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Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 12:32:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Call for Papers: Internalist vs. Externalist Interpretations of


Dear Prof. Chanda,

I am not sure what to say. Basically, if you get accepted, but do not 
pay for your registration fee, then you would be taken out of the 
program by September 30, which is the deadline for payment of 
registration fees. I assume however that you would be able to know if 
you can't come by September 30?

Thanks.

Daniel. Mengara

chanda ipshita wrote:

>Dear Prof. Mengara, I did not submit an abstract
>earlier because I was not sure of being able to attend
>- I still am not sure, but can I send an abstract ?
>What happens if it gets accepted and I can't come ?
>Ipshita Chanda, Dept. of Comparative Literature,
>Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
>--- Daniel Mengara <mengarad-AT-mail.montclair.edu>
>wrote:
>
>>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.
>>
>>Please Post and Redistribute.
>>
>>--------------------------
>>
>>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:
>>-----------------
>>Professor Ali Mazrui, Binghamton University
>>Professor George Ayittey, American University
>>
>>CALL FOR PAPERS
>>---------------
>>
>>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:
>>----------------------------------       
>>If you propose to give a paper, we must receive your
>>abstract by August 
>>30, 2002.
>>   
>>ABSTRACT  REQUIREMENTS:
>>-----------------------
>>
>>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:
>>------------------------------
>>
>>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:
>>-----------------------------
>>
>>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
>>---------------------------------------------------
>>
>>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 
>>
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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   |
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