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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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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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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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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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