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JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin, (11/01/2010)

Issue No. 5, Fall 2010
1 November, 2010
Dear JUA Readers,

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

Your submissions are always welcomed, so please send your announcements to by 8 November, as the date for our next publication is 14 November. Furthermore, if you want to learn more about Penn African Studies and other happenings in the Northeastern African community, check us out on Twitter (, Facebook (, and Tumblr (


Zachary Propert,
JUA Editor



Public Forum on: Sudan at Crossroads: Unity vs. Secession


Amir Idris (Fordham University)
Suliman Baldo (Center for Transitional Justice) Lako Tongun (Pitzer College)
Benaiah Yongo-Bure (Kettering University)

Brendan O'Leary (University of Pennsylvania)

November 11, 2010
4:30 - 7:00 PM

Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
3417 Spruce Street

Free & Open to the Public

Co-sponsors: Middle East Center, Center for Africana Studies, International Relations Program, Political Science Department.

On January 11, 2011 the people of South Sudan will vote on a referendum to decide whether their region will remain as part of a united Sudan, or to choose secession to form an independent country. This forum will highlight different issues that pertain to the current situation in Sudan and the ramifications of the referendum results locally, regionally and internationally.

For inquiries: Dr. Ali Dinar,

"Towards a Better Understanding of Amarna: Recent Research in the City and its Main Cemetery"

DR. BARRY KEMP University of Cambridge Saturday, November 6, 2010 3:30 PM Rainey Auditorium University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA. The last few years at Amarna have seen the completion of the topographic survey of the desert behind the city, the study of material excavated from a group of houses in the main city, and several seasons of excavation at the city's main cemetery, accompanied by a study of the human remains. The material found and the discussions it has given rise to help bring Amarna into a clearer focus.

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.

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

Wednesday November 3 2pm-5pm 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.

Thinking Gender 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011 UCLA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN 21st Annual Graduate Student Research Conference at the UCLA Faculty Center. To learn more about the event, visit If you would like to submit a paper, please see the information in "Call for Papers".

Reframing Knowledge Production on 1970s Uganda

February 5, 2011; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Hosted by the African History and Anthropology Workshop Scholars of Africa regularly cast Uganda in the 1970s as a transitional period in the country's history as well as a symbol of Africa's postcolonial ruination and failed struggle for cultural and economic independence. Transnational mythologies of Idi Amin in film, music, and literature have produced a rich, if highly questionable, body of knowledge on his rule. However, the 1970s have produced remarkably little scholarly consensus. Scholars struggle to move beyond worn-out chronologies and seemingly contradictory generalizations of social fragmentation, state collapse, and economic decline alongside cultural self-assertion, national pride, and economic empowerment. This state of affairs can be partly attributed to the assumed dearth of written sources for this period (though the recent openings of personal and government records in Uganda and Great Britain are exciting developments). It may also be related to scholars' difficulty reckoning with the ideological potency of the 1970s in contemporary political discourse, as activists of all sorts seek to draw contrasts or parallels between their situation and a constructed past. If you would like to submit, please see "Call for Papers".

11th Graduate Student Conference on International History (ConIH) at Harvard University

ConIH encourages methodologically innovative approaches and agendas which emphasize long-distance influences, utilize multi-archival and multi-lingual research and offer vistas for historical comparisons across time and space. Perspectives from related disciplines such as law, social science, economics, business or anthropology are welcome and encouraged. Faculty from Harvard and beyond will provide commentary onthe papers. The conference will conclude with a plenary session, at which several leading scholars in the fields of international and global history will discuss broad issues pertaining to the themes and terms of the conference. To learn how to participate, see Call for Papers.

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:

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Public Health and Water are inextricably linked both in the US and abroad. Just as the CPHI Retreat aims to shed light on all of the ways water affects health, we hope that Penn students and programs (not necessarily Penn-affiliated) in the Philadelphia area can display the variety of ways they have engaged in water related research or service as it relates to health. Posters must be related to water. The intersection of health and water can include topics such as injury prevention, water access, sanitation improvement, greening, monitoring the water supply, bottled water and sustainability, and more. Who is eligible? Students at the University of Pennsylvania (full-time, part-time, Undergraduate to Graduate) Representatives from non Penn-affiliated organizations Posters may be new or previously presented. For students at the University of Pennsylvania, posters must fit into one of three categories stated in CPHIs motto: IDEAS: New projects or initiatives currently being implemented with no results known yet. SCIENCE: Current and completed research with results that can be shared. ACTION: Community service projects with known outputs or outcomes. A separate category is available for non Penn-affiliated organizations to highlight their programs and research projects. Posters will be considered for four $250 prizes (one for each of the Penn categories listed above, and one for non Penn-affiliated organizations). See second page for judging criteria. Please note that the Center for Public Health Initiatives reserves the right to limit prize money or cancel the competition due to insufficient quality/quantity of entries. Deadline Nov. 29, 2010

