September 2004

Douglas Yates (*) contributed a paper on “Changing Patterns of Foreign Direct Investment in the Oil Economies of the Gulf of Guinea” in a volume he co-edited with Rudolf Traub-Merz, titled “Oil Policy in the Gulf of Guinea: Security & Conflict, Economic Growth, Social Development” . The book represents the proceedings of a conference held October 1-3, 2003 in Yaounde under the auspices of the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung’s Division for International Development Cooperation (Africa Department). The conference was attended by 78 participants including representatives from a variety of governmental and international agencies, NGOs and corporate entities, as well as academics. The volume (ISBN 3-89892-270-7; 216 pp.) can be obtained from the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, 149 Godesberger Allee, D-53170 Bonn, and can also be accessed online from the foundation’s website http://library.fes.de/fulltext/iez/02115-inf.htm . Yates also published a long review of Leo Panitch & Colin Leys (eds.), The New Imperial Challenge: Socialist Register 2004 in the September 2004 issue of the journal New Political Science.

Claude Wauthier (*) a publié des compte-rendus des livres de Patrick de Saint-Exupéry, “L’Inavouable: La France au Rwanda” ( Paris: Les Arènes, 2004; 289 pages) et de Jean Hatzfeld, “Une Saison de machettes” (Paris: Le Seuil, 2004 ) dans les numéros de juillet et d’août du Monde Diplomatique, respectivement.

Max Liniger-Goumaz (*) vient de publier aux Éditions du Temps, à Genève, le volume XIII de la Bibliografia general de Guinea Ecuatorial. Les 384 pages de ce volume recensent 6 202 nouvelles références indexées sous quatre rubriques. La somme bibliographique ainsi accumulée s’élève maintenant à 43 203 titres. Pour commander cette dernière livraison, don’t le prix est de 50 SFr., on peut s’adresser aux Éditions du Temps, La Place, 1308-La Chaux (Suisse). Sous la plume de Serge Enderlin, le quotidien genevois Le Temps (à ne pas confondre avec la maison d’édition mentionnée ci-dessus) consacre d’ailleurs, dans son numéro du 6 août 2004, un article à l’oeuvre de Liniger-Goumaz, qu’il qualifie de “mémoire vivante de la Guinée équatoriale”, ce “tout petit pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, si méconnu qu’il faudrait un vrai exalté pour compiler les informations à son sujet et les partager.”

Dominique Darbon (*), Comi Toulabor (*), Patrick Quantin (*), René Otayek (*) et d’autres membres du CEAN de Bordeaux ont participé, en collaboration avec le Centre d’Études africaines de Paris (EHESS/CNRS) et sous les auspices de l’Association pour la diffusion de la pensée française (ADPF) du ministère français des Affaires étrangères, à la publication d’un important outil de recherche intitulé “Perspectives Sud”. Celui-ci se présente sous la forme d’un volume de 351 pages doublé d’un CD-Rom porteur de la même information. Les données sont présentées en trois parties: la Bibliothèque des Afriques d’aujourdhui ; une Bibliothèque du développement au XXIe siècle et une Bibliothèque des sources d’information qui recense, par pays, une centaine d’organismes privés ou publics, du Nord ou du Sud, jouant un rôle important dans les secteurs de l’information sur le développement. Les données figurant dans ces trois parties sont indexées soit par auteur, soit par mots-clés, soit par sigle ou par pays. Pour obtenir cet ouvrage (ISBN 2-914935-02-1), on peut s’adresser à l’APDF, 6 rue Ferrus, 75683 Paris Cedex, ou consulter le site: www.ad pf.asso.fr . L’entiéreté des informations reprises dans l’ouvrage est, par ailleurs, directement accessible à partir du site: http://perspectivessud.sciencespobordeaux.fr/www/index.htm

Agalega, a dependency of Mauritius that is off-limits without government permission, is the subject of an article by William Miles (*) in the Wilson Quarterly published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Entitled “Destination Paradise”, it appeared in the Summer 2004 issue (28:3) of that quarterly.

