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ASA Board of Directors Statement on the 2017 ASA Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors of the African Studies Association is aware that some of its members based outside of the US are debating whether to attend our annual conference this November owing to the current policies of the US government. The recent Executive Order 13780, banning citizens of six Muslim majority countries (Yemen, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia) from seeking travel visas to the US for 90 days, reinforces the climate of intolerance reflected in recent actions by the US government.

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History in Africa Honors Jan Vansina

History in Africa, one of the journals of the African Studies Association, has put together a collection of articles by Jan Vansina, in honor of Dr. Vansina and his pioneering research. This collection is freely available here through March 31.

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Announcing the ASA Advocacy Travel Award

The African Studies Association is pleased to announce a new travel subsidy grant to support advocacy for international education and the humanities during these critical times. The threatened elimination of the NEH, the Executive Order on immigration, and the uncertainty of future funding for key international education programs, have prompted several major advocacy events to be organized in March of this year by academic organizations. The ASA believes it is critical for our members to be represented at these events and for the voices of the field of African Studies to be heard by representatives on the Hill as they prepare to make key decisions about funding for international education, the humanities, and higher-education as a whole.

The ASA will award two travel subsidies of $1000 to ASA members to facilitate their attendance at one of three advocacy events scheduled in Washington, DC, next month. These events are the NHA Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, the Coalition for International Education Title VI/Fulbright-Hays Advocacy Conference, and the COSSA Science Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. Each event consists of a one day conference that will focus on advocacy strategies, information about federal funding, and more, as well as a day on Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials.
The ASA will provide the selected members with a $1000 subsidy to help cover the costs of registration, travel, and accommodation. The subsidy will likely not cover the entire amount of attending, and attendees will be responsible for any additional costs.
Applications can be submitted via this online form, and must be received by Friday, February 17. Deadline extended to Sunday, February 19. Successful applicants will be expected to attend the entirety of their selected conference, and to write a blog post about their experience.
All ASA members are encouraged to apply, but members from the following states are especially encouraged to apply, as your congressional representatives sit on key committees which determine federal funding for humanities and international education: Alaska, Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
If you have any questions, please contact the ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Winter 2017 ASA News now available!

Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition of ASA News! In this issue you will find letters from the ASA President and Executive Director, member announcements, and information about new ASA initiatives and developments. This issue is our special 60th Anniversary issue, and all of our articles highlight strategic priorities the Association has identified as part of our 60th Anniversary Campaign. You can find the entire issue here.

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Submit nominations for our 2017 awards today!

The African Studies Association is pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the following awards and prizes in 2017:
The ASA Presidential Fellows Program provides opportunities for academics and practitioners with a scholarly interest in Africa to travel to the U.S. to attend the ASA Annual Meeting, visit institutions of higher learning in the United States, engage with academics working on Africa-related issues, and more. Deadline for nominations: March 20.

The Melville J. Herskovits Prize is awarded to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. Deadline for nominations: April 30. Please note – Nomination letters must be received by the Secretariat by April 30 and all review copies of the publications need to be post-marked by the same date.
The Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize is awarded to the author of the best book on East African Studies published in the previous calendar year. Deadline for nominations: April 30. Please note – Nomination letters must be received by the Secretariat by April 30 and all review copies of the publications need to be post-marked by the same date.
The Distinguished Africanist Award recognizes a lifetime of distinguished contributions to African studies. Deadline for nominations: April 30.
The Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded to the best graduate student paper presented at the previous year's Annual Meeting. Deadline for nominations: April 30.
The Paul Hair Prize recognizes the best critical edition or translation into English of primary source materials on Africa published during the preceding two years. Deadline for nominations: April 30.
The Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award offers an annual grant program to assist book donation projects with shipping costs to send books to African libraries and schools. Deadline for nominations: April 30.
The Royal Air Maroc-ASA Student Travel Award is granted to students to facilitate and increase the movement of students and the exchange of ideas, between students of African Studies in Africa and the United States. The overarching aim of the award is to acknowledge outstanding scholarship by future African Studies scholars. Deadline for nominations: April 30.

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Member Aid For Africa
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