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JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin, (09/20/2010)

Issue No. 1, Fall 2010
20 September, 2010

Dear JUA Readers,
Below, you will find the first edition of JUA for the Fall of 2010. You can also find a copy of this and previous issues on our website:

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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.

4th Annual Conference: Philadelphia Global Water Initiative

November 4, 2010
Houston Hall's Hall of Flags
"Managing The Last 1%: Allocating Water to Meet the UN Millennium Development Goals"

"Hi Fi, Hygiene and High Gloss"

November 6, 2010 12:00-1:30
639 Williams Hall
Reading Gender in Magazines from Senegal and South Africa, 1948 - 1966." Penn English's Tsitsi Jaji will give the lecture.

Wharton Africa Business Forum

November 19-21, 2010
Huntsman Hall
This conference features the discussion: A Blueprint For Africa: Navigating the World's Fastest Growing Continent In 2009, roughly half of the world's top quartile growth countries were from Africa. The global business community is increasing its interest and involvement on the Continent. At the same time basic questions of how to navigate Africa's growth and seize the opportunities there in remains a puzzle for outsiders - Africans and otherwise. The goal of the 2010 forum is to share how professionals, entrepreneurs, academics and investors can practically get involved in Africa's dynamic growth story.

"Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic in an African Kingdom of the Indian Ocean"

November 30, 2010 4:30
History Lounge (College Hall 209)
Johns Hopkins' Pier Larson will give the lecture.

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

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

"The Poetry and Politics of Water in Africa, South Asia, and the Americas."

Wednesday November 3
Lower Dodge Gallery
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University The symposium is part of the Zimmerli's Fall exhibition entitled, "Water," which celebrates water as an inspiration in world art.

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: Colloquium: Bessie Head and The Twice-told Tale (Bryn Mawr), 10/10 Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:30 am - 4 pm Location: English House, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA. 19010 Sponsors: Coordinated by The Bessie Head Society and hosted by The English Department and Africana Studies, Bryn Mawr College.


SOAS Literary Review: Literatures of Africa, Asia, and Middle East (grad)

SOAS Literary Review ( is an online?journal of postgraduate research. It seeks to provide an international forum?for research students working on the literatures of Africa, Asia, and the?Middle East. We welcome contributions on all aspects of postgraduate?literary research including articles, translations, fieldwork commentaries,?and book and media reviews. We hope to stimulate dialogue between research?students and scholars and forge links across institutions. For contributors' guidelines, please refer to the following link?

Plantation Modernity

These are among the questions we hope contributors collectively will address. Individual essays may of course be more focused and might consider such topics as these: the ways in which the plantation generates, enables, contaminates, haunts, or disrupts discourses of modernity the ways in which plantation "romance" may be seen as a form of engagement with (rather than flight from) the modern the ways in which the plantations serves as a "matrix," "laboratory," or mode of "relation" (to build on Glissant) that erupts in unexpected places the ways in which the plantation proves present, even (and perhaps especially) in its absence the ways in which literary and cultural texts reflect changes in plantation production (for example, the shift from agrarian capitalism to agribusiness) the connections between the plantation and other forms of colonialism the connections between plantation cultures of various locales (the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Ireland, Africa, Hawaii, etc.) the plantation as a site of transcultural contact the continuities and differences that can be found across the plantation complex 500-word proposals should be sent to Amy Clukey ( and Jeremy Wells ( by November 1, 2010. For those asked to contribute to the collection, completed essays will be due July 1, 2011.

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

Crime in Postcolonial Societies

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

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

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 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

"World Literature"

NeMLA 2011, April 6-10, New Brunswick, New Jersey. contact email: 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. Articulate provides 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:

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford

Stanford University invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, a unique opportunity for the best recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities to develop as scholars and teachers. Up to six fellowships will be awarded for a two-year term. Fellows will teach two courses per year in one of Stanford's humanities departments, and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the program, which includes regular meetings with other fellows and faculty to share work in progress and discuss topics of mutual interest. It is expected that Fellows will be in residence during the term of their appointment. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center and will have the opportunity to be active in its intellectual life.