The Colonial Gaze: Illustrated Travel Accounts of the Atlantic World and Africa

Southeastern American Society for 18th-Century Studies March 3-5, 2011, at Wake Forest University. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 8. Inquiries and proposals can be sent to the panel chair (contact information below). Seventeenth-and eighteenth-century colonists, missionaries, explorers, and merchants sailed to the Caribbean and Africa, producing records of their travels illustrated with scenes of plantation life, agricultural practices, local flora and fauna, harbors and forts, and the buying and selling of slaves. This panel invites papers from a range of disciplines that address any aspect of this imagery's role shaping European notions of conquest, colonialism, and slavery. In keeping with the theme of the conference, "Science and the Arts in the Long Eighteenth-Century," papers exploring the images' framing of the natural sciences areespecially welcome, as are papers exploring text-image relationships and innovative approaches to the analysis of visual rhetoric.

Colloque "Esclavages, traites, travail contraint en Afrique: logiques politiques et dynamiques sociales" 3èmes rencontres atlantiques du Musée d'Aquitaine

Bordeaux, France, 12-14 mai 2011

Colloque coordonné par le CIRESC (Centre International de Recherches sur les Traites et les Esclavages, Acteurs, Systèmes et Représentations) (GDRI CNRS), le Musée d¹Aquitaine, le Centre d'étude d'Afrique noire (CEAN), l¹Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV, l¹Université Paris Diderot et le laboratoire Sedet Proposition de communication: Les organisateurs du colloque favorisent la diversité des approches et des formats de présentation. Les résumés des communications d¹une page maximum devront parvenir au plus tard le 10 novembre 2010 accompagnés d¹un court CV (6 lignes au maximum) et mentionnés l¹institution de rattachement et une adresse électronique valide. Les communications devront être soumises aux organisateurs le 28 février 2011 au plus tard, selon les normes de présentation communiquées ultérieurement afin de permettre leur édition électronique.

The Lived Experience of the State: An Interdisciplinary Conference.

March 25, 2011 (Paper Submissions due November 30, 2010) The Graduate Students of the Duke University Department of History are pleased to invite graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers for their annual one-day conference at Duke University on Friday, March 25, 2010. The subject of the conference will be the lived experience of the state by its subjects/citizens. The conference will explore how historical actors have experienced the state in their day-to-day lives and contributed to its consolidation or undoing across a number of geographic and temporal frames. We are especially interested in papers that approach these state/citizen relationships from a variety of disciplinary or methodological approaches. There will also be both lunch and keynote speakers. Please submit an abstract of your paper including title and affiliation not to exceed 300 words by November 30, 2010, to Mitch Fraas at


Spaces, Selves, Suffering, Societies: Global Perspectives on Enforced Disappearance This special issue of Acme: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, seeks to expand current research and scholarly analysis of the phenomenon of enforced disappearance, and its impact on spaces, selves, families, societies and futures, by explaining the spatio-political logics of enforced disappearance as a tactic of terror, and its impact on an array of spatialized, social-relational and political scales across the globe. This call for papers thus seeks contributions which advance perspectives on societal responses to enforced disappearance, and its aftermath, in a variety of global contexts. Particularly, we solicit papers which employ critical geographic thought, methods, and interpretation, with the aim to further scholarship concerned with how this complex phenenomenon may be studied in radical ways. Geographers have much to contribute in mapping and analyzing enforced disappearance as an evolving, immensely geographical phenomenon of political violence and human suffering.


Contributions are invited towards a book entitled Environmental Governance for Social Justice: Lessons Across Natural Resource Sectors in Southern Africa. Potential contributors should submit a 300 word abstract by 15 November 2010. Those selected for inclusion in the book will be notified by 30 November 2010.

African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics

Applicants must demonstrate first-class intellectual capacity and (at least some) prior knowledge in economics, as well as proficiency in English. However, the objective of APORDE is to draw participants from a broad range of backgrounds; persons who have demonstrated exceptional capacity in their professional lives are invited to apply. The main body of participants will be drawn from Africa, but we welcome applications from Asians and Latin Americans who have research or work experience related to Africa. Prospective applicants should send: A completed application form (available on; An official transcript (showing courses taken and grades obtained); 2 reference letters, where possible 1 academic and 1 professional, which should be sent directly to or faxed to +27 11 836 5850 ; Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose main medium of instruction or work is not English. Results of standard English proficiency tests (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) will be preferable, but other proof may also be accepted (e.g. a sample of written work in English). Applications, accompanied by a covering letter indicating the applicant's full contact details (including e-mail address and telephone numbers), should be sent to to the attention of Nicolas Pons-Vignon. The application should actually reach Nicolas Pons-Vignon by Monday 6 December 2010 at midnight at the latest.

