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It is not too late to present at the 60th ASA Annual Meeting!

 

While the formal call for papers and panels has closed, there is still the opportunity to submit proposals under the AfricaNow! and Flash formats.

 

AfricaNow! The African Studies Association (ASA) is excited to continue our AfricaNow! format, in response to the need to accommodate emerging issues on our program. These sessions will feature content that focuses on late-breaking issues that emerged subsequent to the close of the ASA CFP on March 15, 2017. The sessions can be proposed as group discussions (with no more than five presenters), individual presentations, or memorials.

 

Please ensure that your AfricaNow! session submission meets the following criteria:

  • The topic must relate directly to current events that involve Africa, as well as the Annual Meeting’s theme.
  • The presentation’s content must focus on issues that arose after the close of submissions on March 15, 2017.
  • All AfricaNow! organizers and presenters must register for the Annual Meeting when notified of acceptance.

An online form is available here and on the ASA website to submit proposals for AfricaNow! Proposals must be received no later than close of business, 5pm EST, on Friday, September 29.  All AfricaNow! sessions will take place on Thursday, November 16; Friday, November 17; and on Saturday, November 18, from 8:30am-6pm.  

 

You will be asked to submit a basic title, an abstract that describes the session and confirms its timeliness, the format, the names and affiliations of each presenter, the start time, and the duration of the session. You preferred time slot will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Please note that these sessions will not be peer-reviewed and submissions of formal panels and papers will not be accepted in this format. The participation rules do not apply to the AfricaNow! sessions. Presenters who are already on the program may submit proposals. Abstracts that were already submitted prior to the submission deadline cannot be resubmitted for AfricaNow! consideration. All requests for sessions will be reviewed by the ASA Secretariat for general appropriateness. Additional time slots in the room will be held for last-minute issues that arise in the days leading up to the meeting. The AfricaNow! room will be equipped with theatre style seating, a head table, and a video projector.

 

Flash The ASA is pleased to introduce Flash presentations at the 2017 annual meeting. These presentations are a rapid-fire, engaging performance of 15 image-rich slides. Each slide shows for exactly 20 seconds before automatically moving to the next slide. The total presentation time is a speedy 5 minutes. They are poetry delivered with a punch. When reviewing your abstracts, we look for the visual and verbal promise to surprise, provoke, evoke or simply take a stand. All submissions are blind-reviewed for originality, passion, point of view and relevance to the 2017 conference theme. An abstract of up to 250 words that briefly describes your overall concept as well as how your visual and verbal narratives will unfold must be provided. Include 5 images that you intend (and have the right permissions) to use in your presentation. Do not include any references to the author’s identity (to facilitate blind peer review). All materials must be included in a single PDF or Word document. Do not submit additional files.

An online form is available here and on the ASA website to submit Flash proposals. Proposals must be received no later than close of business, 5pm EST, on Friday, September 29. 

 

We thank you for your AfricaNow! and Flash submissions.

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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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Apply for the African Studies Review Pipeline for Emerging African Scholars Workshop today!

The African Studies Review (ASR) convenes Pipeline for Emerging African Scholars (PEAS) Workshops in collaboration with the African Studies Association to stimulate, solicit, and further develop high quality journal submissions from emerging scholars of African studies under the mentorship of senior Africanists. In collaboration with the ASA the ASR will sponsor a PEAS workshop at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel on November 14-15, 2017. Scholars who wish to submit a proposal to a PEAS are, ideally, post-doctoral researchers, newly minted PhDs with works-in-progress currently underway, and soon-to-submit PhD students. Emerging scholars will have an opportunity to work closely with senior scholars to re-work a pre-circulated draft article.

The broader goals of PEAS-Chicago are to:
1. Increase submissions from emerging scholars to top-rated journals, especially ASR;
2. Improve quality of submissions from emerging scholars;
3. Increase revise and resubmission rate from emerging scholars;
4. Improve access to ASR for emerging scholars;
5. Improve networking and collaboration opportunities among likeminded scholars; and,
6. Increase participation of emerging scholars in review process.

