August 15, 2014
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ASWAD 2015: 8th Biennial Conference - Charleston, South Carolina
Carnegie African Diaspora Survey
Call for papers for a special issue of the journal of Women, Gender and Families of Color on Women, Gender Politics, and Pan-Africanism
Purdue University: The Department of Sociology seeks a Department Head

ASWAD 2015
Charleston, South Carolina
4-7 November 2015

ASWAD is pleased to announce that the 8th Biennial Conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina from November 4-7, 2015.  We will be hosted by the College of Charleston.  The Call for Papers will be released in Fall 2014.  Updates on conference information will be available on the website and via the ASWAD email list.  We look forward to seeing you in Charleston!

Carnegie African Diaspora Survey
As part of the upcoming African Higher Education Summit on the Future of African Higher Education in March 2015 in Dakar, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship is organizing a Diaspora Convening, comprised of academics in the African diaspora, for the November 2014 African Studies Association's annual meeting. The goal of this convening is to develop a series of concrete recommendations that represent the Diaspora's voice(s) at the AHE Summit. These resolutions will be sent to Carnegie Corporation of New York, who are one of the 11 organizing partners, for inclusion during the Summit. 

Women, Gender Politics, and Pan-Africanism (forthcoming)


Call for papers for a special issue of the journal of Women, Gender and Families of Color on Women, Gender Politics, and Pan-Africanism


Guest Editors: Ula Taylor (UC Berkeley), Asia Leeds (Spelman College), and Keisha N. Blain (Penn State)


For centuries, black men and women have struggled for economic, social, and cultural rights under the banner of Pan-Africanism-the political belief that African peoples, on the continent and in the diaspora, share a common past and destiny. A growing body of scholarship has examined the complexities of Pan-Africanism, noting its shifting meanings and its many manifestations across time and space. Much of this work, however, focuses primarily on the contributions of men and has given marginal consideration to the importance of women and gender in shaping Pan-Africanist movements and discourses. This special issue will explore the role of women and gender in twentieth century Pan-Africanism in the United States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.  The articles in this issue will reveal that gender politics-including the gendered divisions of organizational labor and ideas about feminism, manhood, and womanhood-are central, not peripheral, to the theories and practices of Pan-Africanism that developed in these regions. The editors seek essays that utilize various research methodologies and draw on various theoretical frameworks from multiple disciplines within the Social Sciences and the Humanities. These essays should probe intersecting dimensions such as race, gender, sexuality, and class; and offer some discussion of how twentieth century Pan-Africanist movements and discourses have informed/should inform contemporary initiatives. The editors encourage potential contributors to submit articles that explore topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Pan-Africanism among African women activists
  • Afro-Latinas' engagement in Pan-African movements
  • Caribbean women and Pan-Africanism
  • Gender and black nationalism

Completed manuscripts must be submitted by January 30, 2015 to Keisha N. Blain, (please copy Asia Leeds, Manuscripts should be a maximum of 30 pages, inclusive of title page, abstract (150 words or less), main body of text, figures, tables, and Chicago Style, 16th edition references. Only title pages should contain authors' names, affiliation, phone & FAX numbers, in addition to the email address of the corresponding author. If you would like to review for this issue or have additional inquiries, please contact the guest editors.

Women, Gender, and Families of Color, published bi-annually in the spring and fall, is available electronically and in hard copy (  It is sponsored by the University of Kansas and published by the University of Illinois Press.  Founded in 1918, the University of Illinois Press ranks as one of the country's most distinguished university presses. It publishes works of high quality for scholars, students, and the citizens of the state and beyond.  More information about the University of Illinois Press can be found at:  

Purdue University:  The Department of Sociology seeks a Department Head

Purdue University:  The Department of Sociology seeks a Department Head to further develop the strengths of a dynamic department through effective management, leadership, and a shared vision of the Department's future.  The appointment will begin on July 1, 2015, for an initial period of five years and is renewable.  The Department Head is appointed by and reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology and a distinguished record of research and publication suitable for an appointment as a full professor with tenure in Sociology and ample evidence of leadership/administrative experience and ability.  Areas of specialty are open.  Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.  Purdue's Department of Sociology offers degrees at the BA, MS, and PhD levels, and its faculty have a range of research and teaching specializations (see  Purdue offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package.  The university is located in an affordable greater metropolitan area of approximately 200,000 people, conveniently located between Indianapolis and Chicago.  Candidates should submit a letter of application outlining research interests, a vita, and a statement of approach to administration and departmental leadership to:  R. Douglas Hurt, Chair, Head Search Advisory Committee, Department of Sociology, Purdue University, 700 W State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.  Electronic submissions in Word or .pdf files may be emailed to  Names of references will be requested from finalists.  Review of applicants will begin on November 7, 2014, but applications received after this date will be accepted until the position is filled.  A background check will be required for employment in this position. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.  

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