July 27, 2010

Dear JUA Readers,

Below, you will find the first edition of JUA for the summer of 2010. You can also find acopy of this and previous archived issues on our website: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/africa/jua.html. Because it is summer and there are few goings-on in the academic world, we plan to do only one more edition before the begining of the school year, but once the school year commences, we will resume our semimonthly posting.

Your submissions are always welcomed, so please send your announcements to pennjua@gmail.com by 16 August, as the tentative date for our next publication is 23 August. Furthermore, if you want to learn more about Penn African Studies and other happenings in the Northeastern African community, check us out on Twitter (http://twitter.com/PENNAFRICA), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/African-Studies-Center-University-of-Pennsylvania/39236452998), and Tumblr (http://jua.tumblr.com/).


Zachary Propert,
JUA Editor

July 26, 2010
Table of Contents:

July 21, 2010

1st Annual Conference of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants

July 20-23, 2010
Rutgers-New Brunswick
The 2010 annual conference will provide two days of scientific presentations delivered as oral lectures, seminars and poster contributions, a number of specialized handson workshops, and a third day of tours. The field tour will visit one of the Rutgers agricultural experiment stations where you will see ongoing MAP studies including herb variety trials, plant breeding with herbs, a 500 liter portable field distillation unit, walk-in herb dryer converted from the older style. Powell tobacco dryers; and site visits to commercial nursery specializing in exotic MAPs from around the world and a visit to an organic botanical manufacturing facility in New Jersey.

Schomburg Center’s Summer Education Institute 2010

26-28 July, 2010
Schomburg Center, New York, New York

BLACK HISTORY 360: Connecting Black American History to the Global Black Experience.

The Schomburg Education Institute will convene for 3 days to unite educators (school teachers, college faculty, and community educators) and college students with premier historians and scholars to explore the history and cultures of African Americans and African peoples throughout the Diaspora.  Participants will engage in dynamic learning experiences - lectures, interactive workshops, curator talks and community walks - that are connected to the Schomburg’s current exhibitions, permanent collections, and vast digital resources.

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: http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference. Moreover, if you are interested in presenting at the conference, please refer to the posting in our Call for Papers.

JUNE 11TH-13TH, 2010

Take in the sights, sounds and smells: the rhythmic, thumping beat of the drums, the colorful, never-ending array of African textiles and crafts mix, and the tantalizing smell of African spices cooking on an outdoor grill.

The annual Odunde Street Festival, held every second Sunday in June, brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods.

The festival begins with a procession to the Schuylkill River, where prayers are offered and blessings bestowed. The procession then returns to 23rd and South Streets for the start of the street festival.

This year, as the landmark festival enters its fourth decade, it becomes a three-day abundance of cultural, historical and family-friendly events. Visit the website for more information.Odunde is the creation of its South Philadelphia founder, Lois Fernandez, who launched the festival after visiting similar celebrations in Africa. The concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, and celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and Africanized people around the world.
Kulu Mele 2010 Benefit

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble preserves, presents and builds upon the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Ensemble has established a national reputation as a unique and dynamic performing company. The longest-lived African Dance company in Philadelphia, Kulu Mele has built a repertoire that is an exciting blend of West African ancestral tradition and African American creativity. Performances include music and dance of Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and African America. A force behind a vital African cultural renaissance in Philadelphia, the Ensemble teaches and performs both new and traditional works.

New Freedom Theatre/JEA Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

For tickets and more info:

General Admission $25.00 Child (12 & under) $15.00 


BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Educating and Empowering Women

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
Founder and Executive director of Akili Dada.

Bryn Mawr College
Thomas Great Hall
April 23rd 7pm
Catered, Open to the Public

Akili Dada is a scholarship program that is committed to ensuring that the next generation of Africa’s leaders includes women from resource poor families. It achieves this by providing scholarships to absolutely brilliant young women from underprivileged families and connecting these future leaders to a growing network of peers and professional Kenyan women who serve as mentors.


We are a student run advocacy group based out of Bryn Mawr College and focus on raising awareness about education in Africa. We organize a book drive every semester and have sent over 7000 books donated by the Bryn Mawr Community. We have also supported over 8 programs in Africa dedicated to the mission of educating children of levels from pre-kindergarten to college. In following with our mission, we are sponsoring Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg to come speak to us about her scholarship program, Akili Dada, and her perspectives about education in Africa. We will also be fundraising for one such scholarship in the amount of $4000!!


