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Bruce Berman elected to Smuts Fellowship at Cambridge

 
2012-05-18

Queen’s University professor Bruce Berman, has been elected to the Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge for the next academic year.

The Fellowship is also attached to a visiting fellowship at Wolfson College, where Professor Berman will be in residence from October 2012 to June 2013. While at Cambridge, he will be working on a book that is an outcome of Queen’s  Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Program (EDG) project entitled “The Ordeal of Modernity: the Cultural Politics of Ethnicity.”

Dr. Berman, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and History, and Director and Principal Investigator of the EDG, has taught at Queen’s since 1971 and has co-authored, authored and co-edited seven books and more than 50 published papers. Since the early 1990s, his work has focused increasingly on the development of modern African ethnicities and their political expression.

Professor Berman has been director and principal investigator for the EDG Program since January 2006. The project was initiated as a result of 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.

Professor Berman has served as the President of the Canadian Association of African Studies in 1990-91 and of the African Studies Association (ASA) in the U.S. in 2004-05. He represented the ASA on the American Council of Learned Societies from 2006 to 2009.

The Smuts Fellowship is awarded by the Smuts Memorial Fund at Cambridge in memory of J-C Smuts, who served as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge between 1948 and 1950 after leaving office as the Prime Minister of South Africa.

For more information on the Smuts Fellowship.

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