January 8, 2013
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Call for Proposals/Abstracts: "Challenging Punishment: Race, Public Health, and the War on Drugs" (4-5 October 2013, New York City)
African American & Africana Studies Program Faculty Assistant Professor
Research in African Literatures Call for Papers Special issue: Africa and the Black Atlantic

Call for Proposals/Abstracts: "Challenging Punishment:  Race, Public Health, and the War on Drugs" (4-5 October 2013, New York City)

Donna Murch, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University (dmurch@history.rutgers.edu)
Samuel Roberts, PhD, Associate Professor of History (Columbia University) and Sociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health) (skroberts@columbia.edu)

***Please submit a detailed abstract of no more than 500 words, describing your paper, project, or panel to challengingpunishment@gmail.com by 15 February 2013

On Friday 4 October and Saturday 5 October there will be will convened the Challenging Punishment Conference, a two-day critical dialogue among scholars and researchers; health and legal workers;  activists and advocates; artists and cultural producers to discuss the relevant issues about the War on Drugs, declared by President Richard Milhouse Nixon in 1971 and now in its fifth decade. The meetings will be held in New York City, on the campus of Columbia University and at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library). The institutional sponsor is the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), at Columbia University.
We are facing a moment of crisis and opportunity in the United States' War(s) on Drugs (WoD). Official federal sanction against drug use is nearly a century old. For many decades since, there have been dissenting voices calling for the relaxation or abandonment of criminal penalties in favor of addiction treatment, mental health care provision, and other public health measures. More recently, even many law enforcement officials, former drug warriors, and conservative opinion makers have declared the War on Drugs a resounding failure. Punitive response continues nonetheless as the nation's dominant domestic and international drug policy; and drug-related prosecutions since 1980 constitute the largest category of offenses contributing to the expansion of the prison system and -- more generally -- the carceral state. The War on Drugs is now a crisis of immense proportions.

This conference's title, "Challenging Punishment," has two meanings. On the one hand, it refers to the current state of substance abuse policy -- which favors incarceration and social immobilization (punishment) over mental health care provision and community empowerment -- that very literally challenges the realization of social justice, autonomy, and freedom. At the same time, the participants assembled for this conference will individually and collectively challenge this state of affairs within a wide range of academic/disciplinary research agendas, professional engagements, political mobilizations, and creative expressions.

Topics to be addressed will include (but are not limited to): the carceral state, criminal and juvenile justice policy; importance of race, class gender, sexuality, citizenship status and indigeneity in driving drug policy and mass incarceration; public health and therapeutic culture; punitive vs. redistributive social policy; informal, illicit and underground economies; licit drugs and pharmaceutical industry; culture wars and drug wars; and finally, mobilizing and building coalitions against the War on Drugs.

Please send proposals to challengingpunishment@gmail.com.
Samuel Roberts, PhD
Associate Professor of History, Columbia University
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
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African American & Africana Studies Program Faculty
Assistant Professor
Job Summary
The African American & Africana Studies Program at the University of
Kentucky seeks to hire full-time tenure-track faculty at the rank of
Assistant Professor whose primary appointment will be in a department
within the College of Arts & Sciences.

We are conducting a broad search and are particularly interested in a
scholar whose research is interdisciplinary and focused on peoples and
cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Applicants should have
demonstrable teaching experience and scholarly credentials commensurate
with a tenure-stream appointment at a major research university as well as
demonstrated interests in community engagement. While we welcome
applications from scholars across all the relevant areas of specialization
and competence, we encourage applications from scholars with doctorates in
African American or Black Diaspora Studies who are able to teach
'Introduction to Africana Studies' and other core courses. We also welcome
applicants with degrees in humanistic or social science disciplines whose
research interests include but are not limited to the Africana specific
intersections of political experience, power, race, gender, economics,
science, arts, new media, transnational issues and migration.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. prior to the start date. The teaching load
is a 2/2 with significant research expectations and a target start date of
August 2013. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should attach five documents: letter of intent (Cover
Letter), curriculum vitae (Resume), writing sample (Specific Request 1),
description of research interests (Specific Request 2), and a statement of
teaching philosophy (Specific Request 3). Three letters of recommendation
should be sent directly to lettersOfRec@uky.edu. Review of applications
will begin on January 27, 2013.

The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse
geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public
institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members
of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The University
also supports family-friendly policies.
 Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Preferred Education / Experience

Deadline to Apply

Acceptable Document Types
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Apply at UK JOBS University of Kentucky Human Resources or Contact Frank
Walker, Director, fxw2@uky.edu




Research in African Literatures

Call for Papers

Special issue: Africa and the Black Atlantic

Deadline: June 3, 2013

Guest Editor: Yogita Goyal (ygoyal@humnet.ucla.edu)

Research in African Literatures seeks articles for a special issue, Africa and the Black Atlantic, edited by Yogita Goyal.  Paul Gilroy's path-breaking book, The Black Atlantic, identified a hybrid counterculture to modernity in the real and metaphorical journeys of African-descended peoples across the Atlantic. A range of scholars seized on these transnational circuits to reveal the exciting possibilities released by such patterns of mobility and exchange and yet Africa is curiously absent, often times appearing as the "dark continent" in conceptual constructions of the black Atlantic when it is not relegated to some timeless past as a mythic origin for a diasporic culture.  This special issue seeks papers that situate Africa at the center of aesthetic inquiry that takes place in the wider black Atlantic, shifting the center of black diaspora studies by considering Africa as constitutive of black modernity. How does placing Africa at the center of the black Atlantic, rather than its forgotten past force a rethinking of race and empire, nation and diaspora, gender and sexuality? What role does Africa play in diaspora, as a discursive sign, a geo-political region, an invented idea? Moving beyond Afrocentric, nostalgic, or racially essentialist positions, the discourse of Afro-pessimism, or that of a celebratory globalization, how do debates about Africa power conceptions of black modernity and postmodernity? Possible topics may include: black nationalism and liberation discourses; Pan-Africanism and transnational anti-colonialism; Afro-pessimism and Afro-futurism; Post-apartheid South African memory and history; literary form and genre; sovereignty, citizenship, immigration and social belonging in a neoliberal world order; terrorism; piracy; gender and sexuality; global African writers like Chris Abani, Dinaw Mengestu, Teju Cole, Helen Oyeyemi; postcolonial cities and the global metropolis. Papers should conform to standard RAL guidelines and all submissions will be subject to peer review. For more details, write Yogita Goyal (ygoyal@humnet.ucla.edu).



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