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Penguin Prize for African Writing: Fiction and Non-fiction

Penguin Books is pleased to announce today a new literary award for writers from the African continent. The Penguin Prize for African Writing has two categories: one each for a previously unpublished full-length work of adult fiction and non-fiction. The prize in each category will be R50 000 and a publishing contract with Penguin Books South Africa, with worldwide distribution via Penguin Group companies. Penguin South Africa’s CEO Alison Lowry commented, “Although this prize does not exclude established authors, we believe that there are new writers from Africa for whom Penguin can provide a platform, and in so doing we hope to reflect and showcase the diversity of voices on our continent both at home and abroad.”  Books to be considered for the non-fiction award will be serious narratives that examine and explore African issues and experiences for both local and international audiences in an engaging, thought provoking and enlightening way. For the fiction prize the judges will be looking for novels of freshness and originality that represent the finest examples of contemporary fiction out of Africa. Penguin’s Chairman and Chief Executive, John Makinson said, “As we approach the end of our second decade of publishing in South Africa, it is exciting to be able to look ahead to the next phase of the company’s development. The Penguin Prize for African Writing will give us opportunities to reach new readers across Africa and bring talented and important writers to the attention of book lovers around the world.” Submissions for both categories are now open, and close on the 30th of January 2010. The shortlist will be announced in April 2010 and the final prizes will be awarded in September 2010

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Call for Papers: Afro-Optimism and Afro-Pessimism: 50 Years since “The Year of Africa”

This special issue of The Journal of Black Studies will focus on politics, protest, and popular culture in Africa during the transformative year 1960.  Popularly referred to as “The Year of Africa,” 1960 witnessed a host of events, from the end of the Mau Mau resistance in Kenya, mass riots during Charles de Gualle’s trip to Algeria, the murder of 69 non-violent protestors in South Africa’s Sharpeville Massacre, and independence for 17 African nations.  While the year was marked by both the entrenched brutality of European colonial rule and the birth of new Africa nations, there was the overwhelming sense of optimism for a vibrant, independent, and self-sufficient Africa.  To commemorate fifty years since “The Year of Africa,” this special issue invites essays from throughout the disciplines that offer a critical examination of the personalities, politics, events, ideas and transformations that helped define the year 1960 in Africa.

If you have an article that you would like to be considered, please send a Microsoft Word copy of no more than 25 double-spaced pages as an email attachment to Benjamin Talton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line “The Year of Africa”, by February 17, 2010.  All submissions must include a 100 to 150-word abstract.  Please also include a brief biography (50 words or less) describing your current affiliation, research interests, and relevant publications.  Selected articles will be subject to peer review.

An Evening With Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Robert Collins Arena, Brookdale Community College

Dr. Maulana Karenga, an internationally recognized activist-scholar, is the creator of Kwanzaa (kwahn'-zah), an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture and is observed throughout the African community on every continent in the world. He has written the definitive text on the holiday titled "Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture". In addition, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books. His latest works include Introduction to Black Studies, Selections from the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings, and Kawaida: A Communitarian African Philosophy. From such past movements as Black Arts, Black Studies and Black Power to the more recent ones of Afrocentricity, the Ancient Egyptian Studies Movement and the Million Man March/Day of Absence, Dr. Karenga has played a critical leadership role in black intellectual and political history since the 1960's. In the forefront of the founding and developing of Black Studies, he is the author of the most widely used introductory text in the discipline. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and service including the prestigious National Council for Black Studies' "Award for Outstanding Contributions to Black Studies" and its "C.R.L. James Award for Scholarly Publication and Advancing the Discipline," and the African Heritage Studies Association "President's Award for Scholarship and Service in the Development of Black Studies." Join Brookdale Community College's Black Student Union and department of Student Life & Activities for this special evening. 

You may purchase tickets for $5.00. For more information on this event please call 732-224-2500 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

First Annual African Diaspora Festival

Image31 July to 2 August 2009
Newark Military Park, Broad Street and Park Place, Newark, NJ

The purpose of the Festival is to facilitate the promotion of the African Civilization by reinforcing unity and cultural integration. This event will help affirm and define the legacy of the African Diaspora; aimed at encouraging self-reliance and increase the quality of relationships and dialogue between the Communities. We will have the participation of people of African descent from Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean Islands and beyond.  We hope to bring together people of Africa descent and members from other communities to celebrate our shared ancestry, history, and spiritual heritage. The goal is to create a channel of understanding of the African Tradition and Civilization in order to cultivate a strong global brotherhood and sisterhood within our Communities.

Partner Organizations / Agencies (Co-sponsors) include Africa -Newark International INC., The Africana Institute at Essex County College, African Youth Association, The African and American Alliance (AAA), and the Humanity For Africa Foundation (HFAF).

Sponsors and vendors are still needed.  Interested parties should contact 617-953-1730 or 908-468-9147.

2009 National Association of Chicano/Chicana (Mexican-American) Studies Conference

New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 8 - 12 April 2009

Between the 8th and 11th of April, the National Association of Chicano/Chicana (Mexican-American) Studies will have their annual national academic conference in New Brunswick. This is the first time the Association brings its meeting of 500+ people to the Northeast! It is also the association’s fortieth anniversary. The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, with the support of the SAS Dean’s office and other units, will be the local host for this conference.

