JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (09/20/04)
J U A
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
Issue No.14, Fall 2004
September 20, 2004
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CONFERENCES & CALLS FOR PAPERS
SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS
JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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AREA EVENTS & LECTURE SERIES
September 20, 2004
University of Pennsylvania's Humanities Forum presents Profesor Rita
Barnard presenting: "Oprah's Paton, or South Africa and the Globalization of
Suffering". The event will be held at 3619 Locust Walk at 5:15pm.
Rita encourages seminar participants to explore the website
http://www.oprah.com before the meeting.
September 22, 2004
The Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to
invite you to a Darfur Policy Forum entitled "After the Genocide Determination,
What Next?," to be hosted by the Committee of Conscience at the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C from 10am to 1pm.
September 29, 2004
The Penn Humanities Forum presents Professor Robert Farris Thompson
presenting: "Belief and Beauty: The Art and Worship of an African Master".
University of Pennsylvania, College Hall, Room 200, 5:00pm.
For more information: http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/04-05/event_thompson.html
September 29, 2004
Symposium: "War and peace--State and Territory: A Look at Current Ideas in
Political Geography" The Departments of Geography and Urban Studies, Political
Science and African American Studies at Temple University in the Feinstone Lounge,
10am: Presentation by Al-Hassan Conteh and Maryilyn Silberfein, "The Mano River
Border Region in a Decade of Conflict", followed by Colin Flint and Alex
Murphy speaking on "The Geography of Terrorism" and "The Relationship of
Territorial Ideology and Interstate Conflict", respectively.
1:50pm: Jeffrey Herbst will speak on "Boundary Changes in the Context of Conflict
Resolution: Examples from Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and the DROC."
If you would like further information, contact Marilyn Silberfein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
October 21, 2004
Dr. Iben Rhaiem, Professor of American Studies, Universite de Sfax, Tunisia:
"Human Rights in Tunisia", sponsored by the African Studies Center, Cabrini College,
the French Institute, and the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania,
Houston Hall, Room 223, 3:00-4:30
October 28, 2004
Dr. Robert Mortimer, Professor of Political Science, Haverford College: "Bouteflinka's
Algeria in 2004: Problems and Prospects", Sponsored by the African Studies Center, the
French Institute and the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, Logan Hall,
Room 17, 3-4:30pm.
November 5, 2004
Dr. Richard Mshomba, Professor of Economics, LaSalle University, "The Politics
of Reform in Africa and the World Trade Organization", sponsored by the
African Studies Center and the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management
& International Studies,University of Pennsylvania, room TBA, 12-1:30pm.
November 9, 2004
Dr. Susanna Wing, visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science,
Haverford College: "Gender and Democracy in West Africa", University of
Pennsylvania, Irvine Auditorium, Room G-7, 3-4:30pm.
December 9, 2004
Dr. Jennifer Hasty, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Pacific Lutheran
University: "Scandal, Surveillance, and Serious Fruad: Investigating
Corruption in Contemporary Ghana", University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall,
Room 311, 3-4:30pm.
CONFERENCES & CALLS FOR PAPERS
CONFERENCE: ACROSS FRONTIERS BEYOND BORDERS: TRANSATLANTIC HISTORY
1400-2004 (September 30th, 2004)
The History Department of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and
the Transatlantic History Student Organization (THSO) are sponsoring the
Fifth Annual Graduate Student Workshop on Transatlantic History. Since
1999 this workshop has provided a venue to discuss the comparative and
transnational/ transcultural character of the interrelations and
interactions between and among the peoples of the Atlantic World. From
Africa's shores to the American West, from South America's rainforests
to the European Bosporus, the Atlantic World has been the site of social,
cultural, economic and political encounters that have transformed people
and places. The purpose of UTA's interdisciplinary workshop is to bring
together graduate students to explore the transatlantic interrelations and
interchanges over the last five centuries. For more information
(via email) contact Mike Downs (email@example.com) or Dr. Thomas
CONFERENCE: CONSTRUCTING AND DECONSTRUCTING MOTHERHOOD IN LITERATURE AND
FILM (September 30-October 2, 2004)
For more information contact Janice S. Spleth (WVUCOLL@MAIL.WVU.EDU).
- 2nd ANNUAL LAW AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA CONFERENCE
(October 6-10, 2004)
The Africa Legal, Human and Civil Rights Center will be hosting the
2nd International Law and Democracy Conference, to be held in Bulawayo,
Zimbabwe. The conference will bring together lawyers, legal institutions,
advocacy groups, academics, and policy makers from around the world to
discuss strategies, reforms, recommendations and create networks
- encompassed in the conference theme
- "The Role of Civil, Human and
Legal Rights Organizations in the Fight against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
and Poverty in Africa". For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFERENCE: AFRICAN STUDIES: PARADIGMS, PEDAGOGY AND PARTNERSHIPS
(October 7-9, 2004)
This conference is being organized by African/African American Studies
at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, (Allendale campus), and
the Department of African Studies at University of Cape Coast (Ghana).
