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2017 Annual Meeting Preliminary Program Now Available!

The ASA is pleased to announce that the 2017 preliminary program is now available online.

If you are participating in the program and have updates to the way that your name, affiliation, email, or paper title appear in the program, you will find detailed instructions here for how to update your information.

This year's Program Committee has done an incredible job of producing a rich and exciting program. We are looking forward to an excellent meeting this November 16-18 in Chicago, IL. If you have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting, you can do so from the ASA Member Portal. Please note that you do not have to be an ASA member to create an account in the portal, and an account must be created in order to submit your online payments. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Support the ASA with a donation to the 60th Anniversary Campaign

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the African Studies Association. To recognize the past 60 years and to look forward to the next 60, the ASA Board of Directors launched the 60th Anniversary Campaign. This campaign will fund strategic initiatives that are critical to the ASA’s mission, and which expand the impact and reach of the Association. The ASA has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to help support:

• The expansion of the ASA Presidential Fellows Program, with a goal of doubling the number of scholars based in African institutions that we are able to support to attend the Annual Meeting
• Funding for initiatives for the Emerging Scholars Network, including professional development opportunities
• Conferences and events in Africa – the 50th Anniversary Fund provided $20,000 in travel support for scholars to attend the first ever ASA meeting on the continent. We hope the 60th Anniversary Fund will provide similar support in future meetings
• Expansion of ASA advocacy programs and events
• Creation of a small grants program for ASA coordinate organizations

You can track the progress of the Campaign here. Please consider donating $60 or $600 in support of the ASA for our next 60 years!

By coming together, the ASA membership can help support these important initiatives. Did you know:

- 9 donations of $60 can fund a small grant for a Coordinate Organization
- 16 donations of $60 can fund an advocacy travel grant for an ASA member
- 34 donations of $60 can fund a travel subsidy for an emerging scholar to attend the next ASA conference in Africa
- 50 donations of $60 can fund an additional Presidential Fellow to attend the ASA Annual Meeting

In 2016, the ASA had just over 1800 members. If each ASA member donated $60, we would raise $108,000! $108,000 would allow the ASA to:

- Welcome 36 Presidential Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting
- Provide 54 travel grants to ASA conferences in Africa
- Give over 200 grants to Coordinate Organizations

Do you want to see more of these, and other activities? Please consider supporting the 60th Anniversary Campaign today! You can support the 60th Anniversary Campaign here, or when you register for ASA membership on the myASA portal. When you support the 60th Anniversary Campaign, make sure to check to see if your employer matches gifts – take your dollars further with a matching gift from your employer! If you have questions about employer gift matching, please contact the ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Summer 2017 edition of ASA News Now Available!

The Summer 2017 edition of ASA News is now available. You can find the complete newsletter here.

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2017 Exhibit Hall Registration Now Open!

You can now sign-up to participate in the 2017 Exhibit Hall and to advertise in the 2017 Final Program.

First, select your preferred booth by reviewing the floor plan (premium booths are designated in red): 2017 Floor Plan

Second, complete the Exhibitor and Advertiser Registration Form:

You will notice that the ASA has made some exciting changes to our Exhibit Hall this year. The ASA has teamed up with an organization called Sponsorship Boost to expand our exhibitor and sponsorship audience and to improve the overall effectiveness of our Exhibit Hall. Sponsorship Boost has more than 20 years of experience working with Associations, including other Learned Societies, on sponsorships, exhibits, and advertising. Sponsorship Boost brings us expertise on how to ensure that you, our exhibitors, get the most out of your participation in our Annual Meeting.

Some of the innovations in this year’s Exhibit Hall include:

  1) The ability for exhibitors to select a specific premium ($1100) or standard ($900) booth on the floor plan
  2) New booth/advertising packages with discounted rates!
    - Platinum Premier Package (2 Premium Booths + 2 Full-page ads + Post-conference Mailing List)-$2880 (20% off!)
    - Gold Premier Package (1 Premium Booth + 1 Full-page ad)- $1620 (10% off!)
    - Gold Standard Package (1 Standard Booth + 1 Full-page ad)-$1440 (10% off!)
    - Display Table Package (1 6ft Display Table + 1 Full-page ad)- $840 (10% off!)
  3) The introduction of new “table displays” ($550) for non-profits and Africa-based publishers and book stores Subject to ASA approval (Please note that only six tabletops are available.)
  4) Improved floor-plan to increase traffic to booths
Lauren Villavaso will be your main point of contact for this year’s Exhibit Hall and Final Program ads. You may contact Lauren at or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 301-200-4616 x 107. We hope that Lauren and the team at Sponsorship Boost will exceed your expectations and continue the tradition we have for excellent service. We also intend to open up some exciting new sponsorship opportunities this year. If you are interested in finding out more about sponsorship, then Lauren can update you on those opportunities as well. 

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ASA Response to Proposed FY2018 Federal Budget

The US Federal budget released last week is of great concern to the field of African Studies. The President’s FY2018 budget proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, African Development Fund, Institute for Library and Museum Services, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. It also proposes the complete elimination of Title VI and the Fulbright-Hays program.

The ASA is working actively to identify ways that we as an Association can mobilize against these proposed budget cuts, which challenge the very core of our mission. Through our membership in the National Humanities Alliance and Coalition for International Education, we are closely monitoring the process of legislation of the new budget. We are combining forces with other learned societies and area studies associations to ensure that legislators in Washington are aware of the importance of these programs and of the contributions that they make to the broader higher-education landscape in the United States.

The leadership of the ASA is cognizant of the direct impact that the elimination of these budget line items could have on our members and on the future of African Studies. The elimination of Title VI centers, the National African Language Resource Center, Group Projects Abroad, and other key programs would severely reduce the resources available to students and faculty of African Studies in the United States. Without these programs, our efforts to promote the dissemination of knowledge about Africa, to promote scholarly exchanges with African universities, and to bring African scholars to the United States would be severely impacted. Many of you have benefited from the presence of these institutions and we hope that your voices will be heard as we mobilize to speak out about their importance.

In the coming weeks, the ASA will compile and share specific advocacy resources and strategies related to African Studies. In the meantime, we encourage each of you to participate in the advocacy initiatives of the National Humanities Alliance and to contact your congressional representatives to ensure that they understand the negative impacts of these proposed cuts.

Suzanne Moyer Baazet,
Executive Director, African Studies Association

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