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POSITION DESCRIPTION College of Arts and Letters ENG/AAAS/GSAH Comparative Race and Identity of the Global African Diaspora
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Africana Studies Associate or Full Professor: social justice, human rights and the law
LAS Mellon Faculty Fellow
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE Re/framing Slavery and Contemporary Child Labor across Time and Space : A Conference in Honor of Professor Paul E. Lovejoy
CFP: session on Afropolitanism, 10th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Tampere 1-4 July 2014


College of Arts and Letters

Comparative Race and Identity of the Global African Diaspora

Michigan State University's Department of English, in conjunction with the Global Studies in Arts and Humanities program, and the African American and African Studies cross-college, interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Letters invite applications for a tenure-system, academic year Assistant Professor position in Comparative Race and Identity of the Global African Diaspora. Research and teaching interests should be interdisciplinary with either literary, cultural, media/digital studies and comparative or global approaches to the African Diaspora. Fields of specialization include but are not restricted to the following topics: race and identity, postcolonial studies, boundary crossings, global migrations, and/or trans-cultural/transnational movements.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach across the disciplines in undergraduate and graduate courses in race and community, global dynamics across history and the present, and postcolonial and diaspora studies, as well as introductory courses in English Studies, Global Studies, and African American and African Studies. All faculty appointed in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University are expected to contribute to courses in Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities.

Applicants are asked to supply a statement, addressing how their research and teaching interests will contribute to the position, three confidential letters of recommendation that speak to teaching expertise and scholarly promise, sample syllabi, and a sample of scholarship not to exceed thirty pages (e.g., dissertation chapter, article, conference paper). The Ph.D. is required by the commencement of the appointment, Aug. 15, 2014. The position will be housed in the Department of English, which will be the successful candidate's tenure home, with specified commitments to teaching, research, and service in the college's interdisciplinary Global Studies and the African American and African Studies programs.

The position is posted on the MSU Applicant Page (MAP), posting #8566, and applications must be uploaded by the candidate to MSU's online job application site at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information on the Department of English, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, and MSU's African American and African Studies, visit our websites at:

Questions regarding this search should be directed to Professor Jyotsna Singh, Department of English,

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.



Position #6912

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Africana Studies
Associate or Full Professor: social justice, human rights and the law

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking candidates for a tenure-ladder position at the Associate or Full Professor level in the area of social justice, human rights and the law. The appointment will begin in August 2014.

Candidates with scholarly expertise and teaching interests in the legal frameworks of race, civil rights, gender, and cultural identity in the US, or in comparative and transnational settings are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants are required to hold Ph.D. degree in any relevant field in the humanities or the social sciences. Applicants must demonstrate an excellent record of advanced scholarship and teaching, as well as a strong trajectory for institutional leadership. Applicants must also demonstrate commitment to promote diversity and community engagement as a value in the department and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A Juris Doctor (JD) degree or comparable experience/credentials in legal studies is desirable but not required.

This position is one of two new positions in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences focusing on issues relating to social justice and human rights.

The successful applicant is expected to teach a 2/2 course load per academic year in Africana Studies topics. He/she will teach undergraduate, general education, and graduate level courses. The successful applicant is also expected to maintain high-quality publication, seek external funding, advice students, and contribute to the governance of the department and the university.

The Africana Studies Department is an interdisciplinary academic unit focusing on the study of Africa and the global African Diaspora, including African American life. More information about the departmentcan be found at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university located in the state of North Carolina's largest metropolis. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte offers over 26,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Screening of applications will begin November 15and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at (position #6912) and must include a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample not to exceed 30 pages. Three letters of recommendation should be mailed separately to Chair, Search Committee, Department of Africana Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. Inquiries can be directed to the department chair, Professor  Akin Ogundiran at or to the search committee at

The University of North Carolina UNC Charlotte is an AA/EOE and an ADVANCE Institution. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check.