For more information contact: Dr. Ronald J. Stephens, Coordinator of
African/African American Studies (email@example.com).
- TOWARDS AN AFRICA WITHOUT BORDERS (October 8-10, 2004)
The 2nd Annual Towards an Africa Without Borders Conference Transformation
and Action, UW-Madison, Wisconsin US. Anticipated keynote speakers include
Wole Soyinka, Sonia Sanchez and Heena Brambhatt. For more information,
please see our website at http://african.lss.wisc.edu/AWB or contact
Mukoma Wa Ngugi at 608-262-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCE: DEVELOPMENT STUDIES ASSOCIATION: BRIDGING RESEARCH AND POLICY
The programme will take place in London, consisting of two plenaries, 21 workshops, the
AGM, and a multitude of displays and stalls. The four plenary speakers are:
Matthew Taylor, former Director of IPPR and now Head of Policy Planning in the
Policy Directorate in No 10; NC Saxena,former Secretary of the Planning Commission
in India; Maureen O'Neill, former Director of the North-South Institute in Ottawa
and now President of IDRC;and Masood Ahmed, formerly with both the Bank and the
Fund, now Director-General of DFID.The 21 workshops also follow the theme of
Bridging Research and Policy. They cover a whole range of topics in development
studies, from trade and global sourcing to HIV/AIDS and social protection, with
additional sessions on the art-form of bridging research and policy.
The conference will be limited to about 400 people, so you will need to book early.
Bookings can be made via the DSA website
CONFERENCE: 47TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AFRICAN STUDIES
ASSOCIATION (November 11-14, 2004)
This conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel in New
Orleans, LA. The meeting will be held jointly with the Canadian
Association for African Studies. The theme is "The Power of
Expression: Identity, Language, and Memory in Africa and the
Diaspora." For more information:
CONFERENCE: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN ARTS: THE ARTS AS STRATEGY
FOR DEVELOPMENT, THE AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE (November 13-16, 2004)
The Faculty of Arts, Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria
announces an international conference on African Arts
Sub-themes will be African Literary Art, English and National Development,
History for Development, Religion as Strategy for Development in Africa,
Minority Languages/Modern European Languages and National Development,
Role of Art and Art Education in Contemporary Africa, The Performing Arts
and National Development, and Communication for Development and Social Change
in Africa. For more information email: email@example.com
CONFERENCE: 2ND INTERNATIONAL 'LANGUAGE-COMMUNICATION-CULTURE'
CONFERENCE (November 24-27, 2004) in Beja, Portugal,
The theme of this conference is "Knowledge and Power: History,
Geography, Representation, Identity in Post-Colonial Studies."
In Orientalism, Edward Said selected these two great Baconian themes -
Knowledge and Power - as dominant in the discourse of imperial authority.
And, in Culture and Imperialism, he called for 'a different and innovative
paradigm for humanistic research', 'a way of regarding our world as
amenable to investigation and interrogation without magic keys, special
jargons and instruments, curtained-off practices.' Both in method
and content Said's books contributed to a new approach to post-colonial
theory and practice. A year after his death this conference will address some
of the issues he developed in his work. Form more information contact
Adelaide Meira Serras (firstname.lastname@example.org), Luí Leal de Faria
(email@example.com) or Teresa Malafaia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CONFERENCE: AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALASIA
& THE PACIFIC 27TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (November 26-28, 2004)
"African Renewal, African Renaissance': New Perspectives on Africa's
Past and Africa's Present" in Perth.
This conference will be held at the University of Western
Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia. The aim of the conference is to
facilitate discussion on a wide range of subjects relating to the
study of Africa. For more information, contact email@example.com or see:
CONFERENCE: FLOWS FROM THE PAST: A TRANS-DISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON THE
HISTORY OF WATER IN AFRICA (December 8 - 11, 2004), in Riviera on Vaal,
Vereeniging, South Africa. The objective of this conference is to start exploring,
under the auspices of the IWHA, the potential for a comprehensive project on the
history of water on the African continent. It is hoped that the conference would
prepare participants who specialize in Africa for the next IWHA Conference in
Paris that is scheduled for 2005. For more information contact Ms.Petra Lawson
CONFERENCE: DEFINING SECURITY IN AN INSECURE WORLD: RADICALISM,
TERRORISM, AND STATE RESPONSES (March 3-5, 2005)
The History Department of West Virginia University will host its bi-annual
Rush Holt History Conference. The topic is "Defining Security in an
Insecure World: Radicalism, Terrorism, and State Responses." Conference
organizers invite papers dealing with events, people, and movements that
have threatened societies and states. It is the goal of this
conference to shed light on and give historical context to the current
climate of insecurity and radicalism in the world.
For more information: http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=138222
CONFERENCE: THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MISSIONARY LINGUISTICS
(March 12-15, 2005) in Hong Kong
This concentrates on early-modern descriptions of non-Indo-European languages.
