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Join via Zoom for "Race and Blackness in Middle East Studies: A MENA Conversation" Monday, November 30, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. Register to attend here. Participants include Mandana Limbert (Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College, City University of New York), Zekeria Ahmed Salem (Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) at Northwestern Universit)., Sophia Azeb (assistant professor of Black studies in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.) More information about the event can be found here.
Graduate Student group Afrisem's next meeting on Nov. 24 will feature discussion of the movie Rafiki (2018) directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Click here to see how you can attend.

Swahili courses will be available Winter Quarter!
Swahili 111-2-20/21 : Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 10:20 - 11:10 AM and 1:50 - 2:40 PM

Swahili 121-2-20:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

All classes will be conducted synchronously via zoom. Find out more course information here.

The PAS Newsletter is seeking information about publications, presentations, exhibits, online interviews, blogposts. Please send your submissions to Check out archive of newsletters issues on the website.

And to advertise calls for papers, employment opportunities, upcoming events and more in the weekly PAS bulletin, email
The second installment of Weinberg College Center for International & Area Studies "Global Governance in the Age of COVID" series featured a conversation with two Northwestern professors: Beth Redbird — Assistant Professor in the Northwestern University Department of Sociology, Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and Helen Tilley — Associate Professor of History and faculty affiliate of The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. You can view it on Youtube here.

Job Opening:  Assistant Professor in African History, tenure-track appointment, Department of History, Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane S.W. Atlanta, GA 30314-4399

The Department of History invites applications to fill an entry-level tenure-track appointment, beginning August 2021, at the rank of Assistant Professor in African History.  Area of specialization open.  The candidate must have the ability to develop and teach courses in areas of greatest student demand and institutional interest.  Ability to teach courses on women and gender is a plus.  The successful candidate will be qualified to teach introductory surveys on Pre-Modern and Modern African History and on the African Diaspora, upper-level courses in the area of primary expertise.  In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach core courses for the Major on a rotational basis.  Courses taught will contribute to the History department, the African Diaspora and the World Program, and to the College’s commitment to global education.  The candidate must have a working knowledge of instructional technologies.  We welcome candidates with a secondary specialty in history. A Ph.D. in African History is required by August 1st, 2021.

To apply, visit

Application Close Date: 12/16/2020

Northwestern’s Global Poverty Research Lab is currently seeking a Research Assistant to work on one or more development economics projects with Prof. Christopher Udry for the winter and spring 2021 quarters. The projects involve data cleaning, analysis, and other potential research activities relating to a series of datasets on socioeconomic development in Ghana. Proficiency in quantitative social science methods and Stata (or a strong interest in learning these) is required.
The Undergraduate Research Office has informed us of the following hiring constraints: students should be in their first or second years, and they must be in the United States at the time of hire (i.e., beginning of winter quarter). Other students interested in future opportunities or academic study are welcome to contact us about their research/academic interests, but please know that we are not actively hiring for other positions at this time.
Please submit a CV, unofficial transcript, and a few sentences on your interest in economic development to Andre Nickow ( if you would like to apply.
The Carnegie Endowment offers one-year fellowships to highly qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past year. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. Strong candidates will have significant research experience, rigorous coursework, and a GPA of 3.65 or above. Other qualifications vary by area of application. See the Application Instructions for details. Northwestern may nominate up to three applicants. Applicants must submit the following materials by the campus application deadline of January 4, 2021:
  1. a completed application
  2. an essay of one page, double-spaced, on why you would like to become a fellow
  3. a transcript of all undergraduate work (unofficial is fine)
  4. an essay of no more than three double-spaced pages in response to the prompt for your area of application (see Application Instructions)            
  5. a resume/C.V. of no more than two pages
  6. two letters of recommendation
Please review these detailed Application Instructions. Direct questions and send completed application materials to Amy Kehoe Recommenders should also email their letters, signed and on letterhead, directly to Amy.

