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Welcome to the ASA blog!

Please note that blogs posted on this page represent the view of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ASA or its Board of Directors.

We currently welcome article submissions from currently registered members of the ASA, relevant to the following thematic areas:

  • Current issues in African Studies and research
  • Refugees, Immigration, and Immigrants
  • Scholarship about, and by scholars from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

Submissions from Africa-based members and women are particularly encouraged.

Advocating for International Education in Washington, DC

The author of this blog post was awarded a travel grant to attend an advocacy conference in Washington, DC. This opportunity was available as part of the ASA Advocacy program. If you wish to see more opportunities for ASA members like this, please consider donating to the 60th Anniversary Campaign to support this, and other strategic initiatives.

By Andreana Prichard

In late February, I received word from the ASA that I had received one of two $1000 travel subsidy grants to travel to D.C. to attend one of three advocacy conferences geared toward supporting international education and humanities. I had seen the call earlier in the month, but I didn’t take it seriously as something that I could do until my colleague noted that the ASA was looking for advocates from Oklahoma and encouraged me to apply. I had done some local-level advocacy before applying: I’m involved with our neighborhood association and have done trainings with the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma; I have started attending ward and town hall meetings, and even speaking at some; and I speak with our Police Community Relations officer about issues concerning our neighborhood probably more often than he would like. I’d also recently started making daily calls to legislators, signing petitions that come through my inbox and over Facebook, and sending postcards. But doing in-person advocacy on a national level was entirely new to me.

Africa’s Unrequited Love for Books and the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award

The author of this blog post was awarded the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award in 2012. If you are interested in applying for this grant, you can find application requirements and deadline information here.

By Fodei Batty

When I first arrived in America to attend graduate school someone asked me what the greatest difference was between attending college in Sierra Leone and America. Without hesitation, I replied…books!

Reflection on AfricaNow! sessions honoring Elaine Salo

By Terri Barnes, Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

I organized a session on December 2 at the 2016 African Studies Association annual meeting in Washington DC called “Keeping Feminism in African Studies – a panel in honor of Elaine Salo.” It was followed later in the day by another session organized by Akosua Ampofo, “Honouring Elaine Salo: The African Feminist Forum and Gandhi for come down!” The two sessions brought together about 30 people involved in African Studies in the US, who knew and wanted to come together to remember Elaine. We were honored to welcome Elaine’s partner Colin Miller to the first session.

The speakers in the first session focused on their personal and professional reminiscences of our comrade Elaine. I read out a list of the MA and PhD students that she had supervised at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town – to show the range of topics that she inspired and supported with her students, and to show that her legacy is ongoing. Takyiwaa Manuh from Ghana spoke about Elaine’s intellectual reach to feminist scholars across the African continent, emphasizing that she was so powerfully immune to the “South African exceptionalism” exhibited by so many. Takyiwaa read out some of Elaine’s emails, showing her commitment to the institutionalization of women and gender studies in the African academy, and also her unwavering willingness to call a spade a spade, and an idiot an idiot, in our crazy world!

Africa Now! Trump and Africa Discussion at the African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2016

This blog post originally appeared on the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog, and is re-posted here with their permission. You can access the original posting here.

By Cilas Kemedjio (University of Rochester) and Cecelia Lynch (University of California, Irvine), Co-Editors of The CIHA Blog (Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa,

Our panel on the impact of the impending Trump presidency on Africa at the 59th annual meeting of the ASA (African Studies Association) was lively and well-attended. We spent the first section of the panel presenting the questions we had outlined earlier and discussing issues that arose out of these questions, and the last part of the panel identifying ongoing steps people can take to try to limit the potential damage a Trump administration could have on various aspects of relations with African countries and societies.

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