This congress aims to outline the state of research
done in the field. The subjects are to some extent limited in time (focusing
primarily on the period 1492-1850) but not in space. This conference aims
specifically at inter-relating grammars written in different languages
(Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Dutch, etc.), by missionaries of
different orders (Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits, etc.), and in different
For more information: http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=138238
CONFERENCE: SIXTH NORTHEAST WORKSHOP ON SOUTHERN AFRICA
(April 22-25, 2005)
This conference, which will be held in Burlington, VT, will
bring together scholars working on southern Africa (Angola,
Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe), is organized around intensive
discussion of pre-circulated papers. The organizers especially
encourage participation from professionals, scholars and
graduate students in Africa as well as those located in Canada
and the United States. For more information contact Julie
U.S.-AFRICA BUSINESS SUMMIT (June 21-24, 2005)
The Coroporate Council on Africa's U.S.-Africa Business Summit will take
place in Baltimore, Maryland. The Summit strives to increase American
investment throughout the African continent by increasing U.S. private
sector awareness of the many commerical opportunities available. The event
will address speciifc policy issues confronting the U.S. private sector
in the African marketplace and aim to develop partnerships between
African and American businesses. For more information contact:
CALL FOR PAPERS: MEMORY AND IDENTITY IN ASIA AND AFRICA
(late 2004/early 2005)
The conference will invite scholars to discuss set texts; present
papers; and participate in a roundtable discussion over a three-day
period. For further information contact: Professor Reiko Abe
Auestad (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anne Thelle Backer
CALL FOR PAPERS: BEYOND IMPERIAL CENTRE AND COLONIAL PERIPHERY,
RECONNECTING THE GLOBAL AND THE LOCAL (March 11-12, 2005)
- The deadline for submission of abstracts for 30-minute papers (approx. 300
words, preferably by email) is November 15, 2004.
- The deadline for submissions of paper is January 31st, 2005.
This is an interdisciplinary postgraduate/post-doctorate conference
organized by the World History Workshop, University of Cambridge.
This conference seeks to explore new ways of understanding the global
movement of ideas and information. Moving beyond the problematic ideas
of the 'centre' and 'periphery' which have dominated the recent
historiography of the extra-European world, it will explore exchanges
between colonisers and colonised, and between Atlantic, African and
Asian colonial spheres. Abstracts may be sent to:
For more information, see http://pages.britishlibrary.net/world.history,
or contact the conference organizers Rachel Berger (email@example.com) or
Michael Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- CALL FOR PAPERS
- AFRICAN HEALTH AND ILLNESS (March 25-27)
*The Deadline for submitting proposals is October 1, 2004
This conference will take place at the University of Texas at Austin.
The conference organizers welcome papers that pose medical, cultural,
sociological, methodological, and theoretical questions whether addressing
relevant, recurring and urgent issues or raising neglected topics.
Proposals should include a 250-word abstract along with the author's
name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. All
correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. Please
address all inquiries and submissions to Mr. Matthew Heaton at
email@example.com (cc Toyin.falola @mail.utexas.edu).
Conference Web Address: www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LESS
TAUGHT LANGUAGES, THE YEAR OF LANGUAGES: EXPANDING THE PRESENCE OF LESS COMMONLY
TAUGHT LANGUAGES (April 15-17,2005).
- The final deadline for receipt of proposals is November 1, 2004.
The conference will take place in Madison, Wisconsin.
Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions.
Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, "The Year of Languages:
Expanding the Presence of Less Commonly Taught Languages." Although
proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, each should
address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. The
focus of session topics might include heritage language learners, bilingual
education students, autonomous and self-instructional settings, distance
learning, outreach and advocacy initiatives, and the use of technology in
teaching LCTL's. Other topics such as curriculum and materials development,
teacher training and professionalization, research, and assessment will also
be welcome. For more information call NCOLCTL at 608-265-7903.
CALL FOR PAPERS: CANDADIAN ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN STUDIES ANNUAL
CONFERENCE: FURTHERING THE GLOBALIZATION DEBATE, CROSS REGIONAL
COMPARISONS (April 27 - May 1, 2005)
- Early Submission Deadline: September 15, 2004
- Submission Deadline December 15th, 2004
The conference will take place at the Marriott Chateau Champlain,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.This CCASLS conference is an attempt: to
integrate the academy with NGOs and policy makers; to bring together
scholars from different regions and perspectives who often "dig long
and deep" in their own case study areas while remaining oblivious to
the theories and methodologies of those asking the same research
questions in other places; to make sense of the real, existing impacts
of globalization by presenting "deep" comparisons of places, cultures
and economies; to understand the changing structures and processes of
world history so that we may "historicize" globalization.
We ask for papers that address the theory and methodology of
comparativism; that integrate regional studies in a comparative
context; and that help us understand the social variables that
constitute particular regional or local studies, so that such studies
can be matched with similar research projects from other places.