Célestin Monga (*) exprime ses questions, critiques et positions sur son pays natal dans un entretien avec Patrice Nganang sous le titre : “Pour une société civile forte et dynamique” paru dans le numéro 60 (septembre 2004) de la revue Africulture intitulé: ” Cameroun : la culture sacrifiée” .La revue est publiée à Paris, aux Éditions L’Harmattan [ISBN: 2-7475-6522-X; 248 pages] mais les articles peuvent être acquis séparément, au prix de € 1,25 sur le site d’ Africulture : http://www.africultures.c o m/index.asp?menu=revue_sommaire&no_dossier=60

L’ouvrage de Philippe Hugon (*) ” L’Économie de l’Afrique (4e édition française) a été traduit en anglais et vient de sortir de presse en Afrique du Sud aux Éditions Protea.

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

Roy May (*) and Simon Massey have given a paper “Dallas to Doba: The Consequences of Oil Exploitation for Chad” , to the African Studies Association of the UK Biennial Conference, Goldsmiths College, University of London, September 2004. They will also be presenting a paper, “Petrol, power and politics: a new era for Chad” , at the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Annual Conference ['African Renewal, African Renaissance: New Perspectives on Africa's Past and Africa's Present'] held at the University of Western Australia, 26-28 November 2004.

Odile Cazenave (*) will be associated with Boston University’s African Studies Center this year, as she joins the department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures as a Visiting Scholar during the first semester, and as a Visiting Associate Professor for the Spring semester. Her latest book, ” Afrique sur Seine, Une nouvelle génération de romanciers africains à Paris ,” has been published in Paris by L’Harmattan, 2004 (311 pages, € 25,50). She discusses that book with Africulture ‘s literary editor Boniface Mongo-Mboussa in an interview that can be accessed at: http://www.africultures.com/index.asp?menu=revue_affiche_article&no=3273&rech=1

Luc Sindjoun (*) a dirigé la publication de l’ouvrage collectif “Comment peut-on être opposant au Cameroun? : Politique parlementaire et politique autoritaire” , auquel il a également apporté une introduction (“L’opposition au Cameroun, un nouveau jeu politique parlementaire”) ainsi que le premier chapitre (“Ce que s’opposer veut dire: L’économie des échanges politiques”). Publié en décembre 2003 par le CODESRIA, cette étude est d’actualité dans un continent où la dictature a pu développer de multiples façons de co-opter, de neutraliser et de contrecarrer les formes d’opposition politiques afin d’institutionnaliser son désintéressement et son impunité devant les attentes du peuple. Bien que, comme l’a une nouvelle fois démontré l’élection présidentielle d’octobre 2004, les partis d’opposition au Cameroun aient manifestement échoué à construire l’unité et la solidarité nécessaire pour affronter la rhétorique stérile du parti RDPC au pouvoir, les gouvernements post-coloniaux n’ont pas démontré une réelle volonté de construire un terrain de jeu équilibré, même lorsqu’ils continuent comme le président Paul Biya de se féliciter d’avoir apporté « la démocratie avancée ». Au moment où presque tout le monde semble être victime de la «politique du ventre», ce livre qui traite des difficultés auxquelles le multipartisme et la démocratie au Cameroun font face (l’endroit même où le concept de «politique du ventre» a été pour la première fois prononcé) est une contribution opportune sur les leçons à tirer a façon de redonner espoir à tout Africain. L’ouvrage [350 pp.; ISBN: 2-86978-127-X (pb); £14.00 /$20.00/ 10 000CFA] peut être commandé en Afrique auprès du service Publications et Communication du CODESRIA, Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop x Canal IV -BP 3304 – Dakar 18524, Sénégal (Email: codesria@codesria.sn ) et, hors d’Afrique auprès de l’African Books Collective (The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU, U.K.) Email: abc@africanbookscollective.com.

