October 11, 2013
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Assistant Professor, English and Africana Studies
ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - African and African American Studies Program
TRADITIONAL, TRANSITIONAL, AND NEW 13th International Conference of Africanists (Moscow, Russia. May 27-30, 2014) Fourth Announcement: Final Call for Papers Proposal
Call for Papers: Reader on Latino/a & Latin American Hip Hop
15th Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture Honors "The Mighty Sparrow"

Asst Professor French Studies Job search at Stanford University


The department of French and Italian within the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (DLCL) at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of French Studies. Applicants will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the area of Francophone studies, with preference given to specialists in Caribbean and/or African literature (Maghreb included). Native or near native fluency in French (and English) is required; fluency in one or more additional relevant languages is preferred. Applicants with (or expecting) doctoral degrees in history, sociology, religious studies, or anthropology are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants will need to have the PhD in hand by the appointment start date of 9/1/2014. All application materials must be submitted online via www.AcademicJobsOnline.org (direct link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3059). Please transmit your cover letter, curriculum vitae (including list of publications), statements of research and teaching interests (no more than three (3) pages), teaching evaluations (if applicable), a writing sample the length of a typical research article or book chapter, along with three confidential letters of reference to DLCL Francophone Search Committee by November 1, 2013. Inquiries (only) should be directed to Christine Onorato 650-723-4183 (conorato@stanford.edu), or Allen Sciutto 650-724-1240 (allen.sciutto@stanford.edu). The street address is: 450 Serra Mall, Pigott Hall 01-260, Stanford, CA 94305-2005.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.  


The Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of assistant professor with a target start date of August 16, 2014.

We are seeking a scholar with a specialization in health and wellness among Black populations. The area of specialty is broadly defined and includes mental, physical, community, and/or social health in a national or transnational framework. Scholars with broad interdisciplinary backgrounds and interests should apply, and we are particularly interested in scholars whose research is grounded in the discipline of Black Studies and who apply social science or humanities methods to areas such as health disparities, health economics, intersections between health and social policy, variances in health and healing practices as related to culture, comparative healthcare delivery systems, and children and adolescent health. Candidates must have their Ph.D. prior to the start date and they should have developed plans for a program of significant research with potential to attract external funding. Candidates also should be committed to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in African American Studies. The successful candidate will be encouraged and supported in developing collaborations with colleagues across the campus who are pursuing related teaching, research, and public engagement activities.

Salary commensurate with experience.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by the close date of November 29, 2013. To apply, create your candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your application materials into one combined pdf file: letter of application, CV, two writing samples (25-30 pages each), and a statement of teaching and research interests. Also, enter the contact information for three professional references via the online application. The search committee may contact the applicant about soliciting letters of reference at a later point, after a first review of the files. Only electronic applications submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will be accepted.

For more information about this search please contact: Ms. Shirley Olson at sla@illinois.edu or 217-333-7781.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/)


13th International Conference of Africanists
(Moscow, Russia. May 27-30, 2014)
Fourth Announcement: Final Call for Papers Proposal

Dear Colleagues,
On May 27-30, 2014, in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Development of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 13th Conference of Africanists titled Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional, and New. The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies and the Institute for Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee have considered all the panel proposals received by it. The list of accepted proposals can be found below. The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in Russian or English) is November 1, 2013. The proposals should be sent directly to the respective panel convener(s) who is (are) to inform the applicant about his (her) application's fortune by December 1, 2013 - the date by which the panel conveners are to submit their compiled panels to the Organizing Committee.

The information to be submitted alongside with the paper abstract includes full name, title, position, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. However, in case you feel your paper does not fit any particular panel but corresponds to the Conference's general topic, you may submit your proposal to the Organizing Committee by the same date (November 1, 2013) and it will be considered for scheduling for the Free Communication Panel. Besides, if the Organizing Committee finds it reasonable to unite an appropriate number of proposals submitted for the Free Communication Panel into a thematic panel, it may establish such a panel and propose one of its prospective participants to convene it.

