Call for Papers - Women Writing Diaspora: Transnational Perspectives in the 21st Century
Rose Sackeyfio Ph. D.
In the 21st Century, female authors have moved beyond the margins of male- authored texts to command new spaces of prominence in the African literary canon. African women's creative artistry has garnered critical acclaim through distinguished awards, best-selling fiction and penetrating insight into women's experiences. Many contemporary women writers share the distinction of living in the west, which confers education and new and expanded opportunities along with paradoxical realities of
otherness. The late Buchi Emecheta is an iconic woman writer whose early works chronicle the transformative nature of African diaspora life through a gendered lens. Emecheta's autobiographical accounts of her life in London are vividly captured in her novels
In the Ditch (1972) and
Second Class Citizen (1974). As an important forerunner of African women's writing, her legacy resonates in the literary expression of an entire generation of accomplished and successful women writers from Africa in the global age. A central theme in the literary imagination of female artists is thematic perspectives on the fluid and shifting constructions of African women's identity in the international arena.
The new emphasis on contemporary themes of transnational identity is a compelling subject of debate as scholars and critics of African literature interrogate issues of authenticity, audience, language and market driven forces beyond Africa's borders. Among the constellation of talented writers are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sefi Atta, Chika Unigwe. Aminata Forna, Bernadette Evaristo, Taiye Selasie, Nnedi Okorafor, Jay Bernard, Warsan Shire, Unoma Azuah, No Violet Bulawayo, Yaa Gyasi, Imbola Mbue, and Yaba Badoe among others.
The essays in this volume will explore a range of themes on all aspects of African
women's writing from the diaspora.
Questions to consider are: How does the intersection of race, class and gender influence the identity and status of African women living in the diaspora? How are feminist themes explored in African women's writing outside Africa? What is the relationship between African migrant women and African diaspora populations dispersed through enslavement? How do African women writers explore connections and perceptions of Africa as
homespace? How do women writers project the image of African women in fictional works? How do African female authors interrogate the tensions between African cultural traditions and modernity in western settings? How do African women writers (re) imagine African futures?
How do writers depict African women and sexuality? How do the experiences of African women in the diaspora intersect with females from other diaspora communities?
Topics may explore timely and crucial issues that shape the lives of African women beyond Africa's borders. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following sub-themes:
- Sexual violence
- Women trafficking
- Marriage and Family
- Refugee Status
- LGBT dynamics
- Tradition and Modernity
- Transnational Identity
- Speculative Fiction
- Perceptions of Africa as Homeland
- Human Rights
- War and Conflict
- Coming of Age
250 word abstracts and a 150- word biography are due by January 31, 2018.
They should include: 1. Title, 2. Name, 2.status and institutional affiliation, 3.mailing address,
4. Email contact.
Letters of acceptance will be sent by February 15, 2018.
If accepted, papers will be due by July 31, 2018.
Please send abstracts and inquiries to:
Rose A. Sackeyfio: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor of Dance - Department of Dance - The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Position: Tenure-track position, UNC Charlotte, Department of Dance. Nine-month appointment beginning August 2018.
Primary Responsibilities: Maintain an active research agenda. Teach the Department's arts and society-themed general studies course, dance history, and dance studies. Contribute critical and intercultural perspectives to curriculum planning and revisions. Teach and stage dance forms that support our commitment to diversity and broaden our course offerings. Participate in creating and teach interdisciplinary and honors coursework for the College of Arts and Architecture and the Honors College. Teach other courses in area of expertise. Serve on committees for department, college, and university. Contribute to diversity initiatives.
Degree Required: PhD. in Dance, Dance Studies, or related field preferred; other terminal degree with commensurate experience considered; and significant university teaching experience.
Desirable Additional Experience: Contribute to Dance Education curriculum and/or hold K-12 teaching licensure; teach and use new media technologies; teach large, online, or hybrid classes; interest or experience fostering intercultural relationships with other departments across campus and groups in the community; community-engaged scholarship.
Setting: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university located in one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. It is part of one of the oldest public university systems in the United States. UNC Charlotte offers over 28,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Department: The Department of Dance offers exciting and rigorous approaches to dance in higher education with a commitment to diversity and engagement with dance as cultural practice, art form, and interdisciplinary subject. We have 10 full-time faculty and hire part-time adjuncts, guest artists, and accompanists. There are approximately 90 majors, and the program offers a B.A. degree in Dance with two concentrations: Performance, Choreography, and Theory, and Dance Education. The Department resides within the College of Arts and Architecture, a community of visual & performing artists and design professionals who work in both intellectual and material practices. We maintain relationships with professional companies including Charlotte Ballet. In conjunction with that prestigious company, the Department offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for those specializing in ballet performance. The Department also offers a Certificate in Advanced Dance Studies for students to deepen and focus their study by developing a specialized area of interest and undertaking a final project. Robinson Hall, our state-of-the-art performing facility, includes a generously sized dance studio and a large dance lab/smart classroom fully equipped for performances. The Dance survey course is taught in a multi-media lecture hall. Faculty and guest artist works are regularly performed in the Anne R. Belk Theater, a proscenium-style theater which seats 340. The theater's orchestra, mezzanine, and box seating offer patrons an environment that is both intimate and elegant.
