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See you in 2021!
Undergraduates: GESI will be offered in Spring 2021! Applications will open next week for the Spring 2021 GLO program, GESI 2021: Virtual Global Development in Action. GLO is offering a virtual rendition of the GESI program in lieu of canceled study abroad programs due to COVID-19. This is a unique hybrid opportunity to explore complex questions through coursework while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship—all in a completely virtual online setting.

The Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar, developed by Professor Katrina Daly Thompson and led by Dr. Adeola Agoke, allows students engage in supported, self-directed language study.
The target audience for this new program includes students who are not well-served by a traditional summer language program for one of two reasons:
  1. Students who have achieved such an advanced language proficiency that traditional programs no longer serve their learning needs, or 
  2. Students who are studying extremely rare languages that are otherwise not offered in the classroom 
Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

Call for Papers: The Sixth J. A. Atanda Lectures and Conference

Yoruba Culture and Society
June 21 – 23, 2021
Pan-African University Press in collaboration with Babcock University

Conveners: Professor Bola Sotunsa, Babcock University; Toyin Falola, the University of Texas at Austin

Click here for more information.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Bridge to the Faculty (Sociocultural Anthropology), University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applicants for a “Bridge to the Faculty” postdoctoral research associate position in sociocultural anthropology beginning August 16, 2021.
Research Areas: We seek to hire an exceptional emerging scholar with broad and innovative theoretical interests in sociocultural anthropology that address contemporary global issues. We are particularly interested in anthropologists who work at the intersections of health, medicine and the environment; and race, politics and carceral geographies.  We have a strong preference for regional expertise in the Caribbean/Latin America, Africa and its Diasporas.
Duties: Postdoctoral research associates are expected to teach one course per year and to maintain an active research program. This is a full-time position and includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

For additional information about the department, go to Inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Tarini Bedi (

To apply, visit:

Application close date: 1/5/2021
Job Opening:  Full/Associate Professor, Historian of Slavery, Department of Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

The Department of Africana Studies announces a search for a historian of slavery in the Western Hemisphere, beginning Fall 2021. The position will be either at the full or associate professor level with the tenure home in Africana Studies and a joint appointment in Notre Dame’s new center for the comparative study of race that will be launched later this year. We are especially interested in scholars who use a comparative and transnational approach to engage issues of movement of enslaved Africans and their descendants, the intersection of race and gender, resistance movements, religion and ritual, political and communal organization, cultural formation, and the complex relationship between slavery and freedom in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In addition to being well-grounded in historical methodology, we expect candidates to have a deep investment in interdisciplinary discussions and collaboration

To apply, visit:

Application close date: 12/31/2020
Africa News and Events
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC now has a virtual presentation of The Block's Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.  If you didn't see the exhibit when it was at The Block Museum, or would like to see it again, visit:
The physical edition of this year's Cologne Fine Art & Design fair has been rescheduled due to new social distancing measures. In its place, Sakhile&Me will host their fair presentation in their gallery space and offer private one-on-one visits from 18 November - 24 December 2020. Sakhile&Me will present works by Osi Audu, Adelaide Damoah, Kevin Demery, Mbali Dhlamini, Tim Okamura, Owanto and Ghizlane Sahli. Visit Calendly to make your appointment!
More Africa news and events:

Burundi ex-president Pierre Buyoya dies from Covid-19, africanewa, 18 December 2020

Inside the rescue of 344 Kankara boys and why it took this long, Daily Trust Online (Abuja), 18 December 2020

Nigeria got foreign help rescuing Katsina schoolboys – Lai Mohammed, Daily Trust Online (Abuja), 18 December 2020

Uganda: CPJ Safety Advisory - Covering Uganda's Elections, Committee to Protect Journalists (New York) , 17 December 2020

Tanzania: Remembering ujamaa, the good, the bad and the buried, African Arguments, 17 December 2020

France Approves Return of African Treasures Looted During Colonial Period, 18 December 2020

African Films and Series That Made Waves Internationally in 2020, 14 December 2020

Nigerian Celebrities Who Hogged Headlines in 2020, This Day (Lagos), 13 December 2020

Félix Tshisekedi moves to take charge, ISS Today, 14 December 2020, 

Sierra Leone: Nation's Tech-Aided War On Corruption, Deutsche Welle (Bonn), 17 December 2020

10 Influential Young Africans Keeping the Pan African Dream Alive, This is Africa (Hilversum), 17 December 2020

Why Netflix chose Strive Masiyiwa for its board, Business Day, 17 December 2020

‘Bring back our boys’: Northern Nigerians protest kidnappings, Al Jazeera, 17 December 2020

Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait, Washington Post, 17 December 2020

Hotel Rwanda 'hero' sues Greek airline for 'aiding kidnap', BBC, 17 December 2020

In its portrayal of women, the classic South African novel Mhudi was ahead of its time, The Conversation (J0hannesburg), 17 December 2020

Senegal's Dakar Fashion Week: The catwalk in a baobab forest, BBC Africa, 15 December 2020

Ambrose Dlamini: Eswatini's PM dies after testing positive for Covid-19, BBC, 14 December 2020
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