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    Professional Fellow Program Finalizes Participant Projects
    The AAP is pleased to conclude another successful cohort from the US Department of State Professional Fellows program. With help from our partners at Kyambogo University in Uganda, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, we were able to identify and support the 12 East African fellows.   This year provided unique challenges due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We celebrate the challenges and successful of the fellows and continue to support their upcoming projects. To hear from the fellows, coordinators, and program manager about the fourth cohort, please check out the link below.   https://aap.isp.msu.edu/news_article/22867
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Call for submissions: Faith, Religion and Global Higher Education
    Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, The history of higher education in both Western and non-Western cultures finds direct roots in religion—from Buddhist monasteries in ancient India to Islamic madrasas in the Arab region, and to Christian seminaries in Europe and the colonial US. Through a process of secularization of the state apparatuses and their major educational institutions in the post-Industrial Revolution Europe and their colonies, most colleges and universities today are secular. Still, an estimated 2000 religious higher education institutions operate worldwide, and evidence suggests that the numbers are expanding. For example, sub-Saharan Africa has seen the largest growth in private higher education institutions with religious affiliations in recent times (Karram 2011 citing Thayer 2003). A primary contemporary research interest reflects a recognition and avenues for further exploration that religious beliefs and praxis play significant roles in re-imagining the higher education spheres at individual and institutional levels. In the last few decades, scholars have argued that there is a “return” of religion in higher education (Jacobsen and Jacobsen 2012). Studies suggest that there is a higher level of interest in spirituality among US undergraduate students. Student-led religious organizations and places of worship have increased in college campuses. There has been a “resurgence” of studying religion in American colleges and universities (Hill 2009). In addition, there is an increasing number of proponents for “holistic student development” among student affairs scholars who argue that students’ spiritual growth is equally important (Mayrl and Oeur 2009). Some scholars go as far as naming the current higher education epoch as a “post-secular” campus (Jacobsen and Jacobsen 2012; Sommerville 2006). While there is a growth in interest among scholars to understand how religion intersects with the academic lives of students, there is also room to explore whether and how religious higher education institutions influence and (re)produce knowledge, what the challenges faced by these institutions are, and how they envision the ways forward—particularly in the post-COVID-19 pandemic reimagination and reformation of the world. Simultaneously, both secular and religious universities and colleges grapple with continuous debates over academic freedom and autonomy, freedom of speech, gender identities, equality issues, radicalization, university governance and finances, and negotiation with state and other broader communities. A further area to explore is higher-level education focused on future religious leaders. Finally, given the interest in religious literacy across a wide spectrum of professions, continuous adult learning focused on related issues is worth exploration. This Special Issue aims to speak to these current debates and go beyond them, particularly from a global perspective, by featuring empirical research papers, reviews of research studies, theoretical/conceptual discussions, and technical reports. The broad goals of the Special Issue are to explore whether and how religion is an important factor in higher education student affairs, how to (re)conceptualize religion and the ways in which it is negotiated at the institutional levels with other pervasive factors such as globalization, and to highlight interventions as well as innovations in both knowledge (re)production and dissemination—all from an international and comparative education perspective. Dr. Katherine MarshallDr. Sudipta RoyGuest Editors   Manuscript Submission Information   Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.   Click here to learn more!
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • Congratulations to Professional Fellows
    Congratulations to our Fellows for their project presentations at our Dissemination Workshop this morning! This is AAP’s fourth cohort from the US Department of State and Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Professional Fellows Program (PFP). MSU participates in PFP in partnership with Kyambogo University, University of Nairobi, and Sokoine University of Agriculture.   At our workshop, each of our 12 East African Fellows virtually presented their projects to an international audience. Projects are held within an array of agribusinesses such as coffee, poultry, and honey production. Additionally, we thank Dr. Rob Glew, Associate Dean for Academic Programs at MSU International Studies and Programs, for opening remarks and closing remarks from Dr. Wynne Wright, Associate Professor at MSU Department of Community Sustainability and Department of Sociology.     We acknowledge our team for providing significant support for the Fellows and program. Both MSU and outside resources were essential to conducting a successful PFP, while being completely virtual. We also thank our mentors who guided each Fellow throughout the program and whose efforts are invaluable.     For those who could not attend, a recording will be posted on our website soon! Keep in touch with AAP in the next few weeks for more information on PFP and Fellows!  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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  • Collaboration and Connection with Malawian Policy Institutue
    As AAP Senior Advisor, MSU faculty and lead PI at the MwAPATA Institute, Dr. Thomas Jayne states “local institutes working on the ground can produce insights that are valuable to international researchers. There are important benefits for MSU to be engaged in these processes.”   Highlighting this ongoing collaboration between MSU and African institutions, a recently published article by the MSU College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) focuses on the MwAPATA Institute. This agricultural policy research think tank provides well-needed Malawian contributions to policy outreach, research, coordination and capacity building. AAP celebrates our Senior Advisor, Prof. Thomas Jayne, and Africa Officer Director, Prof. Richard Mkandawire, for their significant efforts within the MwAPATA Institute!   To read more about the MwAPATA Institute and its AAP contributors follow this link: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/msu-economists-develop-new-agricultural-policy-research-institute-in-malawi?sc_camp=C5792E5D342B45C688982386A82A7829&utm_source=msudaily-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=standard-promo&utm_content=text2 More information MwAPATA’s website can be found here: https://www.mwapata.mw/about.  
