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Open Rank Professor, 19th Century French Studies - French and Italian Department - Vanderbilt University

The French and Italian Department at Vanderbilt University invites applications for an open-rank professor  of nineteenth-century French Studies. Evidence of scholarly excellence is required; research interests  and discipline are open. We especially welcome applications from candidates with interests and  expertise in the Francophone world, French cultural politics, and French romanticism in any of its  varieties and forms. Relevance of research to Vanderbilt's Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern  French Studies and the HervĂ© Vilez Verlaine Collection is welcomed but not required. Senior applicants  will be expected to assume active leadership in the unit. Junior applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by  August 2017. For initial application, please submit a cover letter detailing relevant research, teaching  and administrative experience and curriculum vitae to Junior  candidates should include three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on October 15,  2016 and continue until position is filled. Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining  an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and  members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an  Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Moscow Conference of Africanists

Dear Colleagues,

On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 14th African Studies Conference titled "Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions." The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.
The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference's umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is December 1, 2016. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)' full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.
The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.

Centre for Information and International Relations
Institute for African Studies
Russian Academy of Sciences

tel. (+7 495) 690 2752
fax. (+7 495) 697 1954

Call for Papers The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (CAATP)
Edited by Kathy A. Perkins, Sandra L. Richards,
Renee Alexander Craft, and Thomas F. DeFrantz
CAATP will provide an overview of the field that links historical events to contemporary production. More than ten years have passed since the publication of important texts such as A History of African American Theatre (Hill and Hatch). CAATP will differ from earlier works as well as from more recent, theoretically-oriented guides in the following ways:
  • It is written to engage a readership of undergraduates, early career graduate students, practitioners, and audience members.
  • It includes topics overlooked in other volumes, such as the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); the work of designers, technicians, and choreographers; theatres in prisons; and contemporary African diaspora residents in the United States.
  • It examines some of the labor and economic issues that make African American theatre possible across historical time.
  • And, it focuses on performances like stepping and marching bands as well as rituals and festivals, thereby allowing readers to perceive fluid relationships between written texts and non-written enactments.
Breakdown of Manuscript
  • General Introduction by the editors
  • Chronological timeline focusing on key events and artists
  • Multiple sections, each preceded by a short overview
  • 35-45 essays ranging from 2000 to 4000 words in length
  • 15-18 practitioner interviews ranging from 3000-3500 words

Authors are invited to submit an abstract, due no later than October 3, 2016


Each proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include: title of paper; abstract (250 words); author's affiliation(s) and email address; and keywords (four to five words).
Suggested Categories and Essay Topics
The topics listed below are suggestive rather than prescriptive. Interested authors are encouraged to suggest other topics.
  • Dr. Anne Cooke and HBCUs
  • Training of African Americans at HBCUs
  • Training of African Americans at predominantly white institutions
  • Black Dance Companies
  • Festivals: National Black Theatre Festival; The New Black Fest; Gullah Festival; Black Arts Festival; D.C. Black Theatre Festival
Popular Theatre
  • Vaudeville
  • Musicals: Pioneers; mid-20th century; Contemporary
  • Anita Bush and the Lafayette Players
  • Choreographers; Musical Biographies
  • Chitlin Circuit
Seeing Ourselves Onstage
  • African Grove Theatre, Performing Respectability: The Fisk Jubilee Singers and Hampton University Jubilee Singers, W.E.B. DuBois, The Little Theatre Movement, Anti-lynching Dramas, The Federal Theatre Project, American Negro Theatre and other companies
  • Opera
  • Feminist Dramas: Early Black Women Playwrights, Contemporary playwrights,
  • Black Arts Movement of the 1960s - Negro Ensemble Company (NEC), Amiri Baraka, Woodie King, Jr., Barbara Ann Teer, Robert Macbeth, Hazel Bryant, eta Creative Arts, Free Southern Theatre, Inner City Cultural Center, etc.; Black Theatre and Black Studies
  • Regional Spotlights: Black theatre in Chicago, Los Angeles, D.C., New Orleans, St. Louis
  • Muslims in Theatre
  • Black Queer Theatre
  • Hip Hop Theatre
  • Theatre and Prisons
Experimentation with Form
  • Black Directors and Designers: Geoffrey Holder, Vinnette Carroll, George Wolfe
  • Ntozake Shange and the choreopoem
  • Afrocentric Acting
  • One-person shows: Robbie McCauley, Lori Carlos, Whoopi Goldberg, Anna Deavere Smith; Post Anna Deavere Smith generation: Sarah Jones, Daniel Beaty
  • Jazz Theatre - Omi Osun Jones
  • Suzan-Lori Parks, Tarell Alvin McCraney
  • New Media, New Content (Queer pilots for Open TV)
Beyond the Nation
  • Performing Abroad: Ira Aldridge; Abolitionist drama; Mid-twentieth century; Contemporary
  • Post 1970s Diaspora communities in the US
  • African American theatre in Canada, UK, etc.
  • Imported from abroad: Black Brits, Africans onstage
African American Performance
  • Mardi Gras Indians, Carnival, etc.
  • Universoul (Black Circus)
  • Stand-up Comedy
  • Dance Theatre
  • African American Concert Dance
  • Social Dance & Community Building: Break Dancing, Clowning, Krumping; Stepping and Marching Bands; Rites of Passage, The MAAFA; Ballroom, Voguing, and Drag; Praise and Liturgical Dance
Practitioners Speak on the Labor of Making Performances or the Business of the Business
This section will include historical interviews in addition to current practitioners
  • Producers, Theatre Managers, Choreographers, Directors, Designers, Critics

Asst. Professor of Sociology, USF

The Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a 9 month, full-time and tenure-earning, Assistant Professor position to begin fall of 2017.
PhD in Sociology is required.  Applications from individuals who are ABD will be accepted, but the degree must be conferred by appointment start date. Preference will be given to applicants whose research focus includes Global Health, Immigration, and/or Race/Ethnicity, who have a proven record or potential of obtaining external funding, and who have worked with diverse student bodies.
Salary is negotiable. To Apply, please visit and attach: a cover letter (addressed to Elizabeth Aranda, Search Committee Chair); CV, including the names and contact information for three references; teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy and evidence of successful teaching; and a writing sample. Review of applications will begin promptly on October 14 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 25 research university among public institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.
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 Fransheska Andaluz at (813) 974-2893, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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