UIUC Habari Newsletter, 2/94

UIUC Habari Newsletter, 2/94

HABARI February 1994

Wednesday Noon Sack Lunch Seminars Conference Room, Rm. 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth, Champaign.

Feb. 23: Don Crummey, African studies/history, "Ethiopia: Construction of an Ethnic State?" Mar. 2: Bruce Brodie, veterinary clinical medicine, "Agriculture and Veterinarian Medicine in Zimbabwe." Mar. 9: Spring Break, no seminar. Mar. 16: Anita Glaze, art history, topic to be announced. Mar. 23: Raymond Taylor, history, "Chieftancy and Social Change in the Southwest Sahara." Mar. 30: Bill Martin, Michael West, and Alice Deck, "Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa: A Symposium Overview." Apr. 6: Ayo Bamgbose, English as an international language, "Multilingualism in Africa: Implications for National Integration and Development." Apr. 13: Michel Nguessan, French, "French-African Relations: The Beginning of a New Era." Apr. 20: Eliud Kiruji Kirigia, linguistics, Egerton University, Kenya, topic to be announced. Apr. 27: Lucy Akumu Ojode, agricultural economics, Egerton University, Kenya, topic to be announced. May 4: Ibrahim Sambuli, geography, Egerton University, Kenya, topic to be announced.


The Center for African Studies (UIUC) is sponsoring an international workshop on "Tropical Pedology and Landscape Degradation" to be held on March 26, 1994. Topics will include: wind and water erosion problems, landscape evolution, mechanized versus traditional cultivation methods, definitions of 'landscape degradation,' and 'sustainable' living and agriculture. For details, contact Donald Johnson, Department of Geography, 607 S. Mathews Ave., #220, Urbana, IL 61801. Tel: (217) 333-0589. Fax: (217) 244-1785.

Feb. 24: Laura Downing, linguistics, "An Optimality Approach to Bantu Verbal Reduplication," Linguistics seminar, G13 Foreign Languages Building, 4:00 pm. Feb. 25: Tom Bassett, geography, "Towards a Political Ecology of African Pastoralism," 219 Davenport Hall, 3:00. Mar. 1: Micere M. Githae Mugo, "African Poetry as a Political Statement: A Dramatization," a MillerComm event, Third Floor Levis Faculty Center, 8:00 pm. Mar. 1: Paul Haesaerts, Institut Royal des Science Naturelles de Belgique, "Stratigraphy, Depositional Environments, and Early Hominids in the Omo Basin," 109 A Davenport Hall, 12:00. Mar. 23: A roundtable organized by Champaign-Urbana Coalition on Africa (CUCA) will be held featuring speakers representing the African National Congress, the PanAfrican Congress, and the National Party. Further details will be available at the Center for African Studies by mid-March. Mar. 24: Piers Blaikie, "Political Ecology of Land Degradation," 101 International Studies Building, 4:00 pm. Mar. 28: Piers Blaikie, "Land Degradation: Changing Landscapes or Changing Views?" a MillerComm event, Animal Sciences Auditorium, 4:00 pm. Blaikie will be interviewed by David Inge on Focus 580 at 11:00 am. Mar. 25-27: "The Divine Essence of the Afrikan Woman," 1994 Women of Color conference, University of Illinois, Urbana IL. Details available from the Women's Studies program (UIUC), 708 South Mathews. Tel: (217) 333-2990. Apr. 7: Farida Cassimjee, African studies, "African Oral and Written Creation Myths and a Critique of Their Patriarchal Influences," YWCA Multicultural Women's Forum, University YMCA Wahl Room, 11:45 am (speaker introduced at 12:15 pm).

"Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa" is the theme of the Center's Spring Symposium to be held April 8-9. Scholars from around the world will discuss the role of African studies in the 1990s. In connection with the symposium, GHANATTA will perform at the Levis Faculty Center on Saturday April 9, 9:30 to midnight. The event is free and open to the public. For information contact the Center for African Studies, 210 International Studies Bldg, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Tel: (217) 333-6335.


Habari is now available for Internet access through the PENNINFO system. You can access PENNINFO though the gopher system at or through Telnet at From Penn's main menu you select "Interdisciplinary Programs" and then the "African Studies" folder. Further details are available at the Center.

The campus and the Center were honored by a visit from George Kosmas ADYEBO, Prime Minister of Uganda, who spoke on "Uganda: Challenges of Democracy and Development" on January 28.

On January 20 Ezekiel KALIPENI, geography, visited the Center and spoke on population and environmental change in Malawi.

GOOD NEWS: The Center will be hosting an unprecedented number of guests this semester. BAD NEWS: The Center needs more supplies to outfit apartments for the visitors from Africa. We would gladly accept donations of linens, cooking supplies, or small appliances. Contact the Center if you're willing to help. Thanks.

