[Mansa-l] MANSA Newsletter 63

Warms, Richard L r.warms at txstate.edu
Thu Sep 11 08:39:27 CDT 2008


The MANSA website has been more or less static for the last several years.  In my opinion, it’s time for a general redesign of the site.  I’d like to solicit your ideas for the features you would like on the site.  We have a good deal of space available to us so that is not a real limitation.  We are limited by a) my programming abilities, and b) security requirements of the Texas State servers that forbid certain kinds of interactivity.  But, there is a great deal we can do.  You may have noticed that I have recently made almost all back issues of our newsletter available on the site.  We have the ability to make conference papers and other materials available to all as well.

I am glad to provide links to home pages or to archives.  However, as we think about the website, please understand that the key problem is really providing an organization and structure that feels intuitive and allows people to find what they’re looking for.  You would never be able to find links to archives in a membership directory unless you already knew that the archive existed there under a particular name.  That’s great for long time members and insiders but not so good for anyone else.  If we wish to have archives on the site or links to archives we probably need a section of the site devoted to that function.

You can post your ideas for the website on the list if you think they are food for general discussion.  Otherwise, please send them directly to me at r.warms at txstate.edu<mailto:r.warms at txstate.edu>

Best regards,

Rich Warms

From: mansa-l-bounces at groups.txstate.edu [mailto:mansa-l-bounces at groups.txstate.edu] On Behalf Of Andreas Massing
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 5:01 AM
To: Nicholas Hopkins
Cc: David Conrad; mansa-l at groups.txstate.edu
Subject: Re: [Mansa-l] MANSA Newsletter 63

I suggest one way of doing this is to add a link to the adress in the MANSA membership directory which directs to either a personal home page containing a personal bibliography and notes (and in this case perhaps also the Lisbon conference paper - which many of us didn't get ), or as in Nicholas case to the Mali National Anthropological Archives or AUC  . This means every member to send in his or the relevant URL to the MANSA webmaster.  (PS for example, with regard to Liberia we have been doing this - depositing notes and papers - through the Liberian Collections Project at Indiana University, and recently through Liberianhistoryandsociety.com )
Andreas Massing

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    I have a proposal to make, inspired in large part by some of the
excellent papers at Lisbon plus some other work that I am doing: Could
Mansa through its newsletter or otherwise act as a clearinghouse where
people who have deposited their personal notes and archives can let
colleagues know what they have done and where to find the material ?
This might do two things: encourage people to make sure that their
personal notes and so on are taken care of, at least in terms of future
planning, and give people some idea of what the alternatives are by
hearing what others have worked out.  We should share information.

    I myself plan to deposit at least my Malian notes in the National
Anthropological Archives, hopefully before I pass away. In the meantime
I have told my family. I have worked with the NAA some in the past and
found them reasonable, and many years ago I spent a summer working for
the predecessor organization, the Bureau of American Ethnology
archives. Besides I live in Washington, so conveyance is easy. My
Tunisian and especially Egyptian papers are in Cairo, and probably
should stay here if I can work something out.

Nick Hopkins

Nicholas S. Hopkins
Professor of Anthropology Emeritus
American University in Cairo
P.O.Box 2511
Cairo 11511 Egypt

On Sep 8, 2008, at 10:19 PM, David Conrad wrote:

> MANSAdenw:
> In the final session of our wonderful conference in Lisbon I announced
> that as of the MANSA meeting at ASA in Chicago, I am resigning my
> position as MANSA President.
> Therefore, MANSA Newsletter #63 will be my last editorial effort on
> behalf of our organization, and I'm hoping to get another excellent
> response from you with submissions for my final issue.
> Since putting out the previous newsletter, I've received publication
> notices from Marloes Janson, Pat Imperato and Sarah Brettj-Smith. I
> also have the book so kindly edited by Jan Jansen, Mohamed N'Daou, and
> Stephen Belcher, and contributed to by many of you (to whom I'm very
> grateful).
> But I know there must be many other publications in print since the
> last newsletter, so please let me know about them now (no
> "forthcomings" please, only items actually in print), and please
> remember to include all the appropriate publication information,
> including page numbers for journal articles. As always, notice of new
> CDs, films, guest editorships, etc., are highly desirable. Also as
> usual, please let me know about dissertations defended with date,
> title, department, etc.
> We also need news of promotions, job changes, grant awards, honors
> received, research sojourns in your subject regions, etc.. If you have
> a performance, concert, or presentation to report, please describe it
> in a few narrative lines or a short paragraph rather than sending the
> news release or flyer, so I don't have to extract the information
> myself.
> With warm regards to all, David
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