CAS News Bulletin: Week of November 28th, 2016
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Timber prepared for transport on the Congo River (July 2010). Photo provided Amanda B. Edgell.
November 28th, 2016

Talks This Week



In this issue:






Awards and Publications


Oumar Ba, PhD Candidate in Political Science, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Science at Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) beginning August 2017. Congrats Oumar!
Please send citations for your recently published articles, book chapters, book reviews, or op-ed pieces to for their inclusion within the news bulletin.


Pre/Postdoctoral Positions at the Max Planck Institute

The Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity will be hiring 4-5 new pre/postdoctoral positions across two broad thematics, one of which focuses on African cities. Though not an absolute limitation, they are particularly interested in individuals working in fracophone and lusophone Africa. Please contact the Max Planck Institute for more information.
The Center for African Studies invites UF faculty, students, alumni, and friends to join us at Duke's Counter (3000 Connecticut Ave NW) on Friday December 2nd from 9pm - midnight. We will have some tables reserved but still plan on taking over the place Gator style!

See you there!
Session Times
Thurs. Dec. 1:
Session I- 8:30-10:15am
Session II- 10:30-12:15pm
Session III- 2:00-3:45pm
Session IV- 4:00-5:45pm

Fri. Dec 2:
Session V- 8:30-10:15am
Session VI- 10:30am-12:15pm
Session VII- 2:00-3:45pm
Session VIII- 4:00-5:45pm

Sat. Dec 3:
Session IX- 8:30-10:15am
Session X- 10:30-12:15pm
Session XI- 2:00-3:45pm
Session XII- 4:00-5:45pm

Current students & faculty
Ba, Oumar VI-N-1. Kenya and the ICC: The Limits of State Compliance
Burgen, Benjamin I-Q-1. Concrete Commitments: The Migrant-Funded Housing Boom in the Rural Senegal River Valley
Bwenge, Charles VI-Q-1. Roundtable: African Languages & African Studies Programs in the US: the making of the 21st century Africanists
Carey, Netty II-H-4. Land Reform in Ghana: Discursive Formations and Their Gendered Consequences
Edgell, Amanda I-H-2. Super-Districts, Constituency Magnitude, and Women's Electoral Performance – the Case of Uganda
Eizenga, Dan XII-H-2. Surviving Democratization: Dominant Party Strategies in the Multi-Party Systems of Burkina Faso and Chad
Elischer, Sebastian XI-H-2. Informal Institutions and Religious Steering in Francophone and Anglophone Africa
Good, Ryan III-L-3. Landscapes of Violence in the Virtual Diasporas of Africa-Set Video Games
Hames, John I-H-5. Language Activism's 'Profit of Distinction': Pulaar Militancy as a Path to Prestige and the Means of Survival
Hunt, Nancy V-F-1, X-G-6. Roundtables
Kane, Abdoulaye X-B-1. Adapting to Uncertainty in the Sahel: The Role of Migrants and Remittances
Lake, Eric IV-N-4. Peacekeepers as Agents of Stability and Instability: The Role of Peacekeeping on Coups and Competitive Elections
Leedy, Todd XI-G-5, XII-Q-1. Racing for Gold: Bicycles and the Mining Industry in South Africa, 1930-60
McKune, Sarah X-B-1. Food Security and Nutrition Among Livestock Holders
McOmber, Chesney I-I-1. The Gendered Politics of Demographic Change: Exploring Male Absence and Political Engagement in Morocco and Kenya
Ostebo, Marit IV-E-2. Scrutinizing Development Models in Ethiopia
Ostebo, Terje IX-J-1. Panel chair
Pukuma, Emily VII-H-1. Democratic Breakdown and Survival: A Tale of Two Transitions in Ghana
Ravary, Riley II-C-1, VII-C-1. Community-Based Conservation in Colonial Kenya: Implications of the Galana Game Management Scheme
Seago, Jessie-Leigh IV-I-2. Constituting Whiteness in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Serra, Renata X-B-1. Panel chair
Soares, Benjamin XII-G-5. Roundtable
Sow, Alioune III-K-1. The Hero in Massa Makan Diabaté's Plays
Yahya Ibrahim, Ibrahim V-G-4, VII-H-3. Jihadism in the North, Islamism in the South: The New Dynamics of Islam and Politics in Mali
Adeeko, Adeleke V-K-1. Conviviality and Loss in Contemporary Fiction of African Immigration
Fridy, Kevin II-H-4, X-H-4. Personality and Political Participation in Ghana
Gennaro, Michael XI-G-5. "The Father of Boxing": Douglas J. Collister, the United Africa Company, and Boxing in Colonial Nigeria
Hanson, Holly IX-G-1. Discussant
Hoon, Parakh VI-E-3. Roundtable
Kirkwood, Meghan II-A-3. Landscape in Mining Images: An Examination of Works by Ilan Godfrey, Thabiso Sekgala, and Jerry Obakeng Gaegane
LeBas, Adrienne IV-E-1, VIII-H-1. Why Persistent Violence? Elite Strategy and the Organizational Roots of Electoral Violence in Africa
Leinweber, Ashley IX-H-1. Maniema's Muslim Borderland: Interaction and Isolation within and Beyond Eastern Congo
M'Cormack-Hale, Fredline II-E-2. Ebola Interventions: Repeating the Mistakes of the Past in Sierra Leone
Marcus, Richard IV-N-4, XII-N-1. Ungoverned Microspaces and the Art of Violence
Marr, Stephen VIII-M-1. Urban Space and Climate Citizenship in Lagos and Kinshasa: Sustainability, Inequality and the New Contours of Exclusion in Urban Africa
Meier, Prita III-O-2. Panel chair
Moyd, Michelle III-Q-2, VI-H-1. Roundtables
Odera, Levy I-E-2. Social Innovation in Kenya: An Examination of Policy Environments and Incentive Structures that Support the Social Innovation Space
Schwartzott, Amy IV-A-1. Estamos Juntos: Associação Núcleo De Arte/We are Together: Association of the Center of Art
Stewart, Kearsley VIII-F-1. Towards an Ethics of the Global Health Image: Images of Hiv/Aids in Africa
Von Doepp, Peter V-H-2, VIII-L-1. Media Collective Action and the Protection of Media Freedoms in Africa

