June 15 is the application deadline for the first Workshop of Young Scholars from the Global South (WYSGS), 9–16 Oct 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland. The programme is for "outstanding young scholars ... specializing in the study of international relations," and is hosted by Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Unfortunately in the "Global North" there still exists the blatantly neocolonial yet accepted-in-many-influential-quarters practice of others continuing to define the local European and North American communities of colour - the South in the North - so we have no chance of inclusion in a programme like WYSGS. Others are defining "Global South" as "countries belonging to the former ‘third world’." Nonetheless peoples of Southern origin located in the North were and are Third World peoples. The programme encourages women to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. GIIS says it's looking for candidates close to completing their Ph.d at a "southern university". At this point I have to wonder "aloud" whether GIIS has ever heard of the economic, social and political conditions under which Black America's HBCUs - "historically Black colleges and universities" came into being in the US. That is, if they've even heard of HBCUs, let alone visited an HBCU campus. [See political cartoon below.] Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah graduated from historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. So did my Great Grandfather, Rev. George Richard Brabham (Presbyterian). Long before most "Global North" universities began accepting them, Black HBCUs in the US welcomed thousands of "Third World" students and staff and faculty from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Whites from America and Europe also have been included. And the HBCU welcome has been social as well as academic. Meanwhile regardless of location most predominantly white schools have to admit they're still "working to improve" an often chilly "social climate" toward students of colour. But maybe it's not like that in Switzerland. I digress.<grin> WYSGS's working language will be English. Check all requirements on their website and email a "letter of self-introduction and motivation," a detailed CV, contact info for 2 referees and a 2000-word Ph.d. project summary to "southworkshop at hei.unige.ch." If you don't have email, send application in an envelope marked WYSGS to: Ms Denise Ducroz, Graduate Institute of International Studies, 11A Avenue de la Paix - 1202 Geneva, Switzerland. Be sure to mail so it arrives in their office before 15 June. Good luck, buona fortuna and bonne chance!
I figured I'd insert fabulous political cartoon (which isn't copying worth diddly) from a 1940s Black American newspaper - probably Black press of the day in Saint Louis, Missouri. Better copy of Charles H. Ware's cartoon shows Black American child looking from a distance at then-whites-only Washington University, St. Louis, MO; captioned simply: "I will be ready" - referring to unknown future when and if Black Americans would be allowed to attend Washington U.- and thousands of other US schools. Washington University in St. Louis only admitted Black American students in 1947 or 48; approx. two (2) graduate students. In spite of obvious talent cartoonist Charles H. Ware - like other writers, photographers, cartoonists of colour - could not get published in America's white-run press, a fact little changed in 2005. Will locate St. Louis Black paper that published.