South African Blind Wine Tasting on the Riverfront
Brought to you by Philly Wine Tasting

At this Blind Wine Tasting Event we will guess which wine is not from South Africa. This tasting will be limited to only 20 people, so sign up now! Each participant will be asked to bring one bottle of wine covered aka brown bagged from South Africa and one select participant will be asked to bring one bottle not from South Africa. At the door we will number your bottles on the bag with a marker. At the end anyone who guesses the correct bottle not from South Africa will win Free Admission to a monthly social tasting event. Please keep bottles in the $10 and above range for this event. Wine glasses, cheese, crackers, water and grapes will be provided. Hope to see you down on the waterfront! This will be another awesome time! SPACE IS LIMITED!

For more info:


Apr 23, 2010 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Enterprise Oasis
7 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

COST: $15


Philadelphia University Singers Spring Concert
Kanbar Performance Space
Sunday, April 25, 2010, 5-7pm

Featuring Songs of Struggle (Folk Music from Estonia, Haiti, South Africa and African-American


Philadelphia University - Design Center at Goldie Paley House
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144


"Genetic history of Africa; implications for human evolution and medicine." Dr. Sarah Tishkoff

MAY 7TH 2010

PASEF Luncheon. Sarah Tishkoff, Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Genetics in Medicine and Biology in Arts and Sciences, examines how genetic variations and genetic diversity can affect a wide range of practical issues.

Location: The Inn at Penn University Club

Time: 11:45 A.M. Plan to arrive at the University Club between 11:30 A.M. (opening time) and 11:45 A.M. to avoid long lines at the buffet.

Cost: $10.90 for full lunch or $8.00 for light lunch. The light lunch is a choice of salad or sandwich, with soup and beverage. The annual membership dues of the University Club for Emeritus Faculty is $45.00.

Not a Club member? You are welcome to attend the talk without actually having lunch. Alternatively, you can purchase lunch for the same price as Club members by telling the cashier that you are a PASEF member attending the PASEF luncheon.


July 21, 2010
Academic Jobs

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

Central Washington University: Full-Time Lecturer, African History

African/Middle Eastern History: The History Department at Central Washington University invites applications for a full-time lecturer in African History (specialization open) to begin September 2010, January 2011 or March 2011. The Ph.D.is required; applicants who are ABD nearing completion will be considered. Evidence of successful college-level teaching required.

The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s 100-level World History courses and upper-division courses in their area of specialization, which will be cross-listed with the Africana and Black Studies Program. To apply, complete all online application requirements listed for the position at http://jobs.cwu.edu. In addition, please have three letters of reference sent directly to : Dr. Roxanne Easley, African Search Committee Chair, Department of History, Central Washington University, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553. Inquiries may be made to easleyr@cwu.edu. Review of applications will begin on August 1 and will continue until the position is filled. CWU is an AA/EOE employer. 

Morgan State University: Instructor, African Diaspora (one year appointment)

Morgan State University seeks an instructor to teach four sections of a survey in the history of the African Diaspora per semester to undergraduates. Candidates must have at least an M.A. in an appropriate field. Ph.D. preferred. Teaching experience at an urban institution a plus. Very competitive pay. Possibility for renewal or permanent appointment. For best consideration send C.V. and recommendations by July 23, 2010. Morgan State University is an AA/EO employer.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Visiting Assistant Professor of African Art History

The Art History Division at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time, visiting assistant professor in African Art History for the Fall 2010 term. Responsibilities will be to teach two undergraduate courses for the fall term, ARTH 113, Introduction to African Art, and ARTH 310, African Art and Society I. A PhD is preferred, ABD is also acceptable, with specialization in African art history. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. For more information, please consult the following website: http://www-files.art.illinois.edu/headlines/Visiting-Assistant-Professor-African-Art-History-Fall-2010.pdf 

Angelo State University

Department: Political Science & Criminal Justice
Salary: Competitive

Job Summary:

The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice seeks applications for two, assistant/associate professor, tenure track positions in a federally funded Security and Cultural Competency program. Salary is competitive with excellent benefits and is commensurate with rank and qualifications.

This new program will offer fully on-line undergraduate and graduate courses along with traditional on-campus courses. A record of experience and scholarship commensurate with rank is expected. Evidence of successful teaching experience at the university level is preferred. Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to applicants with expertise in one or more of the following: international security, strategic studies, intelligence studies, terrorism, conflict resolution, and/or military science and technology. A regional expertise, such as the Middle East, Africa, Europe or other regions, is desirable but not required. Preference will also be given to candidates with the Ph.D in International Security Studies, Terrorism, Military and Strategic Studies, and Intelligence Studies.