La table des matières se trouve sur le site: http://www.codesria.org/Links/Publications/new_publ/Sindjoun.htm

Jesse. C. Ribot (*) will be a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars from September 2004 through June 2005. His latest work, “Waiting for Democracy: The Politics of Choice in Natural Resource Decentralizations” has just been published in Washington, DC by the World Resources Institute. More information on this volume is available at: http://pubs.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3821 Together with Anne Larson, Ribot has also co-edited “Decentralization of Natural Resources: Experiences in Africa, Asia, and Latin America”. London: Routledge, 2004. This edited volume first appeared as a special issue of the European Journal of Development Research (Vol. 16, nº.1). Electronic copies of WRI publications and working papers can be downloaded from WRI’s Institutions and Governance web page ( http://governance.wri.org ). For instructions on how to order hard copies of WRI reports and briefs see our publications web page ( http://pubs.wri.org/pubs_faq.cfm). Copies of WRI publications can also be ordered by calling 1-800-537-5487 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time. In addition, you may write to Catherine Benson (cbenson@wri.org ) to request a complimentary printed copy.

Agnès Callamard (*) et Randolph Kent co-signent un article intitulé: “Toujours en retard d’une catastrophe” dans la section “Les ONG face aux cataclysmes” du Monde Diplomatique d’octobre 2004.

Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch (*) a préfacé le cahier nº 22 publié par le groupe “Afrique noire” de l’Université Paris 7 (Laboratoire SEDET-CNRS). Ce cahier de 280 pages intitulé: “Écrire l’histoire de l’Afrique autrement?” et dont la préparation a été coordonnée par Séverine Awenengo, Pascale Barthélemy et Charles Tshimanga est sorti de presse aux éditions L’Harmattan, à Paris. On y trouvera, entre autres, un article écrit par Bogumil Jewsiewicki (*) : “Sciences sociales, pluralisme et savoir disciplinaire: quelques remarques à propos du savoir savant sur les sociétés africaines”.

WEST AFRICAN RESEARCH CENTER TRAVEL GRANTS

The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal is offering travel bursaries of up to $2500 to West African scholars and graduate students. These funds may be used to; 1) Attend and read papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant’s field of research; 2) Visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant’s current academic work; 3) Travel to a research site.

Applications will consist of the following:
- a description (6 double-spaced pages maximum) of the applicant’s research and how the proposed travel is relevant to this work;
- CV with research and teaching record when applicable;
- an abstract of the paper to be read and a letter of acceptance to the conference (for those wishing to attend meetings);
- a description of the collections to be consulted and their significance to the applicant’s research (for travel to libraries or archives).

Graduate student applicants should, in addition, submit a letter of recommendation by the professor overseeing their research.

Each application must also include an official WARA application cover sheet available at http://www.warc-croa.org/, a brief (50-80 word) abstract of the activity to be funded, and proof of citizenship in the form of a photocopy of the applicant’s passport.

Consult the website for deadlines, and submit applications in triplicate to: West African Research Center / Centre de Recherche Ouest Africain B.P. 5456 (Fann Résidence), Rue E x Léon G. Damas, Dakar (Sénégal)

Telephone: 221-865-22-77 Fax: 221-824-20-58
email: < warc_croa@yahoo.fr >
Website: http://www.warc-croa.org/

Contributions by GRAF members to the 47th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) New Orleans: November 11 – November 14, 2004 [Unofficial listing: Apologies for errors and omissions]

Catherine Boone (*) will co-chair (with Peter Geschiere) a panel (I-B10) on “Citizenship Crisis in Africa: Politics of Belonging, Exclusion and the Nation-State”, where Jesse Ribot (*) will present a paper titled: “Against Local Will: Elected Councils and Village Chiefs Defend Outsider Interests in Senegal’s Forests”. [Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm]

Lucy Creevey (*) chairs a panel (I-B42) on “Political Meanings of Religious Discourse, Institutions, and Practice” to which she will also contribute a paper titled “Islam and the Transition to Democracy: Lessons from Senegal”. The discussant for that panel is Leonardo Villalon (*) [Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm]

Lisa McNee (*) chairs a panel (I-F22) on “American Culture and the African Past”, on which she will present a paper titled: “African Hierarchies, American Dreams: The Transplantation of African Social Systems to the Americas”. [Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm]