The Center and the Study Abroad Office (UIUC) seek a resident coordinator to accompany students participating in the UIUC-Egerton University summer study program in Kenya. The resident coordinator will be the legal representative of the UIUC and will act as a liaison between participants and the two universities. Applicants should submit a c.v., a statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation to the Center by April 4, 1994.


Evelyne ACCAD, French, read from her works at Jane Addams Book Shop in Champaign on January 30.

Ayo BAMGBOSE, George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Division of English as an International Language, presented a seminar on "English in the Nigerian Environment" on January 24.

The Pasha's Peasants: Land, Society, and Economy in Lower Egypt 1740- 1858, by Ken CUNO, history, received an Albert Hourani Book Prize honorable mention,awarded by the Middle East Studies Association of North America at the Association's annual conference in November. At the conference he presented a paper entitled "Rural Households, Property, and Land in 19th Century Egypt."

John DUE, economics, wrote a working paper entitled "Transition from Single Stage Sales Taxes to Value-Added Taxes: Zambia and Tanzania." The paper was released by the University of Illinois Center for International Business Education and Research.

Alma GOTTLIEB, anthropology, and Philip GRAHAM, English, gave a reading from Parallel Worlds at the Champaign Public Library as part of the Writers Live '94 series.


Sibel BARUT, anthropology, was awarded an NSF dissertation research grant for her proposal entitled "Middle and Later Stone Age Land Use at Lukenya Hill,Kenya."

Stephen R. WOOTEN, anthropology, published "Colonial Administration and the Ethnography of the Family in the French Soudan" in Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines.

Jonathan ZILBERG, anthropology, presents his paper "From Jim Reeves to Vanilla Ice: The Incorporation of Not-so Extraordinary Alterities in Colonial Rhodesia and Independent Zimbabwe" at the University of Chicago Sound/Vision/Body Conference, February 25-27.


The Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois announces two summer fellowships of $1000 each in support of Africanists whose teaching or research endeavors may be enhanced by using the resources of the Center and the University during the summer. To apply, submit a single page statement including the following information: description of the proposed activity; how it contributes to applicant's professional advancement; applicant's previous research or fieldwork experience; and courses taught with African content. Applicants must also submit a c.v. and two letters of reference. Deadline is March 10, 1994; additional information is available from the Center.


MUCIA is offering a travel fund for international program development to interested UIUC faculty and staff. Contact the MUCIA Liaison Office at 333-1993 for details. Deadline is March 1, 1994.

Fulbright Awards are available for university lecturing or advanced research in nearly 140 countries. Awards range from two months to a full academic year. Applications are encouraged from professionals outside academe as well as from faculty at all types of institutions. For more information contact the Council for International Exchange for Scholars, 3007 Tilden Street, NW,Suite 5M, Box GNEWS, Washington, DC 20008. Tel: (202) 686-7877.

The Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council and the MacArthur Foundation Committee on International Peace and Security offers fellowships for young faculty in African institutions as well as journalists, public servants and lawyers to pursue innovative research at universities and major research centers outside their home areas. Contact Visiting Scholar Fellowship, International Peace and Security, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158. Tel: (212) 661-0280 Fax: (212) 370-7896. Deadline is July 15, 1994.


Spring Research Grants are available from the Center for African Studies with the support of International Programs and Studies (UIUC). Graduate students at the University of Illinois may receive up to $600 in support of thesis research related to Africa. Applications consist of three page proposal, a simple budget, and application form available at the Center, and a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor. Deadline is April 1.

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants support African graduate students who are enrolled in U.S. universities and are planning to undertake dissertation research relating to a developing- country problem. Grants are intended to cover research expenses and travel costs, not tuition,fees, or living expenses. Contact Dr. Francis Li at (202) 653-5361 for details. Information on other NSF grants is available at 209 Coble Hall. Deadline is March 1, 1994.

J. Gus Liebenow Fellowship provides support for minority students to pursue doctoral studies at Indiana University with a concentration on African studies. Potential applicants must apply to a graduate program at Indiana and complete a fellowship application available from the African Studies Program. Contact the Director, African Studies Program, Woodburn Hall 221, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Tel: (812) 855-8284.

The Nelle M. Signor Fellowships in International Relations provide $2,000 to cover travel and in-country research expenses for UIUC doctoral students. Applicants must be unmarried and must have completed all preliminary exams prior to travel. Applications are available at the Center. Deadline is March 1, 1994.

The Rockefeller Foundation Sub-Saharan Africa Dissertation Internship Awards Program supports supervised doctoral research on Africa. Citizens of sub-Saharan Africa studying in the U.S. or Canada are eligible. Priority is given to research on agriculture, health, life sciences and education. Contact African Dissertation Internships, The Rockefeller Foundation, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Deadline is March 1, 1994.


