February 8, 2017
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"Maroons and the African Diaspora: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future"

June 22-25, 2017, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

The Charles Town International Maroon Conference seeks papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in examining Maroon traditions in a contemporary global context. This year's conference theme explores connections between Maroons or marronage and the African Diaspora around the world, emphasizing the productivity and persistence of indigenous knowledge, its origin, transformation, and its potential to sustain future generations. Presentations from all fields and genres are welcome, including history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, geography, education, literature, film, and the arts. Participants will work closely with each other and the Maroons of Charles Town to explore the relevance of indigenous knowledge to contemporary life. 

The Charles Town International Maroon Conference aims to build a global indigenous community without borders as a tribute to Colonel Frank Lumsden, recently deceased leader of the Charles Town Maroons. It takes place in the town's Asafu Yard, sacred space of Maroon dancing and drumming, surrounded by Jamaica's beautiful Blue Mountains. Offering a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events, the conference brings Maroons and Indigenous Peoples together with interested scholars interested, examining the ways their legacies have endured, creolized, and resonated in the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, South America, Europe, the United States, and Africa. 

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by  March 1, 2017  or inquiries to  fbotkin@towson.edu  or  maroonconference@gmail.com .

Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor Specializing in African America or the African Diaspora - Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University

The Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University seeks applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor specializing in African America or the African Diaspora.  The successful candidate should be prepared to strengthen the department's social science curriculum, offer and/or design general education and specialized courses on the Africana experiences that highlight the diversity and commonalities of Africana people. Further, the scholar's research should interrogate the intersection of power, culture, society, and behavior from a culturally centered perspective. We seek applicants who have a commitment to an engaged student-centered teaching pedagogy and a demonstrated interest in and vision for the future of Africana Studies, and whose research applies to the needs and interests of Africana communities (including mass incarceration, criminal justice, mental health, housing and employment segregation and discrimination, family, gender relationships, cultural patterns and behavior, and other issues of social justice). The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Africana Studies/African American Studies;
  • Strong record and promise of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to level of appointment;
  • Research interests that contribute to diversity and integrate understanding of underrepresented      populations and communities;
  • Commitment to student-centered teaching of a diverse student population;
  • Record of service in Africana communities.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues and communities in and out of the university to develop social justice oriented scholarship and pedagogical practices.
For more information about the Department of Africana Studies, please visit our website:  http://africana.sdsu.edu/ .
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
SDSU is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 78 master's programs, and 22 doctoral degree programs.
Apply via Interfolio at  https://apply.interfolio.com/37851 . The position will remain open until filled. All additional inquiries should be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan, Department of Africana Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6032. Email:  AfricanaSDSU@aol.com  phone  (619) 594-5174 , fax  (619) 594-0728 .

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