For more information or to apply:


University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

UW-Waukesha is seeking an instructor for two sections of Cultural Anthropology to be taught during fall semester, 2010. A similar position may be available in spring, 2011. One section of the course meets 2:25-3:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; the other meets 6:00-8:45 p.m. on Thursdays.

UW-Waukesha is one of the 13 freshman-sophomore campuses of the UW System. The campus is approximately ½ hour west of Milwaukee and one hour east of Madison by car.

Course description:
Survey of cultural anthropology with emphasis on ethnographic description, methodology and contemporary theory. Cross-cultural comparisons of societies and institutions. Course includes both humanistic and social scientific approaches to human sociocultural diversity.

For more information or to apply:

July 21, 2010
Call for Papers and Apps

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

THEME: Ethnic Canons in Global Contexts
As an ongoing and vital process through which societies and cultures have become integrated through a globe-spanning network of communications, economics, and politics, globalization addresses the transnational circulation of ideas and languages. Its impact on literature is manifold, with both positive and negative associations, wherein cultures receiving outside influences ignore some, adopt others as they are, and then immediately start to transform others. Certain aspects of globalization - such as hybridity and multi-rootedness - are increasingly present in literary texts as we witness ways in which they shape new literary forms, interrogate existing canons, and explore the emergence of ethnic canons. We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of the multi-ethnic literatures of the United States and elsewhere. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore globalization in terms of its influence on ethnic canons, and vice versa, and encourage presentations on all global frameworks of analysis, such as Atlantic studies, global feminisms, pan-Africanism, postcolonialism, transnationalism, global indigenous studies, etc. Submissions should detail requests for specific audiovisual equipment, if needed.

We also ask that a proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop include a short description of the central topic, supplemented by brief abstracts of individual speakers’ contributions. Deadline for abstracts and proposals (250 words in Word or rtf format): NOVEMBER 15, 2010. PLEASE NOTE: e-mail abstracts to: John Hawley at jhawley@scu.edu

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

An upcoming issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies will focus on crime in those cultures and societies. In addition to the Caribbean region, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region, articles may focus on how the topic applies to “minority” populations in European nations, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Papers from all disciplines related to the topic are welcome: from sociological studies of incidence, causes, and effects to criminological studies of law enforcement methods, the judiciary, and penology; from studies of popular culture, especially films and television programming, to analyses of crime narratives, from reportage and nonfiction books to treatments in “serious” and genre fiction. A few topic-related creative works-including creative nonfiction, as well as short fiction and poetry-will be included in the issue.

Papers should range from 3,000 to 7,000 words, should be prepared in Microsoft word with minimal coding, and should be documented in current MLA or APA style. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2010. Submissions should be directed to the issue editor, Martin Kich, at martin.kich@wright.edu. Inquiries are welcome. The journal is peer-reviewed, and publication will occur within one year of the deadline for submissions.

Migrancy and the Text

Keynote Lecture by Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway) ‘Migrancy, Newness and the Problems of Tradition’ Saturday 6th November 2010, 9.30am - 5.00pm Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, London, KT1 2EE, UK This one day-conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students and early career researchers working in literary, cultural, media and film studies, creative writing and critical theory. The conference aims at exploring the concept of migrancy in literary, critical and cultural texts and critically investigates the usefulness of the concept. How has migrancy been represented and/or appropriated by ‘migrant’ and other writers, artists and intellectuals in their work? How useful is the concept of migrancy when it becomes cut off from the lived experiences of migration and different histories of movement?

We invite 20-minute papers, as well as 60-minute panel proposals, from postgraduate students and early career researchers across the arts and humanities, that engage with various interpretations and representations of migrancy. Deadline for abstracts: 27 September 2010. Submission method online at: http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/activities/conferences/abstracts/ 

World Literature/Global Empathy

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 benjamin.carson@gmail.com

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: blavin@optonline.net.

Economies of Witchcraft in African Literature

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

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

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

Each article ranges from 600 to 3,000 words. We are now making assignments due October 1, 2010. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference in 2012 and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Orlando Patterson at Harvard University. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more. The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications. If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia, please contact me at culturalsociology@golsonmedia.com. Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials specific to the region.

