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Africana Research Center Director - Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Africana Research Center (ARC).  The position is to be filled at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, effective  July 1, 2018 .  The mission of the ARC is to encourage and support research and scholarship on Africa and its diaspora.  This work includes but is not limited to providing seed grants for research; sponsoring and organizing lectures, panels, and cultural events; running an undergraduate research symposium; and managing a postdoctoral fellows program. For more detail on this mission and on the specific initiatives it has inspired, please visit .  The Director should be prepared not just to oversee the center's current programs and initiatives, but also to work toward building an enterprise that is consistent with the College's aspirations to national leadership and international recognition.  The Dean is prepared to invest in a responsibly ambitious plan for enhancing the center's reputation and increasing its influence and impact.  The Director will lead an interdisciplinary research initiative with existing and potential partnerships across the college and the university.  Accordingly, applicants should have scholarly credentials commensurate with a senior appointment at a major research university, significant administrative experience (or compelling evidence of administrative potential), and a demonstrated facility with collaborative leadership.  The precise area of scholarly specialization is open, but the successful candidate must be conversant with and open to African diasporic and critical race theoretic forms of inquiry, and should be able to align with and build on the College's great strengths in social science research.  The director's tenure home will most likely be in African American studies or African studies, with the possibility of a joint appointment in one or more other units.  The appointment carries with it the obligation of contributing to the research, teaching, and service missions of the home unit.  Interested parties should submit a formal letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references by  October 31, 2017 .  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Apply online at

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Fellowship Programs 2018-2019 - The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 fellowship programs.

Long-term fellowships  are open to post-doctoral scholars studying the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.   Fellows must devote full time to their research projects and participate in the intellectual life of the Program.

Short-term fellowships support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area. The Program is open to doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, and independent researchers studying the slave trade, slavery, abolition, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.

Applications deadline:  December 31, 2017
For more information and to apply click  here .

Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor in African American and African Diasporic Literatures in Department of English at Clemson University 
The Department of English at Clemson University invites applicants for the position of Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor in African American and African Diasporic Literatures, commencing August 2018. We especially seek candidates with research and teaching interests in comparative approaches to literary and cultural studies of the 1920s-present. Applicants should provide evidence of a strong record of publication and a vibrant research agenda as befits an advanced hire if applying as an Advanced Assistant candidate.
The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at all levels of our undergraduate and MA programs, conducting and publishing high quality research of discovery or engagement, and performing university and community-engaged service. Clemson's Department of English offers a BA in English, MAs in English and in Professional Communication, and participates in the interdisciplinary Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design PhD program.
Ph.D. in English, African American Studies, Africana Studies, or closely related discipline required.
Please send a letter of application and a CV through Interfolio. Address questions to Professor Susanna Ashton, Chair ( Applications will be reviewed starting October 2nd, 2017, and continue until the position has been filled. For full consideration, applications must be received by October 2nd, 2017
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

CFP: Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies Kent State 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.

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