For more information and details pertaining to the
conference, please Visit the website at http://caas.concordia.ca
- CALL FOR PAPERS
- THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL AFRICA/DIASPORA CONFERENCE,
CRITICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN/ON AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (April 28-30,2005)
The conference will take place at California State University, Sacramento, USA
and is sponsored by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and
the Pan African Studies Program. Papers/proposals that articulate new,
innovative/creative, and feasible options for development in/on Africa and/or
her peoples/diaspora--- as well as case studies and best practices-- are highly
invited; e.g. HIV-AIDS, conflict resolution, women & development, healthcare,
information technology, justice system, education, democracy & governance,
human rights, child soldiers, post-conflict reconciliation, agriculture,
arts, trade, & etc.! More information can be found on the conference website at
CALL FOR PAPERS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE UNITED STATES AND
WEST AFRICA (April 28-30,2005).
*The deadline for submitting paper proposals is December 31,2004.
The conference will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington
and sponsored by the Africa Program. This is a three-day conference on
historical and contemporary relations between the United States and
West Africa. Please address all inquiries to Dr. Alusine Jalloh (Jalloh@uta.edu)
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY BIENNIAL CONFERENCE,
AFRICA AND THE WORLD, THE LOCAL, THE REGIONAL AND THE GLOBAL IN HISTORICAL
PERSPECTIVE (June 26-29, 2005)
The conference will take place at the University of Cape Town.
Any proposals for papers, panels and roundtables are invited, but the
Society is especially interested in those that relate to themes in the
history of the southern African region. The Society, which may change its
name to the Southern African Historical Society next year, wishes to
highlight debates on such topics as liberation struggles and the limits of liberation
history and heritage post-colonial and post-nationalist historiographies
new methodologies for teaching and researching history in the 21st century,
including the use of film and video and digitisation. For more information visit the
Society's website at http://www.uct.ac.za/depts/history/sahs.
CALL FOR PAPERS: AEGIS EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN STUDIES (June 29-July 3,
- The call for papers closes November 1, 2004.
The conference will take place in London.
The Conference Steering Committee is now pleased to invite interested
papers-givers to submit a title and 50 word abstract to the convenor of an
appropriate panel as apparent from the details available on the
website. Graduate students interested in Africa are also encouraged by the Steering
Committee to submit proposals for papers on subjects across the gamut of
the humanities and social sciences applied to Africa. These should be
sent to Professor Alessandro Triulzi (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
E-mail enquiries for further information sent to the Centre of African
Studies (email@example.com) will be forwarded to the appropriate member of
the AEGIS Conference Steering Committee. For further details see http://www.aegis-eu.org.
DISCUSSION LIST: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON AMILCAR CABRAL
(September 6th to September 30th 2004)
In order to give greater impact to the symposium celebrating the 80th
anniversary of Amilcar Cabral, the CODESRIA Secretariat is organising
a forum of discussion on the life, achievements and struggles of this
renowned African personality. This on-line forum will be a ´
get-together between fellow researchers specialised in the life and
thoughts of Amilcar Cabral and the young African scientific community
that wishes to discuss the political, economic and philosophical
foundations of his anticolonialist and Pan African struggle. It is
hoped that the dialogue will help expand and deepen the quest for ways
of thinking and acting that are suitably adopted to our common struggles
for a better future. We are inviting you to participate in this discussion:
The link is:
CALL FOR PROPOSAL: EDIT AFRICAN ISSUE of ASA JOURNAL
- One-page proposals are due postmarked on or before September 30th, 2004_.
The ASA seeks creative proposals from individuals interested not only
in editing African Issues, but also in re-envisioning the focus, broadening
the scope, and re-imagining the layout (including on-line publication)
of this important biannual journal. Our aim is to assure that African
Issues remains responsive to and at the forefront of debate on the most
critical topics concerning the continent in the coming decade. Those
interested should send a one-page proposal indicating their plans for
the editorship of African Issues and a copy of their cv to:
Carol L. Martin, Ph.D. Executive Director African Studies Association,
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
CALL FOR PAPERS: CANADIAN REVIEW OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE/REVUE
- CANADIENNE DE LITTERATURE COMPAREE
- SPECIAL ISSUE ON AFRICAN LITERATURE
*Papers due by June 30, 2005
The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de
LittÈrature ComparÈe thus announces its Special Issue on African
and opens its pages to critics and writers who wish to explore a variety
of developments in the area. We invite papers of about 6000 to 7500 words.
For more information please contact any of the three editors:
Dr. Abdul-Rasheed NaíAllah (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Harry Garuba (email@example.com),
or Dr. Uzoma Esonwanne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LESS COMMONLY
The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
(NCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. Articles dealing with
all aspects of less commonly taught languages are welcome, with preference
given to articles dealing with educational and policy research, classroom
innovation, and program development, sustenance, and advocacy. For more
information email email@example.com and/or visit the website at
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS: ENCYLOPEDIA OF GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE UNITED STATES
Berkshire Publishing Group and CQ Press are preparing the Encyclopedia of
Global Perspectives on the United States for publication in June 2005. The
encyclopedia will explore the role and image of the United States from the
viewpoints of the peoples and nations of the world. We already have over
two-thirds of the articles assigned and, as the project editor, I am
searching for African scholars to contribute articles on the African
nations that are still unassigned. The articles will include historical
coverage as well as a contemporary analysis of that nation's relations
with the United States. The unassigned nations in Africa are: Burkina Faso,
Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea,
Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, and Tunisia.