Unite for Sight’s Global Health & Innovation Conference 2011

If you are interested at presenting at this conference, you can do either of the following: 1) Call For Abstracts: Do you have an abstract for oral or poster presentation?  Submit your abstract for presentation.  The first abstract deadline is August 15, 2010.  Complete details are on the conference website: http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference
2) Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline, and the first quality pitches will be accepted for oral presentation.  When the social enterprise pitch spots are filled to capacity, applications will no longer be accepted.  See social enterprise pitch instructions on the conference website.

Past and present African experiences everywhere in the world

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

CFP : The International Society for the Study of African Jewry - ISSAJ
(www.issaj.com) and the Centre of Jewish Studies of the University of
London are glad to announce a conference, Jews and Judaism in Black Africa
and its Diasporas, which will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, October 30-31, 2010.

We invite proposals from researchers interested in the scholarly
investigation of African Judaism, the history of African Jews and the
development of Semitic discourses in AFRICA to participate.

The topic of Black African Jewry is not only restricted to the continent
of Africa itself but also includes Israel, the United States and Europe,
where increasingly Black communities are found which profess Jewish
identities and practice Judaism in one form or another.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2010, by email to edithbruder@gmail.com

Abstracts should succinctly state the problematic addressed and should be
presented in no more than 200 words. Applications must include the name of
the presenter, university degrees obtained, and current institutional
affiliation, if any.

Presenters will be expected to pay conference fees and ISSAJ membership to
the association as well. More information on the conference organization
(hotel booking, etc.) and the form to submit payments will follow.

For more information:
CFP:*2011 Africa Conference*
Theme: Africa in World Politics
Dates: March 25-27, 2011
Venue: The University of Texas at Austin
Convener: Toyin Falola

We are inviting scholars to submit conference papers and full panel
proposals for the 2011 conference on Africa in World Politics. The goal of
this conference is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue concerning
Africa’s contemporary and historical place in world politics. Africa is too
often regarded as being on the periphery of the world political arena, when
in fact the nations of Africa have played an important, although often
tactically manipulated, role in global affairs. What was Africa’s historical
place in world politics? How did independence and the Cold War change this
locality? What is Africa’s role today and what needs to be done to insure
that the African voice is heard in international forums in the future?

For potential paper topics and more information:

CFP: Mapping Africa from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century Construction,Transmission and Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge about Africa Europe, Arab world and Africa

Paris - December
2nd & 3rd 2010

Colonial mapping of Africa during 20th century has received much insightful attention but recent research invites us to overlook the western bias by considering knowledge construction in a global and interconnected perspective while re-inserting the chronology of the colonial moment in the longue durée.

We will seek to develop a history of geographical and cartographic knowledge encompassing simultaneously European, Islamic and African productions and highlighting circulation of knowledge and practices between these different spaces. Rejecting the idea of westernization of the world undertaken through maps we wish to question knowledge and discourses about the representation of African spaces. The adopted timeframe makes a voluntary break with the institutional and political eras in order to understand African cartography as a process which would neither be restricted to the ancient cartographic image of a virgin continent inhabited by lions, nor limited to the image of a vacuum that colonial cartography would eventually fill.

One of the main aims of this conference will be to analyse in depth the construction and circulation of geographical knowledge between the different cultural areas. We invite paper submissions on transfers and circulation of cartographic practices and on the origin of geographical knowledge. We are interested in hearing from scholars who would study the heterogeneity of cartographic knowledge in maps originating from one or numerous cartographic traditions. We welcome papers, not only on the representation of the continent and transcontinental exchanges, but also on local or regional microhistory.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent by 3 May 2010, in English or French, to Camille Lefebvre (CEMAf),

Robin Seignobos (University of Paris I) and Vincent Hiribarren (University of Leeds), conference organizers to: cartographierlafrique@gmail.com


July 21, 2010
Fellowships & Grants

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: http://www.phf.upenn.edu/mellon_description.shtml 

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.

Doctoral Research Fellowship On Return Migration To Burundi

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a doctoral researcher positions to study return migration from Norway and the United Kingdom to Burundi. The position is part of a large, multi-method comparative project on return migration, led by Senior Researcher Jørgen Carling. PRIO is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute that combines academically oriented research with short-term policy-oriented projects. The institute has a well-established migration research team that the doctoral research fellow will join. (A parallel fellowship for studying return migration to Iraq is announced simultaneously.) The position requires several months of fieldwork in the UK and Burundi and residence in Oslo for the remainder of the project period. Knowledge of French and/or Kirundi is required; knowledge of Norwegian is a significant advantage, but not a requirement. Additional requirements are specified in the full announcement. Salaries start at approximately NOK 377,000 (USD 57,000).