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Advisory Board member publication on technology in Africa's Higher Education
    AAP Advisory Board member, Paul Zeleza who is Vice Chancellor and Professor at the United States International University- Africa, has recently co-authored a piece published by The Elephant.     Within the report, Zeleza and Paul Mzee Okanda provide a detailed analysis of technological opportunities in Africa’s higher education which were unveiled by covid-19. They argue that investment in High Performance Computing platforms is essential for the development of solutions to societal, scientific, and industrial challenges in Africa.     “We invite you to join African universities in this great calling and journey to transform higher education on this continent to educate, skill, and empower the youth to fully participate in their countries’ socioeconomic development. At stake is not only their future, but the future of the African continent and humanity itself, as much of this humanity becomes increasingly African.”   https://www.theelephant.info/long-reads/2021/02/09/enhancing-the-digital-transformation-of-african-universities-covid-19-as-accelerator/  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    9 PhD Scholarships Available with Animal Health Innovation Lab
    The Animal Health Innovation Lab in partnership with the University of Nairobi is offering 9 PhD scholarships. The fully funded positions, offered by USAID, will develop research and lab-based solutions to the East Coast Fever. In Kenya and East Africa, this tick-borne disease of cattle has created constraints to human nutrition and economic welfare. The multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary environment offers a unique opportunity for those seeking a PhD in a main research project at the Animal Health Innovation Lab.     The application deadline is Feb. 10, 2021 at 23:59pm. Review the link and photo to apply!     https://uonbi.ac.ke/news/feed-future-animal-health-innovation-lab-phd-scholarships   
    By: Madeleine Futter
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  • Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation Publication
    We are excited to announce the publication of Issue 2 of the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. On behalf of the entire team at Enslaved.org, we commend an impressive slate of contributors for joining us in a novel endeavor at the intersection of historical studies, anti-racism, and peer-reviewed, digital scholarly publication. We are looking to garner attention to this collection of rich data articles and could use your help! The data articles included in this Issue are: Legacies of British Slave-ownership, 1760-1880 Keith McClelland Database of Coroners’ Inquisitions Taken Over the Bodies of Enslaved, Formerly Enslaved, and Free Black Peoples in the U.S. South, 1840s-1890s Stephen Berry Take Them in Families: The Enslaved People of Casa Bianca Plantation, Florida Miranda R. W. Burnett & Martin H. Violette Contested Freedom: Free Persons of Color in Savannah, GA, 1823-1842 Marquis Taylor Enslaved People in the African American National Biography, 1508-1865 Steven J. Niven They Had Names: Representations of the Enslaved in Liberty County, Georgia, Estate Inventories, 1762-1865 Stacy Ashmore Cole An Editors’ Introduction describes these databases according to FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship.   #EnslavedOrg #JSDP    
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • Call for Papers for the 22nd International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, &Change in Organization
    We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Twenty-second International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand,14–15 January 2022.The Organization Studies Research Network comes together around a common concern for, and a shared interest to explore, new possibilities in knowledge, culture and change management, within the broader context of the nature and future of organizations and their impact on society. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary geographic and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.The Twenty-second International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: 2022 Special Focus: Rethinking Organizational Resilience Reimagining the Scholarly Conference Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience, with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and place-based social knowledge processes. We are trying to move away from the either/or of place-based or online conferences. We are moving to bring conference presentations into the digital era. All presenters, in-person or online, will be given personal Presenter Pages: Linked to your profile page on CGScholar.com Displaying abstract summary Thematic connection to panelists and peers Ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.And all content will be displayed online.This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation. Become a Presenter Benefits of an Audience Pass Important Dates We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. Again, you do not need to commit either to a place-based or online presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. Proposal & Registration Dates Proposal Deadlines Advance 14  Mar 2021 Early 14 June 2021 Registration Deadlines Advance 14 Apr 2021 Early  14 July 2021 Submit a proposal by 14 February 2021* Submit Your Proposal Today
