Glen S. Elder (1967-2009) was Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. He wrote about the geography of sex, race, and place and taught courses in African geography, political geography, feminist geography, and the geographies of sexualities. His book, Hostels, Sexuality and the Apartheid Legacy: Malevolent Geographies (Ohio, 2003), applied feminist and queer analyses of space to the migrant labor system in South Africa. He served the University of Vermont as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the community with Vermont CARES (Committee for AIDS Resources, Education and Services).
As Belinda Dobson wrote in an obituary in South African Geographical Journal (2012):
“Glen played a crucial role in fostering a sense of community and inclusiveness amongst scholars of South and Southern Africa in North American academia. He went out of his way to make South African geographers feel at home in the sometimes daunting atmosphere of an AAG meeting, and to showcase South African geography to a North American audience. He was instrumental in establishing and cultivating the inter-disciplinary North East Workshop on Southern Africa… He was a networker in the best sense: not for self-advancement, but to connect like-minded scholars and especially to advance younger scholars as they found their feet in a competitive and hierarchical system.”
It is in this spirit that NEWSA will provide funds towards assisting scholars to attend the workshop. The Glen Elder Travel Award will rotate between support for scholars based outside of and within North America.
The 2017 award supported four scholars based outside of North America. Preference was given to those based at southern African institutions and who would not have otherwise been able to afford to travel to the United States for NEWSA.
The 2019 award will provide funds to scholars based in North America. The call will be open to all North American scholars, but preference will be given to graduate students and any non-tenure track scholars.
Upon notification of paper acceptance, potential candidates will be required to submit a budget for consideration.
NEWSA is willing to contribute to the costs of the flight to Burlington, VT, and conference attendance (including registration, most meals, and accommodation) as well as the visa fee, if necessary. NEWSA can supply a letter of support for the visa application. Scholars interested in applying for this financial assistance are strongly encouraged to seek alternative funds, as they will be required to pay for hotel bookings and meals before and after NEWSA, transport between the airport and conference venue, and other sundries.
Scholars who wish to extend their trip to the United States to include visits to regional universities or to do archival research at libraries and other institutions are welcome to apply. We are happy to help with facilitating these connections, but it is beyond our capabilities to provide funding beyond that pertaining to attendance of NEWSA.
NEWSA is a small organization with limited funds. Please consider making a donation in Glen’s name to help us further his commitment to fostering a community of like-minded scholars from around the world at NEWSA.
Donations can be made via PayPal (please remember to mark the transaction as a gift):
Checks can be made out to “North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa” and mailed to: