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Sin Fronteras/ Sans Frontières/ Without Borders: AADS Fall 2010 Newsletter


Statement of Director Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier


Statement of Director of Graduate Programs Dr. Alex Lichtenstein




AADS Faculty


Faculty Achievements Global Circuits of Blackness Legba‘s Crossing




AADS Study Abroad Programs 2010A Senegal/The Gambia Summer 2011A Senegal/The Gambia Summer 2011B Ecuador/Brazil Karell Travel Grant Sarah Labbé Call for Grant Applications


Events Spring 2009-Fall 2010 Spring 2011 Congo Conference Afro Latino Conference

New Affiliate Faculty


Dr. Bertin Kouadino


Alumni Accomplishments


Dr. John Clark


AADS 2010-2011 Students


AADS Programs


AADS Graduate Student Association


2010-2011 AADS Courses


FIU is Worlds Ahead Facebook


Give Back

At the AADS BBQ and Pool Party. Back Row: Cheryl Johnson, Dr. Jean-Robert Cadély, Angela Roe, Dr. Tometro Hopkins, Dr. Alexandra Diallo, Dr. Andrea Queeley. Front Row: Dr. Jean Rahier, Dr. Dionne Stephens, Rosa Henriquez


STATEMENT OF DIRECTOR I must begin this statement by thanking Laurel Burchfield, this academic year‘s AADS Graduate Assistant, for putting this second issue of our newsletter together. Here are our major accomplishments for the academic year 2009-2010: Academic Programs The AADS Online Certificate Program was approved; it was made available to students for the first time in the fall of 2009. The MA/PhD in AADS & IR successfully passed the curriculum process; it is currently offered for the first time this fall semester. Laurel Burchfield is the very first student enrolled in that program. The MA/PhD in AADS & History was developed and submitted to the curriculum committee in the fall of 2009. It went through all the steps of the approval process and is now open and available for enrollment. Spread the word. The first AADS study abroad program in Senegal and The Gambia was launched in the summer 2010, after sustained collaborations with the Office of Education Abroad (OEA), the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the University of the Gambia (UTG) in Banjul, and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar. A total of 12 students and two instructors traveled to Senegal and The Gambia to study and tour the region, and explore topics on cultural and heritage tourism. As a result of research conducted during this program,

the graduate student participants and the instructors participated in, and presented papers at a conference titled: ―Tourism and the Seductions of Difference,‖ in Lisbon, Portugal, from Sept 9-12, 2010. The session, organized by Dr. Rahier, with these papers and students was entitled: ―The Revelation, Re-Affirmation, and Re-Invention of Self Through the ‗Discovery,‘ Consumption, and Experiencing of Others: Globalization and Interactions in Senegambian Tourism Formations‖ (see the Study Abroad page on our website, As a ―Program,‖ which is structurally very different from a Department, AADS depends a great deal on the energy of its core and affiliate faculty members. We have organized a series of events with the objective of increasing their contributions to the Program: AADS Faculty and Staff retreat in August 2009 and in August 2010 and AADS Welcome Back Reception. We are also developing a series called ―AADS‘ Humanities Afternoons‖ that should bring closer to the Program faculty and students from the Arts and the Humanities as well as appeal to those from the social sciences. We have developed new Courses: AFA 4241 – ―The African Diaspora in Latin America,‖ which is taught online by Dr. Andrea Queeley this Fall semester 2010. AFA 4301- ―African Visual Arts‖ was developed for online offering for the first time. It will be offered in the Spring of 2011 by Noelle Théard. AFA 6217 ―Sex, Race, and Power in European 3

Colonial Times.‖ This course was developed by website was launched in the summer of 2010. Dr. Rahier and will be taught in the spring The new website (a work in progress) features semester 2011. new pages such as an alumni page to help keep track of and connect with AADS alumni, an updated study abroad page to assist with Enrollment Recruitment and other efforts have played a recruitment efforts for the 2011 study abroad pivotal role in increasing visibility for ADDS, program, and a page dedicated to AADS providing information about the Program, and newsletters, to help keep the FIU and South most importantly, increasing enrollment in our Florida communities updated on our many programs. activities. Between summer 2009 and summer 2010, enrollment in the AADS Undergraduate Certificate more than doubled (12 students added). Active enrollment after spring 2010 graduations stands at 18. Between summer 2009 and summer 2010, enrollment in the AADS Graduate Certificate increased over 5 times (6 students added). Active enrollment after spring 2010 graduations stands at 5. Enrollment in the MA program has increased (3 new enrollees, up from 1 last year). Enrollment in the combined MA/PhD in INR has begun. We have accepted our first student in this combined degree program and she began in the fall 2010. Partnerships In the summer of 2009, AADS and Karell Travel of Miami Florida sealed an agreement that cemented the ―Karell Travel Grant.‖ The Grant will provide to one AADS student/ faculty member, one trip to Africa for academic/research purposes. In the summer of 2009, AADS cemented an MOU between FIU and the University of the Gambia, Republic of the Gambia, West Africa. The MOU facilitates a collaborative relationship between the two institutions, in the areas of program development and activities, research, and faculty and student exchange. A draft MOU was developed in the summer of 2010 between FIU and The Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal, which will, once adapted, seal a similar relationship. Website: Through collaboration with SIPA, a new AADS

Event Programming We have continued with the mission of educating and informing the FIU community and the South Florida community in general about issues related to Africa and the African diaspora with the organization of a number of events that include lectures, symposia, small conferences, roundtables, film festival, art exhibits, etc. AADS Past and Future Events 9/11/09 AADS Faculty Works in Progress, ―Does it matter what Slaves Thought? The Curious Nexus Between Scalian Textualism and preColonial African Tax Experiences‖ Andre Smith, College of Law LC 309, MMC 10/23/09 Lecture ―Apartheid, Art and Grey Areas in South Africa‖ Dr. John Peffer, Dept of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University. Co-sponsored by AADS Graduate Student Association and Council of Student Organizations. LC 110, MMC. 10/30/09 Symposium ―Globalization: The Crisis of Capitalism and the Obama Presidency‖ Speakers: Amiri Baraka, Kamari Clarke, Carlos Moore and Francis Abiola Irele Co-sponsored by College of Arts & Sciences, School of International & Public Affairs, Ruth K and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, Dept of Global & Sociocultural Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Center, AADS Graduate Student Association, Sociology, Anthropology & Geography Graduate Student Association, and the Council of Student Organizations. GC Ballroom, MMC. 4

10/30/09 West African Dinner Soirée and Cultural Performances GC Ballroom, MMC 11/04/09 AADS Faculty Works in Progress, ―Idiocy for All: American Legal, Social and Cultural Resistance, to Literacy among African Americans‖ Dr. Linda Spears Bunton LC 309, MMC 11/06/09 11th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture, Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller, Former Prime Minister, Jamaica. Co-sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences, School of International and Public Affairs, Ruth K and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, Women‘s Studies, AADS Graduate Student Association, Women‘s Studies Graduate Student Association, Latin American and Caribbean Center, Sociology Anthropology & Geography Graduate Student Association and Council of Student Organizations. Wertheim Performing Arts Center, MMC. 02/03/10 Opening Reception for ―Talking Chairs: A Mosaic of the Black Atlantic‖ an Exhibition of Works by DD Devylder. Cosponsored by the AADS Graduate Student Association, Council of Student Organizations. FIU Gallery at the Green Library and GL 220, MMC. 02/11/10 AADS 1st Film Festival and Photo Exhibit by Noelle Theard: ―Worldwide Underground: The Globalization of Hip-Hop in Photographs‖ February 11-13 Co-sponsored by the AADS Graduate Student Association, African Student Union, Dept. of Campus Life, Council for Student Organizations, FIU Libraries, Special Collections Dept, Student Programming Council and Graham Center Art Gallery. GC 140 and GC Gallery, MMC

02/18/10 AADS Faculty Works in Progress, ―Interrogating the Government/HipHop Nexus: It‘s not dead but it‘s bigger that Rick Ro$$‖ Dr. Valery Patterson, Public Administration, FIU. LC 309, MMC 02/24/10 Lecture: Ahobobo (Ayibobo): Catholic Imagination in a Vodou Culture and Diaspora‖ Dr. Yanick St. Jean, North West Arkansas Community College. Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Center GL 139 03/03/10 AADS Faculty Works in Progress ―From Rectification to Reparations: Why America is Wrong about Redress for Slavery‖ Carlton Waterhouse, College of Law, FIU, LC 309, MMC 03/09/10 Lecture: ―Images of Motherhood and the Politics of Celebrity Activism‖ Zine Magubane, Boston College. Co-sponsored by AADS Graduate Student Association, Council for Student Organizations and Women‘s Studies. GC Panther Suite, MMC 03/26/10 Film and Colloquium lecture: ―Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness‖ Vincent Brown, Harvard University. Co-organized by GSS Graduate Student Association, AADS Graduate Student Association, and Council for Student Organizations. GC 150, MMC 04/01/10 Chris Gray Memorial Lecture ―Zimbabwe: A Country on the Precipice‖ James McGee, Ex-ambassador of the U.S. in Zimbabwe. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, AADS Graduate Student Association and Council for Student Organizations. GL 422, MMC AADS co-sponsored events

02/13/10 Roundtable discussion after film show Katanga Business ―The Growing presence of China in Sub-Saharan Africa‖ Jean Rahier, John Clark and Alex Lichtenstein, Florida International University GC 140, MMC

6/13/09 Senegambian Sohna Jarra – a Day of Celebration of Women (Attendance not available) Wolfe University Center, BBC


02/04/10 Atlantic Narratives Symposium, Christopher Iannini, Jose Jouve Martin, James Sweet, Anna Brickhouse, Lisa Voigt, Sunil Agnani and Christopher Hodson. UM and FIU. 02/04/10 Lecture: ―Today he cures; tomorrow he kills‘: Slavery and the Politics of Healing in Dahomey and Brazil‖ Dr. James Sweet, University of Wisconsin. DM 370 04/08/10 Lecture: Article discussion: "La Vida Nueva?: US Military Bases and Vietnamese and Cuban Refugees, Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, 1975-1982" Jana Lipman, Tulane University

of the grant ANWS got some years ago to fund the ―Advanced Seminar in AADS‖ (AFA 6851). We will apply for a Dept. of Education grant for the development of International Studies with a focus on West Africa, the teaching of Wolof language and culture at FIU, and the development of teaching about continental Africa in general. We will attempt to get funding to develop the partnerships we have with the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) and the University of The Gambia (UTG), with each one of which FIU has signed, on AADS‘ behalf, an MOU.

We will continue to work at successfully 04/09/10 Genocide Prevention Month expanding the geographic areas included in ―Darfur, Congo and the steps to peace‖ John AADS. This year, a particular emphasis will be Prendergast. RBD 1100, MMC put on the African diaspora in Latin America, about which we have developed a new course 07/15/10 12th Annual IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban (see above). We will organize an international Dance and Music Festival. VH 100, MMC conference on Afro Latino Social Movements in February 2011 (see below). We will also have a major conference on the social consequences of Faculty and graduate student travel The Program continued to fund Faculty and the Congo Wars in March 2011 (see below). Graduate Students Travel to conferences and research sites. Other goals We will try to develop a fundraising operation in South Florida, in support of AADS‘ programs. AADS GSA We were successful in encouraging graduate We have already opened a Foundation account students to develop the African & African with a $2,500.00 donation. We will continue to Diaspora Studies Graduate Student Association do our best to increase enrollment in both our (AADS GSA). It has been functioning since the undergraduate and graduate academic offerings. Fall semester 2009. It is including AADS MA We will develop our offerings for the online students and students enrolled in other graduate certificate. We will develop a study abroad programs at FIU who have a marked interest for program in Afro-Latin America, through African and/or African diaspora studies. We collaboration with LACC. find that this is a very valuable way to maintain a critical number of graduate students in contact I will end this statement by sharing with with the Program. Christina Bazzaroni is the everyone the joy I have to see the growth in the current President of the AADS GSA (see below). number of AADS Affiliate Faculty (see below). The quality of their research agendas greatly contributes to the widening of AADS‘ scope of Our top goals for the near future are: We will actively work towards getting a renewal interests (see below).

--Jean Muteba Rahier, Director 6

STATEMENT OF DIRECTOR OF AADS GRADUATE PROGRAMS I am pleased to report on the recent successes of our AADS graduate students. Ava Purkiss, who received her M.A. in 2009, has begun a Ph.D. program in African-American history at the University of Texas, where she will study with Jacqueline Jones and Amy Wolfson can be found in Berkeley, in the University of California‘s Ph.D. program in African Diaspora Studies. Sarah LabbĂŠ has returned from her very fruitful research trip in Madagascar (funded by an AADS Karell Travel Grant), and Noelle Theard successfully defended her thesis on the photography of global hip-hop culture. Finally, in conjunction with the study abroad program, Harriet Marin-Jones, Tyler Parry, Mamyrah Prosper, and Synatra Smith presented papers at Tourism and Seductions of Difference in Lisbon, Portugal in September. Our incoming cohort of students promises to equal these achievements in the future. We welcome Laurel Burchfield, our first student in the combined M.A./Ph.D. program in AADS and International Relations. Laurel plans to study questions of human rights and regional integration in Africa. Joining her this fall is Fiacre Bienvenu, who comes to us from Rwanda, where he has worked closely with a number of NGOs; Felix Jean-

Louis, who will study Haitian history and culture; and Neftali Mora, who received his B.A. here at FIU. In addition to the combined M.A./Ph.D. in IR, we are pleased to announce that AADS also now offers a combined M.A./Ph.D. with the history department, which has a program in Atlantic history that should prove a good fit with our expanding curriculum. History has a new addition to their faculty, April Merlaux, whose research on sugar, empire, and USCaribbean relations may catch the attention of AADS students. We anticipate developing a similar combined M.A./Ph.D. program with Global and Sociocultural Studies in 2011, a department that has also added a new faculty member who should be of interest to AADS students: Ulrich Oslender, who specializes in Afro-Colombian culture and politics. Finally, I would like to remind students and faculty that we will continue our Karell Travel Grant in 2010-2011, so if you have research, conference, or teaching travel to Africa, make sure you see the announcement in this newsletter and apply.

--Alex Lichtenstein, Graduate Program Director


STAFF Rosa Henriquez Office Assistant

Rosa has been with African and African Diaspora Studies since 2001. She coordinates all the events for the program, including conferences, lecture series and meetings. She manages the office and assists the Graduate Director in overseeing the Graduate Program in African & African Diaspora Studies. Rosa serves as a liaison between students, faculty and administrators and is always available to help. She grew up in the Dominican Republic and is the mother of three children. She is currently enrolled in the Event and Meeting Planning Certificate in the School of Hospitality Management. Cheryl Johnson Program Assistant

Cheryl has been with the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) since March, 2009. She coordinates with, and assists the AADS Director and the AADS Graduate Director on all academic projects and issues, including admissions, enrollment, curriculum management, student development and marketing communications. Prior to her arrival at FIU, Cheryl worked with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, in Toronto, where she lived for 10 years. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, Toronto.

Laurel Burchfield Graduate Assistant

Laurel began her graduate assistantship with AADS in August 2010. She holds B.A.s in English and History from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She has also studied Human Rights Law at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and interned with the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research in Arusha, Tanzania. Her research interest is in conflict prevention and early warning in both Africa and Eastern Europe. 8

AADS FACULTY AND COMMITTEES Core Faculty: Jean Muteba Rahier, Associate Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies & AADS, Director, AADS Jean-Robert Cadely, Associate Professor, Modern Languages & AADS Véronique Helenon, Assistant Professor, History & AADS

Alexandra Cornelius-Diallo, Assistant Professor, History and AADS Dionne Stephens, Assistant Professor, Psychology & AADS Andrea Queeley, Assistant Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies & AADS

Affiliated and Adjunct Faculty: Pascale Becel, Chair and Associate Professor, Modern Languages Steven R. Blevins, Assistant Professor, English Maya Boutaghou, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Women’s Studies John Clark, Professor, Politics & International Relations Lisa Delpit, Eminent Professor, Urban Education Carolina Faria, Assistant Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies Mohamed Farouk, Associate Professor, College of Education Jenna Gibbs, Assistant Professor, History & AADS Tometro Hopkins, Associate Professor, English Mariama Jaiteh, Adjunct Instructor, AADS Alexander Lichtenstein, Associate Professor, History & Director of Graduate Studies, AADS Andrea Mantell-Seidel, Associate Professor Dance & Director of Academic Programs, Latin American and Caribbean Center Assefa Melesse, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies April Merleaux, Assistant Professor, History Aurora Morcillo, Associate Professor, History and Women's Studies

Roderick Paul Neumann, Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies Ulrich Oslender, Assistant Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies Vrushali Patil, Assistant Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies & Women's Studies Valerie Patterson, Clinical Associate Professor, Public Administration Joyce Peterson, Associate Professor, History & Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Heather Russell, Associate Professor, English Vicky Silvera, Head, Special Collection, Library Augusto Soledade, Assistant Professor, Dance Linda Spears-Bunton, Associate Professor, College of Education Alex Stepick III, Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies Ida Tafari, Adjunct Instructor, Global & Sociocultural Studies & AADS Noelle Theard, Adjunct Instructor, AADS Chantalle Verna, Assistant Professor, History and Politics & International Relations Donna Weir-Soley, Associate Professor, English Kirsten Wood, Associate Professor, History Albert Wuaku, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Steering Committee: Jean-Robert Cadély Alexandra Cornelius-Diallo Véronique Helenon Tometro Hopkins Alex Lichtenstein

Valérie Patterson Andrea Queeley Jean Rahier Dionne Stephens Albert Wuaku 9

FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS Book Publications (Published) Russell, Heather D. 2009 Lebga's Crossing: Narratology in the African Atlantic – Athens. University of Georgia Press. Rahier, Jean Muteba, Percy C. Hintzen and Felipe Smith (Eds.) 2010 Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora. Urbana-Champaign: The University of Illinois Press. Peer-Reviewed. (This book is scheduled to be in print in November 2010). Books (in Press) Rahier, Jean Muteba In Review Process The Afro-Esmeraldian Festival of the Kings. Urbana-Champaign: The University of Illinois Press. Book Chapters (Published) Rahier, Jean Muteba 2010 ―The Ecuadorian Victories in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the Ideological Biology of (Non-) Citizenship.‖ In Global Circuits of Blackness: … Edited by J. M. Rahier, P. C. Hintzen and Smith. Urbana-Champaign: The University of Illinois Press: 29-45. Rahier, Jean Muteba 2010 ―The Survival of Colonial Categories in a Post-Colonial Time.‖ In GEO-graphics: a map of art practices in Africa, past and present. Edited by Anne-Marie Bouttiaux, Nicola Setari, Koyo Kouoh and David Adjaye. Milan: Silvana Editoriale. Hintzen, Percy and Jean Muteba Rahier 2010 ―Theorizing the African Diaspora: Metaphor, Miscognition, and SelfRecognition.‖ In Global Circuits of Blackness: … Edited by J. M. Rahier, P. C. Hintzen and F. Smith. Urbana-Champaign: The University of Illinois Press: ix- xxvi. Few, A. L. & Stephens, Dionne P. 2009 (Invited Chapter) African American adolescent female sexuality: Creating change using a womanist- ecological lens. In J. Mancini (Ed.) Pathways of Development: Explorations of Change. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Stephens, Dionne P. & Few, A. L. 2009 Hip Hop honeys or Video hos: African American preadolescents' understandings of popular culture-based female sexual scripts (pp. 36- 47). Reprinted in M. Stombler, D. Baunach, E. Burgess, D. Donnelly, W. Simonds, & E. Windsor (Eds.) Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader 3rd Edition. New York: Allyn & Bacon. 10

Book Chapters (Published) Stephens, Dionne P. & Few, A. L. 2009 The effects of images of African American women in hip hop on early adolescents‘ attitudes toward physical attractiveness and interpersonal relationships (pp. 109- 131). Reprinted in R. F. Plante (Editor), L. M. Maurer (Eds.) Doing Gender Diversity Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience. New York: Perseus Academic Publishing. Book Chapters (In Press) Rahier, Jean Muteba In Press ―Afro-Ecuadorian Community Organizing and Political Struggle: Influences on, and Participation in, Constitutional Processes.‖ In Politics Cultures Identities: Comparative Perspectives on Afro Latin America. Edited by John Burdick and Kwame Dixon. Gainesville: The University Press of Florida. Peer-Reviewed Rahier, Jean Muteba In Press ―The Microphysics of Colonial Power: Violence, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Belgian Colonial literature.‖ In La Présence africaine en Europe / African Presence in Europe. Edited by Bénédicte Ledent and Kathleen Gyssels. Paris: L’Harmattan. Rahier, Jean Muteba In Press ―Perspectiva General Sobre las Independencias Africanas.‖ In Las Independencias: Un Enfoque Mundial. Edited by Enrique Ayala Mora. Quito, Ecuador: Ediciones de la Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar. Not Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications (Published) Lichtenstein, Alex 2010 ―The Other Civil Rights Movement: Rileggendo la questione razziale negli Usa‖. Contempranea Thomas, T., Stephens Dionne P. & Blanchard, B. 2010 Hip Hop, Health and HPV: Using Wireless Technology to Increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Uptake. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 6, 6, 464470. Journal Publications (in Press) Stephens, Dionne P., Fernandez, P. & Richman, E. In press Ni pardo, ni prieto: The influence of parental skin color messaging on emerging adult Hispanic women‘s dating beliefs. Women & Therapy: Special Issue on Latinas and Latin America.

Journal Publications (Submitted) Cadély, Jean Robert Submitted, Under Review "Phonologie des Pronoms Personnels du Creéola haitien: Le Constituant Prosodique Groupe Clitique." Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS). University of California, Santa Barbara. 11

Journal Publications (Submitted) Rahier, Jean Muteba Submitted, Under Review ―From Invisibilidad to Participation in State Corporatism: Afro-Ecuadorian Community Organizing and Political Struggles and the Constitutional Processes of 1998 and 2008.‖ Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. PeerReviewed Published Commentary Rahier, Jean Muteba 2010 ‗‗The Diversity of Diasporic Subjectivities: Different and Separate Ontologies?‘‘ A Response To Kamari Clarke‘s ‗New Spheres Of Transnational Formations: Mobilizations Of Humanitarian Diasporas‘.‖ Transforming Anthropology 18(1): pp. 49-52. PeerReviewed Rahier, Jean Muteba 2010 ―Het kruispunt van seks, ras en macht in koloniaal Belgisch Congo.‖ In De bastaards van onze kolonie: Verzwegen verhalen van Belgische metissen. Edited by Kathleen Ghequière and Sibo Kanobana. Roeselare, Belgium: Roularta Books: 120-121. Not Peer-Reviewed 2011 Rahier, Jean Muteba 2010 “Het contractuele raamwerk van de aanwezigheid van Belgische kolonialen in de Congo.‖ In De bastaards van onze kolonie: Verzwegen verhalen van Belgische metissen. Edited by Kathleen Ghequière and Sibo Kanobana. Roeselare, Belgium: Roularta Books: 189-190. Conference Proceedings Cadély, Jean Robert 2010 "The Language of Instruction in Haiti: Competing Visions of Class Structures and Power." Proceedings International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies EDULEARN10) Publications. Barcelona, Spain. Book Reviews and Other Publications Rahier, Jean Muteba 2010 Review of the film ―Red Card: Soccer and Racism.‖ By Rodolfo Muñoz. In Spanish, subtitles in English. Third World Newsreel, 2007. 93 minutes. The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History 67:1, 151-152. Rahier, Jean Muteba 2009 Jessica Adams, Michael P. Bibler, & Cécile Accilien, eds. Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007. viii + 284 pp. in The New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (NWIG), vol. 83, nº3&4: 143-145.


Book Reviews and Other Publications Rahier, Jean Muteba In Press Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador’s Modern Indigenous Movements (book). By Marc Beker. Durham: Duke University Press. 303 pages. Forthcoming in EIAL Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe. URL: Rahier, Jean Muteba March 2010 E-published report entitled ―Ecuadorian Strategic Culture.‖ ARC, FIU/ Southcom. Recognition Stephens, Dionne P. 2010 Outstanding Faculty Researcher Recognition. Office of the Provost, Florida International University, Miami, FL. Stephens, Dionne P. 2010 Ms. Writers’ Workshop for Feminist Scholars, Fellowship. Ms. Magazine Foundation. Washington, DC Stephens, Dionne P 2009 Carolyn R. Payton Early Career Award. American Psychological Association Division 35: Psychology of Women, Section 1. Washington, DC. Stephens, Dionne P. 2009 MCUAAAR Summer Program on African American Aging Research, Fellowship. Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University and University of Michigan. Detroit, MI Conference Presentations Cadély, Jean-Robert July 2010 "The Language of Instruction in Haiti: Competing Visions of Class structures and Power." International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN10). Barcelona, Spain, July 5th-July 7th. Cadély, Jean-Robert May-June 2010 "Challenging the Boundaries between the use of French and Creole in Haiti's Educational System." 40th Conference of The Canadian Association for Latin Americam and Carlbbean Studies (CALACS). Concordia University. Montréal, Québec, Canada. 31 may-3June, 2010. Cadély, Jean-Robert March 2010 "Haiti and its Languages: Challenging the Boundaries between the use of French and Creole." 2nd International Conference on Caribbean Studies (ICCS). University of Cartagena. Cartegena de Indias, Columbia. March 15th-19th, 2010.


Cadély, Jean-Robert March 2010 Moderator of Panel: Lenguas Criollas y Communidades en Contacto 2nd International Conference on Caribbean Studies (ICCS). University of Cartagena, Columbia. March 15th-March 19th. Cadély, Jean-Robert October 2009 Moderator of Panel: An Identity of Passions Conference on Globalization, the "Crisis" of Capitalism and the Obama Presidency. African and African Diaspora Studies Program. Florida International University. October 30th, 2010. Lichtenstein, Alex October 2010 Will present paper entitled ―Works Committees and the Struggle for Industrial Citizenship in South Africa, 1973-1979‖ at the ―Labour Histories from the Global South‖ conference. Rahier, Jean Muteba July 25, 2010 Invited participation in the roundtable ―Diasporic Dialogues II: Exchange Program Policies, Research Production and Publications,‖ during the 6th Congress of Black Brazilian Researchers (COPENE), which took place at the Centro Federal de Educação CEFET (Federal Education Center) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rahier, Jean Muteba June 24, 2010 Invited presenter in Multi-Sited Seminars México-Francia 2008-2010: ―Construcción del diálogo entre académicos, actores politicos y colectivos sociales,” which took place in Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM, México D.F. Title of presentation: ―Ser, Sujeto y Agente en la Investigación Antropológica: Reflexiones Auto-Etnográficas.” Rahier, Jean Muteba November 18, 2009 Chair of, and presenter in, session ―Military Culture, Colonial Agents and Racial Intimacies.‖ Paper presented: ―From Racist Atrocity to Inter-Racial Intimacy in the Congo Free State: The Story of Clément Brasseur, an Agent of Leopold II.‖ Annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans Nov. 18-22, 2009. Rahier, Jean Muteba November 5, 2009 Seminar Leader: ―Ecuadorian Strategic Culture.‖ Organized by FIU‘s ARC for Southcom. Point of contact in ARC: Brian Fonseca. After leading that seminar, I put together a final report that was later presented at Southcom, in March 2010. Colleagues Bill Vickers and Juliet Erazo participated in the seminar and provided partial reports. Rahier, Jean Muteba October 30, 2009 Organizer of AADS Symposium at FIU: ―Globalization, the ‗Crisis of Capitalism, and the Obama Presidency.‖ The symposium was followed by a West African Dinner Soirée.


Stephens, D. April 2010 (Invited Presentation). Selling Sexy: Mainstream Hip Hop culture's commodification of Black female sexuality. Invited presentation in V. LaPoint (Chair), Marketing to Diverse Youth: Problems and Solutions. Annual Summit for the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood and the Judge Baker Children‘s Center of Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

Stephens, D. P. March 2010 African American female adolescents: Perceptions of maternal messages about sexualized imagery in mainstream Hip Hop music videos. Symposium Paper presented in M. Ward (Chair), Sexualized and Shapely: Media myths, models, and messages among African American youth. Bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Philadelphia, PA. Stephens, D. P., Few, A. L. & *Jex, A.M. February 2010 Chris & Rihanna: A Hip Hop informed dating violence intervention. Presentation for the National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan- American Psychological Association, Dallas, TX. Thomas, T. L. & Stephens, D. P. October 2009 Hip Hop, Health and HPV: Using media to increase HPV vaccination uptake. Innovative Session for the 4th Annual Emerging Adulthood Conference, Atlanta, GA. Stephens, D. P., **Aguilar, E., **Garcia, R. & Richman, E. August, 2009 The influence of parental skin color values on emerging adult Hispanic women’s dating beliefs. Presentation for the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association- Division 7: Developmental Psychology. Toronto, ON. Invited Addresses Cadély, Jean-Robert October 2009 Round Table on International Day of Creole Languages. SOSYETE KOUKOUY annual Symposium. Miami, Florida. Cadély, Jean-Robert October 2009 "Haitian Creole from the Past to the Present." International Creole Day: Languages and Cultures. Florida International University. October 28th, 2009 Lichtenstein, Alex April 2010 Lecturer on the history of the civil rights movement. Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Genoa Rahier, Jean Muteba September 18, 2009 Invited presenter at Africando Conference in Miami. Invited by The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) and FIU‘s ARC. Presentation of ―Tourism in the Senegambian Region.‖ * Graduate Student Author ** Undergraduate Student Author 15

Rahier, Jean Muteba July 27-31, 2009 Invited Participant in the Simposio Principal of the VII Congreso Ecuatoriano de Historia & IV Congreso Sudamericano de Historia entitled Las Independencias: Un Enfoque Mundial organized to celebrate the Bicentenario de la Revolución de Quito (10 de agosto de 1809). Title of presentation: Perspectiva General de las Independencias Africanas, presented on July 29, 2009. Stephens, D. P. March 2010 Adolescent women & media imagery: Linking violent images and language to sexual health outcomes. Non-Violence Project USA and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL Stephens, D. P. February 2010 Platanos &Collard Greens: Discussing interracial relationships in the new millennium. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL. Stephens, D. P. February 2010 (Keynote). Michelle, Melyssa & Madea: The impact of mainstream imagery of Black womanhood. Black History Month Lecture Series of the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. Stephens, D. P. November 2009 Judy Chicago & Womanist action. Judy Chicago Installation, Florida International University Women‘s Studies Program. Jewish Museum of South Florida, Miami Beach, FL. Stephens, D. P. February 2010 Celebrating sluts: Why are "slut lists" gaining popularity among teens? New York Times Research Roundtable Series hosted by the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and the MMC SGA. Florida International University, Miami, FL. Stephens, D. P. November 2009 A Womanist- Ecological framework of Black female sexual development. Invited address for the Social & Behavioral Sciences Graduate Colloquium Series. Miami International University, Miami, FL. Stephens, D. P. October 2009 Chris & Rihanna: Talking about Violence against Women in Hip Hop Culture. YWCA of Greater Miami, Miami, FL. Films/Media Cadély, Jean-Robert October 2010 Interview on Creole Languages WLRN, Miami Radio Show in Haitian Creole on the International Creole Day Celebration. October 22, 2010. Journalist: Cherol Marcelin. 16

Stephens, D. P. 2010 Interview with Deborah O‘Neil for FIU Magazine, April 27, 2010. Topic: Worlds Ahead- Focus on Outstanding Faculty at Florida International University Stephens, D. P. 2010 Interview for News @ FIU, April 6, 2010. Topic: Outstanding faculty award winners‘ perspectives on support for research in the FIU academic community. Stephens, D. P. 2009 Interview with Sissi Aguila for News @ FIU, October 23, 2009. Topic: Conducting Hip Hop and health research in the field of psychology. Stephens, D. P. 2009 Interview with Terri Terrance for Real Talk, Real Issues [live call-in radio program] broadcast on WMBM Radio AM 1490, September 19, 2009. Topic: Initiating discussions about sexual images in Hip Hop with children. Community Service Stephens, D. P. May 2007-present Representative- Commission on Human Rights, District 12 Representative, Miami-Dade County Government, Miami, Florida


Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora Edited by Jean Muteba Rahier, Percy C. Hintzen, and Felipe Smith Urbana/Champaign: University of Illinois Press Pub Date: 2010 Pages: 312 pages Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25 in. Illustrations: 11 Black & White Photographs, 1 Table

Locating and connecting diasporic identities on the global scene Global Circuits of Blackness is a sophisticated analysis of the interlocking diasporic connections between Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. A diverse and gifted group of scholars delve into the contradictions

of diasporic identity by examining at close range the encounters of different forms of blackness converging on the global scene. Contributors examine the many ways blacks have been misrecognized in a variety of contexts. They also explore how, as a direct result of transnational networking and processes of friction, blacks have deployed diasporic consciousness to interpellate forms of white supremacy that have naturalized black inferiority, inhumanity, and abjection. Various essays document the antagonism between African Americans and Africans regarding heritage tourism in West Africa, discuss the interaction between different forms of blackness in Toronto's Caribana Festival, probe the impact of the Civil Rights movement in America on diasporic communities elsewhere, and assess the anxiety about HIV and AIDS within black communities. The volume demonstrates that diaspora is a floating revelation of black consciousness that brings together, in a single space, dimensions of difference in forms and content of representations, practices, and meanings of blackness. Diaspora imposes considerable flexibility in what would otherwise be place-bound fixities. Contributors are Marlon M. Bailey, Jung Ran Forte, Reena N. Goldthree, Percy C. Hintzen, Lyndon Phillip, Andrea Queeley, Jean Muteba Rahier, StĂŠphane Robolin, and Felipe Smith. "Global Circuits of Blackness pushes the envelope on the theorizing of race in an interconnected global network. The editors have assembled a fresh intervention on the politics of globalization by synthesizing eras of black cultural theory with the pressures of contemporary global displacements."-May Joseph, author of Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship Jean Muteba Rahier is an associate professor of anthropology and the director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Florida International University. He is the coeditor, with Percy C. Hintzen, of Problematizing Blackness: Self Ethnographies by Black Immigrants to the United States. Percy C. Hintzen is a professor of African American Studies and the chair of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of West Indians in the West: Self Representations in a Migrant Community. Felipe Smith is an associate professor of English at Tulane University and the author of American Body Politics: Race, Gender, and Black Literary Renaissance.

Subjects: Black Studies / History, World

Legba’s Crossing: Narratology in the African Atlantic By Heather Russell University of Georgia Press Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 224 Illustrated

A descriptive critical theory for reading African Atlantic aesthetic production

In Haiti, Papa Legba is the spirit whose permission must be sought to communicate with the spirit world. He stands at and for the crossroads of language, interpretation, and form and is considered to be like the voice of a god. In Legba’s Crossing, Heather Russell examines how writers from the United States and the anglophone Caribbean challenge conventional Western narratives through innovative use, disruption, and reconfiguration of form.

Russell’s in-depth analysis of the work of James Weldon Johnson, Audre Lorde, Michelle Cliff, Earl Lovelace, and John Edgar Wideman is framed in light of the West African aesthetic principle of àshe, a quality ascribed to art that transcends the prescribed boundaries of form. Àshe is linked to the characteristics of improvisation and flexibility that are central to jazz and other art forms. Russell argues that African Atlantic writers self-consciously and self-reflexively manipulate dominant forms that prescribe a certain trajectory of, for example, enlightenment, civilization, or progress. She connects this seemingly postmodern meta-analysis to much older West African philosophy and its African Atlantic iterations, which she calls the "Legba Principle.”

Reviews "This text contributes to intellectually and academically pertinent concerns on nation and nationhood, freedom and slavery, and race, gender, and sexuality as contentious ontological sites in the conquest and reformulation of the Americas." —Glyne Griffith, coeditor of Color, Hair, and Bone: Race in the Twenty-first Century "Legba's Crossing is a fascinating, well-written book of considerable significance to African diaspora literary studies. Professor Russell's readings of the simultaneous 'materialist immersion and formal innovation' of these writers is an original and highly generative theoretical perspective." —Arlene R. Keizer, author of Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery "The words Legba and crossing signal far more than another predictable book tracing the here and there of a so-called Black Atlantic. Legba’s Crossing heralds, instead, a virtuoso scholarly cross over. Russell arrives resolutely at comprehensively nuanced and analytical ports of call. Her critical voyage is scintillatingly original, manifestly interdisciplinary, and instructive. Readers will find themselves renewed by her activist scholarship as well as her formalist analyses. Legba’s Crossing indisputably pilots Diaspora Studies to the forefront of contemporary expressive cultural analysis and debate." —Houston A. Baker, Distinguished University Professor, Vanderbilt University "Legba’s Crossing puts Heather Russell among the best of her generation of scholars, adept in reading both formal literature and its theory and popular culture. Her work demonstrates a fluidity in its critical movements between Caribbean and U.S. African American textualities. Her book dislodges the earlier Black Atlantic discourse from its North Atlantic framing and makes it applicable to a larger African diaspora understanding. Legba, who has been coming through in a variety of other texts, is a prominent articulator of a middle-passage epistemology, which finally gets full presentation here. Above all, Heather Russell demonstrates an ease, confidence, and critical astuteness, particularly in her attention to what she calls the "formal eruptions of the African Atlantic." —Carole Boyce Davies, author of Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones

NEW AFFILIATE FACULTY DR. APRIL MERLEAUX is an Assistant Professor of History. She recently completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University, where she was affiliated with the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Dr. Merleaux also holds an M.S. degree in Agriculture Food and Environment from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her research and teaching focuses on U.S. cultural and social history, comparative racial formations and ethnic studies, production and consumption of sugar, histories of food and agriculture, race and labor, and transnational commodity cultures.


―Citizens of the World: Transatlantic Migrations and Contested Identities (1770s-1820s),‖ which will examine the intersecting lives of six transatlantic cultural interlocutors: loyalist and academician Myles Cooper; actress, playwright, and schoolmistress Susanna Rowson; actor Thomas Cooper; political journalist William Cobbett; radical novelist and schoolmistress Eliza Fenwick; and former slave and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano. Citizens of the World questions Gibbs‘ research interests are situated what British and American national in the British Atlantic in the long identity meant during the turbulent revolutionary era (1760s-1850s) and years between the American she is broadly interested in the Revolution and the aftermath of the interrelationship of culture and War of 1812 through these figures politics. Her current book who, driven by the winds of project, ―Performing the Temple of revolution and reaction -- and, in Liberty: Slavery, Theater and Equiano‘s case, slavery and Popular Culture in the British Atlantic (1800s-1850s),‖ is near completion and freedom -- crisscrossed the Atlantic to resettle in examines the crucial role of transatlantic popular Great Britain, the United States, and the Caribbean and traces how they adapted to their culture – theater, broadsides, ballads, cartoons new environs by translating and re-translating and other related media - in steering Anglotheir own sense of political, cultural, and national American debates about slavery, rights, and identity. antislavery. Gibbs is also in the early stages of research for her second project, tentatively titled had a 20+ year career in theater and theater education before returning to higher education to complete her Ph.D. in history at UCLA and coming to FIU as an assistant professor in 2009. She teaches undergraduate courses in colonial and revolutionary American history and graduate courses in American and British Atlantic history, with particular emphasis on questions of race and gender.


DR. ULRICH OSLENDER, a German citizen, received his MA in Geography and Hispanic Studies with a First Class degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1997. He continued his postgraduate studies at University of Glasgow and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Geography in 2001 with his doctoral dissertation titled: ―Black communities on the Colombian Pacific coast and the ‗aquatic space‘: a spatial approach to social movement theory‖. Dr Oslender then worked as a ESRC Research Fellow on two consecutive, competitive postdoctoral awards at the University of Glasgow on the geographies of social movements in Latin America.

World Regional Geography and an upper division course in Political Geography. At the graduate level he teaches a seminar on Critical Geopolitics. Since 2001, Professor Oslender has been Associated Researcher at the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History in Bogotá, where his monograph Comunidades negras y espacio en el Pacífico colombiano was published in 2008. He has also frequently worked with the media and produced amongst others programs on black cultural politics in Colombia for the BBC World Service.

Professor Oslender is on the editorial boards of In 2005 he was awarded a prestigious Marie the Bogotá-based social science journals Tabula Curie International Fellowship by the Rasa. Revista de Humanidades, and Cuadernos European Commission that took him to work at de Geografía (Universidad Nacional de UCLA with renowned political geographer Colombia). He is also an International Advisory Professor John Agnew on geopolitical discourses Board member of the Spanish-based journals of terror. He is now Assistant Professor in the Guaraguao. Revista de Cultura Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies Latinoamericana, and Geopolíticas (Universidad and Affiliated Faculty of AADS at FIU. His Complutense de Madrid). teaching covers the core undergraduate course in

DR. CAROLINE FARIA joined the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at FIU in Fall 2010. She studied Geography at the University of Leeds in the UK before moving to Seattle to complete her PhD at the University of Washington in 2009. Her research explores questions of gender and nationalism with early work examining the gendered politics of HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns in Ghana, West Africa. More recently her research has focused on questions of gender and diasporic nationalism amongst Southern Sudanese communities living in the US, with a focus on popular culture, new medias and performance. She has published articles on these topics in both Geography and interdisciplinary Women's Studies journals including Social and Cultural Geography, the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Caroline will be teaching a critical development studies course on Africa this spring. 23

Dr. Maya Boutaghou is Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Women Studies. From 2008 to 2010, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California Los Angeles (in the Center for ‗Cultures in Transnational Perspective‘), teaching in the Departments of Women's Studies and Comparative Literature. She completed her dissertation in Comparative Literature at the University of Limoges (France) exploring the link between the emergence of the historical novel and the construction of national and cultural identity in four major colonized areas (Australia, Bengal, Egypt, Mexico) at the end of the 19th century. She is now working on a book focused on first women writers in a plurilingual context (Egypt, Bengal, Mauritius, and Algeria) : A Poetics of the Transcultural Subject.

