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Comparative Politics Position -  Department of Political Science -  Kent State University

The Department of Political Science at Kent State University invites applications for a tenure-track position, open with regard to region and rank, in Comparative Politics, to begin in August 2017. We seek scholars studying marginalization, structures of oppression, and the politics of dissent, with potential topics including, but not limited to: identities (race, gender, sexualities, ethnicity), global inequality, settler colonialism, migration, borders, and labor. 

The Political Science Department at KSU is a PhD-granting department with a dynamic, well-published faculty and a robust undergraduate program that encourages students to engage and change the world around them. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to conduct and publish research commensurate with the expectations of a research institution and to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. There will be ample opportunities for collaboration across departments and for community engagement. The teaching load for untenured TT faculty members is two courses per semester. 

Applicants should have a PhD in Political Science or cognate field such as Sociology, Black or Africana Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, or Sexuality Studies at the time of hire (August 2017). Review of applications will begin in November and continue until the position is filled. Candidates for Assistant Professor should show promise of a quality research agenda and teaching success, and senior scholars should show evidence of scholarly impact in their area of research. Applicants at the Assistant level should submit a CV, a letter of interest, a writing sample, a teaching portfolio, a research plan, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference; senior-level applicants should submit a CV, a letter of interest, a writing sample, a teaching portfolio, and a list of three references. All applications should be submitted to

We are an equal opportunity employer and 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.

CFP: 15th Annual Africana Studies Symposium: "Performing Africana Art and Culture: Repression, Resistance, and Renewal."

The Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in conjunction with the Department of Dance and the Department of Art and Art History, invites proposals for its fifteenth annual symposium, "Performing Africana Art and Culture: Repression, Resistance and Renewal," which will take place on  April 6-7, 2017. This two-day event will combine scholarly presentations with creative workshops on performative African and African diaspora arts. The goal is to facilitate cross-disciplinary conversations between the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts.

Africana cultural practices have been a site of knowledge production, self-affirmation, spiritual awareness, community building, and resistance to social, racial, and economic injustice. Yet, Africana arts and culture have a long and varied history in the modern world, ranging from severe official repression to tacit state support on the continent of Africa and throughout the African diaspora. Between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, for example, numerous state and colonial officials suppressed Africana practices, regarding them as threatening to "public health," "civilization," "development," and the stability of colonial regimes. During this period of repression, Pan-Africanists, black nationalists, and others often encouraged the resurgence or re-imagination of Africana cultural practices as a component of their struggles for liberation, equality, and independence. Then in the mid-twentieth century, amidst the Civil Rights movement in the United States, the Cuban revolution, the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean, and the establishment of Black Studies departments and African universities, the former restraints on Africana practices were relaxed in many places. Some states even officially embraced Africana cultural practices as representative of their multi-racial/multi-ethnic society and/or post-colonial identity. Today, Africana practices continue to play an important role in many societies, as a form of protest, a method of expression, means of constructing identity and particularly as a lure for cultural tourism.

We invite researchers and performers who examine any aspect of the repression, re-imagination, or celebration of Africana artistic, cultural, or spiritual practices to submit a proposal for a scholarly presentation or artistic workshop. We welcome submissions related to a variety of topics including, but not limited to: dance, music, clothing, visual and expressive arts, symbols, language, religion, and ritual.

We especially welcome scholarly presentations and artistic workshops that address:
  • Religious/spiritual practices as resistance to state oppression and denigration of Africana cultures and peoples.
  • Responses of the Africana artistic experience to globalization and millennial capitalism
  • Popular dance and movement- salsa, kizomba, zouk, semba, capoeira, Afro-house, hip hop, bachata, etc.
  • Dance forms influenced by religious/spiritual practices -Rumba, Bomba, Samba Afro, movements of the Orixás/Orichas/Orishas, etc.
  • Africana visual arts with its diversity of forms, media, and themes
  • The relationship between Africana cultural practices and tourism
  • The ways in which museum collections and exhibitions have shaped our understanding of Africana artistic and cultural practices
  • Africana performative practices as a means of constructing identity
  • The roles of fashion and the body as instruments of affirmation and/or resistance
  • Artistic contributions to political protests
This symposium will include a roundtable discussion about teaching methodologies and programming, as well as bridging gaps between Africana Studies and the Arts in University education.