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • HU Symposium on US Africa Policy - February 19
    Tune in on February 19 to this virtual symposium on Reshaping US Africa Policy and the Role of HBCUs! There will be an excellent line-up of speakers for this important and timely event. About 16 prominent African American scholars, activists and diplomats have been invited to present around four broad themes: Critical Assessment of US-Africa Policy in the post-Cold War era: Lessons Learned from African American Engagement: Building Back Better a more diverse and representative Diplomatic Corps: Strategies for Engaging Africa’s Development. This symposium seeks to draw on lessons of past African American policy engagement as well as present tangible strategies to mobilize an African American constituency for Africa and partner with HBCUs in rebuilding U.S. diplomacy and our diplomatic corps. Use the link below to learn more and register: https://cfas.howard.edu/Symposium-US-Africa-HBCUs
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • Making Food systems Equitable: An African Dialogue on Gender and Food Systems
    In countries where women are most marginalized, discriminated under the law and where gendered norms prevent women from owning property and resources, people are also the hungriest. This is because gender equality and food systems are intertwined.  However, too often, we only focus on the roles that women play in production, processing, trading of food and in making decisions about consumption and purchase of food at household level. And while this is important, we must also focus on whether the food system as organized is just and equitable and whether it promotes the empowerment and livelihoods and health of women and girls. Stark gender inequalities are both a cause and an outcome of unsustainable food systems, unjust food access, consumption and production. Tackling gender injustice and truly empowering women is not only a fundamental prerequisite for food systems transformation but also a goal. This dialogue is one in a series of regional dialogues to discuss how we can achieve the triple goal of gender equality, sustainable and healthy food systems. It will bring together scientists, farmers and farmer organizations, policy makers, consumers, private sector and others to discuss and share solutions on guaranteeing land rights for women, rural women’s economic empowerment, women’s voice and decision making in food systems, bridging the gender technology gap and more. Key outcomes of the dialogue include: (i) a set of solutions and commitments for gender equality in food systems (ii) an African position on what commitments are needed to achieve gender equality in food systems for the UN Food Systems Summit (iii) a community of practice to advance commitments on gender equality in food systems.   To take part in the dialogue, please visit the Summit Dialogues website
    By: Derek Tobias

  • Call for Papers
    We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on The Constructed Environment, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 12–14 May 2021.The Constructed Environment Research Network is brought together by a common shared interest in human configurations of the environment and the interactions among the constructed, social and natural environments. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.The Eleventh International Conference on the Constructed Environment features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:   2021 Plenary Speakers The International Conference on the Constructed Environment will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.     Eliot TretterAssociate Professor, Department of Geography and the Urban Studies Program, University of Calgary, Canada Leroy Little BearBlackfoot Researcher, Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge, Canada Kelly ColesPMP, Director, Design & Construction, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Canada   Reimagining the Scholarly Conference Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience, with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and place-based social knowledge processes. We are trying to move away from the either/or of place-based or online conferences. And at the same time be ready for the possibility of place based cancelation due to COVID-19. This way we build for our Research Network Members resilient spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.     We are moving to bring conference presentations into the digital era. All presenters, in-person or online, will be given personal Presenter Pages: Linked to your profile page on CGScholar.com Displaying abstract summary Thematic connection to panelists and peers Ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.And all content will be displayed online.This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation. Become a Presenter     Benefits of an Audience Pass Important Dates We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. Again, you do not need to commit either to a place-based or online presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.   Proposal & Registration Dates Proposal Deadlines Late 12 Apr 2021 Registration Deadlines Regular 12 Apr 2021 Late 12 May 2021 Submit a proposal by 12 February 2021* Submit Your Proposal Today
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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