The Co-Chairs of the CIES African Diaspora SIG, Drs. Kassie Freeman and Nafees Khan, with support from the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, are excited to announce the African Diaspora Emerging Scholars Award  2018. Annually, this award recognizes individuals whose scholarly and/or artistic cutting-edge contributions of inventive, creative works, emphasizing comparative studies and/or artistic accomplishments (i.e. documentary, visual, or musical) have the potential to impact positively the educational, economic, and artistic lives of African descendants across the African Diaspora.

In order to demonstrate the importance of our award, we have assembled a highly accomplished, global group of educators, artists, and scholars as our Review Panel. We are honored to have their expertise to assist us in highlighting the importance and necessity of increasing the creativity, solution focused quality and quantity scholarship on and across the African Diaspora.

 

AFRICAN DIASPORA EMERGING SCHOLAR ANNUAL AWARD

Each year, the CIES African Diaspora SIG selects, highlights, and honors one to three Emerging Scholars whose scholarly and/or artistic cutting-edge contributions of inventive, creative works, emphasizing comparative studies and/or artistic accomplishments (i.e. documentary, visual, or musical) have the potential to impact positively the educational, economic, and artistic lives of African descendants across the African Diaspora.  Particular attention will focus on highlighting the fifteen countries with the largest African descendant populations outside of Africa and/or where individuals were dispersed during the transatlantic slave trade and different migration periods.  By impacting positively, we mean scholarship and/or artistic works that not only highlight challenges but also suggest opportunities and possibilities for positive outcomes on the lives and communities across the African Diaspora, that asks new and different questions, and that explores different paradigms to address old, seemingly intractable challenges.

We include artistic contributions to broaden the meaning of traditional scholarship and to interrogate the complex modes and value of documentaries, spoken word, dance, music, and visual arts for the pedagogical possibilities of global connection, communication and uplift within a globalized and digital world.  Different from many scholarly awards, the AD Emerging Scholars will have the opportunity to work with and be guided by leading scholars who are conducting cutting-edge African Diaspora scholarship under Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. Henry Levin, William Kilpatrick of Professor of Economics and Education and past president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and Dr. Ernest Morrell, newly appointed Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame.

If the work is artistic in nature, the Emerging Scholar may have the opportunity to be provided guidance by Katrina Andry, Visual Artist, who was named one of the 50 top Printmaker Artists in the country by a leading arts magazine; or by Delfeayo Marsalis, Music, world famous Jazz Trombonist and member of the highly acclaimed Marsalis family.

The selected Scholars’ works must distinguish them by the creativity and quality of their scholarship, comparatively (explicit or implied) broadly defined.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
The Emerging Scholar Award is open to individuals who have completed a terminal degree, based on their field of study, in the last seven years.  They may self nominate or be nominated for the award. Selection criteria include the following:

  • Rationale clearly stated for the nomination;
  • History and direction of African Diasporic work as outlined in the curriculum vitae/resume and letters of support, with a particular focus on economic, educational, and artistic outcomes;
  • Excellence of work based on creativity, inventiveness, and cutting-edge vision and display;
  • Potential to impact positively lives across the African Diaspora, preferably comparatively but single country work is acceptable.

The Nomination Process 
Any member of the AD SIG may electronically nominate potential scholars, and self-nominations are encouraged and accepted.  However, given that our goal is to influence the quantity and quality of scholarship, as well as broaden its meaning on and across the African Diaspora, nominations will be sought from a broad range of scholars across disciplines, countries and cultures.  Nominations of scholars across countries are highly encouraged.  Nominations must include the following:

  1. A letter of nomination explaining why the nominee is qualified to be recognized for this award;
  2. The nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae/resume;
  3. One representative scholarly publication/artistic work by the nominee;
  4. Two letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s work and qualified to speak on his or her behalf on this topic.

The nomination period is open and will end November 15, 2017. Emerging Scholars will be selected January 15, 2018 and presented at the AD SIG business meeting during the CIES Conference.  They will also be announced and highlighted on AD Social Media outlets and will be invited to special events hosted by the African Diaspora Consortium (ADC).

Copy and paste the following link to complete the nomination form, then send the required documents to Dr. Nafees M. Khan at nkhan04@gmail.com no later than November 15, 2017 by 11:59pm EST.

https://goo.gl/forms/252SUhkwsfKdGWz53

Evaluative Process 
The nominees will be evaluated by a panel of 5-7 highly distinguished, accomplished scholars across disciplines, across countries, and who share the CIES AD SIG goal of broadening scholarship across the African Diaspora.

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Nafees M. Khan (nkhan04@gmail.com).


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