Dr. Boutaghou‘s main research and teaching areas and topics are Cultural and Cross-cultural Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literatures and Cultures (in Arabic, English, French, Spanish), and Gender Studies

Dr. Maya Boutaghou’s Publications (in French): 2010, Actes du Colloque Dislocations culturelles, ―Elles-mêmes comme des autres : Toru Dutt (1856-1877) et Mayy Ziyadha (1886-1941)‖ [Themselves as Others: Toru Dutt (1856-1877) and Mayy Ziyadha], Université de Metz, forthcoming winter 2010. (Peer Reviewed) 2010, ―Peur de la fiction ? Le cas de la modernité arabe‖ [Fear of Fiction? The Case of Arab Modern Culture], in Poétiques comparatistes, Fiction et cultures: La pensée de la fiction est-elle universelle? [Fiction and Cultures: Is the concept of fiction universal?], ed. F. Lavocat and A. Duprat, Poétiques Comparatistes, journal of the SFLGC (Société française de Littérature Comparée), pp. 310-330. (Peer Reviewed) 2010, ―Emergent subjectivities in nineteenth century India and Egypt: Toru Dutt (1856-77) and Mayy Ziyadah (1886-1941)‖, ed. Dr Souad Slaoui, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco, forthcoming 2010. 2010, ―‗Defense et illustration‘ d‘un universel mauricien‖, in International Journal of Francophone Studies, ed. Françoise Lionnet and Thomas Spear, forthcoming Fall 2010. (Peer Reviewed) 2010, January: ―Comment le roman historique dénonce-t-il la rhétorique de l‘Histoire?‖ [―How does the Historical Novel Denounce the Rhetoric of History?‖], in Marges de l‘histoire événementielle dans le récit historique, edited by André Peyronie and Dominique PeyracheLeborgne, Nantes: Cécile Defaut, Horizons Comparatistes, 2010, pp. 377-388. (Peer Reviewed) 2009, September: ―Entre universalisme et relativisme : Des Lettres persanes de Montesquieu à l‘Or de Paris de Tahtâwî‖ [―Between Universalims and Relativism : From The Persian Letters by Montesquieu to Gold of Paris by Tahtâwî‖], in L‘ailleurs de l‘autre, Récits de voyageurs extra-européens, sous la direction de Claudine Le Blanc et Jacques Weber, CRHA, Press Universitaire de Rennes, 2009, pp. 29-43. (Peer Reviewed) 24


Ava Purkiss, MA, ’09

Ava Purkiss presented her thesis work, titled ―The Servant Room Blues: African American Women‘s Domestic Work and Resistance Strategies (1886-1928),‖ at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 94th Annual Convention on October 1, 2009. She will also present her paper entitled ―This Here Job Don‘t Pay Me Much: Black Domestics and their Strategies for Economic Justice‖ at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 95th Annual Convention on September 30, 2010. In addition to these presentations, Purkiss instructed an online Noelle Theard is now an adjunct professor at history course (AMH 4573: African American FIU, teaching two online courses, Africa and History from the Late 19th Century to the Africans in Film and African Visual Arts. She Present) at FIU during the Spring 2010 semester. has also developed a photography program and Purkiss is also a member of The Association for teaches more than forty students in a oncethe Study of African American Life and History, weekly class at the Museum of Contemporary and received the Florida International University Art in North Miami. Co-director of FotoKonbit College of Arts and Sciences Award for (, a non-profit that Outstanding Academic Achievement in African empowers Haitians through photography both in and African Diaspora Studies in April of 2009. Haiti and in Diaspora, Theard returned to Haiti in October to produce the fifth FotoKonbit Purkiss is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program workshop of 2010. As a part of its Haiti in History at the University of Texas in Austin, symposium on November 5, FIU will be where she has received a Graduate School exhibiting FotoKonbit for its first-ever public exhibition. Noelle‘s photography can be seen on Diversity Fellowship. She is pursuing further research on the cultural and political impacts of her website: African American domestic workers and the ways they engaged in and contributed to black Kendra S. Orr, Ed.D. '01 feminism in the Progressive Era. Kendra Orr completed her Thesis, titled ―Inner City Schools and Suburban Schools Graduation Rates‖ in 2001. She is currently working on her second doctorate in science with a 2010 Dissertation date on the Chinese Guanxi in American Corperations. Kendra has been traveling in Europe and China as part of her research on international business and learning Mandarin Chinese. Her professional memberships include the educational fraternity Phi Delta Kappa and she presented at the 2009 American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABS) Conference. 25


Continuing Students– MA Roberto Fernandez (part-time)– -who is finishing his thesis on teacher perception of student motivation . Sarah Labbé – -who will finish her research on culture and development in Madagascar. Scott Morella – - whose work focuses on the construction of regional space and identity in southern Africa. Christina Bazzaroni - -who is studying African Diasporic spiritual elements within Hip Hop culture. Jameel Barnes (part-time) - -who is completing a thesis on Nigerian oil politics in the Clinton-Abacha Years. Sabrina Collins (part-time)

New Students- MA Laurel Burchfield - -who is interested in African Conflict Prevention and Conflict Early Warning. Fiacre Bienvenu - -who is interested in African Social Development and Governance. Felix Jean-Louis - -who is interested in the Haitian Identity as it relates to the Afro diaspora as well as the insights it gives on ameliorating the Haition Condition. Neftali Mora - -who is interested in race and racism in Brazil with Capoeira.



Continuing Students- Certificate Mamyrah Prosper– -who is doing a PhD in Comparative Sociology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies and is interested in issues of gender, sexuality, nation-state, blackness and Haiti. Angela Roe– -who is doing a PhD in Comparative Sociology with a focus on cultural anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies with the topic ―Racisim as a colonial heritage in Curacao (The Dutch Caribbean).‖ Synatra Smith– -who is doing a PhD in Comparative Sociology in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies and is studying post-colonial identity construction through performance poetry. Marise Sagna-who is doing an MA in International and Intercultural Education and is interested in sustainable economical construction for African nations and gender roles in the postcolonial era. Gee Yason-who is doing a PhD in Legal Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies and focusing on the clashes between cultural belief and legal issues surrounding human rights for Afro-Brazilian women domestic workers.

New Students- Certificate Ayana Morgan Paris Clark-Gross Ann Marie Warmenhoven Marcela Román


AADS GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION Greetings! My name is Christina Bazzaroni and I am the President of the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Student Association (AADSGSA). This year, the AADSGSA will be hosting and cohosting some very exciting events. Membership to the organization is open and we welcome any new members at any time. We encourage you to come and check out any of the events listed below. Our first General Meeting was a great success and we had a terrific turnout. Please join us at our next general meeting where we will further discuss and plan attendance for the upcoming events, as well as begin brainstorming an event for the Spring Semester. All ideas are welcome! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

AADS GSA 2010-2011 Events Fall Semester General Meetings (Located in LC 325): October 7th 3:30-4:30 November 4th 3:30 - 4:30 December 2nd 3:30-4:30 Fall Semester Events: 10/15/10 Eric Williams Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by AADSGSA 10/29/10 Organic Hip Hop, presented by AADSGSA 11/5/10 Haiti & Her Diaspora, co-sponsored by AADSGSA

Volunteers Needed: Oct 29 – Organic Hip Hop event – 4 volunteers Nov 5 – Humanities Afternoon – 4 volunteers Spring Semester Events: Feb 4 - Black Diversity in South Florida Feb 21 - The Spirituality of African Judaism Feb 24-25 - Afro Latino Conference March 24 - 4th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture March 25 - Congo Wars Conference

AADSGSA 2010-2011 Officers: President - Christina Bazzaroni Treasurer - Laurel Burchfield CSO Representative/Secretary Felix Jean Louis

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WORLDS AHEAD FIU embarked on a branding initiative in 2009 with the website Under this unified message, FIU is advancing its International name and highlighting the knowledge and experience of its diverse student body and faculty by encouraging students and prospective students to be worlds ahead. Two AADS affiliated professors, Dr. Dionne Stephens and Dr. John Clark, are featured in this campaign. Clark conducted his interview for the Worlds Ahead website this fall and his video should be available on the website soon. As part of the Worlds Ahead campaign, visitors are encouraged to take a short Worlds Ahead Quiz in order to ―meet a few people who might inspire you‖ and to even submit their own biographical video about how they are Worlds Ahead. In a brief video, Stephens discusses her current work on sexuality and the way that Hip Hop has influenced her research. Stephens teaches classes with the Psychology Department on Psychology of Women and Race and Gender & Sexuality in Hip Hop.

FACEBOOK Join the African & African Diaspora Studies Program Facebook page to keep up with all the happenings of AADS. This will be your resource for activities, news and photos so that you can always know what your alma mater is doing. Reunite with classmates, find an event to attend and let us know what you‘ve been doing with your AADS connection at the African and African Diaspora Studies Program Facebook page.


AADS STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS Reporting on 2010 Senegal/The Gambia FIU Graduate and Undergraduate students participated in the first AADS study abroad program in Senegal and The Gambia during the summer of 2010. During these five weeks the students were introduced to West African culture and traditions through studying the centrality of tourism. The students visited local heritage sights such as Gorée Island, the center of the West African slave trade to the Americas and the village of Juffureh, identified in Alex Haley‘s novel Roots as the homseland of Kunta Kinte‘s ancestors. To learn more about the activities and success of the study abroad program, please go to the AADS website or read the article by the Beacon, FIU‘s student newspaper.

Opposite Page, From Top Right Clockwise: -Sarah Conklin, undergraduate student getting a brief lesson on drumming. -Synatra Smith, graduate student next to the first female chief in the Gambia, chief of Juffureh -Students drumming and dancing with group of people before the Kanali Festival. The Kanali Festival is a Roots festival where different ethnic groups through the continent of Africa (particularly West Africa) come together to display certain musical and dance elements of their culture. -Mamyrah Prosper, at the Door of No Return, in the Maison des Esclaves on Gorée Island in Senegal -Study Abroad students traveling to N’Gor Island, Dakar -David Jones and Kanali resident, drumming before the Kanali Festival -Tyler Parry, graduate student from University of South Carolina, drumming with a group of people before the Kanali Festival

2010 Study Abroad group in Dakar, Senegal in front of "La Renaissance Africaine" Monument, a 49m tall bronze statue, designed by a Senegalese architect and built by the North Koreans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 30 Senegalese independence from France.



