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Fall 2016 ASA News Now Available!

Welcome to the Fall 2016 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. You can find the entire issue here.

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2016 Women's Caucus Luncheon and Lecture

Every year the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association brings a distinguished lecturer to speak at the Annual Meeting. Aminatta Forna will deliver the 2016 lecture., "Reversing the Gaze: Narrative as a Two Way Mirror". Forna was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia. She is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water.

The lunch will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 3. Lunch tickets are available for $30. Tickets are available for purchase online. There will be a very limited number of tickets available for purchase on-site, and it is recommended you purchase your tickets in advance. If you have any questions about the Women's Caucus, please contact Wangui Wa Goro ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Maria Cattell ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Women's Caucus Co-Convenors.

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Tell us about your ASA experience!

The ASA invites you to complete the 2016 ASA Membership Survey. This survey was created for both past and present ASA members as a tool to help the ASA to fulfill its mission and to enhance the quality of service that it delivers to its members.  Your input is critical to the future direction of the Association. The Secretariat and Board of Directors have drafted strategic priorities for the association in an effort to broaden and improve the impact of the organization.  Your responses to this survey will address the relevance and importance of these priorities and may inform new priorities for the association.

Please complete each question thoughtfully and candidly as your responses will be used to build the future strategy of the Association and to make the improvements that our members seek.  To show our appreciation for the time and thought given to completing the survey, all members who complete the survey by September 30 will be entered in a drawing with a chance to win either complimentary registration to the 2016 annual meeting, or complimentary 2017 membership.  As you complete the survey, please keep in mind the ASA's mission: The association is the flagship member association for African Studies, with the goal of encouraging the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. The ASA aims to cultivate a better understanding of the continent, taking a holistic approach to its areas of focus. This includes all facets of Africa's political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscapes, to name a few.

We greatly appreciate your input, and continue to thank you for your membership.

You can fill out the online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVZDLP3

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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2016 Annual Meeting Call for Photographers

The ASA is looking for experienced photographers to volunteer their services for the upcoming 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, which is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, on December 1-3, 2016. Candidates must have experience photographing large events, and experience with large conferences and conventions will be given preference.

Please note that this is a temporary, non paid assignment. Selected volunteers will receive the following benefits:

-A complimentary room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (the event venue), for the duration of the conference
-A free pass to attend all sessions and events at the conference


Selected volunteers will be responsible for their own travel to the conference venue.


This is also a great opportunity to build your photography portfolio!

Interested applicants should submit the following:

1. A cover letter which outlines your photography experience
2. A recent photo portfolio

All submissions should be made by email, and sent to Sonja Madison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Childcare Now Available at the ASA Annual Meeting

At the 2015 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, the ASA partnered with KiddieCorp to provide childcare services to annual meeting attendees during the conference. KiddieCorp will join the ASA in DC to provide childcare services from 8:00am-6:30pm each day of the conference. Parents of children aged 6 mos. to 12 years old are welcome to utilize this service for any amount of time over the three days for an hourly fee.

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