The Organizing Committee can be reached by e-mail, at the addresses: conf2014@gmail.com (for general inquiries on the Conference-related academic matters and proposals for the Free Communication Panel) and inter.inafr@mail.ru (for the inquiries regarding technical matters - accommodation, visas, etc.).

The Organizing Committee can assist in booking accommodation, while it is also possible to make an independent reservation in on of Moscow hotels of different class through the Internet on such local sites as http://www.moscow-hotels-russia.com/index.html,
http://www.hotelsrussia.com/, http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/russia?language=en, or http://all-hotels.ru/index.en.html?kk=0356f80d4e, as well as on global sites like http://www.otel.com/, http://www.booking.com/, etc. Please note that late May is high tourist season in Moscow, so early booking is strongly recommended.

Information regarding the visa application process will be sent to the prospective participants in the beginning of 2014.

The Conference registration fee is $150 ($75 for students) and can be paid not only in dollars, but also in Euros or Russian rubles according to the official exchange rate on the date of registration. The fee is to be paid in cash on site upon arrival. The registration fee includes the visa application support (Official Invitation), the Conference Book of Abstracts, stationary items, coffee-breaks, and reception. The fee for an accompanying person ($ 50) includes the visa application support (Official Invitation) and reception.

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Call for Papers: Reader on Latino/a & Latin American Hip Hop


Hip-hop has grown into a multilingual, multiethnic, intergenerational, global yet localized and regional collection of cultural expressions. Descendants of Latin American immigrants in the United States were instrumental in the foundations of hip-hop's four elements both on the east and west coasts, adapting some of the cultural traditions of their ancestor's homelands to a different environment and time. On the east coast, those early stages of development took place primarily within the Puerto Rican and African American communities of the South Bronx, while on the West Coast, artists like Mellow Man Ace and Kid Frost opened doors by infusing Spanish into their lyrics.


Clearly, from the earliest days, hip-hop has not just been about music, but about community and exchange to which Latinos have been extremely instrumental and influential. However, for the past several decades that cultural exchange has expanded traveling to Latin America and back as visual artists, music producers, MCs, vocalists, and dancers from Latina America create localized art combining their surrounding culture with influences from North of the US border. Hip hop in Latina America has grown to the point where Latin American artists are now major influences for some US Latino and non-Latino artists, traveling around the world and performing in large non-English language showcases. In many cases hip-hop has been attached an ethos of social justice -Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples have used the form to call for racial and social equality in their countries, while others have employed hip-hop to comment on the effects of neo-liberalization and global capital. 


The editors for this volume are searching for well-researched essays, between 3,000-10,000 words including citations, pertaining to hip-hop and hip-hop related movements born in Latina America, including Haiti and Brazil. Essays examining hip hop and social justice as well as questions of race, indigeneity and gender are especially sought. Deadline: January 15, 2014.


Please send all inquires to the Editors at:


Jason Nichols, Phd: jan@umd.edu

African American Studies, University of Maryland College Park


Melissa Castillo-Garsow: melissa.castillo-garsow@yale.edu

American Studies & African American Studies, Yale University   


15th Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture Honors "The Mighty Sparrow"

MIAMI, FL. (October 2, 2013)- The 15th International University's Modesto Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8 at the School of Public and International Affairs Lobby/125 (SIPA), on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

This year, the African & African Diaspora Studies Program's Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture hosts two prominent speakers: Rawle Gibbons, founding Director of the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and Willard Harris, aka Lord Relator, a seasoned Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian noted for imitation and his ability to sing extemporaneously - "the art of composing impromptu lyrics about any subject, at any time, without previous thought or study." "One From Ten Leaves Nought, Ten To One Is Murder: Eric Williams, The Mighty Sparrow and the Arithmetic of Caribbean Self-Definition" promises to address the symbiotic relationship between the two men, and to showcase the development of a national and regional consciousness in Trinidad and Tobago - by means of Williams' intellectual vision, parlayed into the language of the "street" by "The Calypso King of the World" - Slinger Francisco, aka the Mighty Sparrow.