Northwestern's Spectrum Theatre Company invites Black and Indigenous creators of all kinds (visual artists, writers, musicians, poets, historians etc.) to create artwork to be displayed in a pop up gallery* that will go up the week of January 25th!

This will be a community based process and we will be facilitating many opportunities for artists to create alongside each other and contribute to this project!

Spectrum's activism focus this year will be to interrogate racist foundations of the institutions and spaces we inhabit, contribute to, and subscribe to for the sake of convenience. We invite collaborators to respond creatively to this prompt if they wish, however we also encourage submissions revolving around any theme!

To sign up, fill out this form: 

We are committed to fostering an inspiring, safe space for all of our collaborators. If you wish to discuss logistics or the support systems we will have in place before contributing to this project, contact

*We plan to display the artwork at Coffee Lab Evanston (910 Noyes St) as well as in a virtual gallery that will allow our community to continue to engage with the artwork over time! 

Historicizing the Images and Politics of the Afropolitan

A Call for Proposals from the Radical History Review
Issue Editors: Rosa Carrasquillo, Melina Pappademos, and Lorelle Semley

Radical History Review seeks contributions that examine the idea of the Afropolitan, derived from the prefix Afro, for African, and polis, the Greek word for “citizen.” Achille Mbembe’s 2007 essay describes Afropolitanism as an ability “to domesticate the unfamiliar, to work with what seem to be opposites” while explicitly refusing “victim identity.” Though Mbembe emphasizes heterogeneity in Africa, most scholarship focuses on the flow of Africans and African cultures between global megacities. In popular media, the term appears in magazine titles, art exhibits, and albums, highlighting fashion, consumer culture, and networks of capital. A powerful visual aesthetic accompanies this focus on urban landscapes, the arts, and gendered bodies. Yet, studies of the Afropolitan have not engaged with the deep history of mobility within and beyond Africa. Nor have historians contextualized fully the expansive global African diaspora.

Possible topics include: 

● Politics of performance, broadly, including citizenship, dandyism, sports, hip hop culture
● Femininities, Masculinities and Trans Identities
● Networks and affective ties during enslavement
● New narratives of emancipation
● Policing of borders (physical and cultural)
● Debating beauty and body aesthetics
● Visualizing intersectionality and mobility
● Contextualizing Afrofuturism

Procedures for submission of articles: By February 1, 2021, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing your potential article as an attachment to with “Issue 144 Abstract Submission” in the subject line.

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 New York African Film Festival Returns Virtually for its 27th Edition

Under the banner “Streaming Rivers: The Past into the Present,” the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns virtually December 2-6 with a spotlight on the cinema of two nations: Nigeria and the Sudan. Presented by Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), this year’s regional NYAFF will screen six features and eight short films in the FLC Virtual Cinema, as AFF celebrates its 30th anniversary. Learn more about upcoming and past events.
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:
Uganda elections: on the campaign trail with the country’s rudest feminist, Guardian, 17 November 2020

Congo-Kinshasa: 11th Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Declared Over, WHO (Geneva), 18 November 2020

Africa: Biden Picks Africa Specialists in Transition Team but Policy Unlikely to Change,Radio France Internationale, 17 November 2020,

Nigeria: #EndSARS - Seun Kuti Revives Fela's Movement, Calls for Better Governance, This Day (Lagos), 18 November 2020

Africa: Netflix Africa Announced a New Partnership With Realness Institute, NexTVAfrica, 18 November 2020

PODCAST: The food chain: Selassie Atadika: My life in five dishes

Kenya: Team Formed to Probe Child Theft, The Nation (Nairobi), 18 November 2020

Sudan: Trump’s deal could be disastrous. Biden can fix it, African Arguments, 18 November 2020

Zimbabwe detains anti-corruption journalist, Africanist Press, 15 November 2020

President Bio, Leadway Trading, and Sierra Leone’s timber export devaluation, Africanist Press, 19 November 2020

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