January 15, 2016
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Nominations close: 1 March 2016
The Africana Librarians Council  , a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association (U.S.), seeks nominations for the biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work.
The Conover-Porter Award is the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa. Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography, or bibliographic essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 2013, 2014, or 2015 can be nominated for the 2016 award. 
The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, DC.
The Conover-Porter Award was established in honor of two pioneers in African studies bibliography: Helen F. Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963; Dorothy B. Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. The first award in 1980 was presented to Julian Witherell for The United States & Africa: Guide to the U.S. Official Documents & Government-Sponsored Publications on Africa, 1785-1975 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1978).
View a list of previous winners at:
For each work that you nominate , please provide the following:
  • Information about yourself:  your name, email address, mailing address and telephone number:
  • Information about the work:
    • AUTHOR(S):
    • TITLE:
    • JUSTIFICATION: (Specifically state why you think this is a work of significance and quality)
  • Include published reviews or references to the reviews.
Send inquiries and submissions to:
Marion Frank-Wilson
Head of Area Studies and Librarian for African Studies, Librarian
Herman B Wells Library E660
Wells Library E660
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Email mfrankwi@indiana.edu

at The City College (CUNY) and Columbia University

1-2 April 2016



NYASA 2016 welcomes proposals for presentations, panels, posters, roundtables, and plenary sessions that focus on topics which include (but are not limited to) the following:


  • Music and Art
  • Traditional musics and contemporary
  • Theater and drama music, i.e. Gnawa, Reggae, Afrobeat,
  • Total Art
  • Hip Hop
    • Music and Art in the political sphere
  • Music in Politics 
  • Art and Politics
    • Music and Art in the social sphere
    • Music and Social Consciousness
    • Art and Social Consciousness
    • Expressive culture and medicine
    • Art and Medicine
    • Performance and Medicine
    • Spirituality and/or Religion
    • Music and spirituality
    • Art and spirituality Performance and spirituality Ritual
    • Music and Art as Ideology Nationalism in music and art Pan-Africanism in music and art
    • Art and performance in daily life Architecture and design
  • Body Art Textile Arts Work Songs
    • Visual Representations Photography in the Africana world Films in the Africana World Visual Artists and their works
    • Gender and Art
    • Gender and Music
    • Literature and Art
    • Literature and Music
    • Literature and Performance
    • Prison Music /Art
    • Children's music /Art
    • Funereal Art and Performance
    • Development and music
    • Development and art
Other topics for papers will be considered, as will proposals to organize panels and to promote student participation. By 22 January 2016 please send abstracts of not more than 150 words to the Local Organizing Committee to the attention of Kevin Hickey at nyasa2016@nyasa.org


The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a tenured faculty member committed to interdisciplinary work in women, gender, and sexuality studies to serve as Chair of the Department of Women's Studies. The preferred rank at appointment is Professor. The five-year administrative term begins July 1, 2016 or later, by mutual agreement. While serving as chair, the tenured faculty appointee will hold a 12-month appointment and be expected to teach one course per year in the scholar's area of expertise.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D., a demonstrated excellence in research, and the capacity to provide leadership in the areas of scholarship, teaching, administration, and institution-building. The selected candidate will be expected to take creative leadership in steering the future direction of the department, including, but not limited to, changes resulting from the 2014 merger with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT) Program. We are interested in candidates who will strengthen the department's core commitments and add to the department's research profile described at http://wmst.umd.edu/academics/graduate-studies. All disciplinary locations and fields of inquiry are invited and welcomed. We have a strong preference for candidates with an ability to support interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and teaching, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, genuine interest in an open and inclusive environment, and familiarity with budgeting and finance in higher education. We also seek candidates who are comfortable engaging with and advocating for the public face of our field.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. For additional information about the position, the Department of Women's Studies, and the University of Maryland, and for application instructions, please visit http://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/39154 to review the full job For best consideration, applications should be submitted no later than February 5, 2016. Review will continue until the position is filled.


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Call for Contributors: Race in the World: A Comparative Exploration
Deadline: 31 January 2016
Editors: Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Kathryn Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Elisa Joy White, the University of California, Davis, USA
Race is a key form of social hierarchy around the world, one both explicitly expressed and implicitly obscured by proxies. This edited book will explore contemporary race from comparative and global perspectives at this critical juncture of heightened racisms made more visible and audible by varying technologies. Whether state-driven or in the everyday, this book seeks to draw light to race and its intersections, spanning a vast geo-political landscape. In so doing, we seek to develop a twofold argument. First, systems of racial hierarchy are specific to local contexts, so that to understand race it must be situated within a particular locality. Second, racial hierarchies also share important characteristics across societies. Thus, we can identify features that are common to systems of racial stratification while recognising situated specificities. We are particularly interested in papers that address the following topics:
  • Race and Blackness
  • Race and Gender
  • Race and Indigeneity
  • Race and Migration
  • Race and Policing
  • Race and Sexuality
  • Race and Visual Culture
  • Race and Whiteness
We are seeking contributions from all parts of the globe: Africa; the Middle East; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Oceania. Please send chapter proposals of no greater than 500 words to Karen Farquharson (kfarquharson@swin.edu.au) by 31 January 2016. Completed chapters would need to be submitted for review by 30 June 2016. Thank you.    

Director of the School of Gender, Race and Nations

The School of Gender, Race and Nations ( SGRN) is a ground-breaking and newly established collaboration that will advance the dynamic interdisciplinary studies of historically underserved populations and their contributions. The founding units of the School include: Black Studies; Indigenous Nations Studies; Chicano/Latino Studies; and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The School's mission is to forge alliances across disciplines to critique and displace entrenched orthodoxies, discourses and practices of power and privilege. Its research agenda and curriculum will critically examine and challenge exclusionary disciplinary boundaries as well as conceptual and systemic borders including, but not limited to, those of the nation-state, race, ethnicity, immigration, gender and sexuality-as reflected in the name "School of Gender, Race and Nations."

The School of Gender, Race and Nations in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University invites applications for a 3-year renewable position as Director to begin  September 16, 2016. The Director will also hold a tenurable academic rank of Associate or Full Professor in Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies or Indigenous Nations Studies. We seek an individual with proven success in the administration of interdisciplinary academic units, a distinguished scholar in a field related to the School's mission, and an experienced teacher. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The  SGRN Director will oversee the administration of the graduate program with input from the Executive Committee and  SGRN Council; implement initiatives for grant-sponsored research, fund-raising and development activities within the School; interface with the PSU administration, faculty, staff, students and community on behalf of the  SGRN; assume responsibility for the administrative management, supervision and evaluation of support staff and office functions as they pertain to the School; design and oversee the allocation of space for the School and its respective units; meet regularly with the  SGRN Executive Committee to coordinate the design and implementation of the School's strategic plans, program reviews, and any agreements between the School and other academic, community, and funding entities; coordinate and facilitate the development and approval of the School's budget in collaboration with the  SGRN Executive Committee, and administer those aspects of the budget pertaining to the graduate program, School's research collective, and extracurricular programming initiatives; coordinate unit curriculum within the school. The  SGRN Director will coordinate and facilitate the development and approval of the School's budget in collaboration with the  SGRN Executive Committee, and administer those aspects of the budget pertaining to the graduate program, School's research collective, and extracurricular programming initiatives; oversee and manage all the School's Foundation accounts in consultation with the Executive Committee.

The director will teach in both tenure unit and the School while continuing scholarly research.

For application instructions please access this website:  https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/16831
Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions.

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