November 30, 2015
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Professor or Associate Professor
of French and West African Francophone Studies
and Director of the African-American Studies Program
at the College of Charleston
Position Summary:
The College of Charleston invites applications for a senior faculty position in French and West African Francophone Studies tenurable at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the French, Francophone, and Italian Studies Department beginning August 2016. In addition, the successful candidate will be appointed as Director of our African-American Studies Program. The Director will manage the African-American Studies faculty, curriculum, and operational/programming budget; give visionary leadership to the Program; work closely with students, department chairs, other program directors, the Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and other College of Charleston administrators. The Director appointment comes with a standard director's stipend and course release and is a year-round appointment, with the intent that the initial appointment be for three years with the possibility of renewal.
Successful candidates should have a proven academic and professional record commensurate with a tenured appointment at the Professor or Associate Professor rank. Professional competency in both French and English is expected. Applicants must have graduate training in French with a specialization in the area of West African Francophone Studies. Teaching experience is required in both the area of specialization and in lower-level French language classes. The successful candidate will teach introductory French language courses to majors and non-majors, upper level French courses in the area of specialization, and courses in West African Studies (in English) in interdisciplinary programs. We are open to a variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches to the area of specialization. A comparative approach to Francophone Studies (West Africa and the French-speaking Caribbean) is desired. Candidates must have a commitment to teaching and advising in the liberal arts tradition at the undergraduate level and be engaged in a strong research program.  
Application Details:
Applicants should apply online at MLA Interfolio ByCommittee. No paper or email materials will be accepted. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, three professional reference letters, a statement of teaching philosophy, and one representative publication must be submitted. The cover letter should include the candidate's experience, ability to design and assess learning outcomes, and research goals. Professional references indicated may be contacted by the College of Charleston via email or telephone for further information. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Robyn Holman, search committee chair, at . Applications received by January 1, 2016 will be given fullest consideration.
The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts college in the State of South Carolina, located in the downtown area of Charleston. Founded in 1770, the College has a rich history, with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 undergraduate students. The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Maison Francaise - Columbia University

We are excited to announce the upcoming Small Axe event  The Caribbean Digital II: Histories, Cartographies, Narratives happening in NYC at Columbia University on 4 December 2015. This is the second year of the event and we look forward to stimulating discussions on our three chosen themes for this year. The program of participants and conversations is pasted below and more information is available on our website ( 

1PM  Welcome
  • Kaiama L. Glover, Barnard College
1:15PM Opening Remarks
  • David Scott, Columbia University
1:30-3:00PM Panel I - Histories
  • Vincent BrownHarvard University - Two Plantations: Enslaved Families in Virginia & Jamaica
  • Laurent Dubois & Mary Caton Lingold, Duke University - Musical Passage: A Voyage to 1688 Jamaica
  • Jennifer Morgan, New York University - Discussant
3:00-3:15PM BREAK

3:15-4:15PM Panel II - Cartographies
  • Kaiama L. Glover, Barnard College & Alex Gil, Columbia University In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography
  • Ian Baucom, University of Virginia - Discussant
4:15-4:30PM BREAK

4:30-6:00PM Panel III - Narratives
  • Robert Antoni As Flies to Whatless Boys
  • Oonya Kempadoo Naniki
  • Kelly Baker Josephs, York College, CUNY - Discussant


CFP - NEH ODH Inst Adv Topics in DH,
"Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies:
An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories,
Methods and Practice for Africana Studies"

Summer 2016 NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

"Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods and Practice for Africana Studies"

5-26 June 2016 & 14-16 April 2017

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2016

The African American Studies & Research Center (AASRC) and History Department at Purdue University and the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College are pleased to announce an NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities for summer 2016 (& follow-up workshop in 2017). The Institute is designed to offer twenty (20) early and mid-career Africana/Black Studies scholars, graduate students, librarians and archivists an opportunity to think critically about the relationship and intersections between Africana/Black Studies and the spatial humanities.

Application and Logistics:

Up to 20 fellowships will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate serious interest in the application of geo-spatial technologies to issues in Africana/Black studies. While all early and mid-career Africana/Black studies scholars and graduate students are eligible to apply, we are especially interested in collaborating with those who have experience in one or more geo-spatial technologies as well as scholars who have thought critically about the spatial dimensions of Africana/Black Studies as a field.

All fellows will participate in a three-week residency June 5-26, 2016 at Purdue. Residency will include colloquia and working sessions in which participants collectively develop project foundations and address relevant issues in spatial humanities. Fellows will also be provided the opportunity to present their own projects. Applicants need not be proficient with geo-spatial technologies but must demonstrate some level of engagement with them as well as with spatial questions and analyses. Evidence of the capacity for successful interdisciplinary collaboration and for scholarly innovation is required.

Fellowship awards will include a stipend of $3,800 for each participant, which will be used to cover expenses for accommodation, travel and meals for the Institute and Workshop. Participants are required to attend the Institute (@Purdue) and Workshop (@Hamilton) to fulfill the terms of their fellowship. 

Applications should include the following:
  • Two to three-page statement describing how participation in the Institute will fit the scholarly and professional goals of the applicant.
  • One-page description of the applicant's experience with geo-spatial technologies and spatial analysis.
  • Brief CV (maximum of three pages).
  • Letter of support from department chair for non-tenured faculty or from their dissertation advisor for doctoral candidates. 
  • Projects that articulate a clear understanding of the potential of spatial humanities and the problems associated with the use of geo-spatial technologies in humanities scholarship will be regarded favorably.
Electronic applications are required. Please assemble all application materials, except for letters of recommendation, into one PDF file.

Deadline for applications:  January 25, 2016. Fellowship recipients will be notified February 25, 2016.

Questions may be directed to and/or

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