October 5, 2012
Table of Contents:
LookSeeMeDo: Preserving, Documenting, and Curating Diasporic Communities in the 21st Century
2012 Black New England Conference Keynote Speaker Named
Cornell University-20th Century African-American History Search
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Tenure Track position beginning Fall semester 2013
Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African History


Continental Shifts, Shifts in Perception

London, UK 1-4 October 2013

Afroeurope@s/Afroeurope@ns is an international research and development group funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation [Ref. FFI2009-08948]. The group is holding its fourth international conference in London from 1-4 October 2013 at Senate House, Malet House, London WC1E 7HU. The conference is supported by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies at the University of London, and by the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group, Department of English at The Open University.

The fourth conference will be a focus for the many strands of this dynamic field of study, and aims to include presentations on both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature. We recognise that this field cannot be confined to traditional textual representations and forms of expression and so encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplines. These may cover not only literature, history or sociology, but also music, the visual arts, popular culture(s), sports, religion, film etc. We welcome submissions dealing with topics that are cross-genre in nature and use different expressive media, which may tackle the following:

� Tomorrow's Generations
Examining policies relating to AfroEuropean young people, work on and by AfroEuropean youth, the depiction and perceptions of these groups

� Embracing 'Others'
Exploring work by AfroEuropean artists and writers which breaks stereotypes, from science fiction to crime writing, from art to opera

� Tongue Twisters
Highlighting issues across the world of translation, such as how work is chosen to be translated or how translators surmount linguistic barriers

� North Africa's 'Arab Spring'; Western constructs deconstructed
Interrogating European depictions of North Africa's recent civil uprisings

� All Gods in the New World?
Reflecting on the clash and convergences of religions in the AfroEuropean arena

� Going for Gold
Analysing how Africa has changed the face of European sport

Submissions that do not directly deal with the aforementioned topics will also be considered. Presentations, which are not restricted to written academic texts, should be planned to last for no more than twenty minutes. The language of the conference for presentations will be English, French or Spanish. We require an abstract of 400 words, which must be written in the language of the presentation.

Abstracts for AfroEurope@ns IV should in the first instance be sent to the following email address -sharmilla.beezmohun@speaking-volumes.org.uk - and should be submitted no later than 1March 2013. The scientific committee will reply to all abstracts no later than 15 April 2013. A full programme, including plenary speakers and all other participants, will be published by 1June 2013. A selection of papers and other presentations will be publishedafter the conference.

In Association with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions



LookSeeMeDo: Preserving, Documenting, and Curating Diasporic Communities in the 21st Century,

March 23-24, 2013, Durham, NC.


LookSeeMeDo: Preserving, Documenting, and Curating Diasporic Communities in the 21st Century,


March 23-24, 2013, Durham, NC.


North Carolina Central University's Department of History, in association with the Global Studies Program, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites proposals for the 5th Annual African Diaspora Studies Symposium, to be held March 23-24, 2013 on the campus of North Carolina Central University.  This year's theme "Documenting and Sustaining Memory in the Diaspora in the 21st Century," seeks to explore the ways that communities see themselves and the ways that they are perceived by the dominant cultures that surround them.


In keeping with the breadth of the Liberal Arts, we seek proposals for papers, panels, performances (music or theater), film, and graphic art from any branch of Diaspora studies.  Special attention will be given to the following themes although other topics within the Diaspora will be considered:



�     How public monuments, oral narratives, and heritage tourism sites function as a selective archive of memory that aestheticizes and asserts contested narratives aligned with promoting national identity?
�      How are academics, archivists, librarians, public intellectuals, and artists creating alternative archives and public memory?
�    Documenting transnational mobility through large-scale displacement and dispersal of populations across the world as a result of major political upheavals, globalization-spurred by free trade, increased mobility of capital, and the new technologies of communication, information, and travel
�      Assessing the growing need to preserve local collections, manuscripts, genealogy, and personal photos through conventional archival and records management methods, as well as digital initiatives such as smart phones, tablets, Skype, and other forms of recorded audio/video formats.  

We are interested in reflections about challenges in relation to the digital revolution-exploring the beneficiaries of these digital innovations, and the extent that these technologies have enabled more democratic and open forms of access, or created privatized collections.

The symposium typically features an interdisciplinary array of scholars, activists, and artists from North American, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and beyond. Activities have included a keynote address, film screenings, academic panels, and performance art.  We look forward to continuing this tradition, bringing together academics, community members, and creative artists to engage with each other on issues facing the African Diaspora and African Diaspora Studies.

This two-day symposium is free and open to the public. It will be held on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC on March 23 and 24, 2013.