The African Archives and Museums Project of the Social Science Research Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies is calling for proposals from African institutions for seed grants ($5,000) and implementation grants (up to $15,000) for efforts to preserve and make accessible artifacts, documents, textiles, photographs and manuscripts assembled during the colonial and post-colonial periods. For details contact African Archives and Museums Project, Social Science Research Council,605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 101358. Tel: (212) 661-0280. Fax: (212) 370-7896. Deadline is June 17, 1994.


The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) seeks a development officer for a position in Chicago. Responsibilities will be to raise financial contributions for international, national, and local work, write grants, and train volunteers. For a full job description and application, contact Nicole Gotthelf, AFSC, 59 E. Van Buren, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60605. Deadline is March 11, 1994.

The Council on International Education Exchange seeks a Resident Director for a new undergraduate program at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana. Candidates must have a Ph.D., university-level teaching experience, and experience in Africa. More information can be obtained from CIEE, 205 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017.

The Curriculum in African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a socio-cultural anthropologist for a tenure track position. The person hired will teach an introductory course on African civilization and an upper level course on methodology. Research on rural change and development is an advantage. Submit a letter of interest and Chair, Search Committee, Curriculum in African and Afro-American Studies,UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3395. Other materials will be requested as needed.


The Mennonite Central Committee's latest service opportunities listing is available at the Center. Positions are available in Africa in agro- forestry, public health, medicine, community development, extension, and education.

International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) provides opportunities to teach and to work in non-governmental organizations in Africa. The IFESH will provide funds for travel and living expenses. Minority graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. More information is available at the Center or through Julie Sullivan Johnson, IFESH, 5040 E. Shea Blvd.,Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610.

The University Research Expeditions Program of the University of California offers opportunities to participate in archaeological work in Benin, Ethno- musicology research in Uganda, and social science research in Ethiopia. A brochure is available at the Center or contact UREP, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Tel: (510) 642- 6586.


The Washington Office on African (WOA) seeks interns for Spring and Summer semesters 1994. For more information and an application form contact The Washington Office on Africa, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002. Tel: (202) 546-7961. Fax: (202) 546-1545.

Visions in Action seeks volunteers for year-long internships in Africa. Visions has a number of intern positions open in Uganda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe and South Africa. For information and an application contact Visions in Action, 3637 Fulton Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel: (202) 625-7403.

MUCIA, offers Summer Internships for students seeking involvement in international projects. Enrolled UIUC graduate students and seniors who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Applications are available from the MUCIA Liaison Officer, University of Illinois, 324 International Studies Building. Deadline is February 25.


STUDY IN KENYA. The UIUC-Egerton University Study Abroad Program allows undergraduates to spend eight weeks (June 6 to August 7) in Kenya this summer. Participants will take courses at Egerton worth 6 semester credits, tour various parts of the country, and live with Kenyan families in brief homestays. Interested students should contact the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois, immediately. Tel: (217) 333-6322.

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers an academic year and fall semester program at the University of Ghana. Minority student scholarships are avaialable. More information is available at the Center or through the Council on International Educational Exchange, University Programs Department, 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017-5706. Tel:(212) 661-1414, ext 1230. Deadline is April 1, 1994.

Michigan State University offers undergraduates the opportunity to spend an academic year (March to December) or the summer term (June 30 to August 7) at the University of Zimbabwe. Contact John Metzler, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. Tel: (517) 353-1700.

Boston University offers an opportunity spend Fall semester in Niamey, Niger. Details and an application are available at the Center or from Ned Quigley,Director, International Programs, Boston University, 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. FAX: (617) 353-5402. Deadline is March 15.

University of Minnesota, Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) offers an academic year programs of internships and field study including 5 months in Senegal or Kenya. Financial aid is available. Details are available at the Center or through: MSID, The Global Campus, University of Minnesota, 106-M Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0138. Tel: (216) 625-3379.

Kalamazoo College has academic year study abroad programs in Kenya, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The deadline for applications is in mid- February. Applications are available at the Center or through the Office of Foreign Study, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49006. Tel: (616) 337-7133. Fax: (616) 337-7305.

The Center for Global Education announces a semester-long program in Namibia designed to introduce students to the central issues facing Southern Africa. Course credit may be earned. Applications and brochures are available from Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Tel: (612) 330-1159.


The Bulletin of Francophone Africa, is a biannual review published since 1992. Each issue contains articles and reviews on literary, cultural, social, political and economic issues relevant to the Francophone Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as to communities of African extraction in France. For more information contact the Bulletin of Francophone Africa, School of Languages, University of Westminster, 9-18 Euston Centre, London NW1 3ET.

