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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  democratization.

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  (ACPHR).

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  as follows:
  1. Electoral Law and Regulations in Zimbabwe: Constitutional and Institutional Overview
  2. Mediating Electoral Processes: the contested role of public and private media in electoral cycles
  3. Women, Politics and the Electoral Process: A Critical Analysis of gender relations and the electoral process
  4. Youth and participation and non-participation in electoral processes in Zimbabwe.
  5. Ideology and Political Practice: A review of the ideological contestations by the political parties
  6. Campaign Strategies: An analysis of the differing and competing strategies adopted by political parties during the electoral process
  7. Truth to Power: the role and shifts in civil society campaigns around the electoral process in Zimbabwe
  8. 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-
academic audiences.

Submission and Further Guidelines on the Concept Note Please  contact Email:

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

On Inheritance and Reinvention-Kristina Huang
A review of  Even in Paradise, by Elizabeth Nunez

A Question of Home-Sophie Harris
A review of Leaving by Plane, Swimming Back Underwater, and Other Stories, by Lawrence Scott

The Haitian Revolution in Caribbean Literature: A Synechdochal Study-Megan Jeanette Myers 
A review of Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution, by Víctor Figueroa
Representing the Unthinkable: The Haitian Revolution in Print-Erin Zavitz
A review of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865, by Marlene Daut


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