Please submit proposals (less than 300 words) for presentations or workshops to Dr. Danielle Boaz, by  December 15, 2016. Participants will be notified by  January 15.

Limited travel funds are available and may be used to support graduate students and early career scholars. To apply, please submit a short statement explaining the significance of the conference theme to your larger body of scholarship as well as a copy of your CV along with your proposal.

Academy on Labour Migration - 05 December 2016 - 09 December 2016

The JMDI is pleased to share again ITC-ILO's invitation for all the stakeholders dealing with migration issues to the Labour Migration Academy (LMA) that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 5th - 9th 2016. Please note that the application deadline has been extended until November 4th 2016

When: 5 Dec - 9 Dec 2016 (New date)
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
Language: English - French

Today there are an estimated 244 million international migrants around the world, the majority of whom are migrant workers. Globalization, demographic shifts, conflicts, income inequalities and climate change will encourage ever more people to cross borders in search of employment and security. Yet, the migration process entails complex challenges in terms of governance, migrant workers' protection, migration and development linkages and international cooperation.

The Labour Migration Academy (LMA) aims to provide you with advanced knowledge and enhance your capacity as a key migration actor to better understand labour migration challenges and opportunities in a changing political, economic and social context. This personalized one week course covers a wide range of labour migration cross-cutting themes, such as men and women migrant worker protection, labour migration governance and development.

After the success of the first five editions and the high demand for the training of key participants from the Africa region, ITC-ILO is pleased to offer the LMA, for the first time "outside their campus", in Johannesburg (South Africa).

This course will be offered in English and French. You will find the links on the right hand side frame to the course website and the necessary information to register. If you need further information, do not hesitate to contact ITC-ILO at this email address:

Early Career Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis

The Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for the Mark Steinberg Weil Early Career Fellowship in the public humanities, to begin  July 1, 2017.  Up to two Weil fellowships will be awarded for a two-year term.  We seek scholars from within a broad range of humanities disciplines or interdisciplinary fields and are especially interested in candidates who bring with them experience in community-based projects, data science in the humanities, and/or the urban humanities. Candidates must have earned their doctoral degrees no earlier than May 2014 and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. before  July 1, 2017.

The Weil fellowship was established to foster the professional development of gifted scholars, further enrich the university's vigorous research environment, and advance public humanities through productive interdisciplinary interaction. Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship period, apart from research-related travel. The post-doctoral fellows will be housed in the Center for the Humanities, will teach two courses per year related to their interests, and pursue their own research project.  Fellows are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Center and of other units relevant to the fellow's research interests.  In 2017-18, the postdoctoral fellows may join an interdisciplinary workshop of WU faculty examining the reconceptualization of humanities graduate education.  Fellows will receive a salary of $60,000 per year, plus postdoctoral benefits, and a $5,000 annual research/travel stipend.

All materials should be submitted electronically through the Washington University Jobs ( site.  The job posting number for this fellowship is #35086. Applicants should submit a CV, graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a 20-30 pp. sample of academic written work, and a description of the project they propose to undertake during the course of the fellowship.  Applicants should be sure to explain the public humanities component of their project and to describe its connections, if any, to community-based projects, data science in the humanities, and/or the urban humanities.  They are also encouraged to describe what departments, fields, or initiatives they would like to engage during their time at Washington University. We are especially interested in supporting applicants' aspirations to extend the range of their academic expertise beyond their doctoral training. Inquiries may be directed to Jean Allman  Review of applications begins  January 4, 2017. Finalists will be brought to St. Louis.

Additional application instructions:
To apply, please go to and search for job posting #35086 and click the "apply" button at the bottom of the page. After the submission of the application and the CV/resume, the required additional documents may be uploaded.

You may upload your sample of academic written work and other documents after submitting the application by selecting "add attachment" on the My Activities page, accessible by clicking in the My Activities box on the upper right hand side of your home page at

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University's policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

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