June 2007

Catherine Boone (*), Professor of Government at University of Texas at Austin and past Treasurer and 2005-2006 President of the West African Research Association (WARA, at http://www.africa.ufl.edu/WARA/), received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) research fellowship for 2006-2007 for research on land-related conflict and electoral politics in sub-Saharan Africa. She published “Africa’s New Territorial Politics: Regionalism and the Open Economy in Côte d’Ivoire,” African Studies Review, 50/1 (April 2007): 59-81. In today’s ‘open economy’, she argues, the forms of national integration achieved during the era of state-led development are difficult to sustain. The new territorial politics that has emerged in their place involves consolidating power within sub-units of the state, reordering relations among them, enforcing political control within communities and restructuring rural property rights.

René Lemarchand (*) was invited to give a public lecture at Manhattan College (NY) on “The Rwanda Genocide and the Politics of Memory”, and another at the London School of Economics on February 19. Earlier, he had presented a paper on “Genocide, Memory and Ethnic Reconciliation” at the Cardoso Law Center on November 4, and served as discussant at the conference on “Pratiques de sauvetage en situations génocidaires” organized by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP-Paris) in December. His report to the Swiss Peace Foundation on “Burundi’s Endangered Transition” appeared in November 2006. His article on “Consociationalism and Power Sharing in Africa: Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo” appeared in African Affairs, 106/422 (January 2007), pp. 1-20.

L’entretien d‘Achille Mbembe (*) avec Célestin Monga (*) sur le thème: “Comment penser l’Afrique ? De la famille africaine, des artistes, des intellectuels, de la critique et des évolutions de la creation” (publié à l’origine le 4 mai 2006 dans Le Messager, quotidien paraissant à Douala) est accessible sur le site d’Africulture à l’adresse: http://www.africultures.com/index.asp?menu=affiche_article&no=4406

Fallou Ngom (*), who will be joining the faculty of the African Studies Center at Boston University, has published his study of Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in the series Studies in Sociolinguistics (Munich: Lincoln Europa Academic Publishers, 2006; 198 pp. ISBN: 389 5863548). His paper on Loan Words in the Senegalese Speech Community: Their linguistic features and sociolinguistic significance appeared in Language and Communication, Tome 1 (2006), pp.103-113. He also presented a paper titled: Popular Culture in Senegal: Blending the secular and the religious at the conference on Popular Culture in Africa held on March 30-April 1 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Douglas A. Yates (*) contributed a chapter on “Chinese Oil Interests in Africa” (pp. 219-237) to the volume edited by Garth le Pere: “China in Africa: Mercantilist predator, or partner in development?” (Midrand, South Africa : Institute for Global Dialogue / Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2007; 287 pp. – ISBN:1919697969,h). He also published an article titled: “The Scramble for African Oil” in The South African Journal of International Affairs issue devoted to “China in Africa” (Vol. 13.1:Summer/Autumn 2006). In addition to his other teaching commitments, Yates, who is now on the faculty of the American Graduate School of International Relations & Diplomacy (ASGIRD) based in the Alliance Française Building, 101 boulevard Raspail, in Paris, has been instrumental in convening a three-day session of the International Political Science Association’s (IPSA) Research Committee #49 on “Socialism, Capitalism, and Democracy”. The meeting, titled “Empires: Cultural, Political, Economic” is being held July 11-13 in the ASGIRD building. The conference program can be accessed at: http://www.agsird.edu/IPSAConference-DetailedSchedule.htm.

Meanwhile, Douglas Yates has been taking part in some of the debates organized by the new 24/7 French news channel “France 24” (also on the Web at http://www.france24.com/france24Public/fr/nouvelles/monde.html). On 17 April, he joined a debate on “Port d’armes : l’exception américaine” and, on June 28, he joined in a roundtable discussion titled “Distrusting the USA”. These programs can be watched at the following URLs: http://www.france24.com/france24Public/fr/archives/debata/2007/Avril/ 20070417-Debat-port-arme-exception-americaine.html http://www.france24.com/france24Public/en/archives/talk/20070628-Debate-usa-france-distrusting.html.

Timothy W. Docking (*) continues, until further notice, to work at the Millennium Challenge Corporation as a senior adviser to the MCC’s CEO. In May, his work took him on a 2-week trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, and to Armenia and Georgia.

John F. Clark (*) has contributed an article titled “The Decline of the African Military Coup” to the Journal of Democracy, vol. 17, no.3 (July 2007), pp. 141-155.