May 16-June 19, 2011

Senegal & The Gambia: Traditions, Globalization, and Tourism in West Africa is a five-week program designed to provide students with an introduction to West African cultures and traditions. The program explores the growing centrality of tourism—particularly ―cultural and heritage tourism‖— as an increasingly significant sector of the global economy. Students will be introduced to West Africa‘s largest ethnic groups (including the Wolof, Mandinka, and Fulani), and will gain rudimentary understanding of the Wolof language and culture, as they explore questions related to the politics and aesthetics of constructing difference in globalized tourism. While in Senegal, students will visit Gorée Island and its Maison des Esclaves (slave house). Gorée is a poignant reminder of the region‘s role as the center of the West African slave trade to the Americas. Students will also visit the Petite Côte, mostly known for its beautiful beaches, and SaintLouis, the capital of the French colony of Senegal located 320 km north of Dakar. In The Gambia, students will visit the Abuko Nature Reserve, Kanilai Village, and the village of Juffureh, which was identified by Alex Haley as the place of origin of his ancestors. Students will also visit James Island and the ruins of Fort James, from where slaves were shipped to the Americas. In addition, students will engage in ethnographic work in Kololi Beach near Banjul. Saint-Louis and Gorée Island in Senegal, and James Island in The Gambia, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. View the 2010 Program and the 2011 Program Details at the AADS website. Afro-Latino Social Movements Study Abroad in Brazil and Ecuador AADS is actively looking into expanding its Summer Abroad programs. Beginning possibly as early as Summer 2011B, AADS in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) will host a program in Brazil and Ecuador. The focus of this study abroad will be to study two very different Afro-Latino communities and Afro-Latino Social Movements. Check the website and Facebook for more information as it becomes available. 32

2011 STUDY ABROAD COURSES ANG 6472 Anthropology of Globalization (graduate section) (3 credits) This graduate section provides an examination of the global economic, political, and cultural processes including the movements of people, commodities, and capital; and a study of formation of identities, consumption practices, and gender dynamics. The course will be mostly taught during a summer abroad in Senegal and in The Gambia, West Africa, where tourism is a major national industry. The course‘s focus will ANT 4473 Anthropology of Globalization mostly be on the practice/performance of (Undergraduate Section) (3 credits) ―cultural or heritage tourism‖ in the This course provides an examination of the global economic, political, and cultural processes Senegambian region from the perspective of the multi-disciplinary field of inquiry called including the movements of people, ―tourism studies.‖ commodities, and capital; and a study of the formation of identities, consumption practices, AFA 6905 Special Independent Study / and gender dynamics. Offered at the Directed Readings in AADS (3 credits) undergraduate level, this course will be mostly taught during a summer abroad in Senegal and in The main objectives of the course is to familiarize enrolled students to the scholarly The Gambia, West Africa, where tourism is a major national industry. The course‘s focus will preoccupations, research and literary methods and writing styles and publications of West mostly be on the practice/performance of African, and mostly Senegalese and Gambian, ―cultural or heritage tourism‖ in the Senegambian region from the perspective of the scholars/intellectuals multi-disciplinary field of inquiry called ―tourism studies.‖ WOL 1998 Introduction to Wolof I (3 credits) This is an introductory course to Wolof language and culture. Its goal is to provide students with rudimentary understanding of the language and the ability to use it in daily life situations during the summer program in Senegal and The Gambia. The course will also make the students culturally aware of Wolof cultural particularities and cultural history

Graduate student Harriet Marin-Jones, undergraduate student Rosemary Artigas, and graduate student Synatra Smith listen to a guide talk about the old slave castle on an island near Juffureh.


KARELL TRAVEL GRANT AADS MA student and Karell Travel Grant recipient recently conducted field research in Madagascar With the generous help of the Karell Travel Grant, MA student Sarah Labbé recently travelled to Madagascar to conduct field research for her master's thesis, temporarily titled: Linguistic Collision: The Choice of the Language of Instruction and its Implications for Secondary School Students' Identification Processes in Coastal Madagascar. ―It is my hope that this research will contribute to the gathering of useful knowledge for the improvement of education in Madagascar,‖ had stated Labbé. The research took place over the course of two months in Mahajanga, Madagascar, a relatively small coastal city with a population of about 155,000 people. Often described by locals as a cosmopolitan city for its ethnically diverse population, Mahajanga offered a unique setting in which to study the Malagasy education system. Sarah visited several schools in Mahajanga to observe classes and interview students, teachers, and administrators in an effort to better understand from a Malagasy perspective the dynamics of language within the education system, the resulting challenges, and possible solutions.

MA student Sarah Labbé and Karell African Dream Vacation’s Craig Pieters, sponsor of the Karell Travel Grant

The Karell Travel Grant was made possible through a generous gift from Norman and Craig Pieters of Karell's African Dream Vacations, a family-owned travel agency that specializes in travel to the African continent. The Grant helps make Africa-bound academic travel possible for AADS M.A. students and faculty, by providing one round trip ticket from Miami to any point in Africa per year. ―I am extremely grateful to have been awarded this grant. Without the help of Karell Travel, I would not have been able to realize my goal of travelling abroad to conduct field research. I consider this opportunity to be of great importance not only for completing my thesis but I also believe that it will significantly contribute to my professional development and personal growth,‖ says Labbé. Labbé preseented her research findings at the Karell Lecture on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:00pm, in LC 309 at FIU‘s Modesto Maidique Campus.


KARELL TRAVEL GRANT TO AFRICA: DEADLINE, OCTOBER 31, 2010 AADS invites graduate students, core and affiliated AADS faculty wishing to travel to Africa to apply for a Karell Travel Grant. The grant provides a round-trip ticket from Miami to any point in Africa, courtesy of Karell African Dream Vacations.

Eligibility Application Procedure Students enrolled in the MA Program in AADS masters or in the Combined MA in AADS/Ph.D in History or IR may apply, as may core and affiliated AADS. Proposed travel objectives can include: Research in archives based in an African country Fieldwork in an African country Attendance and paper presentation (or any other contribution) at a conference or workshop relevant to AADS in an African country Teaching at an African university To spend two weeks or more at an African university or research institute as a visiting scholar Obligations Upon return from Africa, the grant recipient will be expected to give a public presentation about his or her work. Publications resulting from this travel should acknowledge the support of Karell Travel and of AADS.

Applicants for the grant should supply the following: A proposal outlining the work to be conducted and its connection to the student‘s or faculty‘s research agenda and/or academic career. The proposal should be limited to two single-spaced pages, and should include proposed dates of travel and itinerary. A two-page c.v. A letter of support from an advisor (for students) or from the relevant department chair (for faculty) Any appropriate invitation or supplemental material, e.g. conference program, letter of invitation, archival descriptions. Applicants planning to conduct fieldwork should supply the appropriate IRB documentation. Deadlines All application materials should be received by October 31, 2010, and should be sent to: Dr. Jean Rahier Director, AADS LC 308 Florida International University 11200 S.W. 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199 USA

Announcement of the award will be made by the end of November, 2010. 35

PAST EVENTS Spring 2010

Fall 2010

2/1-3/15 ―Talking Chairs: A Mosaic of the Black Atlantic‖, Expose of D.D. Devylder. Opening Reception on February 4, 2010 at 6:30pm

8/18 AADS Graduate Students Orientation 8/31 Round Table Discussion on ―Are Africans Responsible for the Transatlantic Slave Trade?‖ Dr. Jean Rahier 9/3 Student Panel Presentation ―The Revelation, Re-Affirmation, and Re-Invention of Self Through the ‗Discovery,‘ Consumption, and Experiencing of Others: Globalization and Interactions in Senegambian Tourism Formations 9/3 AADS Welcome Back Reception

2/11-2/13 AADS Film Festival 3/9 "Madona, Oprah and Angelina: Gender and the Politics of Celebrity Activism in Africa" talk by Dr. Zine Magubane, Boston College 3/25 "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness" film and lecture by Dr. Vincent Brown, Harvard University 4/1 "Chris Gray Memorial Lecture" by Ambassador James McGee

9/15 Karell Lecture-Report of Fieldwork in Madagascar During the Spring Semester 2010. Focus of Thesis: ―Ethnicity and the Language of Instruction in the Education System of Madagascar‖ Sarah Labeé, AADS Graduate Student 10/15 12th Annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture. Guest Speaker: P.J. Patterson, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica id=2279

MA and Certificate Students at “Talking Chairs: A Mosaic of the Black Atlantic.” 36

On Friday, September 3, AADS celebrated new and returning students at the annual Welcome Back Reception. In attendance were Dr. Kenneth Furton, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Dawn Addy, Director of the Center for Labor Research and Studies and Dr. Jean Robert Cadely (pictured above left) Prior to the Reception, students who participated in the Summer 2010 Study Abroad program: Senegal & The Gambia: Traditions, Globalization, and Tourism in West Africa, presented their findings to a crowd of AADS students, faculty and others. In attendance were Rosa Henriquez (above right), Professor Mariama Jaiteh (right), Michael Nicol, Manager of Party City Gambia and Mr. Lamine Cham, Gambian Concert Organizer (below with Dr. Jean Rahier and graduate and undergraduate student participants) Students then traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to present their papers at the Conference on Tourism and Seductions of Difference in September.


FUTURE EVENTS Fall 2010 10/29 AADS Graduate Student Organization presents: Organic Hip Hop. Co-sponsored by AADS, CSO and Difference Makers, Inc. 11/5 AADS Humanities Afternoon. ―Haiti and her Dyaspora: The Politics of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Politics‖ Symposium. Followed by a reception and photograph exhibit by Fotokonbit in the GC Gallery.

Spring 2011 2/4 AADS GSA Presents: Black Diversity South Florida. Co-sponsored by Difference Makers, Inc and CSO 2/20 Program in the Study of Spirituality presents ―In Search of Lost Tribes in Asia and Africa‖ Dr. Tudor Partiff, SOAS, University of London. Co-Sponsored by AADS, TAK Honor Society and Temple Emanu-El 2/21 Spirituality and Growth of African Judaism. Tribes in Asia and Africa‖ Dr. Tudor Partiff, SOAS, University of London. Co-Sponsored by AADS, TAK Honor Society and Temple EmanuEl 2/24--2/25 Afro Latino Conference: http:// 3/24 4th Annual Chris Gray Memorial. Lecture and reception (Speaker and title TBA) Cosponsored by AADS GSA and CSO 3/25 Congo Wars Conference ―Social Crisis, Social Order and Congo Wars‖ id=441


Florida International University School of International and Public Affairs

African and African Diaspora Studies present

The Wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo Human Survival and Social Change Amidst Devastation Co-sponsored by the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Student Association, the Council for Student Organizations, and the Women Studies Center. March 24-25, 2011 GL 220, Modesto Maidique Campus Florida International University

This conference will address the social crises wrought by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s wars, which have raged in the country continuously since 1996. From 1996 to 2010, the DRC wars have involved the intervention of several neighboring states, the emergence of rebel armies that have sought to seize control of resources and of the state, and the advent of local militias created for both predation and protection. The social costs have been devastating. The conflicts have caused more deaths—estimates range to over 5 million—than any violent conflict since World War II. Meanwhile, the wars have shredded the social and political fabric of the eastern region, and have had overwhelmingly destructive impacts on the entire country. Social and environmental devastation have led to the emergence of new forms of spirituality, new techniques for survival amidst chaos, and new patterns of state-society relations. The papers presented at this conference shed light on the social and political transformations that have accompanied the long years of war in the DRC. Thursday, March 24, 2010 GL 220, FIU, Modesto Maidique Campus 4:00pm

Conference Keynote Address

Chris Gray Memorial Lecture The Impact of Social and Political Violence on Congo’s Children Solange Ghonda, The DRC’s Ambassador for Children 6:00pm

Conference’s Opening Reception


The Wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo Human Survival and Social Change Amidst Devastation Friday, March 25, 2010 GL 220, FIU Modesto Maidique Campus 8:00am

Registration Continental Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks Doug Wartzok, Provost, Florida International University John Stack, Director, School of International & Public Affairs, FIU Jean Muteba Rahier, Director, African & African Diaspora Studies, FIU


The Conference’s Concept John Clark, Florida International University


The Social and Environmental Impact of the Congo Wars Chair: Jean Muteba Rahier, Florida International University


The Intergenerational Health Effects of Rape during the Congo Wars Nicole d’Errico, University of Florida


The Social Impact of the Conflict in the Ituri Region of the DRC Dan Fahey, University of California—Berkeley


