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Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 19:34:08 -0400
Subject: Call for Papers: Internalist vs. Externalist Interpretations of


The SORAC 2002 abstract submission deadline has been extended. We may 
still be able to accommodate 10 to 15 persons maximum. If you did not 
submit an abstract previously, please do so as soon as possible. Slots 
will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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SORAC 2002 CALL FOR PAPERS

SORAC (SOCIETY OF RESEARCH ON AFRICAN CULTURES) & THE INSTITUTE FOR THE 
HUMANITIES
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY, UPPER MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY, USA, PRESENT AN 
INTERNATIONAL THREE-DAY CONFERENCE

INTERNALIST VS. EXTERNALIST INTERPRETATIONS OF AFRICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
NOVEMBER 7, 8 & 9, 2002

Keynote Speakers:
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Professor Ali Mazrui, Binghamton University
Professor George Ayittey, American University

CALL FOR PAPERS
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In the past twenty years or so since the 1980's, two schools of 
Africanist scholarship have slowly developed that, today, are dividing 
scholars and intellectuals of African descent all over the world.
The first school, that of the externalists, has continually blamed the 
general debacle of Africa and the people of African descent on the West. 
In Africa, this group has argued that Africa's socio-cultural, economic 
and political-institutional problems can be directly linked and 
attributed to the past and current actions--some overt, others 
hidden--of the West, actions that have had long-lasting and debilitating 
effects on the continent. In the diaspora, this group has seen the White 
man and his explicit and/or insidious racism as the root cause not only 
of African people's enslavement, but also of their dehumanization and 
exclusion at the cultural, economic and political levels.

However, due to a general disillusionment that has left many 
disappointed at African leadership and its corrupt ways, a new school, 
that of the Internalists, has gradually voiced its opposition to a view 
that sees only external forces behind all the problematic issues facing 
African people around the world today. In Africa, this school has argued 
that the causes of Africa's challenges at the cultural, economic and 
political levels are to be found in Africa itself, not in the West. 
Their argument is that the historically-negative role that the West 
played in Africa is not sufficient to explain the corruption, civil wars 
and power struggles that are going on in Africa today because of African 
peoples' own actions and greed. In the diaspora, this group argues that 
Africans alone must be held responsible for the slave trade because they 
freely sold their own into slavery. The group also opposes Reparations 
claims and Affirmative Action policies in the US, and suggests that 
African people should start to acknowledge their own historical and 
contemporary failures and wake up to the multifarious challenges of the 
third millennium.

SORAC calls for papers in all fields of African and related studies 
(history, anthropology, literature, language, culture, sociology, 
politics, gender, black studies, religion, etc. Cross-cultural and 
comparative approaches are also welcome) that would critically look at 
the history of Africa and its diaspora with a view to shedding light on 
either one of these positions. All periods of African and diasporic 
histories and their interactions with the outside world (ancient, 
precolonial, colonial, post-independence, etc.) may be explored. It will 
also be good for speakers to offer possible solutions to the various 
issues raised.
 
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS:
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If you propose to give a paper, we must receive your abstract by August 
30, 2002.
   
ABSTRACT  REQUIREMENTS:
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Submit a 300-500 words abstract summarizing the content of your 
presentation. Acceptance notices will be sent out to submitters as 
abstracts are received. Speakers will be given 30 minutes, including 
question time, for their talks.

ABSTRACTS MAY BE SUBMITTED BY:
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E-mail to: mengarad-AT-mail.montclair.edu - Postal mail: in the form of 
both a computer disk and a hard copy (Microsoft word or WordPerfect). If 
sending abstract by email, do not send email attachments as we will not 
open these (danger of viruses). Simply cut and paste your text into your 
email. Mail your abstract to: Dr. Daniel Mengara, Executive Director, 
SORAC, French Department, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, 
New Jersey 07043 (USA). Check our Web site for updates: 
http://chss2.montclair.edu/sorac. If mailing your abstract, please be 
sure to include a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage.  
Abstracts submitted by postal mail without a self-addressed (stamped) 
envelope will not be considered (except when mailed from outside the US.)
 