LAS Mellon Faculty Fellow

The Latin American Studies Program ( of the College of William & Mary invites applications from recent
Ph.Ds for the position of a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the humanities or social sciences. Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major, and is supported by more than 20 faculty affiliates from 10 departments. The successful candidate will have a two-year appointment, a three-course load per year, and will also benefit from mentorship and research support. The qualifications are Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment (August 10, 2014), and a demonstrated interest in blending undergraduate teaching with research in Latin American Studies. Additional expertise in Afro-Latin America and the Caribbean is preferred.

For full consideration, application materials are due by November 11, 2013. Review of applications will begin at that time. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed until Feb. 1, 2014.

Application materials, including a letter of application, CV, a syllabus for a proposed topics course in the candidate's area of specialization, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability, should be submitted electronically to the online recruitment system Please note that the system will prompt applicants for the contact information for their references. After submission of the application, those individuals will be contacted by us via email to submit letters of recommendation. Applications not submitted online or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action /Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.



Re/framing Slavery and Contemporary Child Labor across Time and Space : A Conference in Honor of Professor Paul E. Lovejoy

DATE: May 22-May 24, 2014

VENUE: Jaria Hotel, No. 1 Levender Street, East Legon-Accra, Ghana

During the past half-century or so, the study of slavery and contemporary child labor and the ways that both are related to the genealogies of political economies of states and societies have engendered a great diversity of fields that are marked by increasingly refined questions and perspectives. In this regard, one recent focus has been on contemporaneous abuse of the body and labor of the child, the woman, and the poor across the globe, both in industrialized and non-industrialized countries. This call for papers, in honor of Professor Paul E. Lovejoy of York University, Toronto, Canada, will re/frame slavery/abolition and contemporary child labor and other topics in the constituencies of unfree labor across time and space. Papers on slavery/abolition and contemporary child labor crafted from all inter/disciplinary approaches are welcome, including archeological, cultural, historical, anthropological, sociological, political-economy, and World history perspectives . We also look forward to the participation of institutions and professionals in the field of child labor, other forms of child abuse, and child rights.

A prolific scholar, Lovejoy has been an uninterrupted incandescent light in the field of slavery, debt-bondage, and abolition in Africa. Another plank of his work is the ways that slavery configured the African Diaspora and the broader Atlantic basin. Problematizing child labor in Africa and the African Diaspora in historic and contemporary times, Lovejoy is among scholars who continue to chart new pathways by asking ever more piquant questions in the field that relate research to life and wellbeing. Some of his perspectives on child labor have found a niche in recent works by other scholars who show that postslavery labor, in so many ways defined by the ongoing epoch of unidirectional globalization and its economic tentacles, has paradoxically increased systemic inequalities and actually expanded the charted frontiers of pre-abolition forms of child labor. With child labor, human and sex trafficking, and modern slavery documented to be rife worldwide, the United Nations, governments, NGOs, etc. are making great efforts applying research, teaching, information dissemination, policing, and so on to end them. It is well to note that Lovejoy and his Harriet Tubman Institute are actively partnering organizations such as Alliance and UNESCO to cast light on and curb unfree labor worldwide