See www.prio.no/migration for further details and application form. The application deadline is Monday 16 August 2010. The starting date for both positions is 1 February 2011.

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: http://www.caorc.org/  

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: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

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: http://wagner.nyu.edu/international/fellowships.php

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: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/grants 

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: fellowships@wilsoncenter.org. You can also consult the following website:  http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfmtopic_id=1417&fuseaction=topics.item&news_id=161820  


The Open Society Institute’s Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Initiative, through its Arab Regional  Office in Amman, Jordan, welcomes unsolicited grant proposal outlines, or concept notes, on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Concept notes and grant proposals should fall within the following focus areas:

    * Rights & Governance
    * Media & Information
    * Youth & Knowledge
    * Arts & Culture
    * Women’s Rights

The Open Society Institute Middle East and North Africa Initiative provides grants to a wide range of projects that promote open society issues across the region. Most of these activities focus on education, rights and governance, media and information, youth, and arts and culture.

The initiative offers financial and technical support to individuals and organizations working to improve government accountability, transparency, rule of law, and human rights, as well as to those working to empower women and foster independent media and the open exchange of information. The initiative operates out of the Open Society Institute’s Arab Regional Office in Amman, Jordan, and also has staff in New York and Washington, D.C. It works in close collaboration with various Soros foundations network programs, and currently supports projects and organizations across the Middle East including in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

For more information:


The Law and Health Initiative provides core institutional support and technical assistance to organizations with a dedicated mandate to use legal strategies seeking to address the link between the global HIV epidemic and human rights abuses against women, injecting drug users, sex workers, prisoners, gay and bisexual men, and other vulnerable groups. LAHI also supports advocacy and
networking to increase the profile of legal and human rights issues on regional and global HIV/AIDS agendas.

Geographically, LAHI limits its support to Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa, and China and Southeast Asia.

For more information/application:


Reducing Discrimination and Violence Against Women Initiative

The mission of the International Women’s Program of the Open Society Institute is to use grantmaking and programmatic efforts to promote and protect the rights of women and girls in priority areas around the globe where the principles of good governance and respect for the rule of law are absent or destroyed because of conflict. The program seeks to promote the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality in law and practice, and the empowerment of women to ensure participation in the democratic processes.

For more information/application:



The American University in Cairo (AUC) is pleased to announce several new Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowships for recent Ph.D. graduates. Successful applicants will be appointed as Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows with the rank of visiting assistant professor, and will become part of a unique program designed to provide young scholars with the opportunity to acquire the skills and experience necessary for success in teaching. The program also supplies fellows with travel and other support for research purposes. In addition, one of its principal objectives is to provide fellows with unparalleled opportunity to observe, work in and learn about one of the most fascinating countries in the world, Egypt.

Fellows will primarily teach students engaged in AUC’s freshman-level Core Curriculum. The Core is designed to introduce students to the liberal arts and sciences and includes a variety of freshman-level courses in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Fellows will teach Core courses that reflect their personal interests and disciplinary backgrounds. They will also have the opportunity to teach additional courses in their own or related disciplines while at AUC.

Review of candidates will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Several Fellows will be appointed to AUC’s program of Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowships beginning in fall 2010. Candidates are welcome in any of the following disciplines: Anthropology Arab and Islamic History Archaeology Astronomy Biology Chemistry Economics Egyptology Geology History History and Philosophy of Science Mathematics Philosophy Physics Psychology Sociology To be eligible for appointment, applicants for Post-Doctoral Fellowships should have received their Ph.D.’s within three calendar years of the date of application. In exceptional cases A.B.D.’s will be considered. Teaching experience is not required.

Additional Information:
Successful applicants will hold a term of appointment for three academic years; receive support for travel associated with a job search at the end of the employment; receive special research awards of up to $5,000 per year; and participate in a monthly seminar that will provide Fellows with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and views with leading scholars and intellectuals from both Egypt and the wider Arab world. Note: Please remember your account login enables you to respond to AUC additional questions (if required).

Application Instructions:
All applicants must submit the following documents via online. a) an updated C.V (upload via Step 2 in the next page); b) a letter of interest; c) a completed AUC Personal Information Form (PIF). For your convenience, the PIF can be downloaded in the next page (next to upload section); d)List names & contact information of at least three references familiar with your professional background.
Application Information Contact:

American University in Cairo

Online App. Form: http://aucegypt.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=16982



The George Mason University, Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in South Asian or Southeast Asian Studies, with a focus on the history, culture or politics of Muslim populations in these regions.