Eligibility & Application Criteria
1. Complete applications may be submitted in English or French no later than August 15, 2017 – incomplete applications shall not be considered;
2. All applicants shall be program participants on the draft program and registered for the 60th Annual Meeting of the ASA in Chicago, IL [see http://www.africanstudies.org/annual-meetings/registration pre-registration ends September 30, 2017];
3. PhD student applicants shall be ABD, and have completed dissertation research;
4. Early career applicants shall have completed their PhD within the past five years (since November 2012);
5. Women and minorities, as well as scholars of disciplines underrepresented in the African Studies Review are encouraged to apply.

Submission Process

Applicants for a PEAS workshop must prepare and submit the following no later than August 15, 2017:
1. A cover letter stating broad academic goals and interests, and an express commitment to adhere to the expectations of the workshop (participation in entire workshop and reading pre-circulated work), and to revise and submit the product of the workshop to the ASR for peer-review and possible publication;
2. A current curriculum vitae listing all educational qualifications, research funding received, publications, and employment history;
3. A polished draft article of between 5000-10,000 words, complete with citations;
4. One letter of recommendation addressed to the ASR Editor-in-Chief, that includes, among other things: (a) confirmation that the recommender has read the submission or recent previous work by the scholar; (b) an evaluation of the draft work; (c) confirmation that the recommender considers it well enough developed to be on the path to submission to a journal; and (d) confirmation of the academic standing and progress of the applicant as represented in the CV;
5. Evidence of good standing as a PhD student, including year in program, or, for early career applicants, a letter from chair of home department indicating rank and title;
6. For early career applicants ONLY, a copy of PhD diploma awarded.

Complete applications shall be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted by email to Kathryn Salucka This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “ASR-PEAS-Chicago” workshop in the subject line.

Space will be limited to approximately 10-12 emerging scholars, and decisions will be made with a view to diversity of background, experience, theme, discipline, and other concerns, subject to availability of suitable mentors. Applicants selected for participation will be notified by email by the ASR’s Managing Editor by AUGUST 31, 2017. The preliminary schedule is 11/14: 12.00-17.00, and 11/15: 7.30-12.30, but subject to change. An alternate list will be maintained should vacancies arise. Applicants are responsible for their own travel and ASA meeting attendance costs.

General queries may be directed to Kathryn Salucka This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Benjamin Lawrance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “ASR-PEAS-Chicago” workshop in the subject line.

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Work with the ASA! Now accepting applications for a Program Assistant

 

Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the largest organization with a global membership 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.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Program Assistant reports to the Executive Director, and for day-to-day responsibilities to the two ASA Program Managers, providing administrative and programmatic support by assisting with the creation, coordination, and administration of programs, projects, and/or processes. The Program Assistant arranges and coordinates logistics for events and meetings, and participates in the implementation of key ASA programs. The Program Assistant works closely with the ASA’s key constituencies including members, Board of Directors, and meeting participants and should represent the ASA in a professional manner. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Support: Annual Meeting

·Responsible for general administrative tasks related to the ASA's annual meeting, including but not limited to sending out letters to invitees, and handling the travel logistics of fellows and other visitors/speakers. 

·Assist with the meeting registration, including following up with registration payments and online system issues, and monitoring of the registration list

·Travel to the meeting venue for 1 week, to assist with logistics and administrative matters.

·Assist with identifying new vendors and handling administrative matters related to vendors and onsite services.

·Provide assistance from time to time with additional ASA organized meetings and events.

Program Support: Coordinate Organizations

·Point of contact for all ASA coordinate and affiliate organizations

·Follow-up on annual coordinate organization surveys, scheduling of coordinate organization meetings, and coordinate organization announcements

·Process new coordinate organization applications for consideration by the ASA Board of Directors and monitor membership status of current coordinate organizations.

·Distribute quarterly financial reports to coordinate organizations and serve as a centralized point of contact for questions from coordinate organizations for the ASA accountant.