Two-Year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in African History at Monmouth College

Monmouth College invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in African history to begin in August 2011. Subfield and time period open, but applicants must have expertise in transatlantic history. The Fellow would teach courses in African and transatlantic history while serving as a resource for the growing group of faculty members interested in studying and teaching about the transatlantic world. Expectations for this position include teaching three courses per year and maintaining a scholarly agenda of his/her choosing. The salary and benefits package are commensurate with that of a first-year assistant professor (tenure track) at Monmouth College. ?Please send a letter of application, vita, statement of teaching and research interests, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Professor Simon Cordery, Department of History, Monmouth College, by e-mail to ?Review of files will begin October 15, 2010, and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the college, please visit A full description can be found under Employment Opportunities. ?Monmouth College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Humanities Fellowships

LMU Munich will award 10 Research Fellowships to excellent young academics. Applications are welcome from all candidates who have completed their doctoral studies within the last three years with outstanding results. Applicants must present an independent research project as part of their application. The project must be supported by a professor of LMU Munich. The fellows will become members of the Young Center of the Center for Advanced Studies and be able to make use of its services. Endowment
Research fellows will receive an attractive salary according to the German "Tarifvertrag der Länder (TV-L)" (typically TV-L grade E 14). Applicants may apply for an additional start-up funding up to the amount of € 25,000 as well as for material and travel expenses of up to € 10,000 per year. In the ? rst two years after the completion of their research fellowship, the fellows may be granted up to € 5,000 for continuing cooperation with LMU Munich. The fellowships are initially tenable for two years. They may be extended for a further two years on the basis of a positive academic evaluation. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Closing date for applications is 15 November 2010. The prospective starting date of the fellowships is 1 June 2011. For all information regarding your application please consult:?

Quadrant Fellowship at University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Scholars pursuing interdisciplinary work are invited to apply for a semester-long Quadrant Fellowship at the University of Minnesota to be held in academic year 2011-2012. Quadrant is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in interdisciplinary scholarly publishing, and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). During their semester in residence at the IAS in Minneapolis, fellows will receive a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on rank and experience. Fellowships include medical and dental coverage. At the IAS, fellows will participate in weekly lunches, coffees, and public lectures with a lively interdisciplinary community that includes University of Minnesota fellows and other Quadrant fellows. They will also be involved in at least one of Quadrant's research and publishing collaboratives: Design, Architecture, and Culture ; Environment, Culture, and Sustainability ; Global Cultures; and Health and Society. Fellows will give a public lecture and will present a work-in-progress in a workshop setting with their Quadrant collaborative group or groups. In addition, they will work directly with an editor from the University of Minnesota Press to develop their manuscripts for submission. Manuscripts submitted to the University of Minnesota Press will undergo standard peer review and Press board approval process. Submission deadline for complete applications is November 19, 2010. Electronic submission is preferred. Paper submissions must be postmarked by November 19, 2010. Further information and submission instructions are at Please note that the fellowship may not be used for work toward a degree and is not open to faculty or staff at the University of Minnesota.

'Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry' postdoctoral fellow at Washington University at St. Louis

Washington University announces the 11th year of Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching across the humanities and social sciences. We invite applications from recent Ph.D.s for the position as Fellow. In September 2011, the selected Fellow will join continuing Fellows to participate in the University's ongoing interdisciplinary programs and seminar. The Fellows will receive a two year appointment with a stipend beginning at $44,450 per year. Postdoctoral Fellows plan and pursue their own continuing research in association with a senior faculty member at Washington University, and, over the course of their year appointment teach three undergraduate courses in the home discipline and collaborate in an interdisciplinary theory and methods workshop. There is no application form, but further information on 'Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry' is available on the web at Applicants should submit a cover letter, a description of their research program (no more than three single-spaced pages), a brief proposal for the seminar in theory and methods, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Application deadline is December 1, 2010.

