annual theme. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously used the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life. Please see the following website for more information:

Kay Postdoctoral Fellow - Brandeis University

Brandeis University invites applications for a two-year Kay postdoctoral fellow working on culture and politics in the francophone world, to begin in Fall 2011. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, legacies of colonialism and post-colonialism, literary and cultural representations of the immigration experience, or language, culture and politics in francophone countries. Every year, the fellow will teach one class in French in the French and Francophone Studies program and another in English in the International and Global Studies Program and receive a stipend of $54, 807, plus a research fund of $4,000. Please send dossier, teaching materials, and three letters of recommendation to Michael Randall, Chair, Kay Fellowship Search Committee, Shiffman 102, MS 024, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110. First consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2010.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

American Overseas Research Centers foster international scholarly exchange, primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs which allow pre-doctoral and senior scholars to pursue independent research important to the increase of knowledge and to our understanding of foreign cultures. These non-governmental institutions are seen by their host countries as the official arm of American higher learning. The private structure of the centers and the unbiased research they promote make them respected foci of American academia in the countries in which they operate. Please see the following website for information about the grants:

Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study or conduct research abroad for one academic year. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program. Please see the following website for more information:

African Women Public Service Fellowship

The African Women Public Service Fellowship, made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, offers African women the opportunity for graduate study at Wagner to prepare them for public service in their home countries. Please see Wagner's website for more information:

Rockefeller Foundation

Through grantmaking, the Rockefeller Foundation works to spread the benefits of globalization to more people in more places around the world. The Foundation is a proactive grantmaker. We seek out opportunities to fund work that addresses the Foundation's areas of focus and contributes to one or more of our initiatives, rather than simply reacting to unsolicited proposals. Only proposals that fall within the Foundation's initiatives are considered. The Rockefeller Foundation does not give or lend money for personal aid to individuals, or, except in rare cases, provide general institutional funding, contribute to endowments, or support building or operating funds. Please see the following website for information:

Africa-Related Fellowships and Internships at the Wilson Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars offers a number of residential fellowships for the study of Africa, and internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Unless otherwise noted, all awards are open to citizens of any country. Brief information about each of these fellowship programs appears below, along with links to application materials and further details, where available. For more information and application guidelines please contact the Center at: Tel: 202-691-4170; Fax: 202-691-4001; E mail: You can also consult the following website:


University of Notre Dame: Assistant, Associate or Professor, International Development

The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame invite applications from tenured and junior scholars who work on themes related to international development. We have a strong preference for someone who has done field work in sub-Saharan Africa. This position is one of many faculty appointments that the Ford Program, the Kellogg Institute, and other academic units at Notre Dame are making related to international development. Please send letters of inquiry or nomination and a c.v. to: Ford Program Search Committee Kellogg Institute for International Studies 130 Hesburgh Center University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556

Yale University - African History Professor

The Yale University Department of History intends to make a tenure-track assistant professor appointment, to begin July 1, 2011, focusing on Modern Africa. Preferred teaching capability in Sub-Saharan African History since 1850. Applications are invited from historians with strong potential for achievement in scholarship, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and intellectual leadership. All regional specialties will be considered, but there is a preference for East Africa or Southern Africa. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Ph.D. expected. Application, C.V., statement of research and teaching interests, a writing sample, and three letters of reference should be sent to Professor Robert Harms, Modern African History Search, c/o Dana Lee, Department of History, Yale University, P.O. Box 208324, New Haven, CT 06520-8324. The review of applications will begin October 1, 2010.

Contact Info:
Prof. Robert Harms
Modern African History Search
c/o Dana Lee
Department of History
Yale University
P.O. Box 208324
New Haven, CT 06520-8324

American University in Cairo

The Egyptology Program, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology (SAPE), at the American University in Cairo is seeking applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Egyptology with a starting date in September 2011. Candidates should have a research interest in Egyptian history and have competence in all stages of the ancient Egyptian language as their main duties will entail teaching undergraduates and graduates Egyptian language and history. Requirements:
A completed Ph.D. and teaching experience are required. Successful candidates should have an ongoing program of research and publication and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Responsibilities include undergraduate as well as graduate teaching, an active program of research and publications, and service to the Department and the University. Additional Information:
Priority will be given to applications received by October 15th, 2010. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by video-conference in early November 2010. Application Instructions:
All applicants must submit the following documents online: a) a current C.V. (upload via Step 2 on the next page); b) a letter of interest; c) a completed AUC Personal Information Form (PIF). For your convenience, the PIF can be downloaded on the next page (next to upload section); Please ask three referees familiar with your professional background to send reference letters directly to the Office of the Provost ( Note: Please remember your account login enables you to respond to AUC additional questions (if required). Apply Here:

Stanford University - History of the Middle East and North Africa

The Department of History at Stanford University seeks an outstanding junior scholar for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the 16th to the 19th centuries. The appointment begins September 1, 2011. We are especially interested in candidates who can participate in broad interdisciplinary conversations.

