January 11, 2017
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Columbia University
2017 IRAAS Summer Institute: "Black Activist New York"

The Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI). Convening for one week between Sunday July 9 and Friday July 14, 2017.

July 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Harlem's historic "Silent Parade," when over 10,000 Black New Yorkers marched in protest of anti-black lynching and other forms of violence. In commemoration of that event and the larger movement it represented, and in recognition of the historical trajectory from it to the current moment and movement for Black Lives, the theme for the 2017 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI) will be "Black Activist New York." We encourage members of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) to apply!

This Summer Institute offers what few others are able:
  • The opportunity to study how New York has been and continues to be a center of people of color feminist and queer political organization, African-American public health activism (HIV/AIDS and environmental justice organizations), and policing reform, among others
  • Attend seminars facilitated by today's leading scholars in African-American Studies and Activism
  • Visit and tour historical landmarks and institutions around the city
  • Receive instruction in the latest research methods and,
  • Enjoy afternoon and evening cultural excursions throughout New York City.
This year's lecturers and presenters will include Samuel K. Roberts (STSI Director),Zaheer Ali, Afua Atta-Mensah, Dante Barry, Ansley Erickson, Crystal Feimster, Steven Fullwood, Rujeko Hockley, and Minkah Mikalani. STSI seminars and presentations will explore various themes including:
  • Pasts, Present, and Futures of Black Activism
  • Educating Harlem: Activism for Equality in the Mid-20th Century
  • Black LGBTQ Activism and Memory in New York City, 1969-1996
  • Using Oral Histories to (Re)Claim Spaces and,
  • Health/Medical Rights.
This Summer Institute offers what few others are able: the opportunity to study Black Activism through the lens of New York, and in New York.

The fee for the STSI is $1,800 and a limited number of partial fellowships are available.
Please go to www.columbiastsi.com for more information or contact us at stsi@columbia.edu.

Zoraida Lopez

Special Projects Consultant and Grants Coordinator Columbia University
Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS)
758 Schermerhorn Extension; MC 5512
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Women Picturing Revolution panel and one day seminar co created by Lesly Deschler Canossi and Zoraida Lopez-Diago at International Center of Photography


Cleveland State University
Director, Black Studies Program

Cleveland State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Black Studies Program. The successful candidate will be a senior faculty at the rank of associate or full professor. A complete job description may be found at: http://hrjobs.csuohio.edu/postings/7101.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in African American/African/Africana Studies or related discipline with research in the area. Must be tenurable in CLASS with publication record commensurate with associate or full professor rank. Demonstrated excellence in college teaching, including curricular development. Leadership experience in an interdisciplinary academic setting. Administrative experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated mentoring and/or student advocacy experience. Ability to establish and maintain positive community partnerships. Ability to work with diverse populations within and outside the university community in an urban environment. Ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.

Application Requirements: Candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, and statements on the philosophy of Black Studies and vision of leadership of Black Studies in an urban environment at the following website: http://hrjobs.csuohio.edu/postings/7101 .

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

Inquiries only can be directed to Yolanda Sullins at y.sullins@csuohio.edu.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Start date is July 1, 2017.

Hiring is contingent on maintaining existing levels of funding from the state of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disable status, or genetic information.

Transdisciplinary network and International Conference on "Entangled Black Americas" (Bielefeld University, January 19/20, 2017)

Reaching out to scholars, activists, musicians, performers and artists, our network -  launched at the Center for Inter-American Studies (Bielefeld University) - is meant to provide a space for transdisciplinary dialogues and hemispheric perspectives on the interrelatedness of histories, politics, and cultures of the communities and movements that make up the African diaspora in the Americas. By connecting academic and non-academic actors and bridging persistent demarcations between different research areas, this project is intended to live up to the multifaceted processes of translocal and transcultural bordercrossing that define the Black Americas. Aiming to contribute to the bridging of persistent demarcations between African American, Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Studies, we invite interested persons, institutions, and organizations to join our network and participate in a series of conferences and publications we are planning. 
The upcoming conference on  "Entangled Black Americas" will be the first public event of our network and is meant to facilitate fruitful dialogues between scholars, activists, artists, and musicians from Brazil, France, Canada, Colombia, Switzerland, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Portugal, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, and Germany. Panels on Afro-diasporic entanglements in history, culture, literature, music, and politics will be complemented by a rich cultural program, featuring a screening of the award-winning documentary "Black and Cuba" with director Robin J. Hayes and a performance by the Spoken Word artist Mariposa Fernandez from the Bronx and Dub poet Afua Cooper from Kingston/Halifax. 

As a starting point for future collaborations, the conference intends to provide a space for discussions on the uses of a network on the Black Americas against the backdrop of a hemispheric white backlash.

If you are interested in joining our network, or further information on the conference, please take a look at our website:  www.uni-bielefeld.de/ias/blackamericas . We would be glad to enter into a dialogue.

Contact: Professor Wilfried Raussert ( wilfried.raussert@uni-bielefeld.de ) & Matti Steinitz ( matti.steinitz@uni-bielefeld.de )

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