AA/EOE: The Department of Dance is actively seeking to increase the participation of underrepresented faculty and strongly encourages minorities and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Application: Complete application materials include:
- Letter of application addressing qualifications for the position and research agenda
- Current Vita
- Copy of highest degree transcript
- Statement of teaching philosophy and approaches
- Two publication or writing samples
- Three references must each directly mail an original and confidential letter addressing candidate's creative/scholarly work, impact on the field, and teaching potential
Applicants must apply electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu/. Please attach: letter, current vita, transcript, teaching philosophy, and writing samples. The chosen candidate for this position will be required to submit an official transcript of their highest earned degree. References should be sent via U.S. Mail to Gretchen Alterowitz, Search Committee Chair, Department of Dance, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223-001. Please direct electronic inquiries to Gretchen.Alterowitz@uncc.edu. For more information please access: http://coaa.uncc.edu/. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Pan-African Studies Kent Sate University Presents Its Fourth Biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference
"Intersectional Approaches to Survival: Legacies of Resistance"
APRIL 12-13, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Professor Linda James Myers
The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University will hold its fourth biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference on April 12th and 13th, 2018. This year's conference focuses on intersectionalities between approaches to resistance that various communities have historically deployed to confront systemic forms of dominance. At a time when wellness, health, clean environment, and sustainability are as threatened as economic and gender equality, disadvantaged communities of color find themselves uniquely periled by detrimental public policies and social attitudes. In such perilous moments, it becomes imperative to examine the ways in which freedom struggles in the Pan-African world are intersectional with other liberation struggles in which similar and different strategies and legacies of resistance exist. Knowing that resistance and survival often require broad coalitions of experiences among diverse groups, this conference wants to draw on the creative ways in which such approaches have or have not been successful in addressing the predicament of people of African descent. Relying on the insights of both activists and scholars, this conference hopes to encourage crucial exchanges on how various communities choose to resist oppression. In honoring creative approaches to survival and resistance this year's conference will run concurrently with our annual Pan-African Festival, which will take place on April 12-14. The festival activities will include free health and wellness workshops, art exhibitions, live performances, a Black Playwrights Showcase and a Pan-African Vendors Marketplace.
This year's Keynote Speaker will be Professor Linda James Myers, Director of the AAAS Community Extension Center, College of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University. Professor Myers specializes in psychology and culture; moral and spiritual identity development; healing practices and psychotherapeutic processes; and, intersections of race, gender and class. Internationally known for her work in the development of a theory of Optimal Psychology, Dr. Myers has conducted lectures and trainings in England, South Africa, Ghana and Jamaica. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and five books, including: Understanding an Afrocentric World View: Introduction to a Optimal Psychology; and, most recently, co-editor of Recentering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice. Dr. Myers' oneness model of human functioning offers a transdisciplinary focus that builds on insights from the wisdom tradition of African deep thought, and converges with modern physics and Eastern philosophies.
Topics and themes of papers/artistic work will include:
- Legacies of resistance and survival
- Environmental racism
- The Detroit water issue
- Health and wellness
- Food deserts
- Barack Obama's presidency and legacy
- Donald Trump's presidency
- Public policy and black communities
- Police brutality
- The prison industrial complex
- Immigration policy
- Black bodies
- Black sexualities and gender identities
- Suicide in black communities
- Race, class, and gender
- Critical race theory and marginalized communities
- Black art, music, performance, and theatre
We invite abstracts for papers, workshops, panels, video and poetry performances, and other artistic forms that address the above goals and themes. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts should explain the topic, the content, and highlight key discussion points that advance the conference theme of intersectional approaches to survival and legacies of resistance. All abstracts are due November 15, 2017. Please submit a 50-word biography.
For more information about the conference, please contact the Conference Committee electronically (at
) or by mail at: Conference Committee, Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio, USA, 44240.
Tenure-Track Appointment at the Rank of Assistant Professor - The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS) at the University of South Florida
The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS) at the University of South Florida invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning on August 7, 2018.
A Ph.D. in Political Science, Politics or Government with a specialization in Comparative Politics from an accredited institution is required for the position. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in post-colonialism. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate the ability to teach qualitative methods at the graduate level. Applications from ABDs will be considered, but the degree must be conferred by appointment start date. The teaching load is four courses per academic year. Candidates must be able to teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Salary is negotiable. Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (formerly the Department of Government & International Affairs) is a brand new academic unit in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Florida. It consists of four academic programs - Political Science, International Studies, Africana Studies, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies - which act collaboratively to promote global teaching, research, and engagement.
Applications must be submitted through the University of South Florida Employment website: employment.usf.edu (click on Access Careers@USF and choose Faculty as Job Family).
Direct link to posting:
Applicants should attach the following supplemental items to their application: a letter of application; vitae; graduate transcripts; research statement; writing sample of no more than 40 pages; teaching statement; sample syllabi; student evaluations of teaching; and any other evidence of teaching success.All documents must be combined and uploaded as one file. Three letters of recommendation should be sent electronically (to email@example.com) or in hard copy to:
Amy Thomas, Academic Services Administrator
School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave, SOC 107
Tampa, FL 33620
Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access institution. For disability accommodations, contact Amy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org, a minimum of five working days in advance.