Richard Price Presented with Fernando Ortiz Intl. Prize

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The Fernando Ortiz International Prize given by the homonymous Cuban foundation acknowledged on Monday in Havana the life and work of U.S. anthropologist Richard Price, known for his studies on secondary cultures in the Caribbean, Prensa Latina reports.

The ceremony took place at the Martinez Villena Hall of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC). The award is given, exceptionally, to national and international persons and institutions studying and carrying out research work, from Social Sciences, on processes in Latin America.
Jesus Guanche, member of the executive board of the Fernando Ortiz Foundation (FFO), said that the award was given to Price for his important contribution on the first conceptualization of runaway slaves and the formation of colonial communities, taking comparative studies as a starting point.
The results of this research work on ethnographic history have won numerous prizes of various entities, like the American Folklore Society and the…

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I need a new colleague!

I am very happy to announce that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a talented Africanist to join the Department of African Languages and Literature and the Transdisciplinary Global Music Studies initiative. Here’s the full announcement:

The Department of African Languages and Literature (ALL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2015 in African and African diaspora cultural studies, with particular expertise in music studies. Ph.D. prior to start of appointment. The ideal candidate for this position will be an intellectually flexible scholar, well-versed in contemporary cultural, critical, or literary theory, who will be able to actively support the Department’s interest in the interdisciplinary study of African cultures. Additionally, the successful candidate will contribute to the interdepartmental initiatives in global music studies and African studies. Specialists in African popular music, African diaspora studies, sound studies, political/social theory, and/or critical race studies are particularly encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will include offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with special courses devoted to the appointee’s areas of specialization. It is the department’s expectation that the successful candidate will become a vital member of the intellectual life of the Department of African Languages and Literature, a top- tier African Studies Program, the African Diaspora and Atlantic World Research Circle, and the Global Music Studies initiative. Service to the department, college, university, and academic community nationally or internationally is required.
Please send a cover letter summarizing research and teaching interests and experience, a CV, a research statement, a statement of teaching philosophy, a 15-25 page writing sample, and names and e-mail addresses of three referees. Letters of reference will be requested by the search committee in due course. All application materials should be submitted online at . If necessary, materials may also be sent as e-mail attachments to Professor Aliko Songolo (, Chair, Department of African Languages & Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Please copy search committee co-chairs, Professors Tejumola Olaniyan ( and Ronald Radano ( To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than November 18, 2014. Additional information about this position is available at:
Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. The University of Wisconsin-Madison promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Miami exhibit by Edouard Duval-Carrié reimagines the Caribbean of colonial times

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This article by Anne Tschida appeared in The Miami Herald.

The new works from Miami’s Edouard Duval-Carrié that hang in one room at Pérez Art Museum Miami are individually spectacular. As a whole, they make up an art salon that bridges hemispheres and cultures and, not incidentally, forms the most beautiful corner of Miami — at least through the summer.

Duval-Carrié’s work needs no introduction here. His paintings and sculptures have been on display indoors and outdoors for decades, making him one of Miami’s foremost artists. His Haitian roots are always present in his works, usually in telltale tropical colors, but within contemporary frameworks.

The fresh pieces that make up the current show “Imagined Landscapes” are a departure, although the hand behind them is still unmistakable.

Before going into details of the pieces, it needs to be emphasized that the feel, look and ambiance of the entirety of the…

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