Bennetta Jules-Rosette (*) chairs a panel (I-K11) on “Defining A Global African Community: Artistic Expressions, Diaspora and Identity”, to which she will contribute a paper titled: “Hues of the Rainbow in a Global Village: Josephine Baker and the African Diaspora”. [Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm]

Robert Baum (*) will deliver a paper under the title: “Koonjaen and Diola: Incorporating and Containing the “Owners of the Land” in Senegambia” on the panel (I-Q6) devoted to “Ethnicity and Identity in Africa”. [Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm]

Catherine Newbury (*) chairs a panel (I-YSP11) on “Democratic Transition in African States” that will include a paper by Catherine Long (*) titled: “The Mitigated Threat of Transnational Activism”. [Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm]

Milton Krieger (*) will chair the Roundtable (II-F2) on “Political Asylum Casework: Advocacy for an African Diaspora Community at Risk”. [Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm]

Patrick Manning (*) chairs the panel (II-F13) titled “Fertile Ground II: Africa-Diaspora Connections in 21st Century Approaches to Historical Research”, to which he will contribute a paper: “Drums in Motion: Percussion in the African Diaspora to the Twentieth Century”. [Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm]

Thomas Hale (*) will deliver a paper on Francophonie, France and Africa: From Culture to Politics” on the panel (II-J8) titled: “Racial, Cultural and Foreign Relations”, which he will also chair. [Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm]

Simon Akindes (*) will take part in the Roundtable (II-N1) on “The Role of Information and Communications Technologies in the Making and Unmaking of Identity in Africa”. [Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm]

Jennifer Widner (*) chairs the panel (III-B6) devoted to “Constitution Writing and Constitutionalism in Africa”, to which she will contribute a paper on: “Constitution Writing and Conflict Resolution in Africa”. [Friday, 8:30 - 10:30 am]

Robert Harms (*) will deliver a paper titled: “Slavery in Precolonial Equatorial Africa” to the panel (III-G8) on “Regional Perspectives on Slavery in Africa”. [Friday, 8:30 - 10:30 am]

Richard Maclure (*) contributes a paper titled: “Education for All and the Reconfiguration of Literacy Training in Burkina Faso” to the panel (III-P9) “Indigenizing the Language of Instruction: Challenges and Prospects”. [Friday, 8:30 - 10:30 am]

Catherine Coquery-Vidrovich (*) chairs the panel (IV-H6) titled: “How Younger Francophone Historians Propose to Write African History Today”. [Friday: 10:45am-12:45 pm]

Catharine Newbury (*) will take part in the Roundtable (IV-O3) titled: “Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaïre”. [Friday: 10:45 -12:45 pm]

John Clark (*) will contribute a paper on: “The Collapse of the Democratic Experiment in Congo Republic: The Role of the Military and Militias” to the panel (V-B3) he chairs on “Peace, Power-Sharing, Reconstruction and Democratic Consolidation: Learning from Case Studies II”. On the same panel, Pierre Englebert (*) will deliver a paper titled: “African Democratic Setbacks: Patterns and Hypotheses”. [Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm]

Catherine Boone (*) will take part in the Roundtable (V-B17) devoted to “Côte d’Ivoire: Past-Present-Future”. [Friday, 1:00- 3:00 pm]

R. James Bingen (*) will present a paper on: “The Cotton Crisis in West Africa: A Question of Quality” to the panel (V-I3) titled: “Cotton, Natural Resources and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa I: Global and Local Policy Debates”. [Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm]

Josef Gugler (*) will deliver a paper titled: “African Film: Similarities and Contrasts Across the Sahara” on the panel (V-K12) devoted to: “African Film and African Directors”. [Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm]

announcements of future events and deadlines should be submitted at least 3 months ahead

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Kassim Kone (*) will chair the panel (V-O17) on: “Language and Identity Formation in the Mande World”, to which he will contribute a paper titled: “Joking Relationships in the Mande: Origins, Functions and Identity Formation”. On that same panel, John Hutchison (*) will deliver a paper on “Bamanan Cultural Models in the Emerging Bamanankan Literature”. [Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm]

