Bruce Berman, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and History and Principal Investigator of the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Program, has been elected to the Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge for 2012-13. The fellowship is awarded by the Smuts Trust at Cambridge in the memory of J-C Smuts, who served as Chancellor of the university after leaving office as Prime Minister in South Africa. It carries a stipend of £41,000 and a travel allowance of £6,000. The fellowship is also attached to a visiting fellowship at Wolfson College, where Professor Berman will be in residence from October through June. While at Cambridge, he will be working on a book that is outgrowth of the EDG project entitled “The Ordeal of Modernity: the Cultural Politics of Ethnicity.” The Trust also supports several doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in the social sciences and humanities relating to the countries of the Commonwealth.
Professor Berman has been director and principal investigator for the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Program since January 2006. It was the first Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant received at Queen’s. It has involved some 38 scholars in six disciplines from 20 universities in nine countries, with more than 100 affiliated graduate students. The program ends on June 30, 2012. Through its grants, sixteen research workshops and two public conferences, the EDG program has produced fourteen volumes of research papers, including a series with UBC Press, for which Professor Berman is the General Editor.
Professor Berman is the author, co-author and co-editor of seven books and more than fifty published papers. His earlier work received the Joel Gregory Prize from the Canadian Association of African Studies in 1991 for Control and Crisis in Colonial Kenya and the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London in 1994 for Unhappy Valley: Conflict in Kenya and Africa. He has served as the President of the Canadian Association of African Studies in 1990-91 and of the African Studies Association in the U.S. in 2004-05. He represented the ASA on the American Council of Learned Societies from 2006 to 2009.
A distinguished Canadian academic has been elected to the Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge for the next academic year. (April 20, 2012) Cambridge University