Fellows will be given an office at the Center for Islamic Studies, while an affiliation will be arranged in an appropriate academic department as well. Fellowship stipend will be $41,200 (plus benefits) for the academic year. There will also be a $2,000 allowance for travel and research. Appointment begins August 25, 2010, and will end May, 24 2011.

Responsibilities: (1) Teaching: One course during the academic year, preferably focused on a broader theme related to the Muslim Societies in South Asia or Southeast Asia; (2) Other responsibilities: Play an active role in the intellectual life of the center, and participate in and support the programs at the Center for Islamic Studies.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a humanities or social sciences discipline, or from a department with a specialization in Islamic Studies, South Asian Studies or South East Asian Studies. Those having received their Ph.D. degree after 2006 will be eligible. Candidates who will receive a Ph.D. by June 2010 will also be considered.
About George Mason University and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies: Mason is a dynamic public university located approximately10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Va. George Mason’s Islamic Studies program, strengthened by the activities of more than 15 faculty members, focuses on the study of Islam as a global tradition, with an effort to include Muslim societies in South, Central and Southeast Asia; Africa; Europe; and North America.

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies will support numerous workshops, conferences, lectures, scholarships and other academic events on the George Mason campus throughout the year. For more information, see the
Web page: http://islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/.
Application Information Contact:
George Mason University

Online App. Form: https://jobs.gmu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=75826&jtsrc=www.higheredjobs.com&jtrfr=www.peopleadmin.com&adorig=PA

Lewis & Clark College Department of History invites applications for a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in sub-Saharan African history, starting in Fall semester 2010. Potential for excellent teaching and research at an undergraduate institution are essential. The Fellow will teach three courses per year, including a survey of African history, a lower division course on modern Africa and a colloquium or seminar determined by scholarly specialty. Excluding North Africa, geographical and topical specialty are open. Preference will be given to candidates with interdisciplinary and/or comparative perspectives.

Ph.D. required at time of appointment as Mellon Teaching Fellow. Review of applications will begin on February 8, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application must include (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a letter of application that includes a statement of educational philosophy, teaching experience, and research interests; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (if any); (4) a sample of scholarship; (5) three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover; and (6) graduate transcripts. Send application to Susan Glosser, Chair, Department of History, MSC 41, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, 97219-7899. Inquries to sglosser@lclark.edu.

Application Information
Postal Address:
Susan Glosser, Chair
Department of History
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
MSC 41
Portland, OR 97219
Email Address: sglosser@lclark.edu

April 12, 2010

Azafady-A charity and Malagasy NGO working on conservation and community development projects in Madagascar

Currently taking applications for the 2010 and 2011 programs.
Azafady offers a limited number of unique opportunities to get involved in our environmental, humanitarian and sustainable livelihoods projects in southeast Madagascar, where we have been working in response to local communities’ expressed needs for over 15 years. Its internship programs can be beneficial to students regardless of their field of study but would be of particular interest to
students of African Studies, for the particular kinds of knowledge, vocational skills and hands-on experience which they acquire. Participants gain experience in the workings of a grassroots conservation and development NGO and an understanding of the resource needs of local communities in Madagascar and how this impacts on conservation efforts.

For more information or to apply: http://www.azafadyusa.org/

The eLearning Africa 2010 Photo Competition

How ICTs Are Changing the Way We Live -

The eLearning Africa 2010 Photo Competition

Send us an image that shows how ICTs are altering everyday life
in Africa and win!

How have mobile phones, the Internet and computers and the audiovisual media
changed (your) life in Africa? We would like to hear from you! Send us a picture and, along with it, a brief description of the idea or project that’s ets the backdrop of your entry.

The prizes:

1. Canon PowerShot S90 photo camera (valued at EUR 390/534 USD)

2. Flip UltraHD Camcorder (valued at EUR 190/260 USD)

3. iPod Nano 8 GB (valued at EUR 125/ 171 USD)

A jury will select the winner and the ten best photos will be featured in an
exhibition from
May 26th - 28th at eLearning Africa 2010.
The winners will be announced on the eLearning Africa Website.
The story behind the pictures will be published in the eLearning Africa

The deadline is April 26, 2010.

Participation in the contest is free. For more information, please visit:

February 22, 2010
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JUA is the newsletter for the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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255 S 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305, USA

Phone: (215) 898-6971
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