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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

HEFCE Special Factor Funding for CWAS was renewed for a further five years from 2000, despite increased nation-wide competition for these resources. This reflects the high standing of the Centre in research as well as teaching.
Distinctions: Barber was elected President of the African Studies Association of the UK (the principal professional body for African area studies) for the years 2000-2, having served as Vice-President for the previous two years. She was appointed Melville J. Herskovits Distinguished Visiting Professor of African Studies at Northwestern University, one of the most senior chairs in African Studies in the USA, for a term in 1999. In March 2000 she was elected "Scholar for the Day" by the 80-strong body of research students at the University of Pennsylvania African Studies programme: an annual event in which research students canvas and vote for nearly a year before selecting the scholar from a highly competitive international short list. She has just been awarded a two-year British Academy Research Readership for the years 2001-3. Brown was appointed Chairman of the Judges for the Guyana Prize for Literature (1998); was a member of the Arts Council of England's Advisory Group on literary magazines; is Literature Advisor to the West Midlands Arts Association and the Birmingham Readers and Writers Festival. Cline-Cole was recently re-elected for a second term to the Council of the ASAUK. McCaskie continued to serve as a member of the Fontes Series publications panel of the British Academy, and was appointed NOMA Prize judge for best book published annually in Africa (1998). Rimmer and Hughes were elected Fellows of the Africa Institute of South Africa (Pretoria) and Visiting Research Fellows (1995 and 1997). Nanton was elected Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies (UK), 1999-2000. Wilks received the Distinguished Africanist Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASA-USA (1999).
Keynote speakers: CWAS staff are invited to give papers and seminars in universities in the UK, Europe and the USA too frequently to list. They have also been invited in many cases to deliver special guest lectures or keynote addresses, including the following: Barber: Universities of Durban and the Witwatersrand public lectures (1995), University of Leiden's Graduate Conference on "African modernities" (1995), European Association of Social Anthropologists, Barcelona (1996), African Studies Association of Germany (Berlin, 1996), Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power and History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (1997), Royal African Society public lecture (1998), University of Gent popular culture workshop, an event built around her research (1999); Anthropology Language and Culture Workshop, Northwestern University, Illinois (2000), University of Leiden Graduate Conference on personhood and agency (2000); Maastricht/Amsterdam conference on popular culture (2000). Brown: "Derek Walcott and the Caribbean Imagination" conference, Birkbeck College (1994); Celebration Song Symposium, London (1994); toured West Indian Universities as a British Council-sponsored lecturer (1994); Association of Nigerian Authors conference, Lagos (1995); "West Indian Culture in the Aftermath of Slavery" conference, UWI Jamaica (1997); The Caribbean Short Story symposium, Central Bank of Barbados (1999); International Colloquium "Thresholds: Anglophone African Literature" University de Toulouse-Le Mirail (1999); Welsh Academy Conference (1999); "Between Caliban and Sycorax: Kamau Brathwaite and Caribbean Culture" conference, New York University (2000); Martin Carter Symposium, UWI Guyana (2000). Brydon: workshop on Gender and Development, Freetown, Sierra Leone (1997). Farias: conference on Borgu, Bayreuth University (1995), Colloque International sur le Mouvement Almoravide, Université de Nouakchott, Mauritania (1996), Institut fur Ethnologie, Freie Universitat Berlin (1996), Archaeology and World Religion conference, Cambridge (1998), lecture at University of Frankfurt (1999). Hughes: principal convenor of an international workshop on "Redemocratisation in Commonwealth Africa" at Makerere University, Uganda (2000). McCaskie: ASAUK African Futures conference (1995), Ray Jenkins Memorial Lecture, Staffordshire University (1995), conference on the legacy of the Yaa Asantewaa war 1900-1907, sponsored by 2nd Asante National Congress, Kumase (2000). Swindell: Public lecture, Vienna Institute for Development and Cooperation (1995), Harvard Africa Seminar (1995); Addis Forum (Trade and Investment in Africa), Addis Ababa (1998). CWAS staff have been invited to present papers at conferences in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Ghana, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the USA as well as in Britain.
Research Grants: Farias and Barber (with two colleagues from SOAS) a total of £208,203 from the British Academy for the Yoruba media and religious publics project, of which approximately half was allocated to the Birmingham side of the project. Barber: £5000 from the ESRC for the Social Histories of Reading project, plus a total of £4000 from other bodies to support the conference arising out of this project. Brown: British Council Caribbean research grant £1000 (1994); Leverhulme Research Grant £7000 (1998); British Academy £4500 (2000). Brydon: £3500 from the Nuffield Foundation for field work on the effects of education in Avatime, Ghana. Swindell: small grants from the SSRC (USA), the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation for work in Nigeria and The Gambia.
Journal and Series Editorships: Barber: member, IAI Publications Committee; joint general editor of IAI/James Currey "Readings in African Studies" series; editorial adviser on "African Sources of African History" series (Brill); editorial adviser on African Notes (Ibadan). Brown: Associate Editor of Wasafiri and editorial adviser to three other scholarly journals; series editor of the Longman African and Caribbean Writers Series. Brydon and Cline-Cole: members of the editorial collective of the Review of African Political Economy. Farias: re-appointed to the editorial board of Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara. Hughes: senior editor of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. McCaskie: appointed to the editorial boards of Ghana Studies and Ghana Review International.
External examining: CWAS staff have served as external examiners or served on validation panels for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses at the University of the West Indies, the University of Ghana at Legon, and Kenyatta University, Nairobi as well as at 9 UK universities. They have examined PhD theses from Stockholm (Sweden), Tampere (Finland), the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Paris VIII as well as from 16 UK universities.
Links with overseas research institutes: The Centre has research agreements with the Africa Institute (Pretoria), Moscow State University, Rhodes University (South Africa), the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, UWI, Barbados, and INEP (Guinea-Bissau), as well as the British Council sponsored links with the University of Ghana at Legon, Usumanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria, and the University of Sierra Leone.
Research students' achievements: Five research students have been wholly or partially funded by British Academy awards in the last six years. Among our most recent CWAS PhDs, one has won the Kirk-Greene Fellowship at Oxford, one has won the Smuts Fellowship at Cambridge, one has been awarded a 2-year Leverhulme Open Postdoctoral Fellowship, two have published books, and one has been appointed to a lectureship at UWI, Barbados. Ten former graduates now hold academic chairs and one has been elected a vice-chancellor.
Research Fellows' achievements: Two John Cadbury Visiting Fellows have had books published during their stay at CWAS: Professor Kwesi Yankah (Legon University) Speaking for the Chief: Okyeame and the Politics of Akan Royalty (Indiana University Press, 1995); Dr Bheki Peterson Monarchs, Missionaries and African Intellectuals (Wits University Press, 2000).


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