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WGSS Director, Georgia State University
The Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Institute, pending budgetary approval. We seek a senior scholar, preferred rank at appointment Associate or Full Professor, focusing on racialization and globalization.  The scholar's principal areas of research may include: African Diaspora Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian and South Asian Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Native and Indigenous Studies.  We seek disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholars who work in such fields as Anthropology, History, Literature and Comparative Literature, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Public Health, Religious Studies, and Sociology.   We welcome scholarship that incorporates cultural studies, digital studies, feminist science studies, media studies, and visual studies. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research augments one or more of the Institute's three main areas of focus: globalization and transnational studies; sexualities; and social change.  
Candidates for Director should possess demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and provide evidence of the ability to lead in the areas of program building, scholarship, and teaching.  The selected candidate will be expected to take creative leadership in steering the future direction of the Institute, including but not limited to, strengthening interdisciplinary connections on campus, continuing the ongoing growth of the Institute, and developing collaborative relationships with local community-based organizations and non-profits.
We strongly prefer a candidate with an ability to support a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, enhance interdisciplinary research and teaching, and foster an open and inclusive environment.  Experience in budgeting, faculty mentoring and evaluation, fundraising, and departmental advocacy is desired. 
Anticipated start date is July 2017.
The successful candidate will lead a growing faculty in a collegial, interdisciplinary environment composed of core and affiliate faculty.  WGSS offers an M.A., a graduate certificate, a B.A., and an undergraduate minor.  Further information is available at  Questions about the position or the Institute should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Megan Sinnott, at
Georgia State is a leading research university located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. A public institution with more than 50,000 students from throughout the United States and 160 other countries, Georgia State has a highly diverse student population.  GSU is among the top public degree-granting institutions for African American and students of color in the US.  Complete information is available at
Review of applications begins October 14, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a 3-4 page cover letter describing your experience related to the position, a 2 page statement of vision for the department, a CV, and a list of 5 references with contact information, to
Search Committee
Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
P.O. Box 3969
Atlanta, GA 30302-3969
An offer of employment will be conditional upon background verification. Georgia State University is a Research University of the University System of Georgia and is an EEO/AA employer.

Call for Papers - International Conference "Samora Machel in History: Memory, Education & Popular Culture" - Maputo, October 28-29, 2016

The Oficina de História-Mozambique is an academic and cultural group whose objective is to share with the academic community scientific research and  projects led by academics, experts, students, and local historians. We also welcome international professionals researching Mozambique and African history.

As part of its annual activities, the Oficina de História-Mozambique is organizing its first annual, international, and multidisciplinary conference. The theme for this year's conference is "Samora Machel in History: Memory, Education & Popular Culture" The goal of the conference is to reflect on the historical legacy of Samora Machel throughout Mozambique's contemporary history.  The event will be held from October 28th to the 29th in Fortaleza de Maputo, Mozambique. 

The organizing committee welcomes individual papers, thematic panels and roundtables on any of the following  themes:
  • Samora Machel in  Historiography
  • Samora Machel, Biography and other Historical Narratives
  • Samora Machel, Independence and Development
  • Foreign Policy of Samora Machel
  • Economy, Finances and Democracy during the period of Samora Machel
  • Samora Machel and Youth
  • Public History, Education in History, and the legacy of Samora Machel
  • Samora Machel, Local and Oral Histories
  • Preservation of Historical Patrimony of Samora Machel: Museums, Libraries, Schools, Archives and Monuments
Other themes that may be considered:
  • Education, Art and Popular Culture in Mozambique
  • Territory, Identity and Family
  • Religion, Spirituality and Society
  • Environment, Health and Sport
  • Gender, Feminism and Social Movements
  • Migration, Mozambican Diasporas and Development
  • Science, University, Employment and Development
  • Mozambican Languages and Historical Research
  • History, Information Technology and Communication
  • Collaboration and International Solidarity with Mozambique

The deadline for submitting individual papers, thematic panels, and roundtable proposals, is September 20, 2016.

Proposals for individual papers, thematic panels and roundtables must include the following information: Presenter(s)' name(s); Name of organization(s); Email address (es); Title; Summary (250 words max.)