The Exploitation of Mineral Resources and Its Impact on Nation Building and Development in the Congo Charles Tshimanga, University of Nevada—Reno




Coffee Break


Wars and Economic Subsistence in the DRC Chair: Alex Lichtenstein, Florida International University


Unearthing the ‘Politics of the Belly’ from Below: The Role of Peripheral Economies in Eastern DRC Ann Laudati, Utah State University


The Impact of the Wars on Everyday Economic Life Emizet Kisangani, Kansas State University

12:00 pm


12:20 pm



Civil-Military Relations in Congo as the Wars Wind Down Chair: John Clark, Florida International University


Civil-Rebel Relations and the Transformation of Post-Conflict Society in Western Congo. Tatiana Caryannis, Social Science Research Council


The Evolution of the Forces Armées de la RDC (FARDC) and Its Impact on Society Aaron Hale, University of Florida


Punishments and Pleasures: Violence Against Civilians and the Role of CivilMilitary Relations and (Un)Gendered Identities in the DR C Marie Eriksson Baaz, Gothenberg University, Sweden




Coffee Break


Violence, Social Behavior, and Religion After the Congo Wars Chair: Véronique Helenon, Florida International University


Kuluna! War Culture and Youth Gangs in Kinshasa Didier Gondola, Indiana University—Purdue University, Indianapolis


From Devastation to Mobilization: The Muslim Community’s Involvement in Social Welfare in Post-Conflict DRC Ashley Leinweber, University of Florida




By Way of Conclusion, a Roundtable Discussion Chair: John Clark, Florida International University Troy Elder, College of Law, FIU Pierre Michel Fontaine, University of Miami Laurie Shrage, Women’s Studies, FIU Jean Rahier, African & African Diaspora Studies, FIU


Conference’s Closing Reception

Flag-map of the Democratic Republic of the Congo property of Darwinek

Afro Latino Social Movements From “Monocultural Mestizaje” and “Invisibility” to Multiculturalism and State Corporatism/Cooptation

An International Conference The conference will explore the transformations of the political landscapes within which Afro Latino social movements have been operating since the end of the 1970s. It is premised on the assertion

that, distinctively in different national contexts, the major characteristic of these transformations is the

passage from “monocultural mestizaje” and “invisibility” of Afro Latinos organized and reproduced by the State and by other social actors to multiculturalism and State corporatism (or State cooptation, as some

prefer to call it). Contributions will place a special emphasis on the consequences of State corporatism on Afro Latino social movements.

February 24 – 25, 2011

Graham Center Ballroom

Florida International University

11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199 An Afro Bolivian woman poses while walking home; 2009 photographs by Ric Francis

Co-sponsored by the Latin American & Caribbean Center, the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Students Association, the Haitian Students Association, and the FIU Council for Student Organizations. The event is open to all FIU and non-FIU students and to the entire community.

African & African Diaspora Studies Modesto A. Maidique Campus | 11200 S.W. 8th St., LC 304, Miami, Florida 33199 305-348-4264 |

School of International and Public Affairs

Afro Latino Social Movements From “Monocultural Mestizaje” and “Invisibility” to Multiculturalism and State Corporatism/Cooptation

February 24 – 25, 2011

Graham Center Ballroom

Florida International University

11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199 An Afro Ecuadorian woman at the 2008 National Constituent Assembly shows a book she just purchased; photograph by Jean Muteba Rahier

PRESENTATIONS BY: Alexandra Ocles Padilla Minister, Secretaría de Pueblos, Movimientos Sociales y Participación Ciudadana, Ecuador

Odile Hoffmann Institut de Recherches pour le DévelopmentURMIS, France

Luz Marina Becerra Representante Legal, Asociación Nacional de Afrocolombianos Desplazados (AFRODES), Colombia

Ulrich Oslender Florida International University, USA

Maria Inês Barbosa Former-Vice Minister, Secretaria Especial de Políticas de Promoção da Igualdade Racial (SEPPIR), Brazil Max Rameau Take Back the Land Movement, USA Mamyrah Prosper Florida International University, USA Jean Rahier Florida International University, USA Mark Anderson University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Juliet Hooker University of Texas, Austin, USA Carlos Agudelo Centro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos, Mexico

Roosbelinda Cardenas University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Carlos de la Torre Facultad de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Quito, Ecuador Shane Greene Indiana University, USA Joselina da Silva Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus avançado do Cariri, Brazil Carlos Benedito Rodrigues da Silva Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luis do Maranhão, Brazil Fassil Demmessie DePaul University, USA Pierre-Michel Fontaine University of Miami, USA Victor Uribe Florida International University, USA

For more information, please contact us at (305) 348-4264 or via email at For more detailed information about the conference program, please consult

Afro Latino Social Movements From “Monocultural Mestizaje” and “Invisibility” to Multiculturalism and State Corporatism/Cooptation An International Conference Conference Concept This conference aims to explore the transformations of the political landscapes within which Afro Latino social movements have been operating since the end of the 1970s. It is premised on the assertion that, distinctively in different national contexts, the major characteristic of these transformations is the passage from ―monocultural mestizaje‖ and ―invisibilization‖ of Afro Latinos organized by the State and other social actors to multiculturalism and State corporatism (or State cooptation, as some prefer to call it). A special emphasis will be placed on the consequences of State corporatism on Afro Latino social movements.

southern extremity of Argentina, national white and white-mestizo elites imagined and elaborated national identities in terms of mestizaje or, in the case of Argentina, as directly opposed to it. In many cases, unlike Brazil and Cuba, which all point to the polysemic nature of ―ideological mestizaje,‖ blacks were not part of official mestizaje, which included exclusively the mixing of European and Native American ancestry. In those cases, blacks were seen as existing off to one side: they did not constitute ―an ingredient‖ in what has sometimes been called ―the ideological biologies of national identity.‖ That premise of exclusion has very much been shaping the daily experiences of Afro Latino peoples, wherever they live.

In the 1970s and 1980s, activists and scholars alike wrote a great deal about the processes of ―invisibilization‖ of Afro Latinos, along with Indigenous peoples, in a great many Latin American national contexts. Official versions of history failed to mention black populations‘ participation in, and contributions to, the Nation. Critical scholars denounced the fact that many Latin American academic traditions reproduced national processes of invisibilizing Afro Latino populations. At the end of the 1970s and early 1980s, new Afro Latino organizations developed in accordance with the specificity of their national contexts and with the eventual support of other national, regional, and transnational organizations. They often clashed against the misrecognizing state and demanded full recognition as citizens.

With the political effervescence of the early 1990s that accompanied the transnational indigenous movement‘s preparation of ―500 Years of Resistance,‖ a counter celebration of 1992 that was referred to in official presentations as ―the anniversary of 500 years of Discovery,‖ black organizations became more visible. Some made alliances with indigenous organizations, while others entered in traditional politics, investing in political parties on the left. The publication in 1995 of the Minority Rights Group‘s famous book, No Longer Invisible: Afro -Latin Americans Today, was a direct testimony of this growing reality.

In the last two decades, following the adoption of ―multicultural‖ policies specifically targeting Indigenous and African diasporic populations by institutions of international Some scholars have called the period from the development and global governance, and also as 1920s to the end of the 1980s the Latin American a result of the political activism of Indigenous ideological period of ―monocultural mestizaje.‖ and African diasporic communities, many Latin At the time, in a continental wave going from American nation-states revised their Mexico and including the Caribbean, to the Constitutions and sometimes passed special laws 46

that express a concern for greater inclusion of African diasporic and Indigenous populations. This is a context in which Latin American African diasporic populations gained relatively greater agency in comparison to the marked exclusion that characterized their situation during monocultural mestizaje.

This conference will provide a space wherein participants will contribute to an interrogation of the current situations involving State corporatism of Afro Latino social movements. The papers presented will explore the recent history of Afro Latino social movements and interrogate current formations that have been functioning from within States‘ Since the late 2000s and early 2010s, a new institutions and institutionality, while also reality of Afro Latino participation at the operating within transnational networks of higher echelons of state institutions has emerged. cultural politics. The following non-exhaustive New Constitutions finally acknowledge Afro list presents questions the conference might Latinos‘ existence and declare the nation-state to explore: be diverse and multicultural. Constitutions and new special laws give collective rights to Afro What is the history of the relation, in a Latinos and some protection against racist given national context, between the State crimes. Political reforms created new state and Afro Latino social movements? agencies that have as their objective the What are the direct consequences of State management of state funds and other resources corporatism on Afro Latino social for Afro Latino communities. Leadership of such movements? agencies is given to Afro Latino community If fragmentation is occurring, what are the leaders, who are chosen by the political group(s) organizing principles of that in government. In addition, new electoral laws fragmentation? have created districts with exclusively racially or Are the notions of “leadership” and ethnically based representation, and have sent “leader” under Afro Latino Social some Afro Latino leaders to national Congress. Movements for discussion and redefinition? Other leaders have been chosen for upper level How did State corporatism influence or positions of leadership in the governments‘ change the internal political landscape of administrations. Afro Latino social movements? How did it impact their political strategies in national This points to the Latin American tradition of politics? state corporatism, which has consisted in How is State corporatism impacting the the populist and corporatist incorporation of the relations between Afro Latino social popular sectors into the State, in structures that movements and Indigenous organizations? organize the relation between civil society and Did State corporatism facilitate the State. In that way, the State co-opts or transnational connections, and if so, how? recreates interest groups with the intent to Is State corporatism having an impact on regulate their numbers and to give them the gender relations within the movements? appearance of having a quasi-representational How are contemporary Afro Latino social monopoly with special prerogatives. In exchange movements dealing with the notions of for these prerogatives and monopolies, the State modernity and traditions? demands the right to monitor the groups Is the current State corporatism of Afro represented. This is how special State agencies Latinos pushing the boundaries of Diaspora were specifically created to deal with Afro theorizing? If so, how? Latino populations in the new multiculturalist States. 47


Bertin K Kouadio, PhD, has gone on to achieve great things since he served as the pre-doctoral fellow for AADS in 2005. As the first of the Beng people to earn a PhD in the US, Kouadio received much publicity on his accomplishments, including two FIU Magazine features (found here and here). Yet it is after his time at FIU that he has begun to experience international recognition.

