CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
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Release: Dec. 6, 2000
Barkan is named treasurer of African Studies Association
IOWA CITY, Iowa Sandra Barkan, an assistant dean
in the University of Iowa Graduate College, has been appointed to a three-year
term as treasurer of the African Studies Association (ASA).
The ASA was founded in 1957 to bring together people with
a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. With 3,000 individual and
600 institutional members, the association is the leading North American organization
that promotes African studies. The ASA sponsors an annual meeting, which has
grown into one of the largest gatherings of Africanists in the world. The
association also has an active publications program, which includes the "African
Studies Review," "Issue: A Journal of Opinion," "ASA News," "History in Africa,"
and many occasional publications.
In addition to serving in the Graduate College, Barkan
is an adjunct faculty member in the department of cinema and comparative literature.
She has extensive experience studying, teaching and conducting research in
several countries in Africa including Uganda (Makerere University) and Tanzania
(University of Dar es Salaam). She has also been a student and researcher
in France, England and India.
Barkan has served as treasurer, vice president, president
and past president of the African Literature Association, an international
organization of Africanist literary scholars and African writers. She served
last year as interim director of the UI International Writing Program and
is currently past president of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. Barkan's
current primary research interests center around the many issues surrounding
a writer's choice of language and also South African literature in transition.
Barkan received her Ph.D. in comparative literature at
the UI and French literature degrees from Cornell University and the University
of California at Los Angeles.