Application materials must be submitted on-line via Please submit a letter of application, including a brief statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (two dissertation chapters or the equivalent) by October 15, 2010.

Contact Info:
Online applications only.


Northwestern University - History of Sub-Saharan Africa

The Department of History at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position in sub-Saharan African history at the level of assistant or associate professor. Research interests may be in any sub-field exclusive of East Africa. Start date: September 2011. Please send letter of application, C.V., and writing sample (chapter or article) by electronic method to Eric West at: In addition, three letters of recommendation must be sent via hard copy to the African Search Committee, Department of History, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-2220. Deadline for all application materials: 15 October 2010. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE. Questions to Eric West at:


Columbia University - African History

The Department of History at Columbia University invites applications for an assistant professorship in African history, to begin in 2011. All periods and specializations in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding West Africa and Francophone Africa, are welcome. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in African history. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, writing sample (article or dissertation chapter), and three letters of recommendation. The Ph.D. must be completed by July 2011. Applications from scholars trained or working on the African continent are welcome. For more information and to apply please visit our online site at: Review of applications will begin September 7, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Contact Info:
Professor Gregory Mann
Columbia University
1180 Amsterdam Avenue
413 Fayerweather Hall
New York, NY 10027


College of the Holy Cross - African History

The Department of History at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty appointment to begin in August 2011. We are seeking a historian specializing in pre-colonial Africa and the African diasporas. Fields of specialization might include: comparative slavery, Islamic World, or comparative religions. Our new colleague is expected to teach general courses that explore broad global connections from the vantage of pre-colonial Africa, such as courses that stress exchange and circulation of peoples, goods, and cultures from the first beginnings of human activity in Africa into the colonial period, as well as to teach more specialized courses in his/her particular area of expertise. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester leave prior to tenure review and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for senior faculty. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching as informed by current practice and scholarship in the field. We are a department of eighteen tenured and tenure-track historians teaching in areas that are global in scope. There are also interdisciplinary programs in Africana, Middle Eastern and Latin American Studies.

Please send a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a statement on teaching philosophy and interest, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Ph.D. preferred), and two letters of recommendation to Professor Theresa McBride, Chair, Department of History, Ref.: H-Africa, Department of History, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610. Review of applications will begin immediately after October 15, 2010 and continue until the position has been filled. Members of the search committee will be interviewing at the African Studies Association meeting in San Francisco, CA, Nov 18 - 21, 2010, and, as necessary, at the American Historical Association meeting in Boston in January 2011.

contact Info:
Professor Theresa M. McBride
Chair, Department of History
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester MA 01610-1716
Worcester, MA 01610


Bristol University - Associate Professor of Arabic

The department will soon be seeking applicants for an Associate Professor of Arabic position, pending funding and adminsitrative approval. This would be a tenure-track position with a teaching load of approximately two courses per semester. Candidates must be able to teach Modern Standard/CLassical Arabic at all levels; have native or near-native fluency in Mondern Standard Arabic and familiarity with at least one spoken dialect; have knowledge of the historical development of Arabic, of Islamic civilization, and of Arabic-based cultures of Africa; and be competent in linguistic approaches to literature. Applicants will need to provide a letter of application and curriculum vitae to an address that would be provided in the formal announcement. The department will also require three letters of reference sent directly from the referees to the department.

St. Augustine College of South Africa

The successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and teaching in the Education Postgraduate Programme. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching modules in Education and any other related subjects currently taught in the School of Humanities and Education, he/she will supervise students' research, initiate, coordinate and conduct academic research and research projects, as well as participate in other aspects of the work of the School's activities. To be considered for appointment in this position, candidates must be in possession of a Doctorate Degree in Education or a related field, preferably with at least an Honours qualification in History, Literature or related fields. The candidate should have teaching experience within a multicultural setting as well as strong skills in verbal communication and inter-personal relationships, a very good publication record and relevant research experience, and ability to work as part of team. Previous experience in lecturing at tertiary level will serve as a strong recommendation. Candidates who possess a Doctorate in any of the above with a master's degree in Education may also be considered. Closing date: 31 August 2010
Remuneration will be commensurate with the seniority of the position (R24k - R28k per mo.). Please send your submission to: Human Resource Office, St Augustine College of SA. P.O. Box 44782, Linden 2104. Fax +27-11-380-9232. Email For further information consult the College Website at

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