REGISTRATION FEE & PROCEDURE:
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For planning purposes we ask that you (accepted speakers or attendants) 
pre-register (early) for the conference (and banquet) by returning the 
form on the reverse of this flyer, along with the registration fee, by 
September 30, 2002.  Mail both to: The Institute for the Humanities, 
Montclair State University, Room 101 Dickson Hall, Upper Montclair, New 
Jersey 07043.  The registration fee for this conference is US$75.00 for 
Non-SORAC members and US$65.00 for current SORAC members. The fee 
includes the banquet dinner with the guest speakers and attendance at 
all of the conference sessions.  The registration fee for students, 
which does NOT include the banquet is US$35.00. Make checks or money 
orders (U.S. or Canadian) payable to: SORAC/MSU.  If you are coming from 
abroad, please pay by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by international 
money order.

DIRECTIONS AND ACCOMMODATIONS, SEE OUR WEB SITE AT:
HTTP://CHSS2.MONTCLAIR.EDU/SORAC
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The conference will be held on the campus of Montclair State University, 
New Jersey, located 30 minutes west of midtown Manhattan and easily 
accessible by ground transportation from there, or from Newark and JFK 
airports.  Relatively inexpensive hotel accommodations will be made 
available close to campus.  For further information, please e-mail us 
at: garsons-AT-mail.montclair.edu or visit our Web site for updates: 
http://www.chss.montclair.edu/~sorac.
 
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SORAC 2002 CONFERENCE PRE-REGISTRATION FORM
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Please be sure to complete all information
Form also available on Web:
http://www.chss.montclair.edu/~sorac/events/conferences/upcoming/sorac2002/#FORM

Name:____________________________________________________________________________ 
                                                           
Mailing Address: 
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Institutional
Affiliation:    
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E-mail Address:    
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Telephone No.:      ____________________Fax 
No.:____________________________________                        
Are you also planning to present a paper?  (circle one)        YES    NO

Title of Proposed Paper:
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Will you require any special audio/visual equipment in conjunction with 
your presentation? (slide projector, overhead, video or VCR, other) 
Please list:
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Are you planning to attend the banquet with our keynote speakers
 on November 8th?  (circle one)  YES     NO

If your register BY September 30, 2002:
Registration Fee Enclosed:    Non-SORAC Member (US$75.00):            
               
                SORAC Member (US$65.00):                               
                Student (US$35.00- does not include banquet):            
           
If your register AFTER September 30, 2002:
Registration Fee Enclosed:    Non-SORAC Member (US$95.00):            
               
                SORAC Member (US$80.00):                               
                Student (US$55.00- does not include banquet):            
           

Make checks payable to: SORAC/MSU.  Return this form along with your 
registration fee, by September 30, 2002, to: The Institute for the 
Humanities, Montclair State University, Room 101 Dickson Hall, Upper 
Montclair, New Jersey 07043.
NOTE: For those who are abroad, we may accept payment via Western Union. 
Simply make sure all fees are paid by yourself and that the final amount 
to reach us is equal to the exact registration fee. Ypu may send the 
Western Union transfer in the name of Dr. Daniel Mengara for easy 
retrieval. Contact us for details.

Sponsored in part thanks to a grant by the Global Education Center, 
Montclair State University

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Dr. Daniel Mengara                     	    |
Associate Professor
Executive Director of SORAC                 |
Department of French, German & Russian      |
Montclair State University            	    |
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043, USA         	    |
Tel: (973) 655-5143 - Fax: (973) 655-7909   |
Email: mengarad-AT-mail.montclair.edu          |
French: http://chss2.montclair.edu/french   |
SORAC: http://www.chss.montclair.edu/~sorac |
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