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African Studies Association

Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. 

With almost 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, the African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. Based in the United States, the ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors. 

Mission

The African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of historical and contemporary knowledge about Africa. The ASA is based in the United States and aims to cultivate a better understanding of the continent, taking a holistic approach to its areas of focus. This includes all facets of Africa's political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscapes, to name a few. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors. 

The ASA achieves its mission by:

  • Providing access to path-breaking research and key debates in African Studies
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary exchanges with African scholars and institutions
  • Publishing high quality research on Africa-related issues
  • Fostering networks of Africanist scholars and practitioners through the Annual Meeting and other forums
  • Addressing the challenges faced by universities engaged in research, teaching and outreach related to Africa
  • Broadening professional opportunities on African issues
  • Promoting a better understanding of Africa through academia, policy-makers, NGOs, media, business, learned societies, and other interested communities

Annual Meeting

Every year the ASA hosts an international conference, which is attended by approximately 2,000 participants from around the world and across all academic disciplines. 

The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place on November 20 – 23, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ASA Publications

The African Studies Association publishes two popular and respected journals:

  1. African Studies Review (ASR) is the principal academic and scholarly journal of the African Studies Association, which aims to publish high quality articles and reviews for an interdisciplinary audience. The ASR is published three times a year, in April, September, and December, and is disseminated free of charge to ASA members as one of the benefits of membership.
  2. History in Africa, A Journal of Method writes on the role of theory and non-historical data, in historical investigation. With a focus on historiographical and methodological concerns, the journal publishes textual analysis and criticism, historiographical essays, bibliographical essays, archival reports and articles. History in Africa is published annually in September.
  3. ASA News is the ASA newsletter, which is published quarterly and serves as a forum for sharing up-to-the-moment information about relevant cross-disciplinary issues in the field of African Studies. ASA News also provides a space for members to share information about their work, accomplishments, and other updates.  

ASA Awards and Prizes

The ASA has a long and proud tradition of honoring individuals for their outstanding work in the field of African Studies, through various lifetime contribution, research, and book awards.

Member Aid For Africa
African Studies Association is a participating member of Aid for Africa, a unique partnership of nonprofit organizations serving families and communities throughout Africa.
African Studies Association
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