While Sparrow has had to cancel his appearance, due to illness - and the Lecture pays tribute to his numerous accomplishments spanning 60-plus years - Lord Relator will take up the baton, singing, in counterpoint to Mr. Gibbons' talk, bars of the Sparrow calypsoes that illustrate his point. In the Q & A that follows, Relator will demonstrate his "extempo" talents with members of the audience.

Rawle Gibbons is an established playwright, stage director and professor at the University of the West Indies. Appointed to devise and head its first academic arts training program in 1986, his theater productions include, CLR James' "The Black Jacobins" (1975) and Derek Walcott's "Drums and Colours" (1998). His plays are published as "A Calypso Trilogy" (Ian Randle and Canboulay, 1999) and "Love Trilogy" (Canboulay Productions, 2012). Since 2008, Mr Gibbons has been President of the Caribbean Network of Art Presenters, CARIBNET, which spans the French, Spanish, Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean. He also serves as a resource for the regional Caribbean Examinations Council.

Willard Harris has been composing and singing calypsoes - the art of social commentary - in his native Trinidad and Tobago since his early years, winning several local competitions. At a time when the average calypsonian was of a mature age, Relator captivated the nation with his impeccable style and youthful manner. He has performed internationally with major stars Billy Ocean and Jimmy Cliff.

Established in 1999, FIU's annual Eric Williams Lecture honors the distinguished Caribbean statesman Eric E. Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Head of Government for a quarter of a century until his death in 1981. He led the country to Independence from Britain in 1962 and onto Republicanism in 1976. A consummate academic and historian, and author of several books, Dr. Williams is best known for his groundbreaking work, the 69-year-old Capitalism and Slavery, which has been translated into seven languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese and this year, Turkish and Korean. Popularly referred to as The Williams Thesis, this landmark text continues to inform today's ongoing debate and remains "years ahead of its time...this profound critique is still the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development," according to the New York Times.

Among prior Eric Williams Memorial Lecture speakers have been: the late John Hope Franklin, one of America's premier historians of the African-American experience; Kenneth Kaunda, former President of the Republic of Zambia; Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Mia Mottley, Attorney General of Barbados; Beverly Anderson-Manley, former First Lady of Jamaica; Portia Simpson Miller, now Prime Minister of Jamaica; the celebrated civil rights activist Angela Davis; and prize-winning Haitian author Edwige Danticat.

The Lecture, which seeks to provide an intellectual forum for the examination of pertinent issues in Caribbean and African Diaspora history and politics, is co-sponsored by FIU: College of Arts and Sciences, School of International and Public Affairs, Latin American and Caribbean Center, AADS Graduate Students Association, Student Government Association; Rhea Mokund Beck; Sandra Bernard-Bastien; Bilmor Advertising - Irvine Headley; Edwards & Partners; Eglantine Gordon Memorial Fund; Glenn Joseph; Joy's Roti Delight; Nina Khell Garcia; Miami Dade College - Prof. Leroy Lashley; Neki Mohan; Saint Lucia; Aryian & Gieowar Singh; Mervyn Solomon; Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee; Welch, Morris & Associates, Ltd; and Christine G. Wray, M.D. The Lecture is also supported by The Eric Williams Memorial Collection Research Library, Archives and Museum at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago campus), which was inaugurated by former U.S.Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell in 1998. It was named to UNESCO's prestigious Memory of the World Register in 1999.

Books/CDs by and about Eric Williams, Rawle Gibbons, the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Relator will be available for purchase and signing at the Lecture.

For more information, please contact 305-348-6860/271-7246 or africana@fiu.edu.

- EWMC -


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