If interested in participating, please contact Karen Advokaat at Berkshire
Publishing Group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CRITICAL PYSCHOLOGY
- Deadline for submission of articles is October 15th, 2004
The International Journal of Critical Psychology is announcing a call for papers for a
special issue offering insights on a broad range of topics related to trauma in the
African Continent. Major conflicts in areas such as Rwanda, South Africa, and the
Democratic Republic of Congo have made a powerful impact on the African Continent,
resulting in harm to individuals, family structures, and communities. Often viewed
as a site of violence, Africa should also rightly be viewed as a location at the
of critical debate around issues of trauma and the development of effective
for survivors. Ongoing discussions have been raised on issues such as different
of trauma, child soldiers, the role of NGOs, and conceptualisations of mental illness
PTSD. This issue will contribute to the critical debate on causes and expressions of
in an African context, inform scholars about new and effective approaches to counselling
traumatised individuals, families, and communities, and offer insights into causes and
experiences of trauma.
Please address your queries to email@example.com
SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS
2005-2006 U.S. FULBRIGHT COMPETITION
*Application deadline is October 21, 2004
Awards are to over 25 sub-Saharan African countries including:
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire,
Democratic republic of the Congo, Eritrea, ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea,
Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia,
Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For award descriptions, application
forms, instructions and guidelines:
2005-2006 U.S. FULBRIGHT-HAYS COMPETITION
- Application deadline is October 19,2004
The Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education is
seeking applications for the 2005 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation
Research Abroad Fellowship Program and the Faculty Research Aborad
Fellowship, which provides opportunities for graduate students to
engage in dissertation research and faculty to engage in research
abroad in modern foreign langauges and area studies.
For more information: www.used.gov.
THE ASSOCIATION LIASON OFFICE FOR THE UNIVERSITY COOPERATION IN
- Grant Deadline: 10/12/2004
The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in
Development (ALO), in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID),is issuing this RFA for a
special project to conduct quantitative research and analysis
related to USAIDs democracy and governance programs. There will
be one 10-month award of up to $300,000. The aim of the project
is to enhance the state of the art of democracy and governance
assistance and provide new data and insights to academics,
democracy implementers, and donors. It is anticipated that this
research and analysis will help USAID determine whether, how and
under what circumstances there is a relationship between democracy
programs and various aspects of political change in targeted
countries, and provide data useful for subsequent in-depth country
and activity-level comparisons that will follow. The research should
provide the foundation for a sustainable data set on USAID and other
donor democracy and governance programming and quantitative country
measures related to development. Visit the website at
2004 - 2005 FELLOWSHIPS FOR THREATENED SCHOLARS
The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund provides
fellowships for scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their
home countries. These fellowships permit scholars to find temporary
refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them
to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge
with students, colleagues, and the community at large. When conditions
improve, these scholars will return home to help rebuild universities
and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression.
Use this link to download the application: 2004-05
- TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA STUDY TOUR TO GHANA (January 6-20, 2005)
Participants will enjoy an in-depth two-week study of textile
arts in the southern region of Ghana in January, 2005. Under the expert
guidance of Dr. Lisa Aronson, this tour will take us from the capital city
of Accra to two famous areas of Kente production, the Ashanti center at
Bonwire near the royal capital of Kumasi, and the Ewe area in the Volta
region of SE Ghana. We will also go to the village of Ntonso, center of
Adinkra production, for a hands-on workshop, and the coastal town of Tema
Odumasi-Krobo, center of bead production and a flourishing bead market,
and another in the Cape Coast area to tour the slave castles. In between,
we will be visiting textile markets and traditional shrines, witness dance
performances, view specialized collections as guests in private homes,
take a thrilling nature walk in the Kankum National Park and enjoy a
relaxing cruise on Lake Volta. There will be ample opportunities to
interview and work with master weavers and dyers, and to engage in
discussions with collectors, tailors, and cloth merchants.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM: THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY REAGAN-FASCELL DEMOCRACY
- Applications for fellowships in 2005-2006 must be received by November 1, 2004.
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites applications to its
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program. Established in 2001 to enable
activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen
their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote
democratic change, the fellowship program is based at NED's
International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington, D.C.
- The program offers two tracks: a practitioner track (typically
three to five months) to improve strategies and techniques for building
democracy abroad and to exchange ideas and experiences with counterparts
in the United States; and a scholarly track (typically five to ten
months) to conduct original research for publication. Projects may focus
on the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of
democratic development and include a range of methodologies and
approaches. For more information visit NED's website at www.ned.org/
THE CENTER ON PHILANTHROPY AND CIVIL SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP: SPRING 2005
EMERGING LEADERS INTERNATIONAL FELLOWS PROGRAM
- The deadline for receipt of applications is September 30, 2004.