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 Missouri at Columbia: Assistant Professor of African History

Assistant Professor of African History -Tenure-track - The Department of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system and a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive institution, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African History to begin Fall, 2011. The successful candidate must have Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment. All periods and specializations are welcome, but a strong research program and an ability to teach undergraduate courses, including a regularly given two-semester survey in African history, are required. The teaching load is two three-credit courses per semester. Please submit letter of application describing research and teaching interests, c.v., and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee, Department of History, 101 Read Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. Electronic applications are welcome and may be forwarded to The department anticipates an initial round of interviews at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. The application deadline is October 15, 2010

University of Kentucky: Assistant Professor, History of Africa

The History Department at the University of Kentucky invites applications for an entry-level, tenure-track position in the history of Africa, beginning in Fall 2011. Ph.D. required. Research fields are open. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory surveys, upper division undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Applicants should send a letter of application, a cv and three letters of reference to History of Africa Search Chair, Dept. of History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0027. Consideration of applications will begin on October 1, 2010, and will continue until position is filled. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Bard College: Assistant Professor, African History

Bard College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in twentieth-century African History to begin in July 2011. Regional and topical specializations are open; candidates whose work focuses on the African Diaspora will also be considered. Bard is a highly selective college of the liberal arts and sciences with 1900 students, located 90 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. For more information on Bard, please visit and for the Africana department, The college's new Achebe Center provides unique opportunities for scholarly dialogue and outreach related to African studies in the arts (literature, film, and music especially). Applications will be reviewed as received. The deadline for applications closes November 30, 2010. Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (a dissertation/book chapter, article, or substantial conference paper) and three letters of recommendation by email only to We will contact you if we require additional materials. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE

McGill University: Assistant Professor, History of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries

McGILL UNIVERSITY--The Department of History and Classical Studies of McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the History of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries effective 1 August 2011. The successful candidate should hold a PhD and show promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research. The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses is required. The candidate is expected to make significant contributions to the teaching and research activities of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) in the Faculty of Arts, McGill University. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and one page statement of teaching philosophy, as well as three confidential letters of reference should be addressed to Professor John Zucchi, Chair, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University, Lea 608, 855 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2T7. NOTE: All enquiries and application documents, including reference letters, are to be sent electronically to the Chair's Secretary at Hard copies of reference letters will be requested at a later stage. The deadline for receipt of applications is 8 November 2010. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. McGill University is an English language institution, but knowledge of French would be considered an asset.

Santa Clara University: Assistant Professor, Africa and Atlantic World History

Africa and Atlantic World History: The History Department at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of Africa and the Atlantic World to begin fall 2011. This position is contingent on funding. Candidates should demonstrate ability to teach courses both in African History and in the history of the African diaspora in the Atlantic World, especially what is now the United States of America. The position includes a commitment to teaching introductory-level global courses (Cultures and Ideas 1&2) of the Core curriculum in addition to more advanced courses in Core areas of Diversity (US) and Culture and Ideas 3 (African history). Candidates able to contribute to multidisciplinary majors and minors, including but not limited to Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies, are particularly sought. Candidates should show evidence of ability to publish in peer-reviewed venues. A Ph.D. in History is required, but advanced ABDs may apply if the PhD will be completed by the contract start date. Located in the heart of northern California's Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a Catholic, Jesuit university committed to promoting social justice in a liberal arts educational setting. Applications must be received by 18 October 2010. Please submit the following materials electronically (these must be pdf or Word files attached to your email; please do not include this information in the body of your email) to Letter of application, including a statement of teaching philosophy, research plans, and experience of working with people of diverse cultures and identities; and your curriculum vitae. Please also submit the following materials, either as file attachments to or as hard copies to Search Committee, History Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053: three letters of recommendation and graduate transcripts (placement dossier); a writing sample of no more than 30 pages; and evidence of teaching excellence (syllabi and evaluations). Selected applicants will be contacted for Skype interviews in late October, followed by on-campus interviews in late November. Santa Clara University is an AA/EOE employer. For full details about the position, please see Please direct all questions to Professor Robert Senkewicz, search committee chair, at

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:


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


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