Papers and submission:
Individual abstracts should be 250 words or less and panel abstracts should be 750 words or less. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday, December 3, 2012. Please include, for all participants, a five-line biography with institutional/organizational affiliation and contact information. Please direct all submissions to Dr. Rhonda Jones, Chair, jonesr@nccu.edu and Youssef J. Carter at youssefcarter@gmail.com, Co-Chair.

Accommodation and Travel:
Accommodations, evening meals, and local transportation will be at the expense of conference participants.  Lunch and light refreshments will be available during the symposium.  Participants are encouraged to seek travel funding from their own institutions and other sources.

For more information contact:

Dr. Rhonda Jones, Assistant Professor, Director of Public History, jonesr@nccu.edu , Department of History, North Carolina Central University

1801 Fayetteville St.  

Durham NC 27707

Phone: (919) 530-5013

Fax: (919) 530-5392


North Carolina Central University, located in the heart of Durham, was founded in 1910 and is the first state-supported liberal arts institution to serve the black population. The University prides itself on its relations with its Durham neighbors, and the NCCU African Diaspora Studies Symposium encourages input and participation from both academics and the community.




2012 Black New England Conference Keynote Speaker Named
Contact: Vicky Avery
Tel: 603-231-6325
Email: vavery76@gmail.com
Jerrianne Boggis, Events Coordinator for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail announced today that John W Franklin, the Director of Partnerships and International Programs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Black New England Conference.  Franklin has worked on African-American, African and African diaspora programs for the twenty-four years at the Smithsonian. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the 19th museum opened by the Smithsonian Institute.
The conference, Breaking Old Grounds: The Challenge of Interpreting Black History; is offered by the Center for New England Culture at the University of New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.  The event will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on November 10, 2012.
This is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history in New England.  Members of the public are especially welcome.  Through presentations, discussions and a workshop, this conference will be an open and candid exploration of the challenges faced when interpreting and integrating Black history into the bedrock of American history.
The Conference will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It is funded by The Center for New England Culture, The Center for Humanities, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and Portsmouth Historical Society.  Register at www.neculture.org.  For more information contact jaboggis@portsmouthhistory.org



Cornell University-20th Century African-American History Search
The Africana Studies & Research Center, an interdisciplinary department in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University, is engaged in an exciting process of enhancing its faculty with additional positions this year. We are specifically searching for a scholar of twentieth-century African American history with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and community service. The appointment as a core faculty member of ASRC will be a full-time tenured position at the associate or possibly the full professor level to begin July 1, 2013. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in African American cultural, intellectual, and social history and will be conversant in freedom movements in Africa and the African diaspora.
To apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1787
The closing date for applications is October 28, 2012.
Please submit inquiries about the position to the search committee chair, Robert L. Harris, Jr., at rlh10@cornell.edu and questions about the application process to Treva Levine at tlv4@cornell.edu .
Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and members of under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.




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, 2013.

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. 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 an established clear trajectory 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. Salary commensurate with experience.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by the close date of November 16, 2012. 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, up to 2 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. Referees will be contacted electronically upon submission of the application. 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/)



Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

Tenure Track position beginning Fall semester 2013


The Department of Africana Studies seeks candidates with research based in African American literature-with Caribbean literature a plus-for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have: a Ph.D. in African American literature, a strong commitment to teaching, and an active and innovative research program. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Africana Studies at Binghamton University is a challenging and demanding academic program focusing on peoples and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. It adopts an intellectual approach that is sensitive to the history, interests and outlook of Africa and the African Diaspora in the context of the history, literature, social, political, religious, artistic, and economic systems of the wider world.

The Department of Africana Studies offers a rigorous academic program through Harpur College, the oldest and largest of Binghamton University's five academic units. We offer an honors program, a cross-disciplinary major (BA program), a minor, and a concentration in Africana Studies.

In a globally interdependent world, Africana Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge that expands students' awareness of the contributions of Africans and African descended peoples in the diaspora, in the arts and the sciences, human development, and world civilizations.

Job candidates will need to submit the following items electronically to   



1) Letter of intent
2) Curriculum vitae
3) One writing sample
4) One sample syllabus

5) Three letters of recommendation


Application deadline is November 21, 2012.

Binghamton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.




Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African History beginning in August 2013.  Ability to teach an introductory global history course required.  Ph.D. must be completed by time of appointment. Applicants should demonstrate scholarly potential and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.


Please send letter of application, a CV, a statement on your teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to Chair, African History Search Committee, Dept. of History, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70118, postmarked no later than October 31, 2012.  The letter of application should include a description of secondary fields and possible course offerings.  Loyola University New Orleans is an AA/EOE.


Contact information: David Moore (504) 865-2565







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