February 9, 2015
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Full Time Tenure-Track Position (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) In African Caribbean History
The Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY

The Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY invites applications for a full time tenure-track position (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in African Caribbean historyThe Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY invites applications for a full time tenure-track position (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in African Caribbean history with an anticipated starting date on or about September 1, 2015. In addition to teaching courses in the specialty, the successful candidate would develop an interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda that focuses on questions related to the creation of new human social formations - the African Caribbean societies, the role of the Caribbean in the formation of both European and American modernity, the impact of slavery, colonialism, postcolonial migration, gender, transnationalism, and cultural expressions in the Caribbean Diaspora.

Ph.D. degree in history at the time of appointment.  Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Applications can be submitted on-line by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website http://cuny.edu/employment.html and navigating to Careers at CUNYfirst. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should click on the appropriate link to register.  Please provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae.


Please have your three referees send their letters to:
Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies,
Hunter College
History Search Committee
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Review of applications will start on January 15, 2014 and
continue until an appropriate candidate is found.


Amani Willett
Underground Railroad: Hiding in Place


The legacy of the Underground Railroad has resulted in blurred lines between myth and history, and illustrates the ambiguous relationship between physical spaces, circumstantial evidence and lore. Additionally, it raises important questions about the differences between history and collective memory.

Exhibition Dates:
January 20 - February 27, 2015

February 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies program.

Adelphi University
1 South Avenue | Garden City, NY 11530

Click here to download the flyer 


Two Half-Time Instructor Positions: One for Swahili and One for Wolof

The African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) and the Department of Modern Languages (ML) at Florida International University (FIU)


The African and African Diaspora Studies Program  (AADS) and the Department of Modern Languages (ML) at Florida International University (FIU) invites applications for two half-time instructor positions- one for Swahili and one for Wolof. The Swahili instructor will teach two levels of Swahili language and culture courses as well as two courses focused on the applicant's specialty as determined in consultation with the AADS Director. The Wolof instructor will teach two levels of Wolof language and culture courses as well as two courses focused on the applicant's specialty as determined in consultation with the AADS Director. Applicants familiar with communicative proficiency-based methods of foreign-language teaching preferred (although training for the teaching of foreign languages will be provided to successful applicant once in the position). Requirements: native or near-native fluency in Swahili for the Swahili instructor and Wolof for the Wolof instructor and English for both; and minimum degree M.A. in any field of the humanities or the social sciences. MA in (West) African Languages and Literature preferred but not required. Experience teaching Swahili (for the Swahili instructor ) or Wolof (for the Wolof instructor) at the college level is a plus. The initial appointment will be for two years with possibility of renewal contingent upon funding.


Qualified candidates should apply to Job Opening 509015 (Swahili) or 509014 (Wolof) at http://facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy as a single PDF file or individual attachments.  We also require candidates to send a copy of their complete application files to Africana@fiu.edu with the subject heading "Instructor Position." Candidates are instructed to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted as determined by the search committee. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by March 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin on that day. Send inquiries to: Reyni Valerio at valerior@fiu.edu  

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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, Asia Leeds, and Keisha N. Blain


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 Europe, Africa, and the Americas.  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 are especially interested in essays on women, gender, and Pan-Africanism in Europe and Africa.


Completed manuscripts must be submitted by March 15, 2015 to Keisha N. Blain, knb18@psu.edu (please copy Asia Leeds, aleeds@spelman.edu). 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 hardcopy (http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/wgfc.html).  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:  http://www.press.uillinois.edu


Link for more details: http://www.keishablain.com/wgfc/ 


Call For Papers: The Black Scholar 2016 Special Issue on Blacks and Climate Change

Is climate change only about polar bears and melting Arctic ice? Or is it about super storms like Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and increased rates of pollution related asthma?  Does it affect us all equally, or are the legacies of inequality also at work in climate change?  Where exactly do Black people fit in and why isn't there more Black activism around these issues?  

While Blacks and other people of color, globally and in the U.S., are disproportionately affected by the impacts of this hazardous environmental change, commensurate education and action to engage Black communities and combat climate change is lacking.  Climate change presents both challenges and opportunities in the environmental and energy arenas, and 2015-2016 will be a pivotal time period including global climate treaty negotiations, assessment of President Obama's climate legacy, state initiatives to reform the electric utility sector, and the 2016 U.S. elections.  What should be done in an era of climate change to serve and protect the environmental and energy interests of Black peoples in the U.S. and beyond?  How best to educate and mobilize, including at the grassroots level, around the effects of climate change on Black communities and the need for large-scale action?  These are just a few of the questions that can be addressed.