Policies, politics and realities of small irrigation dams in the rural South

Guest Editors: Jean-Philippe Venot, Hammou Laamrani, Jyothi Krishnan Interest and investments in small scale irrigation in general, and in small dams in particular, have been cyclical and motivated by fluctuating priorities, discourses and changes in the broader polity. The early 1990s for example witnessed a boom in development investment and academic interest in small-scale irrigation, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Two phenomena may explain this interest. First, controversies around large-scale multi-purpose dams, which led to the establishment of the World Commission on Dams (see the special issue of Water Alternatives, Vol 3[2]), became increasingly common. Second, calls for decentralization of decision-making and participation of local users in the management of natural resources entered mainstream development and environment discourses. Small-scale dams and associated irrigation were seen as an alternative to large infrastructure. They were less costly and more rapidly implemented, and could be distributed widely, potentially benefiting large numbers of people. They epitomized the belief that "small is beautiful": high in demand among local communities and cast as a priority by national governments, they attracted funding from international development agencies. Abstract (300 words) by November 15, 2010

Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia

In our age of globalization and multiculturalism, it has never been more important for Americans to understand and appreciate foreign cultures-how people live, love, and learn in areas of the world unfamiliar to most U.S. students and the general public. The Cultural Sociology encyclopedia takes a step forward toward presenting concise information with historical and contemporary coverage of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as four volumes of area studies illuminate the powerful influence of culture on society. Each title comprises approximately 200 articles organized chronologically and alphabetically, addressing such academic disciplines as sociology, political science, women's studies, business, history, religion, law, health, education, economics, and geography. It is the intent of the encyclopedia to convey what daily life was/is like for people in these regions. Each article ranges from 600 to 3,000 words. We are now making new assignments due December 1, 2010. Please send your submissions to

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:

"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.

Sudan Studies Association

The tradition of the SSA conference is to give priority in timing and prominence to papers that address the theme of the conference, but papers on all other issues relating to Sudan--past, present and future-- are also very welcome. Abstracts of proposed papers (please, limit to 150-200 words) should be sent by January 1, 2011 to Dr. Randall Fegley, 2011 SSA Panel Organizer, Coordinator of Global Studies, Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus, Tulpehocken Road, Reading, PA, USA 19610, Tel. (610) 396-6092, e-mail<>. A preliminary program will be announced by April 1, 2011. Late proposals for papers will be considered only if space is available. Proposals and paper abstracts submitted earlier will receive preferential treatment in scheduling. Acceptance for presentation will depend on the quality of the abstract and the judgment of the program committee. Pre-registration is required in order to secure a place on the conference program. Stipends of $200 are available for assistance to a limited number of graduate students and interested persons should contact SSA President Dr. Stephanie Beswick, Ball State University:<>

11th Graduate Student Conference on International History (ConIH) at Harvard University

Graduate students who are interested in participating in the conference should submit a one-page paper proposal and one-page curriculum vita (in Word, RTF, or PDF format) to <>. Proposals must be received by November 20, 2010, in order to be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made in December. For additional information about the conference, please contact the conference organizers at <> or visit the conference website at <>.

Reframing Knowledge Production on 1970s Uganda

This conference will consider creative work Ugandans have pursued in and on the 1970s. We welcome papers from faculty and graduate students that examine issues pertinent to this important period, including those that may not be strictly bounded temporally or geographically to 1970s Uganda but that consider how we have come to know about this decade. Scholars from all disciplines and those working across disciplinary boundaries are encouraged to apply. Please submit a one page abstract by November 8th to <>. (Include your name, email, and institutional affiliation). We may have funds available to assist graduate student presenters with travel expenses. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for travel assistance.

