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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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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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Announcing the 2017 Board of Directors Election Results

The ASA secretariat is pleased to announce the 2017 Board election results as follows:

Vice President-elect
Maria Grosz-Ngate, Associate Director, African Studies Program, Indiana University

Board Members-elect
Bessie House-Soremekun, Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, Jackson State University
Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor of International Affairs, The New School and Africa is a Country
Ebenezer Obadare, Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas

The ASA Board of Directors congratulates its new officer and directors, and extends its sincere appreciation to all the candidates for their willingness to serve the Association. Electees will take office at the Fall meeting of the Board.

The 2017 election ballot was powered and counted by ©Simply Voting.

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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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Announcing the 2017 Coordinate and Affiliate Organization Grant Awardees

The African Studies Association Board of Directors awarded eight grants at its 2017 Spring Board Meeting to ASA Coordinate and Affiliate Organizations. The awarded grants were supported by the 50th Anniversary Fund of the association, and will support activities ranging from conferences in Africa to travel support for scholars on the continent.

2017 is the first year in which the ASA has awarded grants to its Coordinate and Affiliate organizations. Funds raised by the ASA’s 60th Anniversary Campaign will support these grants in future years. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the 60th Anniversary Campaign to support these, and other strategic priorities of the ASA, you can do so here.

Information about each supported project can be found below – you can also watch the ASA Blog for updates about each activity throughout the year.

Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
ACASA was awarded a grant to support their 17th Annual Triennial Symposium on African Art, to be held at the University of Ghana, August 8-13, 2017. You can find more information about the Triennial here.

Africa Network
Africa Network will receive support to build a digital, open access journal called Teaching Africa, which will focus on topics of pedagogy in African Studies and will share instructional resources for educators. Africa Network, an Affiliate Organization of the ASA, promotes the study of Africa within the liberal arts. More information about Africa Network is available here.

African Politics Conference Group (APCG)
APCG was awarded a grant to support the participation of Africa-based scholars in a pre-conference session at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting that will provide those scholars with in depth feedback on their research to prepare those scholars for publication. 

Central African Studies Association (CASA)
The Central African Studies Association received a grant to help support the association in bringing a scholar from Cameroon to attend the ASA Annual Meeting. You can find more information about the Central African Studies Association here.

Congolese Studies Association (CSA)
The Congolese Studies Association was awarded a grant to support the costs of a scholar based in Africa to attend the ASA Annual Meeting. More information about the Congolese Studies Association is available here.

Igbo Studies Association (ISA)
The ISA received a grant to support the 15th Annual International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association, to be held June 8-10, 2017, in Owerri, Nigeria. You can find more information about the Igbo Studies Association and the Annual International Conference here.

Mande Studies Association (MANSA)
MANSA was awarded a grant to facilitate the travel of Africa-based academics to the 10th International Conference on Mande Studies, which will be held at Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire, August 2-6, 2017. More information about the conference and MANSA is available here.

North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon (NAASC)
The North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon received a grant to facilitate the attendance of a graduate student at the ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago this November.

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