The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is pleased to announce a unique
three-month program which provides leadership training through applied
research and professional mentorships to young scholar/practitioners working
in the NGO sector. The topic for the 2005 fellowship is community
foundations. For the first time, the 2005 program will include a U.S. Diversity
Fellowship for young scholars or practitioners from communities of color
under-represented in the U.S. grantmaking sector. Applicants should have a
strong interest in building capacity and increasing the diversity of the
nonprofit sector in the U.S. For eligibility, application guidelines, and
other details, please visit the Center's website at www.philanthropy.org.
DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS: THE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL
Applicants in the social sciences and humanities are
eligible. For more information: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf
or contact program staff at (email@example.com).
CODESRIA-THESIS WRITING GRANTS
Grants are for African professionals and graduate students
registered in African universities. For more information:
FORD FOUNDATION: FELLOWSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL POST-BACCALAUREATE
STUDY. For more information: http://www.fordfound.org
ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships support scholars and writers engaged in research
on global social and cultural issues relating to diversity,
sustainability, and civil society. For more information:
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT DISSERTATION WORKSHOP PROGRAM
(Resource for funding opportunities)
This site has a collection of tips, samples, and links to help
students. The IIS site also includes funding opportunities for
Africans and Foreign Nationals. For more information:
- AFRICA AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11 (6-8 December
The course takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
For more information go to http://www.dpmf.org/.
- DEVELOPMENT & HUMAN RIGHTS (November 29 - December 3 2005)
This course take place in Pretoria, South Africa and addresses: definitions
of development, including the rhetorics of development, classic versus radical
definitions, Western and African definitions, and the World Bank and IMF models of
development, as well as the rights-based, village-based and other models of
development; the role players, the duty bearers, beneficiaries and bystanders
in the development process; the impact and value of international programmes
such as Structural Adjustment Programmes and Poverty Reductions Programmes;
women in development, gender mainstreaming in development; international trade in the
development process. For more information visit:
- AGEING IN AFRICA (February 21-25, 2005)
This course takes place in Nairobi, Kenya.
If you are a mid-level or senior programme manager, social worker,
senior government officer or planner, a health care professional, or
have an interest in ageing issues, then this course is for you.
For further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24427.
COURSE: CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION TRAINING FOR ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS &
MANAGERS (November 15th - 19th 2004)
The course will take place in Nairobi, Kenya.
Coalition For Peace in Africa (COPA), a regional membership
organization with a secretariat in Nairobi Kenya will in the month of
November 2004 offer a one-week training to organizational leaders and
programme managers seeking to develop their organization's capacities
to address conflict. Specifically, the training will run from 15th to
19th Nov 2004 at the Corat Training Centre in Nairobi. The training is
ideal for practitioners serving in the fields of Human Rights, Relief &
Development, Religious organizations, and also personnel from other
fields operating in or around conflict areas.
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24225
MANGO FINANCE TRAINING
Mango provides financial management services to relief and development
organisations. The link below contains information on venues and dates
for Mango training for September 2004 to January 2005.
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24249
TRANSCEND PEACE UNIVERSITY (TPU) NEW SEMESTER
Transcend Peace University is the world's first global peace university
for policy makers, practitioners, scholars, students, UN staff and
others working in peacebuilding, conflict transformation, post-war
reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation, development, human
rights, and other related fields. The link below contains information
about the university's September Semester 2004.
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24250
JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GLOBAL CULTURAL STUDIES, McMASTER UNIVERSITY
The Department of English at McMaster University invites applications
for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in
the area of Global Cultural Studies with an emphasis on the Visual
(film,television, photography, etc.) in non-Western Cultures.
Applications, including curriculum vitae, transcripts, a writing sample
(25 pages maximum), and letters from three academic referees should be
addressed to: Dr.Mary O'Connor, Chair, Department of English, McMaster
University, 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario,Canada L8S 4L9.
The due date for applications is November 1, 2004. For information on
the Department of English, see www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~english.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ENGLISH, MCMASTER UNIVERSITY
The Department of English at McMaster University invites applications
for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in
the area of Diasporic Literatures and Cultures with a focus on the
Black Atlantic (including African, Caribbean, African North American,
and Black British). The successful candidate will have a PhD and
demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. The starting date
for the appointment is July 1, 2005. Applications, including curriculum vitae,
transcripts, a writing sample (25 pages maximum), and letters from three
academic referees should be addressed to: Dr. Mary O'Connor, Chair, Department
of English, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada L8S 4L9. The due date for applications is November 1, 2004.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, RELIGIOUS STUDIES, INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of Religious Studies,
invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in
African Religions. Applicants should conduct research on Islam,
explore its intersection with indigenous religious expressions,
and engage anthropological understandings of religion in
their research and/or teaching. Preference will be given to
applicants who specialize in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in
regions with substantial Muslim populations. Ph.D. or equivalent
required. Course load: 2 courses/semester. The successful applicant
must maintain ongoing research, a record of creative and effective
teaching, and an active professional profile. Teaching obligations
will extend from introductory courses to upper level undergraduate
seminars to graduate training at the Master's and doctoral levels.
