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Bettina Ng'weno Receives Manuscript Workshop Award from P.L.A.C.E. with CAMPSSAH

Bettina Ng’weno

Principal Investigator Kimberly Nettles-Barcelón (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program) is excited to announce that associate professor Bettina Ng’weno (African American and African Studies) has been award a Manuscript Workshop award.

This award, offered through P.L.A.C.E. with CAMPSSAH, is part of an initiative funded by a UC Office of the President “Advancing Faculty Diversity” grant designed to improve faculty retention and satisfaction through peer recognition and support for faculty at crucial junctures of their career. Getting a project from rough draft to published manuscript is one of those moments at the associate level in the humanities and social sciences. That effort can be facilitated by focused, critical readings by scholars in one’s field. Modeled on similar, successful initiatives such as the UC Humanities Research Institute (UNHRI), the grant provides financial resources for the award recipient to convene a one- to two-day workshop that brings together chosen experts in the scholar’s field to help prepare a manuscript for submission to a publisher.

Professor Ng’weno’s describes her current project, Growing Old in a New City, as one that “is about the feelings, experiences and challenges of making a city that-was-not-built-for-you home, as illustrated by long-term residents’ understanding of, and practices around, city space and time…in the rapidly changing city of Nairobi…Growing Old in a New City highlights alternative visions of the city to posit more humane and equitable urban possibilities.”

Jaimey Fisher, a professor of German and Cinema and Digital Media, and a member of the P.LA.C.E. Selection Committee observes, your project “seems a fascinating engagement with a crucial but still underattended [aspect of the] global city. It takes up some crucial spatial questions about contemporary urbanism in a fascinating colonial and postcolonial frame while managing to raise interesting demographic questions about generations and aging.”

Congratulations to professor Ng’weno–we look forward to reading your forthcoming manuscript!

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