Claude Sumata (*) will present a paper on “Governance and Mining” on a panel devoted to Mining, Regulation & the State during the conference on “The State, Mining and Development in Africa” to be held 13 &14 September 2007 at the University of Leeds, and organized by Leeds University Centre for African Studies & The Review of African Political Economy.

(*) Names listed in the GRAF Directory / Noms figurant l’annuaire du GRAF


We invite paper proposals for the biennial conference of The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) to be held at Georgetown University, Washington, DC on February 22-23, 2008. FEEGI, an AHA affiliate, is an international organization of scholars dedicated to encouraging scholarship and collaboration across the boundaries of national histories and disciplinary frameworks. To facilitate this, all sessions at FEEGI meetings are usually plenary.

For the 2008 conference, work that engages the theme of “empire and identity” is especially encouraged. We will consider individual proposals on any theme in the fields of European expansion or global interaction during the early modern period, broadly defined as the fourteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century. Panels are welcome, but may be re-organized to fit a larger program organized thematically in order to encourage comparative thinking outside the bounds of regional histories. FEEGI will provide partial subsidy to a limited number of graduate student presenters.

Proposals should include a 250-word abstract of the paper and an abbreviated c.v. Electronic submissions are preferred, and attachments should be in MS Word .doc format. Those who prefer a hard-copy submission must provide four (4) copies of the abstract and c.v. Proposals must be received by 15 August 2007.

Paper proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Prof. Marjoleine Kars, < kars@umbc.edu > or to: Dept. of History: 713 Administration Building, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.
For more information about FEEGI, including programs from past conferences, visit our website at http://feegi.org.

Andreas Eckert (*) has published an article titled “Useful Instruments of Participation? Local Government and Cooperatives in Tanzania, 1940s to 1970s” in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 40, Number 1, (2007), pp.97-118


Brussels, Thursday 27 – Friday 28 SEPTEMBER 2007

The Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the Royal Museums of Art and History, is organizing an international symposium devoted to “Expressions of Traditional Wisdom” of cultures from “overseas”, i.e., Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas including the ancient civilizations of these continents.

The notion of “wisdom” in the sense of practical wisdom has entered Western civilization through biblical texts. In the Hellenic experience this kind of wisdom received a more structural character in the form of philosophy. In this sense philosophy also reflects one of the expressions of traditional wisdom.

The following themes have been retained: Expressions of Traditional Wisdom in:

1. Religion
2. Philosophy
3. Gender Studies
4. The Afterlife
5. Family Life
6. Justice
7. Education
8. Power/Authority Politics
9. Contemporary Literature
10. Material Culture
11. Linguistics
12. Health

For information: Prof. Dr Danielle Swinne, Permanent Secretary, Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences
rue Defacqz 1/3 B- 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: (0032) 2 538 02 11 – Fax: (0032) 2 539 23 53 – E-mail: kaowarsom@skynet.be

Christopher Fomunyoh (*) a pris part, en tant que directeur de la région “Afrique” du National Democratic Institute (NDI), à l’observation des elections nigérianes. A cette occasion, il a séjourné au Cameroun, son pays natal, où il a reçu le titre de Sou Foo dans une chefferie supérieure à Dschang, dans l’Ouest du pays. Il s’est également prêté à un long entretien avec le journaliste Alain B. Batongué. Cette interview a été publiée dans l’édition du 16 mai du journal Mutations, qui paraît à Yaoundé. Le texte de cet entretien est disponible sur demande adressée au GRAF.

Achille Mbembe (*) will participate in the 4th annual Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT), an intensive two-week summer program offered by the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) on the campus of the University of California at Irvine August 6-17, 2007. Neither an introductory survey nor an advanced research seminar, SECT functions as a ‘laboratory’ where participants at all levels of experience can study with scholars at the leading edge of creative theoretical thought. The hallmark of SECT is its attention to both ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ modes of contemporary critical theory. The fourth annual SECT, “Cartographies of the Theological-Political”, will critically re-think religio-theological strains within disparate traditions of political thought. For more information, go to : www.uchri.org

Bogumil Jewsiewicki (*) will appear as commentator in a session on “The re-emergence of the memory of slavery and slave trade” chaired by Myriam Cottias (Universite des Antilles et Guyane, CNRS, France), as part of the workshop titled:”Living history: Encountering the memory of the heirs of slavery” to be held during the 122nd meeting of the American Historical Association scheduled to take place in Washington D.C on 3 – 6 January 2008. That workshop is being co-sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples (York University) and by the Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire comparree de la memoire, (Universite Laval) held by Bogumil Jewsiewicki. Participants in the session include Ibrahima Thioub and Ibrahima Seck -both from Universite Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) of Dakar, Senegal, Benigna Zimba (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique) and Christine Chivallon (CNRS, France).