Deadline for applications is October 20, 2004.
PROFESSOR, AFRICAN ANTHROPOLOGY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
The Harvard University Department of African and African American
Studies and the Department of Anthropology invite nominations and
applications for a joint appointment in the social-cultural
anthropology of Africa. The position may be filled at the level of
Assistant, untenured Associate, or tenured full Professor. Nominees
and candidates should demonstrate achievement (or, at the untenured
level, the promise of excellence) in ethnographic field research,
theoretical innovation, and teaching. Topical and regional
specializations are open, but the search committee seeks, among
others, specialists in urban life, the arts and popular culture,
gender and sexuality, transnationalism, mass media, development,
environmental and refugee issues, military conflict, or changing
forms of governmentality in Africa. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2005,
and untenured candidates should expect to have completed the Ph.D.
prior to appointment. For more information, see
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW/RESEARCH FELLOW, THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY INSTITUTE
IFPRI seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow to join a team developing
a new research program on governance and policy processes related to poverty
reduction and food and nutrition security. The position is a three-year, fixed-term,
renewable appointment, based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, DC.
Qualifications include: Ph.D. in Political Science, Sociology, Political Economy,
Public Policy or closely related field; knowledge of international development
issues and situations in less developed countries; research relevant to governance
or policy processes; familiarity with and interest in qualitative and quantitative
research methods and data analysis; ability to work across disciplines; excellent
written and spoken English. The application deadline is October 31, 2004.
For more information on IFPRI, please visit the website at www.ifpri.org.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS, AFRICAN STUDIES/COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS,
*Deadline for receipt of application: January 5, 2005
The Center for African Studies in conjunction with the College of
Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is offering two
post-doctoral fellowships for 2005-2006 on the theme of "Education and
African Modernities." For more information visit their website:
LECTURER/VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Iowa seeks a part-time
Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic Language,
non-tenure-track, for the academic year 2004-05. The position will begin
with a one-year contract, renewable upon positive review for 2005-06.
Responsibilities include teaching four sections of Arabic language per year
or the equivalent for a 2/3-time appointment. Additional teaching
responsibilities for a higher-percentage appointment may be negotiated,
based on applicant's interests and areas of specialization. Electronic submissions may
be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER WORK IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
The Nederlands Institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) is planning an
assessment of human rights defender activities in Southern Africa.
consultants are required who are familiar with this work in the region,
and extensive experience with analysis and assessments with human
rights organisations in Zimbabwe, Angola or South Africa. The
assessment is planned to be implemented over three weeks, and to begin
at the end of September.
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24461
SOUTH AFRICA: PROGRAMME MANAGER
Social Development (non-profit) Foundation
Opportunity for a pro-active innovator who is passionately committed to
social development. The purpose of this low-profile philanthropic
foundation is to enrich lives within communities through supporting
those who provide resources, services and related research that meet
practical human needs and shift the quality of relationships between
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24468
UK: REFUGEE AND MIGRANTS' RIGHTS COORDINATOR, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Amnesty International (AI) seeks a Refugee and Migrants' Rights
Coordinator to lead our work on behalf of refugees and asylum-seekers,
the internally displaced and migrants. You will be the principal legal
and policy adviser, taking the lead in developing strategies, plans and
actions involving AI's staff and membership.
For more information visit the website at http://web.amnesty.org/jobs/index/18082004-PEP0402
Stand Up For Africa (SUFA) is a UK-based African-led organisation
dedicated to work towards the eradication of poverty and suffering in
Africa. SUFA's current area of focus is in the Child Slave Trade (a
desperate measure, born out of poverty) in various parts of Africa. The
Charity was set up in August 2003. Please find out more about SUFA at
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=24466
EAST AFRICA: PROGRAMME MANAGER, CHRISTIAN AID
Christian Aid is seeking applications from individuals to lead the
development and management of the organisation's programme in East
Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). You must have at least five years
experience of international development work, including project
management and have experience of working with a local organisation in
the south, ideally in Africa.
For more information: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/aboutca/jobs/jds/EAPM.htm
ERITREA: NUTRITION PROGRAMME MANAGER, CONCERN WORLDWIDE
The position holder will be responsible for the management and
provision of technical support to Concern's nutrition programme in
Eritrea and for the preparation of donor proposals and reports. The
successful applicant will have at least three years field experience in
managing emergency and on-going nutrition programmes.