All proposals must be submitted in MS Word with Times New Roman font, size 12. Presentations may be in Portuguese or in English. Please note that simultaneous translation will not be available.

Submit your proposal via email to with the subject line: "Samora Machel: Memory, Education and Popular Culture".

The organizing committee will review all of the proposals received by September 20, 2016.

Click on the following links for the Call for Papers and the Submission Form (English and Portugues), Posters (English and Portugues).

2nd Call for Sessions (Workshops) Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe Sixth Biennial Network Conference University of Tampere, Finland 6 - 8 July 2017

The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. Among the confirmed keynote speakers is Professor Paul Gilroy from King's College London. African European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterised by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas, and Europe. 

The sixth biennial network conference, organised by the University of Tampere and the international Afroeuropeans - Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its several disciplinary locations. For more information, please see the conference website

We encourage submissions for sessions (=workshops) exploring the topics suggested below.
  • African diaspora and European cultural heritage;
  • Policing blackness;
  • African/Black European politics;
  • Shifting political landscapes and European post-colonial discontents;
  • Afroeuropean mediascapes;
  • Diaspora communities online;
  • Diasporic experience and digital media;
  • Social justice and human rights in AfroEurope;
  • Performing Africanness/blackness in Europe;
  • Writing and translating new African diaspora and black identities in Europe;
  • Afroeuropean music cultures;
  • Afroeuropean dance scenes;
  • Blackness in visual arts in Europe Children of the African diaspora in Europe;
  • Afroeuropean youth cultures;
  • AfroQueer Europe;
  • Afroeuropean feminisms;
  • Global racisms and AfroEurope;
  • Refugees from Africa in Europe.

Session proposals that do not directly deal with the above-mentioned topics will also be considered. Proposals for sessions on both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature are welcome. Proposals for sessions (max. 300 words) should be submitted by no later than  15 September 2016  through our online form. Instructions for session organisers and the link to the submission form can be found on the conference website (Call for Sessions).

In addition to academics, we welcome artists, activists, authors, journalists, and independent scholars with a specific interest in the field. The cultural programme of the conference is organised in collaboration with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, UK ( ) and the oldest African music Festival in Finland, Fest Afrika festival ( )

On behalf of the local organizing committee and the international Afroeuropeans - Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, Anna Rastas Chair of the local organizing committee, University of Tampere Anna Rastas  Dr.Soc.Sc ., Docent Academy Research Fellow School of Social Sciences and Humanities University of Tampere, Finland E-mail:  Tel  +358 40 1909845 (office),  +358 40 769 1552

Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies - Bucknell University

The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to and will work closely with the chair of the Africana Studies program and the Director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies.

Bucknell Africana Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships support the development of recently-graduated scholars working in the arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies and/or post-colonial studies who are committed to the liberal arts and aspire to be distinguished teacher/scholars. We are particularly interested in recent graduates from sectors of the population historically underrepresented in U.S. colleges and universities.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field that contributes to African, Caribbean, Afro-Latino/a, and/or African-American studies, received no earlier than May 2012 and no later than August 15, 2017. Postdoctoral Fellows teach two courses per year in fields related to their research, advise and mentor undergraduate students, formally present their research in faculty fora once each semester of the fellowship, and work five hours a week on administrative and programming opportunities related to Africana Studies.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is for two academic years. Fellows are required to be in residence each semester. The Postdoctoral Fellowship award for 2017-19 includes an annual salary of $50,000, employee benefits, a research/travel fund of $3,000, and housing.

The successful candidate will have:
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal abilities.
  • Skill in and interest in teaching and advising students and interacting with staff, faculty, and alumni.
  • An ability to manage autonomously.
  • High degree of creativity and vision, as well as an ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to solve problems strategically, and success in managing multiple projects.
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for supporting the mission of a liberal arts institution through programmatic endeavors in Africana Studies.
To complete your application, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a 3-5 page description of the research project proposed for the fellowship years, a description of the undergraduate courses you would like to teach, a sample of published or unpublished writing on a topic related to the proposal, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications will only be accepted through Intefolio ByCommittee via The deadline for receipt of applications is November 15, 2016. Awards will be announced in spring 2017.

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