African Diaspora in Brazil: Remapping the Black Atlantic

"...there is no way to pay back our historical debt to Africa." -President Luis Incio "Lula" da Silva - President of Brazil One of the most heavily traveled routes of the Atlantic during the slave trade was the dangerous passage that linked West Africa, the Angolan and Kongo coastal region with the Americas. In the space of two and a half centuries, an estimated 2 million African slaves were forcibly dispersed through this "middle passage" (and millions lost at sea arriving mainly in Bahia and thus established Brazil as the main destination point for the largest population of Africans in the African Diaspora. The historical geography and the specificities of trajectory of African Diaspora in the South Atlantic led to the spirited Herskovits-Frazier debates during the first half of the 20th century. The study of the African Diaspora in the historical geography of the Americas has been reinvigorated in recent decades by a robust debate as scholars have shifted their inquiry from the explicit study of cultural "survival", "hybridity" and "acculturation" towards an emphasis on placing Africans and their descendants at the center of their own histories. Going beyond the notion of cultural "survival" or "creolization", scholars now explore different sites of power and resistance, gendered cartographies, memory, and the various social and cultural networks and institutions that Africans and their descendants created and developed, reflecting an array of cultural richness and diversity. Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 400-500 word abstract by December 30, 2010. Accepted proposals will be notified by January 30th, 2011. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English) by August 30, 2011. Proposals should be submitted to the Guest Editors, indicated below, by e-mail as a Word attachment. All communications regarding the special edition should be directed to the Guest Editors, Fassil Demissie (Department of Public Policy Studies), and Silvia Lorenso, (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), University of Texas, Austin,

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. To learn more:

African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter

The African Diaspora Archaeology Network and Newsletter works to provide a focal point for archaeological and historical studies of African diasporas, with news, current research, information and links to other web resources related to the archaeology and history of descendants of African peoples. Through this engagement with African diasporas, the ADAN seeks to connect an intellectual community that considers the historical processes of racialization, gender, power, and culture operating within and upon African descendant communities. Our quarterly Newsletter issues reach an international readership of at least several thousand for each issue. Please contact me if you have essays, articles, analysis papers, book reviews, project reports, announcements, or news updates that you'd like to contribute to the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, available at:

Multi-Contributor Anthology of hip-hop essays

The publishing company that I am working on this project with would like a book proposal in a month or two, at this point I am collecting abstracts that include an approximate page length to be able to give the publisher an accurate idea of how long the entire project it will be. That being said, I will also be submitting sample chapters so if anyone has a paper written already or can have a paper written in a month or two I would love to have as many sample chapters as possible. As mentioned previously, I want this collection to have broad appeal, if you are interested in doing more opinion piece than research paper feel free to do so, if you have the desire to do interviews instead of any kind of article that would be fantastic. The background is of no difference as I want this project to be as diverse as possible, sociology, music history, African-American studies, popular culture studies, fashion, psychology, history, any and all are welcome. If the reference means anything to you, think a hip hop version of Robert O'Meally's *The Jazz Cadence of American Culture *in terms of broad perspectives and hopefully close in length. Please submit any abstracts, address any questions to, and feel free to contact me at

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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.

New York University Research Grant

Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 8-10 appointments of visiting research scholars. ISAW's scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. They will be expected to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community. For details about the categories of fellows, the financial support, and the application, please visit The deadline for applications is December 10, 2010. New York University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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. 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

'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.

Boston College - African & African Diaspora Studies Program

Boston College's African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) announces its second dissertation fellowship competition. Scholars working in any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies are eligible. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field. This 2011/2012 fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, health insurance, a $1,500 research budget, and a fully equipped office. The fellow must remain in residence for the 9-month academic year, deliver one public lecture, and teach one seminar course. The successful applicant will have full access to BC's seven libraries as well as several rare books and manuscripts collections. Of particular interest is the Nicholas M. Williams/Caribbeana Collection, consisting of materials from and about Africa, Jamaica, and the British West Indies. The fellow can also benefit from BC's newly founded Institute for the Liberal Arts, as well as events sponsored by programs/installations in International Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Middle East Studies, Islamic Civilization and Societies, as well as the internationally renowned McMullen Museum. Applications must include: 1) a 3000 word project proposal that includes a plan for completion and description of how this fellowship will assist applicant in achieving future professional goals, 2) a 25 page (MAXIMUM) writing sample, 3) three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor and 4) an updated Curriculum Vitae. Eligible applicants must be ABD by the start of the fellowship year. Applications must be submitted by 21 January 2011, either electronically to or postmarked.

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.