ASE Journal of Contemporary Literature is now being published twice- yearly by The Poetry Club of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The aim of the journal is to make public the tempo, temperament, and new dimensions of contemporary Nigerian life and literature. Write the Editor, c/o Dept of Theatre Arts,University of Calabar, Nigeria for subscription information.


The Division of English as an International Language (DEIL) at the University of Illinois will hold its 8th Annual International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning and its first conference with the International Association of World Englishes on March 31-April 2, 1994. The conferences will run simultaneously. For details contact DEIL, 3070 Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801. Tel: (217) 333-1506. Fax:(217) 244-3050.

The Fourth Annual Conference on African Policy Issues sponsored by the Institute on African Affairs will consider "Africa's Environmental Concerns" and "The Democratic Transition Four Years Later." The conference will be held in Washington D.C., March 21-24. Contact: Institute on African Affairs, 733 15th Street N.W. Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.

The African Social and Environmental Studies Programme (ASESP) with the National Council for the Social Sciences (NCSS) announces the Third Annual International Social Studies Conference to be held June 27-29, 1994 in Nairobi. The theme is "Social Studies Education: Challenges and Opportunities in a World of Rapid Change." Information is available through the NCSS Meetings Department: (202) 966-7840 ext 108/109.

"Positive Perspectives for the 21st Century" is the theme of the 18th Annual New York African Studies Association Conference to be held at Cornell University April 29-30. Contact Locksley Edmondson, African Studies and Research Center, 310 Triphammer Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14850. Tel: (607) 255-5218. Fax: (607) 255-0784.

"Paradigms Lost, Paradigms Regained? Southern African Studies in the 1990s" is the theme of the Journal of Southern African Studies 20th anniversary conference. The conference will be held at the University of York, September 9-10, 1994. For details contact Colin Stoneman, Centre for Southern African Studies, University of York, Heslington, York, YO1 5DD, United Kingdom.

Ohio University and Ohio State University announce the Ninth Symposium on "Education Development and Research in Africa." The symposium will be held March 11 and 12. Call Sally Navin at Ohio University for details (614) 593-4444.

"The Advancement of African-Centered Knowledge for the Twenty-First Century" is the theme of the 26th Annual National Conference of the African Heritage Studies Association April 7-10, 1994 at Kennedy/King College in Chicago. Contact William "Nick" Nelson, AHSA Papers Committee, Black Studies Community Extension Center, 906 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH, 43203. Tel: (614) 292-4459.

"Perspectives in African Culture" is the theme of the Berkeley-Stanford Annual Spring Conference, Saturday, April 30, 1994 at the University of California, Berkeley. For details contact Martha Saavedra, Joint Center for African Studies, 356 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720.

"Ngugi Wa Thiong'o: Texts and Contexts" is the theme of an international conference to be held at Penn State Berks Campus, Reading, Pennsylvania on April 7-9, 1994. Ngugi Wa Thiong'o will read from his work during the conference. Contact Charles Cantalupo, Conference Director, Department of English, Penn State University, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Tel: (717) 385-6055.

"The Sudan: History, Polity, and Identity in a Time of Crisis" is the theme of the third international meeting of Sudan Studies Association to be held at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island on April 21-24, 1994. For more information contact SSA, Program of African and Afro-American Studies, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908. Tel: (401) 456-8784.


"Africa Reconfigured"is the theme of the 1994 African Studies Association annual meeting to be held November 3-6, 1994 in Toronto.The deadline for submission of panel and paper proposals is March 15. Application forms are available at the Center.

South Africa in Cinema will be discussed at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Languages Association (MLA) December 27-30, 1994 in San Diego, CA. Abstracts for papers on films by or about South Africans or analytical approaches should be sent to Mark Beittel, Univ. di Trento, Facolta di Lettre, Via Santa Croce 65, 38100 Trento, Italy. Fax: 461- 881-1751. Deadline is March 15, 1994.

"Law, Colonialism, and Contracts in Africa" is the theme of a symposium organized by the joint Stanford-Berkeley Center for African Studies together with UCLA and the Stanford Humanities Center. The purpose is to explore the ways study of law in colonial Africa can provide new insights into change in colonial Africa and the meaning of those changes. Papers linking law,colonialism and contracts in Africa are welcome. Contact Richard Roberts,Humanities Center, Stanford CA, 94305- 8630. Deadline is April 1, 1994.

"Script/Screen in Africa: Ousmane Sembene and Assidia Djebar" is the theme of an international conference being organized through the Department of French Language and Literature at the University of Victoria. The proceedings will be published. Send 300 to 500 word proposals to Sada Niang, French Language and Literature, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3045, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 3P4, Canada. Tel: (604) 721-7379. Fax: (604) 721-8962.


Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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