For more information, please visit

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International Student Conferences

Korea, Japan, and the United States

International Student Conferences (ISC) is a non-profit organization which supports student-run educational and cultural exchange programs for university students from the United States, Japan, and Korea.  Currently ISC facilitates the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), the oldest student-run cultural exchange between the US and Japan, beginning in 1934 and the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), which launched in the summer of 2008.

Application materials for 2009 programs are now available online (  For more information, please contact the ISC office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Exhibit: United States and Cuba, 50 Years of Unresolved Conflict

15 January to 15 February 2009
Cuban Art Space, 231 West 29th Street, #401 New York, NY 10001

On January 1, Cuba celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution in Santiago de Cuba, where it all started 55 ½ years ago with the rebel attack on Fort Moncada. That anniversary reminds us of the longest running unresolved conflict between the United States and a neighbor.

What is it about this small island of not quite 12 million human beings that drives U.S. administrations crazy? And is there light at the end of the tunnel with the new president-elect? We at the Center for Cuban Studies hope so.

To commemorate the anniversary and this history of conflict between our two countries, the Center for Cuban Studies is dedicating its Cuban Art Space to a graphic presentation of these 50 years,  with photographs, posters, newspapers and magazines and books from our own extensive collection. Photographs by Raul Corrales, Alberto Korda, Liborio Noval, Roberto and Osvaldo Salas, Lee Lockwood, Constantino Arias and others will be shown alongside Cuba's great political posters and covers of Look, Life, Time and Newsweek; cartoons from Cuban and U.S. publications, screaming headlines from the  NY Post, the Daily News, The New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune and other U.S. newspapers, covering the Bay of Pigs, the missile crisis, the Mariel boatlift, the battle over Elian, Fidel Castro's step back from power – and more.

The Cuban Revolution inspired apparently the best and the worst in both U.S. and Cuban journalists, artists, filmmakers and photographers. This exhibit will give just a taste of the millions of words and photographs, film and graphics that have accompanied the long march of the revolution. Hopefully, the exhibit will open the mind's eye to the absurdity of U.S. policy toward Cuba, and provide a few more nails in the coffin of that policy.

On January 23, also as part of the 50th commemoration, a 10-day festival of documentaries about Cuba, sponsored by the Center for Cuban Studies, will screen at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem (

For further information, please contact:
Center for Cuban Studies
Phone: 212-242-0559
Hours: Tuesday - Friday (11:00 AM to 7:00 PM), Saturday (12:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

Call for Papers: 2009 Conference on Politics & International Affairs

Athens, Greece, 22-25 June 2009

The Politics Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 7th annual international conference on Politics and International Affairs, 22-25 June 2009. The registration fee will be 250 euro, covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands and a half-day tour to archaeological site in Athens.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of Politics and International Affairs and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. For programs of previous conferences and other information visit the conference website

Papers (in English) from all areas of politics and international affairs are welcome. Selected papers will be published in a Special Volume of the Conference Proceedings or Edited Books. For Books and Proceedings of previous conferences you may visit for table of contents and order forms.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by 23rd of January 2009, by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis, Head, Politics & International Affairs Research Unit, ATINER and Director, International Studies Program Virginia Tech - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA.  Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing, or any other offer to help please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director, ATINER.

Call for Submissions: "Neo-Imperialism" in Post-Independence Africa

Yale University, 27-28 March 2009

Keynote Speakers:
Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University
Eunice Njeri Sahle, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Yale Council on African Studies and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies invite submissions of papers by graduate students, advanced scholars and policy practitioners on the topic of "neo-imperialism" and its human impacts in post-independence Africa. Interested participants should send a one-page résumé and an abstract of approximately 300 words to Jason Warner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31, 2009.

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Call for Papers: 2010 Independence and Decolonization Symposium

University of Texas at Austin, 15-17 April 2010

Inspired by the upcoming bicentenary of Mexican independence, the symposium aims to generate dialogue among scholars from a variety of disciplines working on processes of independence, decolonization, and the reconfiguration of territorial and social borders that such processes generate. We encourage proposals that adopt an explicitly synoptic approach to the interactions between metropolitan powers and colonial/nationalist societies. We welcome proposals from scholars working on the following broad problem areas:

1. Global and local dynamics of "first wave" independence movements and decolonization in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (e.g. United States, Haiti, Spanish America);
2. Nineteenth century decolonization (e.g. Ottoman successor states, Brazil, Cuba);
3. National liberation movements and decolonization in the twentieth century.

We are interested in bringing into dialogue a variety of approaches and themes which might include ethnic identities and anti-colonial movements, postcolonial state formation, and economic development of postcolonial states.

Interested scholars should submit an abstract of 200-500 words and a one-page CV to Professor Susan Deans-Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 1, 2009. Participants will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses.

For further information about the Institute for Historical Studies, its programs, and fellowships, please visit .

2009 Civitas Summer Professional Internship Program

Warsaw, Poland, 1 June to 31 July 2009

The summer internship program is organized by Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland includes 25-30 hours of internship per week, credited academic and internship seminars and Polish language course.

Application & Deadline
Graduate and Undergraduate students can apply. Civitas Summer Internship Program has a rolling admission and interested applicants are invited to submit their applications to the program anytime until March 16, 2009.  Application forms are available at

Inquiries about the program can be directed to Olena Tregub, Executive Director, Global Educational Leadership, via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone, 646 670 6089.

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