Timber prepared for transport on the Congo River (July 2010). Photo provided Amanda B. Edgell.
November 28th, 2016
Talks This Week
No Talks- ASA THIS WEEK!
In this issue:
· AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
· PRE/POST DOCS @ MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE
· UF AT ASA
· EMERITUS FACULTY SPOTLIGHT- Dr. Anita Spring
· GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT- Werede Hagos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
UF ASA PARTY
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!
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
Alumni 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
EMERITUS FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
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.