Tuesday, July 17, 2018

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) Call for Papers and Conference Announcement 2018

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Date: July 17, 2018 at 3:24:16 PM CDT
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Subject: Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) Call for Papers and Conference Announcement 2018

Dear African Studies Colleagues:


Please share this announcement with your colleagues and graduate students. Join us this year at


Mid-America Alliance for African Studies Conference 2018

Call for Papers

23rd Annual Meeting 2018
Mid-America Alliance for African Studies

October 19-20, 2018 
Iowa State University, Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011
​Africa and the Diaspora: Intersectionality and Interconnections
The Mid-America Alliance for African Studies and the African and African American Studies Program, Iowa State University, invite scholars to submit conference papers and full panel proposals for the 2018 conference on Africana Studies. The goal of this conference is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue on the history, contemporary status, and future configurations within the intersectionalities and interconnections of Africa and the Diaspora. Intersectionality presents its various configurations and interconnections across the continent and around the world as a concept, "linking contemporary politics with postmodern theory. In mapping the intersections of race and gender, the concept does engage dominant assumptions that race and gender are essentially separate categories….suggesting a methodology that will ultimately disrupt the tendencies to see race and gender as exclusive or separable….the concept [intersectionality] can and should be expanded by factoring in issues such as class, sexual orientation, age, [colonialism], and color" (Crenshaw, 1991, p.1244-45N9). These intersectionalities of identity interplay within precolonial, colonial, and neo-colonial constructs that develop unique and often conflicting interconnections. Scholars are welcome to submit papers on a range of areas such as cultural, feminist, Pan African, and postcolonial studies. All interdisciplinary and traditional disciplines from the Arts, Humanities, Math, Sciences, Social Sciences, etc are welcome.  This conference provides a venue to discuss intersectionality's role in understanding Africa and the Diaspora and the interconnections across its people, places, history, present, and future. We invite proposals that address topics beyond the organizing theme as well.
Please submit a 250-word abstract or panel description by September 10, 2018 and register for the MAAAS 2018 Conference at the MAAAS website:


For graduate students, we invite you to submit your paper for this year's Kenneth P. Lohrentz Graduate Paper Competition. See details at https://www.midamericaallianceforafricanstudies.org/kenneth-p-lohrentz-research-award


For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, MAAAS President (2018-2019)
History Department, Missouri State University
Email:  jamaineabidogun@missouristate.edu


USA Africa Dialogue Series - Njeri Wamas, noted Professor of Parasitology, wins the 2018 Mandela Award

Njeri Wamas, noted Professor of Parasitology, wins the second  2018 Mandela Award


The Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award is awarded to a leader who has distinguished him/herself in public leadership positions. The awardee must be known for the promotion of freedom for Africans both at the national and international levels. He/she must have shown resilience, courage and determination in the pursuit of African liberation.


This year's recipient, as announced by the TOFAC Board on July 5, 2018, is Professor Njeri Wamas. The ceremony was presided over by Dr Kihara of United States International University-Africa, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Zeleza, in attendance. Professor Veney Cassandra, Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee and Head of Department of International Relations, congratulated the recipient.

Professor Wamas trained in the United States, receiving her BSc in Parasitology and Medical Entomology from Bowling Green State University in 1980, the MSc in Public Health at Tulane in 1985, and the PhD also from Tulane in 1995. She was later inducted into the Institute of Directors (IoD), with the privilege of being able to practice as a Director anywhere in the Commonwealth.

No one could have expected the prodigious career that followed after 1995, with service in various journals and professional associations. She is at the moment a member of the Commonwealth Institute of Directors in Kenya, the Pan Africa Mosquito Control Association, and the Christian and Scientific Association of Kenya.

Respected for her scholarship, she is a Professor of Parasitology and Dean, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, United States International University-Africa. She continues to conduct research while administering the faculty and teaching a variety of courses. An active researcher, she has published over sixty peer-reviewed journal essays. She has supervised numerous postgraduate students and continues with research activities in neglected tropical and zoonotic diseases as well as examining theses/dissertations and supervising graduate students at local and international universities.

She discharges enormous amount of academic responsibility—she engages in reviewing manuscripts for various local and international journals, mentors faculty and makes herself available to her numerous students. She serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) as an advisor on tropical diseases. She has attended numerous international meetings where she served as a keynote speaker.

Professor Wamas has held several senior management positions in various academic institutions, including a visiting Professorship at Nagasaki University, Japan as well as Guest Researcher, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA.

Within and outside of the academy, her services are legion and legendary. This citation can only list a few: a member of the WHO (Geneva), Expert Committee, Parasitic Diseases (Filariasis) and Africa Region NTD Program Review Group; Chairperson, Kenya National Guinea Worm Eradication Certification Committee (KNGWECC); Board Member, Operation Eyesight Universal; Member, Advisory Board-THRIVE; inaugural Board Chairperson, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI); Member, Steering Group, Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis; and Member of Africa Region NTD Program Review Group. She is the Founding Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC). Chief Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and first and only female Director, Centre for Microbiology Research (CMR), KEMRI.

The TOFAC Board is not the first to recognize her accomplishments. Indeed, she is already an Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), a prestigious commendation by the Head of State of Kenya. With this prestigious and famous award, Professor Wamas is recognized as one of our most preeminent leaders, a person we look forward to in leading us to the next level of transformation. In endorsing the nomination of Professor Wamas, the TOFAC Board notes her commitment to research, her integrity, her productivity, and her sincere passion for everything that is good about Africa. Always brimming with empathy and wit, wisdom and insights, Professor Wamas is a frontline leader who is a pride to Kenya, Africa, and all Africans in the diaspora.




Toyin Falola

Department of History

The University of Texas at Austin

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - A New Taxonomy for Corruption in Nigeria by MATTHEW T. PAGE

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving its enormous potential. It drains billions of dollars a year from the country's economy, stymies development, and weakens the social contract between the government and its people. Nigerians view their country as one of the world's most corrupt and struggle daily to cope with the effects. Yet few analytical tools exist for examining the full range and complexity of corruption in Africa's largest economy and most populous country. This paper proposes a new, context-specific framework for understanding a problem that will remain a focus of international and domestic Nigerian policy discussions for decades to come.
The Remarkable Reach of Nigerian Corruption
  • The scope and complexity of corruption in Nigeria is immense. This taxonomy details twenty overarching contexts (sectors) that are especially vulnerable to corruption. It also identifies twenty-eight corruption tactics in eight behavioral categories that cut across each of these sectors. These categories apply not only to national-level dynamics but also to corruption at the state and local levels.
  • Some types of corruption (for example, extortion or contract fraud) are more prevalent in some sectors than in others. Likewise, some are more or less damaging—either directly or via negative multiplier effects—depending on where they occur. This taxonomy acknowledges that corruption in Nigeria is not always clear-cut or limited in focus, but rather it is interconnected, involving a range of behaviors that cleave across sectors.
About the Author
Matthew T. Page is a consultant and co-author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an associate fellow with the Africa Programme at Chatham House, and nonresident fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja.

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