We invite you to come to this international interdisciplinary conference, contribute a paper, and engage in discussions with diverse scholars in honor of Professor Lovejoy's prodigious contributions to research, teaching, and activism in the field. The proposed conference, among others, seeks to refurbish and rethink staple conclusions; provide syntheses of emergent historiographies; offer seamless refinements to extant theories and paradigms; furnish new empirical and theoretical perspectives on structures/features and agencies of slavery and debt-bondage, abolition and emancipation; and examine the political economy of contemporary child labor and modern slavery as well as proffering recommendations to curb them. Plenary speakers will include eminent scholars and peers of Professor Lovejoy.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:
�   Emerging perspectives on slavery and abolition in Africa
�   Assessments of the works of Paul E. Lovejoy
�   Paul Lovejoy and his generation of historians of slavery and abolition
�   Lovejoy's training of African historians of Africa and their works
�   Critique of theoretical frameworks on slavery, abolition, debt-bondage, and child labor
�  Rethinking the osmotic currents of abolition in the Atlantic Basin
�   Slavery and the making of the African Diasporas
�   Slavery and abolition in Africa, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean & Southeast Asia
�   Slavery and abolition in "settler societies," e.g., South Africa
�   Slavery and abolition in the Islamic world
�   Slavery and abolition in the "West" Atlantic: North America, Latin America, Caribbean
�   Slavery, abolition, colonial rule, and decolonization
�   Gender, slavery and debt-bondage/pawnship
�   The paradox of former slaves as slave-holders
�   Christian missions, slavery/debt-bondage, and abolition
�   Slavery and the reparations debate
�   Connections between slavery, debt bondage, caste systems, and child labor
�   Child labor in post-slavery/emancipation societies
�   Child labor, gender, family, and community initiatives
�   Child labor, migration and urbanization
�   Child labor, globalization, and out-sourcing
�   Child labor in agriculture, fishing, porterage, trade, domesticity etc.
�   Child labor trafficking - agencies, avenues, structures, and movements
�   Child labor, insurgency, violence, civil wars, and terrorism
�   Child labor and rural/urban economies
�   Child labor and children's rights
�   Rural/urban lifestyles of child laborers
�   The UNO agencies and child labor
�   The emerging middle-class and child labor at the home
�   Child labor and forced marriage
�   Routes and monuments of slavery and the slave trade
�   Teaching slavery and the slave trade in the 21st-century classroom
�   Emancipation, reconstruction, apprenticeship, and social formation
�   Slavery, memory, and identities in Africa and African Diasporas
�   Oral history and the study of slavery and abolition
�   Indigenous agency in slavery, abolition and emancipation
�   Public intellectuals, the media, and discourses on slavery & reparations

�   Students based in Ghana - 50 Ghana cedis
�   Faculty/scholars based in Ghana - 150 Ghana cedis
�   Students based in other African countries 50 dollars
�   Faculty/scholars based in other African countries 150 dollars
�   Non-Africa-based students - 80 dollars
�   Non-Africa-based faculty/scholars - 200 dollars

** Please, note that we will provide a conference website that address payment options, etc.

Abstracts of approximately 400 words should be submitted by November 25, 2013 . For panel submissions, submit a 200-word panel abstract and a 400-word abstracts for each individual presentation. Acceptance of abstracts will be made known by the end of December 2013 ; and full papers should be submitted by March 15, 2014 .

Please, send an abstract of your proposed topic, institutional affiliation, and contact information to the following:

Kwabena Akurang-Parry
Department of History
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, USA 17257
Phone 717 477 1286
Fax 717 477 4062


Femi J Kolapo
History Department
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Phone 519 824 4140 Ext. 53212
Fax: 519 766 9516


CFP: session on Afropolitanism, 10th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Tampere 1-4 July 2014
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We are looking for paper proposals for our session on


In the past decade sociologists, cultural critics, and smug New York and London hipsters have discovered a new generation of global nomads - the young and well-educated Africans with a decidedly global outlook and multicultural sensibilities. Since it was first coined by Taiye Selasi in a 2005 magazine article the term 'Afropolitanism' has taken root not only among the young and educated of the cosmopolitan capitals of the West but also on the continent which continues to dispatch waves of ambitious jetsetters to the urban centers of Europe and North America. As often happens with new phenomena and the fashionable idioms denoting them, the term 'Afropolitanism' has become a contested one, spawning diverse and often conflicting interpretations of what it actually means to be an 'Afropolitan', especially in relation to the 'Afropolitans'diasporic, African, and Western roots and identities. This panel will respond to the expanding debate surrounding the issue of Afropolitanism by situating the term within a variety of cultural and geographical contexts and thus examining its viability and objectivity as the descriptor of a transnational urban phenomenon.

Organizers: Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University, United States & Mark Stein, University of M�nster, Germany & Anna Rastas, University of Tampere, Finland.

Instructions for how to send your proposal can be found on the conference website:


Anna Rastas
Dr.Soc.Sc., Professor (fixed-term)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Tel +358 40 1909845 (office), +358 40 769 1552
Office: Linna-building, room 5062


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