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Breaking Ground: Black British Writers US Tour at ASWAD 2015
Free and Open to All Conference Registrants
Friday November 6th
Pre-Performance Reception: 6PM North Campus Room 110A
Performance: 7PM North Campus Room 110B and C
Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions presents this very special event featuring some of Britain's most exciting literary talents. At this moment in the twenty-first century,  Breaking Ground represents a thoughtful and imaginative way of presenting a positive Black British experience based on a spirit of collaboration and exchange. The ten tour writers are: Diran Adebayo, Jay Bernard, Bernardine Evaristo, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Colin Grant, Nick Makoha, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Johny Pitts, Roger Robinson and Warsan Shire.
For more information about the Tour: http://www.speaking-volumes.org.uk/


Assistant Professor of Sociology or Anthropology and Southern Studies

University of Mississippi-The Department of Sociology and Anthropology (www.olemiss.edu/depts/soc_anth/) and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/) invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sociology or Anthropology with a joint appointment in Southern Studies starting Fall 2016. We seek an anthropologist or sociologist of proven teaching and research ability in the areas of race and ethnicity whose work has relevance for understanding the experiences of African Americans in the contemporary U.S. South, and possibly connections to the broader African diaspora. Both the Sociology and Anthropology programs and the Southern Studies program offer B.A. and M.A. degrees. While tenure and promotion reside in Sociology and Anthropology, teaching and service responsibilities will be divided between The Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Candidates will teach introductory, upper division, and graduate courses in their disciplines and in Southern Studies. Ph.D. (or advanced ABD status) is required at the time of application. Candidates should have an active program of scholarly research involving fieldwork or other qualitative methods; an interdisciplinary perspective; and a strong commitment to excellence in the classroom. Interested candidates should apply online at https://jobs.olemiss.edu by submitting their curriculum vitae, letter of interest, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and outline of research program. Use the appropriate links to attach these materials to the on-line application. We will contact candidates at a later date to request three confidential letters of recommendation and a writing sample. For more information, contact Dr. Kirk Johnson, Search Committee Chair, c/o The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lamar 510, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848; kjohnson@olemiss.edu. The position will be open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.


Assistant Professor, East Africa/The Horn of Africa

Joint appointment: Department of African American & African Studies and TBD Department

The Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in African Studies with specializations in East Africa and/or the Horn of Africa to begin Fall 2016. This position will be a joint appointment between AA&AS and one of the following units in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA)-History, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography.

Established in 1969, AA&AS is a distinct academic unit in CLA. Interdisciplinary in its approach to teaching and learning, AA&AS students are exposed to a wide range of ways of knowing that are fashioned out of the rigorous study of Africans, African Americans, and African descended people in society, history, culture, literature and arts. Moreover, a number of scholars and students in collaborating units are all advancing cutting-edge scholarship in African studies, and these units' graduate programs are top-ranked. This joint appointment promises to buoy the African Studies Initiative currently underway within CLA and beyond.


Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year. Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and university policy. This position will be a joint appointment with the tenure home decided by the chosen candidate in consultations with the chairs of the two departments and the appropriate dean(s). The candidate will be expected to contribute approximately 50% work effort to each unit.

The ideal candidate will be a broadly trained comparativist in African Studies, particularly in one or more of the following areas: political violence, conflict and conflict resolution, gender, familial, and community relations, environment, health, migration, religion, international security, post-conflict governance and institution-building, history and prehistory, historical memory, and colonialism and postcolonialism. The candidates must be grounded in a discipline with a focus on Africa and the ability to work across disciplines. Ethnographically-grounded research is also welcomed.

The selected candidate must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. The candidates must have an established record of interdisciplinary scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate education, and demonstrated commitments to bring the study of East Africa and/or the Horn of Africa to the local and global communities of the African Diaspora through collaborative and community-engaged work, all the while advancing cutting-edge scholarship.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at https://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/. Instructions: click the "external applicants" link on the left column and enter Job ID 305370. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach (1) A cover letter and (2) A curriculum vitae. Once this step is complete, please add additional materials by accessing the "My Activities" page and uploading: (3) One article-length writing sample or the equivalent; (4) Brief statement of teaching philosophy to show evidence of teaching effectiveness; (5) Brief statement of public engagement to show evidence of commitment to collaborative and community engaged work; and (6) two sample syllabi.

In addition to the required documents submitted through the U of M employment system, applicants are also asked to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed separately to aaashire@umn.edu. Applications are considered complete when all materials, including letters of recommendation, have been received. Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date. Review of complete applications will begin on December 7, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. For the question about the position or the application process, please contact the Department of African American & African Studies at (612) 624-9847.


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