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Good Greetings!  

I would like to take a moment to welcome you to the African Studies Association blog.  I have had the honor of serving the ASA in a number of capacities, and I am now proud to serve as the organization’s vice president.  

Since its inception in 1957, the African Studies Association has blossomed into the leading association of scholars of African Studies in the Western Hemisphere.  Througout its long life, the association has worked to promote excellence in African Studies in a variety of ways.  It has provided unparalleled opportunities to distinguished and up-and-coming scholars through its myriad awards and fellowships. Through those recognitions, it has brought valuable scholarship to the attention of the wider African Studies community.  It has further worked to facilitate scholarship through the publication of two journals, African Studies Review and History in Africa: A Journal of Method.  Most important of all, the ASA has provided a meeting place for dedicated students of Africa—from graduate students to professors' emeriti—to come together and benefit from a vast array of perspectives and insights.  It is to this last achievement that I believe the ASA blog will contribute.

Watch Rachel Boynton's "Big Men" on PBS

Filmmaker Statement

Republished from http://www.pbs.org/pov/bigmen/filmmaker_statement.php


The world of international oil deals is not an easy one to enter with a camera. And I knew no one in the oil business — or in Africa — when I began this film. I started with a pen, a notebook, an idea and a plane ticket to Lagos, Nigeria. But I took the attitude that I could get to anyone if I was careful and patient enough. In the end, I spent almost two years traveling back and forth between West Africa and New York, getting all the necessary permissions to shoot before I ever picked up a camera.

Empowered Africa: Creating Our Own Space & Changing the Conversation

Taking place on the eve of President Obama’s African Leaders Summit, the Empowered Africa Dialogue at Howard University’s Blackburn Center from 9:00-5:30 on Monday, August 4 will provide an alternative space where grassroots citizen-activists, scholars, progressive NGOs and community organizers from Africa and the United States will not only critique significant issues related to US-Africa policy, but also discuss alternative strategies and policies from a progressive and proactive perspective.

International Conference on International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: The ICC and Beyond 10th - 12th July, 2014

Happening now in Dakar- Watch the live webstream here

Concept Note



The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) African Peacebuilding Network (APN) with contributions from CDD West Africa and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are undertaking a joint two-phase program titled International Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: the ICC and Beyond. This programme is founded on the observation that the ICC has captured the imagination of many on the continent and come to represent for various parties either the epitome of many of the things that are wrong with the international justice system or a key instrument in the prevention gross human rights violations in Africa and the insurance of justice for its victims.

Letter from the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee (LAC)


Dear Members of the African Studies Association:
We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee for the upcoming 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, to be held in Indianapolis from November 20-23, 2014. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University- Bloomington are pleased to be serving as the local host institutions this year and are joined by Martin, Marion, and Butler Universities in this effort.  The members of the LAC have been working diligently over the past year to help publicize the conference and the call for papers to scholars and practitioners of Africa in coordination with the ASA Secretariat.  We have sought to expand participation by inviting more students to attend and be exposed to scholarship on Africa.  We have also invited politicians, diplomats, members of the broader community, and members of the ecumenical community who have provided support to African countries in a variety of ways through the years. Finally, we have been working assiduously to develop a variety of activities and events to make your visit to Indianapolis an enjoyable and memorable one. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to each and every one of you in November. 

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