Bring Peace in Cote d'Ivoire and the Region?‖ He has also been accepted to present at the 2011 International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada with his work titled ―The Ivorian Socio-Political Crisis in Comparative Perspective.‖

Kouadio is currently an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA and serves as the Chair of the Kouadio‘s summer and fall semesters were a International Studies Department. He is a whirlwind of activities as he traveled to his member of the steering committee for Wilson‘s native country, Côte d‘Ivoire, and celebrated the ―Global Citizen Initiative‖ as well as the Student 50th anniversary of independence. Kouadio had Affairs Committee and Humanities Division the opportunity to meet with former Ivoirian Personnel Committee. Among the classes he President and candidate for the October 31, 2010 regularly teaches are Introduction to Peace elections, Konan Bedie, and was interviewed by Studies, Politics and Cultures of Sub-Saharan the local press. Kouadio currently acts as a Africa, International Relations, Development and consultant for one of the major parties in charge the Third World, and Globalization and African of Diaspora for the elections. He also attended an Development. important meeting at the Economic and Social Council office on July 3, 2010 to discuss matters While at FIU achieving his Ph.D. in International related to regions of Côte d‘Ivoire that are under Relations, Kouadio taught courses on rebel control. Introduction to African New World Studies and Globalization and African Development. He His prestige continues in the US through presented papers for the Faculty Works in multiple invitations to speak at colleges and Progress Series and organized the involvement of conferences. On October 6, Mount Saint Mary's Dr. Paul T. Zeleza for the ANWS lecture series University, MD, invited Kouadio to speak on: on Roots and Resolution of African Conflicts. ―Democracy in West Africa: Will Elections


DR. JOHN CLARK Dr. John Clark prefers to be considered a specialist on the Congo Republic, but the Washington Post calls him an expert. In an article dated August 25, the Post quotes Clark on the role of Congolese lobbyists and their influence on Congress on behalf of President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. The full article is available at

Clark also participated in a Conference in Congo -Brazzaville over the summer in which he presented to two unique sets of individuals. In one presentation, he spoke to a group of international officials on Congolese affairs while in the other he spoke directly to the Congolese elite.

In March 2011, Clark, along with AADS, will be hosting a Conference at FIU on Social Crisis, Social Order and the Congo Wars. The Wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Survival and Social Change Amidst Devastation will be held on Friday, March 25 and will feature four panels chaired by FIU professors and visiting academics.

The Wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Survival and Social Change Amidst Devastation Time: Friday, March 25, 2011 @ 08:00 AM Venue: Florida International University Modesto Maidique Campus GL 220 Panel 1 - The Social and Economic Impact of the Congo Wars Chair: Jean Rahier, Florida International University Nicole d'Errico, University of Florida Dan Fahey, University of California - Berkeley Emizet Kisangani, Kansas State University Panel 2 - War, the Natural Environment, and Subsistence in Congo Chair: Alex Lichtenstein, Florida International University Ann Laudati, Utah State University Charles Tshimanga, University of Nevada-Reno

Panel 3 - Civil-Military Relations in Congo as the Wars Wind Down Chair: John Clark, Florida International University Tatiana Caryannis, Social Science Research Council, New York Aaron Hale, University of Florida Marie Ericksson Baaz, Gothenberg University, Sweden Panel 4 - Violence, Social Behavior, and Religion After the Congo Wars Chair: Veronique Helenon, Florida International University Didier Gondola, Indiana University Ashely Leinweber, University of Florida 49

AADS PROGRAMS Masters of Arts in African & African Combined MA in African & African Diaspora Studies Diaspora Studies (AADS) /PhD in International Relations The M.A. degree in African & African Diaspora Studies provides interdisciplinary, graduate level education that draws faculty whose scholarly expertise focuses on various aspects of the African continent and its diaspora. Its diverse faculty members include scholars in a variety of disciplines including Global and Sociocultural Studies, Politics and International Relations, History, Education, English, Modern Languages, Law and others. The M.A. degree aims to develops scholars with specific skills, research methodologies, principles, and knowledge which simultaneously prepare graduates for professional positions in a range of fields and for further study at the Ph.D. level.

The M.A. Program should attract those who are interested in subjects as diverse as—non exhaustively—national and transnational policy analysis, cultural studies, international relations with and within continental Africa, African and African diaspora gender constructs and sexualities, African and African diaspora literatures, the history and contemporary experiences of descendants of Africans in the United States, pre-national, national, transnational, and post-national processes such as pre-colonial African history and the TransAtlantic slave trade, and African diasporic formations globally.

The combined African and African Diaspora Studies MA/International Relations PhD program allows qualified graduate students to pursue both degrees at the same time. To be accepted into this program, students must simultaneously submit applications for the MA in African and African Diaspora Studies and the PhD in International Relations.

Combined MA in African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS)/PhD in History This program will train doctoral students within the discipline of Atlantic History while giving them area studies expertise in African and African Diaspora Studies in order to help them stay competitive in seeking careers with an international focus in today‘s global cultural and intellectual environment. In tandem, these two programs can offer students an unusually close fit and remarkably beneficial synthesis in interdisciplinary approaches to both the Atlantic world and the African diasporic experience.

For more information, please visit our website at, look at our Graduate Program Brochure at or contact the AADS Office at, or 305-348-6860


DERGRADUATE AADS Fall 2010 Course Schedule 87890


AFH 2000

African Civilization


87889 87763

U01-MMC U01- MMC

AMH 4571

African American History I 19th C African American Literature



A. Diallo


Tu, Th

H. Russell



AML 4624


D. Weir Soley



African American Women Writers 2:00pm-3:15pm Topics in American. Literature- Caribbean 11:00am-12:15pm Women Poets


D. Weir Soley

AML 4606

AML 4930

M, W, F




ANT 3451

Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity


M, W, F

M. Cubas



ANT 3451

Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity






ANT 3451

Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity






ANT 3451

Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity






ANT 4340

Cultures of the Caribbean


M, W, F

I. Tafari



DAA 2333

African Diasporic Dance II



A. Soledade



DAA 3344

African Diasporic Dance III


M, W

A. Soledade



HAI 1130

Haitian Creole I

9:00-10:50 10:00-10:50

M, W F

J. Pierre



HAI 3214

Accelerated Intermediate Haitian



J. Pierre



HIS 4935

Senior Sem: The Haitian Revol. & the Atlantic World (HIS Majors Only)



V. Helenon



INR 3253

Intl Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa


M, W, F




LIT 4192

Major Caribbean Authors



H. Russell



AFA 2004

Black Pop. Cultures: Glob. Dimensions



A. Queeley



AFA 4241



A. Queeley



AFH 4450

The African Diaspora in Latin Amer History of South Africa



A. Lichtenstein

88398 83353

online online

ANT 3451 ANT 4396

Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity Africa & Africans in Films

online online

online online

C. Girard N. Theard

87524 87526

U01- MMC U01-MMC

AFA 5005 AFA 5932

African & Afr.Diaspora Studies Theory Topics in AADS: Haiti-Lang.& Culture

2:00pm-4:50pm 5:00pm-7:40pm

M Tu

J. Rahier J. Cadely



AFA 6920

African & African Diaspora Studies Colloquium (1credit)



D. Stephens


U03-MMC U02

AMH 5905c/l LAH 5905

Readings in American History: US & the Caribbean



C. Verna



Civil Rights 10:30am-11:45am M, W H. Wasserman Black Literature & Literary LIT 5358 6:25pm-9:05pm Tu S. Blevins Cultural Theory 87873 U01-MMC 80195 U01-MMC Rasta, Voodoo and Santeria REL 5384 5:00pm-9:05pm W A. Wuaku All AADS MA students must be advised by either their thesis or research proposal faculty advisor or by the AADS graduate program Director prior to registering for courses each semester. Method requirements for MA students are not listed here. It is the student's responsibility to verify all course details in panthersoft as there may be future updates. 88760


LAW 7510

For more information call (305) 348-6860 or visit our website

AADS Spring 2011 Course Schedule UNDERGRADUATE 12876


AFA 2004

Black Pop. Cultures : Glob. Dimensions

17880 17804


AFH 4200

History of Africa II


AML 4213



11156 11146 11169 13123 17356 14340






13140 18351 10014 10015 12829 17339 13018 17861 17927







V. Helenon

Early Amer Literature: 18th C Caribbean


M,W, F

Y. Piggush

AML 4607

20th C African American Literature



H. Russell

ANT 3451 ANT 3451 ANT 3451 ANT 4340 CPO 3204 DAA 2333 FRE 4935 c/l FRE5735LIN6608 FRW 4751 c/l FRW 5934 GEA 3320 GEA 3600 HAI 3213 HAI 3214 HAI 3500 INR 3246 INR 3253 LIT 3384 WOH 4301

Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity Cultures of the Caribbean African Politics African Diasporic Dance II

12:00pm-12:50pm 3:00pm-3:50pm 12:30-1:45pm 2:00-3:15pm 11:00am-11:50am 5:00pm-6:15pm

M,W, F M,W, F Tu, Th Tu, Th M,W, F Tu, Th

M. Cubas C. Girard A. Lavender A. Queeley J. Clark A.Soledade

Senior. Sem - Lang, Race & Identity



J. Cadely

Topics:Francophone-Caribbean Literature



P. Becel

Geography of the Caribbean Population & Geography of Africa Accelerated Haitian Accelerated Intermediate Haitian Haiti: Culture & Language Intl Relations of the Caribbean Intl Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa Caribbean Women Writers African Diaspora II

9:00am-9:50am 11:00am-11:50am 10:00-10:50 12:00-12:50 6:25-9:05pm 9:30am-10:45am 6:25pm-7:40pm 11:00am- 1:45pm 11:00am-11:50am

M,W, F M,W, F M,W, F M,W, F W Tu, Th Tu, Th Sat M,W, F

R. Gonzalez C. Faria J. Pierre J. Pierre J. Cadely C. Verna A.Gapa C.Arostegui V. Helenon

online online online online online

online online online online online

N. Theard A. Diallo J. Rahier C. Girard A. Wuaku



D. Stephens



M. Diallo



C. Faria



J. Rahier



R. Martinez



P. Becel

UNDERGRADUATE ONLINE 19183 13334 13336 18238 13335

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AFA 4301 AMH 4573 AFH 2000 ANT 3451 REL 3383

African Visual Arts African American History II African Civilization Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity Caribbean Religions



AFA 6920



AMH 5905



ANG 6303



ANT 6319





CCJ 5669 FRW 5934 c/l FRW 4751

AADS Colloquium (1credit) Readings in Amer Hist.: African Amer. Intellect Hist. 1865-1965 Comparative Feminisms The African Diaspora: Anthropological Perspectives Minorities in Justice Administration Topics in Lang. & Lit: Francophone Literature in the Caribbean




HIS 5289

Modern Transatlantic Migrations



M. Logrono

12830 17348

U01-MMC U01-MMC U01-MMC U01 U01-MMC U01-MMC

HAI 5235 INR 5255 LIN 6608/cl FRE 5735 LIT 5934 SYD 6626

Creole Seminar Seminar in African Development

6:25pm-9:05pm 2:00pm-4:45pm


J. Cadely J. Clark

Topics:Lang, Race & Identity



J. Cadely

Topics: Black Hist. & Fictive Imaginat. Cuba Seminar

6:25pm-9:05pm 11:00am-1:45pm


H. Russell A. Queeley

17419 17653 17960

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Sin Fronteras/Sans Frontières/Without Borders Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 Newsletter of the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) department of Florida International Univeristy (FIU)

Sin Fronteras/Sans Frontières/Without Borders Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 Newsletter of the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) department of Florida International Univeristy (FIU)