Dr. Anita Spring
Dr. Anita Spring is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Spring first came to UF in 1973 and her research expertise spans a wide variety of subjects including Cultural, Applied, and Medical Anthropology, International Agricultural Development, Food Security, Entrepreneurship and Micro-enterprises, Women/Gender in International Development, Environment and Resource Management, the African Business Environment, China in Africa, Food Security and Sovereignty in Africa, and International and Gendered Land Politics. She has authored 10 books, over 60 peer reviewed articles, monographs, U.N. publications, and more.
Originally trained in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Spring subsequently pursued a M.A. in Anthropology from San Francisco State University working on Native American archeology, families on welfare, and the Washo people. But she also took two courses on Africa and was particularly motivated to switch fields after reading Dr. Victor Turner’s Schism and Continuity in an Africa Society. She was awarded a full fellowship to begin her MA and PhD programs in Anthropology at Cornell University under Dr. Turner’s direction. Dr. Spring’s first trip to Africa was 2-years in Zambia to study the Luvale people.
Since 1970, Dr. Spring has traveled to 20 African countries to conduct research, present papers conferences, and carry out consultancies. In addition to her work as Professor at UF, she served as Associate Chair of the Anthropology Department (1979-1981, 1983-1984, 1993-1994) and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1985-1988). She has also held prominent appointments with USAID as Chief of Party in Malawi and other consultancies in Sub-Saharan Africa and with FAO as Chief of Women in Agriculture and Rural Production during her career. Dr. Spring retired in 2009 but is active in the academic and UF communities, including as Director of the Sub-Saharan Business Environment Report (2010-2014) and through publishing at least 2 books and several articles as an Emeritus Professor. She served as President of Culture and Agriculture and the Association of Africanist Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association giving the 2016 Distinguished Lecture on November 17 entitled “Successes and Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship: From Micro to Large Scale Enterprises”.
She and colleagues at the Center for African Studies (Agnes Leslie, Michael Leslie, Lina Benabdallah) are funded for the Working Group on China in Africa and held an international conference in 2015 and plan another in April 2017).

Graduate Student Spotlight

Werede Hagos is a MA student in African Archaeology and Amharic language instructor at the University of Florida. His studies involve the prehistory of East Africa, with a special focus on the Central Highlands of Eritrea, Northern Ethiopia, and Somalia. He holds his first degree from the University of Asmara, Eritrea, and he is one of the first archaeologists in the country. While at the University of Asmara, he participated in research and documentation of Ona sites (sites located in the central highlands of Eritrea).

During this study, Hagos and his colleagues documented thousands of archaeological sites which dated 2800 years BP.  He was a graduate assistant while at the University of Asmara, and worked in the National Museum of Eritrea and Ministry of Tourism. In 2007, Hagos published a chapter, “The role of Ona sites in the development of the Eritrean Tourism Industry: An Insider’s Perspective” in The Archaeology of Ancient Eritrea (2007. Eds. Peter R. Schmidt, Matthew C. Curtis and Zelalem Teka). Currently, he is working on Eritrean archaeology and an analysis of Somalian prehistoric pottery.
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