The Black Scholar invites individuals to submit articles for publication in a 2016 special issue on "Black People, the Environment, and Energy in an Era of Climate Change."  Articles, essays, reviews, and interviews from grassroots activists, scholars, and others representing a wide range of disciplines are encouraged.

For this issue, submissions should range in length from 3,000-6,000 words. Please see our website for information about our required style format. Submission deadline is December 1st, 2015. Please submit all manuscripts to Shireen Lewis at lewis@theblackscholar.org.


The Black Scholar Journal and Responses to the Current Movement Moment

As it becomes clearer to American media and mainstream culture that new black political movements are occurring because of state violence against unarmed black bodies, it also becomes clear that this movement, or these movements, will make specific demands of all of us; particularly those in academe, culture, and all level of politics and activism where "race" and racism have long galvanized our efforts and focused our work.  It is therefore a crucial time to express the problems and possibilities opened by the new political and cultural transformations.

Born out of the black movement of the sixties, and central to the thrusting of "Black Studies" into history as a response to racial violence and institutional racism, The Black Scholar is seeking very brief (350 words) responses to the current movement moment. These should be general in their orientation but also specific in engaging "our" role as scholars, artists, activists, or culture workers in these transformations.  These short pieces are for both our blog (www.theblackscholar.org) as well as the journal.  We expect them to be passionate, direct, thoughtful, and that they inform us from the place, background, and point of view of each writer.

We are hoping to receive these responses as soon as possible.  We will keep the call open until we imagine the conversation has shifted.  Please submit all works to the managing editor, Shannon Hanks-Mackey, at hanks@theblackscholar.org.  It would be much appreciated if you could also circulate this call throughout your own networks.

Peace -
The Editors at TBS 


Global Garveyism: Diasporic Aspirations and Utopian Dreams
Edited by Ronald J. Stephens and Adam Ewing

Call for Manuscripts

Established by Marcus Garvey with the assistance of Amy Ashwood in Jamaica in 1914, the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL, hereafter UNIA) emerged as the largest and most influential Black Nationalist organization of the twentieth century. During a period of global instability and political reorganization, the UNIA's injunction to challenge European colonial rule, racial discrimination, and global white supremacy resonated with millions of black men and women around the world. Promoting racial unity, cultural pride, and economic cooperation and development, the organization eventually spread to approximately one thousand chapters in more than forty countries. Its influence was also manifest in political organizations, trade unions, welfare associations, immigration societies, churches, and millennial religious movements that did not maintain a formal association with the UNIA.

Despite the pioneering and essential work of scholars like Robert A. Hill, Tony Martin, Rupert Lewis, Barbara Bair, and others, Garveyism has until very recently remained a subject of scholarly neglect. This volume-the first edited volume on Garvey studies in nearly thirty years-seeks to showcase the new and dynamic attention given to Garveyism by scholars working in Africa, the Caribbean, South America, North America, and elsewhere. Conceived as a contribution to global studies, the volume will highlight the influence of Marcus Garvey's teachings across the African diaspora. In addition, the volume will highlight Garvey's political strategies, successes, and shortcomings; examine the enduring legacies of the Garvey movement beyond the 1920s; and capture the voices of the diverse women and men whose lives were deeply shaped by Garvey's teachings. The editors seek historical essays on the UNIA's activities in African and the African Diaspora that employ, transnational, national, local, and trans-local frames. Scholarly essays exploring the political lives of UNIA leaders, including rank-and-file activists, are especially welcome.

Focus and Format
Manuscripts should be original works not previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow the current guidelines of the Chicago Style Manual (16th edition). Essays should not exceed 35 typed, double-spaced, consecutively numbered pages, including all endnotes and bibliography. Illustrations should be indicated in text and labeled as an insert. Charts, tables, figures, etc., should consist of a minimum of 1 and 1/2 inch margins.

Submission Guidelines
Global Garveyism will emerge out of a multi-stage process. In April 2016 (dates TBD), the editors will host a conference at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Papers presented at that conference will be submitted for publication in an edited volume. Submit paper abstracts (up to 250 words) to stepher87@purdue.edu and aewing2@vcu.edu by May 1, 2015. Abstracts should include the paper's title; the author's full name, title, department, institutional or professional affiliation, return mailing address, email address, and telephone number; and the full names of co-authors, along with their titles, departments, institutional or professional affiliations, mailing addresses, and email addresses. Accepted authors will be contacted promptly and invited to participate in the conference. Full manuscripts should be submitted by March 10, 2016, and will be circulated prior to the conference.  


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