Open Rank, Tenure-Track Black Political Thought/Black Critical Theory - Bucknell University
The Africana Studies Program at Bucknell University invites applications for an open rank, tenure-track
position to begin August 2018. The substantive area is Black Political Thought and/or Black Critical
Theory, with a strong focus on social and political injustice as they pertain to the global black
experience. The successful candidate will teach both introductory and upper level undergraduate
courses that focus on the theoretical and material expressions of Africana culture, experience, and
thought and will be expected to develop a robust research program.
Preference will be given to candidates who draw on theories, methods, and approaches in Africana
Studies as well as those whose work is situated at the intersections of disciplines within the social
sciences, humanities, and arts. Applicants must have a PhD by the time of appointment.
To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing research interests and teaching philosophy, a
Curriculum Vitae, a sample of scholarly writing, sample syllabi, course evaluations as available, and three
confidential letters of reference. All materials must be submitted online through Bucknell's career site.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity,
gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran
status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.
Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong
professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek
candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and
development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that
have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell University is a private, highly
selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering,
management, education and music complement each other. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the
Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been
ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of
outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater,
historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many
cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers
outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city,
Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
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Call for Book Chapters - Battle Lines: Elections, Contestations and Democratisation in Zimbabwe
The Institute for Public Affairs in Zimbabwe (IPAZIM) and Elections Resource
Centre in Zimbabwe (ERC) are calling for book chapters on a monograph on
elections and governance in Zimbabwe provisionally titled Battle Lines: Elections,
Contestations and Democratisation in Zimbabwe. The objective of the monograph is
to combine theoretical conceptualisations of elections & democratisation and
empirical research on electoral processes in post-colonial Zimbabwe especially with
regard to the protracted process of post-colonial state formation and
Broader Context: Elections, Nation-State Formation and Democratisation
In a revealing survey conducted by MPOI and Afrobarometer it was recorded only
about 38% of Zimbabwe's population regard elections as an effective tool for
making elected political leaders accountable. Furthermore, the survey noted that
elections were not an effective tool of removing non-performing leaders. In the
context of what has been called the 'Zimbabwe crisis'; elections, the electoral
processes, the institutions managing the elections and the laws regulating the
conduct of elections have been an arena of intense contestation leading scholars to
conclude that Zimbabwe's political elites are 'defying the winds of change'. The
former Vice-President of Zimbabwe Joshua Nkomo highlighted the violence of the
1980 election, another opposition leader Edgar Tekere who led ZUM also raised
the question of violence. More recently Zimbabwe's opposition parties formed a
coalition National Elections Reform Agenda (NERA) to press for electoral reform
and former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, noted that his 2002
electoral court challenge was pending for years. In a constitutional democracy, the
conduct of elections provides a critical measure of the level of democratisation and
the stability of the polity. On the other hand, those with state power have quizzingly
and scathingly taunted the opposition: 'do you want us to reform ourselves out of
power"? The intense contestation over the electoral process and the outcome of the
elections led to the formation of Government of National Unity (GNU). Historically
civil society has also mobilised for constitutional reform and pressed for elections to
be free and fair, to be held within the laws of the country, and also the observance
of the SADC Guidelines on Elections and other regional and international
conventions including but not limited to the African Charter for Human Rights
Contested Terrain: Elections and Elections Management in Perspective
In the case of Zimbabwe from the moment of independence to the tumultuous turn
of the 21 st Century elections have become very contested. Our focus in this book
is to trace, analyse, debate and reveal why and how elections have solicited such
contentious fault-lines in Zimbabwe. We bring together an historical and political
analytic framework which seeks to further reveal the processes which have
influenced electoral politics in Zimbabwe - this has become especially so in the
context of Zimbabwe passing a new constitution in 2013 which is supposed to be
a significant departure from a very authoritarian state politics to one more liberal and
based on a constitutional democracy. Pressured from within and from without even
the political regimes which do not want elections had to give way - some of them
would become what democracy scholars called 'competitive authoritarian' (Levitsky
and Way, 2009).
Towards a Better Future: What will make elections legitimate?
On one hand, the new constitution is a significant departure from the way the
electoral process was conducted in the past which had often led to contested
outcomes. The monograph by providing a timely overview, analysis and
interpretation of the legislative and institutional shifts that have occurred will provide
a much-needed intervention for civil society to be up to date and develop strategic
interventions which can built a more legitimate electoral process reduce conflict
and in the process help consolidate the development and institutionalization of
democratic forms of government where citizens vote 'freely and fairly'.
The main areas of research which can serve as a guide are
- Electoral Law and Regulations in Zimbabwe: Constitutional and Institutional Overview
- Mediating Electoral Processes: the contested role of public and private media in electoral cycles
- Women, Politics and the Electoral Process: A Critical Analysis of gender relations and the electoral process
- Youth and participation and non-participation in electoral processes in Zimbabwe.
- Ideology and Political Practice: A review of the ideological contestations by the political parties
- Campaign Strategies: An analysis of the differing and competing strategies adopted by political parties during the electoral process
- Truth to Power: the role and shifts in civil society campaigns around the electoral process in Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe's 're-configured political economy' and the electoral process especially informality, agrarian transformation and urbanization.
Call for Abstracts: August 2017
Notice of Accepted Abstracts: September 2017.
The chapters will be expected to be between 5-6,000 words and preference will be
given to abstracts whose papers are empirically grounded, informed by practice and
will have theoretical analysis but also generally accessible to the public and non-
SX Salon, Issue 25
Dear sx salon readers,
sx salon 25 is now available online. Please see our table of contents below.
With this, our twenty-fifth issue, sx salon welcomes
Rosamond S. King
as our creative editor. As a scholar, creative writer, activist, and performing artist, Rosamond brings a wealth of experience in Caribbean cultural production to sx salon and, as you will read in her"Statement on Digital Literature" included in this issue, she is particularly interested in fostering the growth of Caribbean digital literature, a natural development not only of the sx salon platform but of Caribbean literature itself, with roots in earlier experimental forms and engagements with new technologies. To begin, we include here Rosamond's own digital poem, "Bring Back."
Alongside Rosamond's statement and poem, in Poetry + Prose this issue we publish Patrick Chamoiseau's poetic tribute to Derek Walcott, translated by Charly Verstraet and Jeffrey Landon Allen; a hauntingly short poem by Anu Lakhan; and original prose fiction by Katherine Atkinson and Cynthia James.
Our reviews this issue include Warren Harding's review of Shalini Puri's monograph on the Grenada Revolution; Kristina Huang's review of Elizabeth Nunez's latest novel; and Sophie Harris's review of Lawrence Scott's recent short story collection. We also publish reviews of two ambitiously comprehensive studies of representations of the Haitian Revolution: Megan Jeanette Myers reviews Víctor Figueroa's
Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution and Erin Zavitz reviews Marlene Daut's Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865.
Twenty-five issues. Don't they go by in a blink. We look forward to continuing to bring you new work on words from and about the Caribbean.
Table of Contents
A review of
The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory, by Shalini Puri