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:


Georgia State University: Professor of Sub-Saharan History

Tenure-track assistant professorship in sub-Saharan African History to begin in August 2011. Specialization is open, but we especially seek applicants whose research and teaching situate African history in the wider world, particularly the history of the Atlantic world and/or the African Diaspora. The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses on sub-Saharan African history and Africa's connections and contributions to world history; s/he will also teach the world history survey either before or since 1500. The department offers an attractive teaching load and strong support for professional development. Located in downtown Atlanta, GSU has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Please send letter of application, CV, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Sub-Saharan Africa Search Committee, Department of History, Georgia State University, PO Box 4117, Atlanta, GA 30302-1117. Applications received by November 8, 2010 will receive full consideration. We will conduct preliminary interviews at the annual meetings of the African Studies Association in San Francisco and the American Historical Association in Boston.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Department of African Languages & Literature

Applicants must have a Ph.D. the appropriate area with a specialization in Arabic. Candidates must be able to teach Modern Standard/Classical Arabic at all levels; have native or near-native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and familiarity with at least one spoken dialect; have knowledge of the historical development of Arabic, of Islamic civilization, and of Arabic-based cultures of Africa; and be competent in linguistic approaches to literature. Additional information regarding duties can be viewed at Applicants must submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae, and have three letters of reference submitted directly by referees to Professor Aliko Songolo, Department of African Languages & Literature; University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1466 Van Hise Hall; 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. To ensure full consideration application materials must be received by November 24, 2010. Finalists will be required to submit a sample of scholarly writing. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in Los Angeles (January 6-9, 2011).

Georgia Gwinnett College: History Department

In anticipation of increases in enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year, GGC invites applicants for faculty positions in History starting SPRING semester 2011. Successful candidates will be expected to teach the world history and/or US history survey and will have specializations in one or more of the following fields: Latin America, the Indian Subcontinent, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Colonial America/Early Republic, African-American history, 20th Century US political history, early modern Spain, or the modern British Empire. Applicants should demonstrate significant innovations in teaching, superior service to the institution, and established research credentials. Commitment to building a new college is also essential. GGC emphasizes a student-centered learning environment. Faculty will be expected to teach lower-division courses in addition to upper-division courses. SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience with excellent benefits. Minimum qualification: Ph.D. in History: At least 18 graduate hours in history courses. MUST APPLY ONLINE TO:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges: History Department

Tenure-track assistant professor in African history beginning Fall 2011. The department welcomes scholars in all periods and geographical areas as well as those representing all specialized areas and interpretive approaches. Because of the Colleges' strengths in environmental, global, and gender studies, candidates with teaching and research interests in these areas are preferred. Teaching will include undergraduate survey courses in African history and upper-level courses of the instructor's choice. Courses that are interdisciplinary and that place Africa in a global perspective are particularly appealing to our students, who participate in many study abroad and community service programs. Ph.D. preferred, AbD considered. Please send a c.v., cover letter, graduate transcript, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Derek Linton, Chair, African Search Committee, History Department, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y. 14456-3397. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AHA meeting. Applications received after Dec. 20, 2010 cannot be guaranteed full consideration.

Princeton University: North African History

North Africa since 1700. Princeton University. Assistant Professor. Princeton University seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of North Africa from 1700 to the present day. Sub-fields open. Although the appointment is based in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, teaching responsibilities will be shared with the Department of History. Applicants should apply online at Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, research statement, and arrange to have a transcript sent. They should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted online. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Department of History

Tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level with teaching and research abilities in any period or geographical area of sub-Saharan Africa. Ph.D. or ABD (Ph.D. completed by August 2012) in History or related field by time of appointment is required, although Ph.D. is preferred. We seek candidates well versed in the recent historiography pertaining to sub-Saharan Africa and who are committed to research and publication in this world region. Teaching responsibilities will include broad surveys of African history and upper-level courses in the area of specialization. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach historical theory and methods courses. We expect the new appointee to participate in the department's graduate programs, including in one or more of the department's doctoral tracks in global history, urban history, and modern studies, with possible additional involvement in the campus multidisciplinary programs. Screening begins on November 5, 2010, and continues until the position is filled. To apply, please see

Tufts University: Department of History

Applications for the position of the Edward Keller Professor in the History of North Africa and the Middle East. We are seeking an outstanding scholar and excellent teacher. The appointment will be made at the level of tenured Associate Professor. Candidates specializing in any period of Arab history from the emergence of Islam to the present are encouraged to apply. Teaching experience should include the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Send application, cv, examples of scholarly work, and names of three references to Prof. Ayesha Jalal via e-mail ( Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly 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).

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.

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. 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 HistoryDepartment@scu.eduFor full details about the position, please see Please direct all questions to Professor Robert Senkewicz, search committee chair, 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. Website:

Morgan State University - Assistant Professor of African History

Morgan State University seeks an assistant or associate professor of history to teach courses in African history and the history of the African Diaspora. Area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to specialists in east, central, or southern Africa. Teaching experience at an urban university, potential for scholarship, and ability to advise graduate students desirable. Ph.D. in history required. For best consideration applicants should send cover letter, c.v., three letters of recommendation, and transcript to Dr. Annette Palmer, Chairperson, Dept. of History, Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251 by December 1st. Interviews will be held at the AHA convention in January.

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