Ulf Engel (*) will present a paper titled: “Multipartyism, Elites and Conflict – The Malawian Chameleons” to the panel (VI-B1) he will co-chair on “Political Parties, Elites and Clientelism”, and for which John Clark (*) will serve as Discussant. [Friday, 3:15 - 5:15 pm]

Jennifer Widner (*) will chair the panel (VI-YSP5) that will deal with: “The Putman Thesis: Civil Society in Africa”. [Friday, 3:15- 5:15 pm]

Pierre Englebert (*) will serve as discussant for the panel (VII-B28) titled: “Institutional Engineering to Manage Political Process: Federalism, Decentralization, and Other Designs”. [Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Jennifer Seely (*) will contribute a paper on: “African Citizenship Laws in Comparative Perspective” on the first (VII-B46) of two panels devoted to: “Citizenship and the Challenge of Creating National Identity”. [Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Roberta Dunbar (*) and William Miles (*) will both take part in one (VII-C12) of the two Roundtables titled: “Engaging with a Legacy: Nehemia Levtzion and Islam in Africa”. [Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Sarah Dryden-Peterson (*) will deliver a paper titled: “The Present is Local, the Future is Global: Language in the Education of Congolese Refugees in Uganda” for the panel (VII-P2) on: “Language Policy in Education: Local Experiences in a Global Context”. [Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am]

Laurent Fourchard (*) will read a paper titled: “Espaces du pouvoir, espaces privés. Cours et compounds de Ouagadougou à Lagos (seconde moitié du 20ème siècle)” on the bilingual panel (VIII-A6) “Lieux de sociabilité, lieux de pouvoir en ville au XXème siècle”. [Saturday, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm]

Roland Marchal (*) will chair the Roundtable (VIII-J12) on: “Civil Conflict and the Role of Regional and International Actors: A Critical Look at French Foreign Policy in Africa”, in which Richard Banégas (*) and John Clark (*) will also participate. [Sat. 11:15 am - 1:15 pm]

Roland Marchal (*) will co-chair the panel (IX-B19) titled: “When Morality Meets Politics, or The New Wars – Old Wars Debate in Africa”, to which Richard Banégas (*) will contribute a paper on: ” Les Patriotes in the Ivory Coast Crisis”. [Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm]

Koffi Anyinefa (*) will serve as Discussant for the panel (IX-O7) titled: “Pouvoir de l’expression et expression du pouvoir dans les littératures africaines et antillaises”. [Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm]

Scott Youngstedt (*) will deliver a paper titled: “Producing urban Space in Niamey while never forgetting Home” in the panel (X-A11) on: “Contested Urban Spaces”. [Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Adeline Masquelier (*) will contribute a paper called: “When Female Spirits Start Veiling: The Case of Aljana mai Hijab in a Muslim Tower of Niger” to the first (X-B18) of two panels devoted to : “Muslim Identities and Communities in the Age of Neoliberalism”. [Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Jeanne Koopman (*) will present a paper titled: “Damming Rivers and Freeing Markets: Courting Disaster in the Senegal River Valley” in the panel (X-I6) on: “Agrarian Development, Policy, and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa”. [Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Bogumil Jewsiewicki (*) will chair the panel (X-K7) titled: “Storytellers: Interpreting the World with “New” Languages”. [Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Eileen Julien (*) will chair the Roundtable(X-O5) titled: “The Interpreters: Public Intellectuals and the Continent, Here and Now”. [Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 am]

Jennifer Widner (*) will serve as Discussant for the panel (XI-B26) on “Judicial Politics in Emerging African Democracies” [Sunday, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm]

René Lemarchand (*) will chair the panel (XI-B39) titled: “Warlords, Civil War and Genocide: The Rhetoric of Hate and Dissemblance in African Conflicts”, on which William Miles (*) will be the Discussant. [Sunday, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm]

Bennetta Jules-Rosette (*) will take part in the Roundtable (XI-P14) on: “Sociological Issues in Africa”. [Sunday, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm]

# Edmond Kwam Kouassi (*) a été nommé Professeur Permanent à l’Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest à Abidjan et 1er Vice-Doyen de la Faculté de Droit de ladite Université depuis le 1er septembre 2004.