Marc Michel (*) a co-présidé l’atelier “Passés Coloniaux, États et Sociétes impériales” lors du colloque international “L’Europe face à son passé colonial – Histoire, mémoire et débats publics contemporains: Approches comparatives” organisé par Olivier Dard (Université Paul Verlaine, Metz) et Daniel Lefeuvre (Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis), en partenariat avec la revue Études coloniales, tenu à Metz les 25, 26 et 27 avril 2007. Il y a également présenté une communication intitulée “Soldats africains de l’armée française : mémoires et débats” dans le cadre de l’atelier “Constructions et diffusions des mémoires des passés coloniaux”.

Information de la revue Lusotopie

La revue Lusotopie a le plaisir d’annoncer qu’est désormais disponible sur son site l’intégralité du Volume XI, 2004 (Paris, Karthala) -Thème principal : “Médias, pouvoir et identités” Accès libre et gratuit aux résumés trilingues
(fr., port., angl.) et aux textes intégraux: www.lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/somma2004.html.

Depuis 2005, Lusotopie est devenue semestrielle, et est dorénavant publiée chez Brill (Leyde, Boston, ISSN: 1257-0273). Les résumés trilingues des volumes restent disponibles sur le site : www.lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/sommaire.html.

Les textes intégraux des articles sont diffusés par la base de données Ingenta : www.ingentaconnect.com.

Volume XII (1-2), 2005 – Thème principal : “Genre et rapports sociaux”
Texte intégral : www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/luso/2005/00000012/f0020001.

Volume XIII (1), Mai 2006 – Thème principal : “Périphéries des villes, périphéries du monde”
Texte intégral : www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/luso/2006/00000013/f0020001.

Volume XIII (2), Novembre 2006 – Thème principal : “Le politique par le bas”
Texte intégral : www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/luso/2006/00000013/f0020002.

Prochaines parutions :
– Le thème principal du volume XIV (1), à paraître en mai 2007, est “Islam en lusophonies”.
– Le thème principal du volume XIV (2), à paraître en novembre 2007, est “L’économie politique du Brésil de Lula”.

@ Lusotopie is pleased to announce the free access on its website of the entire following issue :
Volume XI, 2004 (Paris, Karthala) – Main topic: « Media, power and identities » Free access both to the trilingual abstracts (fr., port., engl.) and the full text: www.lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/somma2004.html.

Since 2005, Lusotopie became bi-annual and is now published by Brill (Leiden, Boston, ISSN 1257-0273). The trilingual abstracts of all issues are still available on our website: www.lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/sommaire.html,and full text is provided by Ingenta www.ingentaconnect.com.

Volume XII (1-2), 2005, Main topic: “Gendered social relationships”
Full text: www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/luso/2005/00000012/f0020001.

Volume XIII (1), Maiy2006, Main topic: “Urban peripheries, global peripheries”
Full text: www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/luso/2006/00000013/f0020001.

Volume XIII (2), November 2006, Main topic: “Politics from below”
Full text: www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/luso/2006/00000013/f0020002.

Forthcoming issues:
– Volume XIV (1) [to be published in May 2007]: “Islam in Portuguese-speaking areas”.
– Volume XIV (2) [to be published in November 2007]: “Political economy of Lula’s Brazil”.

Michel Cahen (*) Contact : <info.lusotopie@sciencespobordeaux.fr>

Edmond Kwam Kouassi (*) a fait paraître un article intitulé «L’Afrique à la recherche d’une capacité de pacification continentale» dans la Revue de l’Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (RUCAO) n° 27. L’auteur est 1er Vice-Doyen de la Faculté de Droit de l’UCAO/UUA, à Abidjan. Le texte de cet article est disponible sur demande adressée au GRAF.