For more information: http://www.oneworld.net/job/view/10101
NIGERIA: COUNTRY DIRECTOR, ACTION AID
Action Aid is seeking applications for the position of country director
in its Nigeria programme. The holder will be responsible for managing
and strengthening the organisation's work with marginalised communities
which aim to help advance human rights and social justice. The
successful applicant will have a proven track record in leading
development programmes, advocacy activities, fundraising and
For more information: http://22.214.171.124/index.asp?page_id=1336
SIERRA LEONE: FIELD COORDINATOR, INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
You will be responsible for the supervision of all programs at the
field site and for IRC Sierra Leone's compliance with USAID's grant
regulations and conditions. The successful applicant will have three to
five years experience working overseas in a humanitarian setting and
experience with implementing USAID projects.
For more information: http://www.theirc.org/jobs/index.cfm/number/2004-493
SUDAN: EMERGENCY HEALTH & NUTRITION CO-ORDINATOR, SAVE THE CHILDREN, UK
In response to the current humanitarian emergency, you will be
responsible for ensuring that health and nutrition systems are
implemented and standardised in the region of Eddaein and for
supporting SC UK's emergency preparedness and response. To fulfil the
role you will have at least three years of international experience in
health and nutrition, preferably gained within the context of an
For more information: http://jobsearch.savethechildren.org.uk/viewvacancies.cfm?ID=79749
SUDAN: HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION ADVISER, OXFAM,UK
The position holder will be responsible for leading the ongoing
development of a humanitarian protection strategy for Oxfam's response
in North Sudan. The successful applicant must have at least three years
experience working on issues related to the protection of civilians
during conflict and have strong familiarity with international law,
namely in the area of refugee and humanitarian law.
For more information: http://www.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_oxfam.asp?
MOZAMBIQUE: NUTRITION ADVISOR
Save the Children
DEMOCRATIC REPUCLIC OF CONGO: FIELD COORDINATOR
International Rescue Committee
SUDAN: DEMOCRACY FELLOW
World Learning for International Development
PROGRAM: CODESRIA RESEARCH AND POLICY DIALOGUE PROGRAMME
- The program theme is
- The Social Sciences and HIV/AIDS, A Political Economy
of Patient Welfare and Rights. The Council for the Development of Social
Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the launching
of a major new research initiative designed to promote the application of
social science approaches to the study of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The initiative
is being undertaken as part of a broader project of interventions which will
involve the fostering of a networked community of African researchers with
the required competence and interest in the field of health studies, and which
will be in regular dialogue with the different health policy communities within
and outside the state, as well within and outside Africa. Within this
framework, it is envisaged that a range of research, training and
dissemination activities will be carried out and several policy dialogues
organised. The research and policy dialogue components of the programme
will be spread over the period 2003 to 2005. More information about
the program can be found at www.codesria.org.
AFRICAN JOURNALS ONLINE (AJOL)
AJOL is being re-launched on its own website. It provides free
access to tables of contents and abstracts for over 175 journals
published on the continent, and also provides a number of additional
facilities. AJOL offers a document delivery service, and full (improved)
searching and browsing facilities, as well as a new Email
alert function. The service remains free to both users and
participating journals (with charges only for document delivery
requests from outside developing countries). Journals included in
AJOL are scholarly in content with peer
reviewed articles, and publish a mixture of pure and applied
research as well as review papers. The address of the new site
USAID HIV/AIDS E-NEWSLETTER
The USAID HIV/AIDS E-Newsletter provides monthly updates on USAID's
Office of HIV/AIDS and partner activities to prevent and mitigate
HIV/AIDS across the developing world. Topics include: briefings on
recent and upcoming global events, conferences, workshops, and forums;
announcements of newly released publications and online resources; and
links to HIV/AIDS-related documents, resources, and USAID partners' Web
sites. The newsletter reflects activities exclusively to USAID and its
implementing partners. For more information:
- USA/AFRICA INSTITUTE JOURNAL
The Summer issue of CHIMERA <http://www.usaafrica.org/chimera.html>
is available at www.usaafrica.org <http://www.usaafrica.org/> .
Please click the link Summer 2004 <http://www.usaafrica.org/Chimera-Summer04.html>
to access the journal.
ASC WEB DOSSIER ON CONFLICT IN SUDAN: THE CASE OF DAFUR
The Library, Documentation and Information Department of the African Studies
Centre Leiden has compiled a web dossier on conflict in Sudan, and
especially Darfur, to coincide with a workshop held at the ASC on 10
September 2004. The workshop brought together scholars involved in African
Studies and journalists with a special interest in Africa in order to
exchange ideas on information gathering and media coverage of African
issues, in particular conflicts and war. The current crisis in Darfur was
discussed as an example. The dossier aims to give background information on
the Darfur crisis within the context of the wider conflict in Sudan. It
contains a selection of titles from the ASC library's online catalogue on
Darfur, the conflict in Sudan, and media coverage of conflicts in Africa in
general, covering monographs as well as articles and chapters from edited
works. The dossier further contains an introduction on the Darfur crisis
and links to selected web resources. It can be found at our web dossier
page, together with earlier dossiers on subjects such as African sport,
HIV/AIDS in Africa and Youth in Africa:
Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.