Program Support: Presidential and Carnegie Fellows

·Logistical and organizational support for the fellow selection process, including answering questions about applying, setting up online submission form, and monitoring submissions

·Coordinate institutional hosts for Presidential fellows 

·Coordinate all fellows’ travel and visa processes ahead of the annual meeting

·Serve as an onsite point of contact for the fellows during the annual meeting

Program Support: Membership

·Provides membership database support by updating and maintaining the database of ASA members. 

·Ensures accurate data entry of all member data, which may include populating additional data as required. Prepares and runs reports as needed.

·Assist ASA members with online access and navigation of the ASA Member Portal

· Update membership information on the ASA website

·Administers communication campaigns to ASA members, including website updates and social media updates.

· Assists with ASA’s annual awards and prizes

· Coordination of shipping of books for review for journal and awards

Equal Employment Opportunity:

ASA is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition.

Applicants with Disabilities:

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise us in writing of special needs at the time of application. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should forward a letter outlining interest in the position, qualifications and experience together with a CV or resume and the names and contact information of three references in electronic format to the Executive Director of the ASA, Suzanne Moyer Baazet ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

BENEFITS

Full benefits package including fully subsidized comprehensive health insurance, dental and vision insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, employer retirement fund matching, and more.

Qualifications:

·2+ years working directly with a senior staff member, in a nonprofit setting.

·While experience working with Africa or interest in Africa is not required, it is a

strongly preferred

·Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that

demonstrates knowledge and understanding of office administration, organization,

coordination, facilitation, bookkeeping and/or report writing.

·Strong computer skills and proficiency in the MS Office suite of software.

·Strong organization skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks without supervision.

·Strong communication and problem-solving skills.

·Comfortable with web and CMS systems (Joomla! is the platform used for the ASA

website) technology, blogs, and social media platforms.

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

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ASR Editorial Team Announcement

The Executive Board of the African Studies Association and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin N. Lawrance as the Editor-in-Chief of the African Studies Review (ASR). Dr. Lawrance is a prize-winning historian of social justice who studies comparative historical and contemporary slavery, human trafficking, cuisine and globalization, human rights, refugee mobilities, and asylum decision-making. He is the author of two well reviewed monographs, most recently Amistad’s Orphans (Yale 2014), has edited and co-edited nine volumes, most recently Citizenship in Question: Evidentiary Birthright and Statelessness with Jacqueline Stevens (Duke, 2016), and Marriage by Force? Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa, with Annie Bunting and Richard L. Roberts (Ohio, 2016), and authored or co-authored over sixty articles, book chapters, and review essays.

As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Lawrance will oversee a restructuring of the journal and an expansion of outreach and mentoring activities, particularly focusing on emerging Africanist scholars, issues of diversity and representation, and developing synergies with new scholarly developments on the African continent.

Dr. Lawrance will be working with a remarkable group of Editors, reflecting the expansive and dynamic contours of interdisciplinary Africanist scholarship in the North American academy and beyond. The new incoming Editors are:

Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana
Peter Alegi, Michigan State University
Leonardo Arriola, University of California, Berkeley
Annie Bunting, York University
Claudia Gastrow, University of Johannesburg
Kenneth Harrow, Michigan State University
Cajetan Iheka, University of Alabama
Patricia Makepe, University of Botswana
Ben Talton, Temple University
Richard Waller, Bucknell University

The African Studies Review is the principal academic and scholarly journal of the African Studies Association, and the leading Africanist journal in North America. In the 2016 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017), the ASR received a 0.745 Impact Factor score, ranking the journal 22nd of 69 titles in Area Studies, and 5th among African Studies titles. Under the leadership of Dr. Lawrance, and with the assistance of Kathryn Salucka in the role of Managing Editor and an expanded Editorial Review Board comprising leading scholars from around the world, the African Studies Review will build on its recent achievements by expanding its readership, and improving its visibility and standing as the primary vehicle for the North American community of African studies.   

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