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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.

Swahili courses will be available Winter Quarter! Note the times:
Swahili 111-2-20/21 : Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 10:00 - 10:50 AM and 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Swahili 121-2-20:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 11:00  - 11:50 AM

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

To advertise calls for papers, employment opportunities, upcoming events and more in the weekly PAS bulletin, email
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
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 application materials by the campus application deadline of January 4, 2021. 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.
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:

The hidden story of African-Irish children, BBC News, 4 December 2020

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Cutting through the information blackout, BBC News, 5 December 2020

South Africa and India took a stand for Covid-19 patients everywhere. Here’s why African leaders should show solidarity, Daily Maverick, 6 December 2020

Ghana: Live Update - Ghanaians Vote to Elect President, Parliamentarians, Premium Times (Abuja), 7 December 2020

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo Wins Re-Election, but Opposition Cries Foul, 10 December 2020

Nigeria: It's Hard to Believe Anyone Is in Charge in Nigeria – Soyinka, Premium Times (Abuja), 10 December 2020 The top 20 African books of 2020, African Arguments, 10 December 2020,
Boko Haram Kills 657 Civilians, 592 Officials In 11 Months, Daily Trust (Abuja), 5 December 2020

Ghana elections: Provisional results show Akufo-Addo ahead of Mahama in presidential vote, theafricareport, 9 December 2020

Conservationists Take On Giraffe Rescue from Island Floods in Kenya, africanews, 9 December 2020

The Case for Colonial Reparations My Guka and Me: Reflections of a Personal Colonial Experience in Kenya, The Republic, 9 December 2020

Inside the illegal trade in West Africa’s cultural heritage. Regional middlemen for antiquities dealers run and finance large, organised teams of looters to excavate sites. ISS Today, 9 December 2020
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