Robert Kappel (*) and Esther K. Ishengoma jointly contributed a section titled “Formalising Informal Firms: What can be done?” in the March 2007 issue of Poverty in Focus (“Analysing and achieving Pro-Poor Growth”) published by the International Poverty Centre (http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/), a joint project between the United Nations Development Program and the Brazilian Government to promote South-South Cooperation on applied poverty research.

This issue can be accessed at http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCPovertyInFocus10.pdf.

This is a call for papers for Africana Linguistica, n°XIV (2008) Authors are invited to submit original research contributions before February 1, 2008.

Africana Linguistica is a journal dedicated to the study of African languages with special focus on Bantu. The journal welcomes original descriptive, historical and typological papers in phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology and semantics. Contributions on poorly documented and described languages or lesser known language areas as well as those trying to integrate linguistics into interdisciplinary approaches of the African past are highly appreciated. Fellow researchers from Africa are especially encouraged to contribute.

Africana Linguistica is a peer-reviewed and internationally oriented journal. In harmony with the editorial policy of the RMCA, all contributions are submitted to at least two anonymous peer-reviewers. The editorial team is reinforced by a national committee of associate editors, affiliated to several Belgian universities, and an international editorial board of renowned experts in African linguistics.

Africana Linguistica accepts papers in English and French. Authors are requested to strictly follow the guidelines specified in the journal’s stylesheet (see website). Contributions should be submitted before February 1st to be considered for publication in the same year, both electronically in rtf-format and preferably also in pdf-format to : <africana.linguistica@africamuseum.be> and in hard copy to : Africana Linguistica, RMCA, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium.

Ceci est un appel à contribution pour Africana Linguistica, n°XIV (2008). Les auteurs sont invités à soumettre des articles de recherche originale avant le 1e février 2008.

Africana Linguistica est un périodique axé sur l’étude des langues africaines, sans exclusive, mais avec un intérêt particulier pour les langues bantu et celles des groupes linguistiques qui leurs sont apparentés. Les contributions originales, tant en linguistique descriptive qu’en linguistique historique et typologique, sur des aspects aussi divers que la phonétique/phonologie, la morphologie, la syntaxe, la lexicologie et la sémantique, sont les bienvenues. Celles qui portent sur des langues peu documentées, sont tout particulièrement appréciées ainsi que celles qui cherchent à intégrer la linguistique dans des approches interdisciplinaires de l’histoire africaine. Nos collègues d’Afrique sont vivement encouragés à soumettre leurs travaux.

Africana Linguistica se veut un journal d’envergure internationale avec procédure de peer-review. Conformément à la politique éditoriale du MRAC, chaque contribution est soumise anonymement à deux experts extérieurs. L’équipe rédactionnelle est soutenue par un comité d’éditeurs associés, issus de diverses universités belges, ainsi que par un comité scientifique international composé de linguistes africanistes de renom.

Les contributions peuvent être soumises en anglais ou en français. Les auteurs sont priés de respecter scrupuleusement les recommandations de mise en forme (voir site web). En cas d’acceptation, les articles soumis avant le 1 février de chaque année seront publiés dans le courant de la même année. Ils peuvent nous être adressés, tant par courrier électronique (formats rtf et de préférence aussi pdf) à l’adresse <africana.linguistica@africamuseum.be> que par la poste, en version papier, à l’adresse: Africana Linguistica, MRAC, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgique.

More info Plus d’infos: http://www.africamuseum.be/publications/journals/AfricanaLinguistica

Koen Bostoen, Baudouin Janssens & Jacky Maniacky (éditeurs) – Muriel Garsou (assistante de rédaction)

Le nouveau service “France 24” (L’actualité internationale 24h/24) comporte une section “Afrique” que l’on peut visiter sur le site: http://www.france24.com/france24Public/fr/nouvelles/afrique.html (NB: versions anglaise et arabe disponibles).

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La dernière édition de l’annuaire du GRAF qui contient les noms, adresses, numéros de téléphone, de télécopieur et de courrier électronique des membres du GRAF, ainsi que ceux des participants aux colloques de 1994 et de1997 peut être dès à présent commandée au prix de US$3.00 (frais d’envoi compris) de la même façon que les autres publications du GRAF.

Copies of the latest edition of the GRAF Directory, listing names, addresses, phone, fax & e-mail number of GRAF affiliates and participants in the October 1994 and May 1997 conferences can be purchased for US$3.00 per unit (postage included) through the same procedure as other GRAF publications.

(*) Names listed in the GRAF Directory / Noms figurant à l’annuaire du GRAF

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