The Director's Message
We are having a busy semester. Susan Gagliardi has launched the “Mapping Senufo Project” with the Center for Digital Scholarship. Mapping Senufo will result in a digital, multi-layered map showing the distribution of objects, field documentation, languages, and people across time and space. The map will contribute to an exhibition of Senufo arts organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Amanda Hellman has been appointed Curator of African Art in the Carlos Museum, and in February Emory will host no less than three Africanist art historians.
Pamela Scully is the new Director of Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. Pam has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the American Historical Association, and she continues in her role as Secretary and Treasurer of the International Federation for Research in Women's History. Pam is beginning to write a short biography of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for Ohio University Press.
On the publication front, Mari Webel’s "Medical auxiliaries and the negotiation of public health in colonial northwestern Tanzania, 1907-14" is due out soon in the Journal of African History. Subha Xavier’s The Migrant Text is forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press. And Duke University Press has just released The South Africa Reader by Clifton Crais and Thomas McClendon. Clifton also has been appointed co-chair for the 2014 meetings of the African Studies Association.
The Seminar has been a great success, with papers from scholars from Northwestern, Michigan and Brazil, as well as from our graduate students who are completing their dissertations. We received a huge number of submissions for the April conference “Twenty Years Later.” The committee is not busily evaluating proposals and hopes to have the conference schedule ready by the end of the year.
All in all, a great year so far!