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Welcome to the Fall 2017 Edition of ASA News!

Welcome to the Fall 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. We hope you enjoy this issue, and please feel free to share your feedback about this issue with us by emailing the ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Make your hotel arrangements for ASA 2017 Today!


The 60th Annual Meeting of the ASA is only a few weeks away, and you have limited time to make hotel reservations at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. If you need to make hotel arrangements, you can do so online here. Reservations must be made through this link to take advantage of the ASA's negotiated room rate. You will only be able to make reservations through the ASA's block until October 30. 

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2017 Women's Caucus Luncheon Announcement

The ASA Women's Caucus are delighted to invite all ASA members and friends to the Women's Caucus luncheon on Saturday 18th November at 12.45 - 2.00 (guests should be seated by 12.30.)
Our Women's Caucus Distinguished Speaker for 2017 is Professor Alondra Nelson, (, the fourteenth President of the Social Science Research Council and the Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Columbia.  She will be addressing the theme:  Black Feminist Futures

The link for purchasing tickets is now open with a cut-off point of 15thNovember 2017 to enable the orders to be processed.
Luncheon tickets can be purchased from the Women's Caucus on-site in Chicago.

Full tickets for box lunch + attendance is offered at $37.50

Graduate Student Tickets
10 concessionary lunch tickets for lunch + attendance will be offered to graduate students on a first come-first served bases for $20.00

Talk-only Tickets
A number of "talk-only" tickets are available for $25.00

Donations and sponsorship
We also welcome donations. We also encourage you to support and invite graduate students, friends, family and colleagues to the event.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for collection at the Women's Caucus market place from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily from Thursday 16th November, and only up to 10.00 a.m. on Saturday November 18th. 
Membership updates, renewals and active engagement
We encourage you to join the Women's Caucus or renew your membership which is open to everyone who supports our aims and objectives. Check out our website 
This is a public event organized by the Women's Caucus. All welcome.
For further information, contact: 
Wangui wa Goro: 
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Josephine Dawuni: 
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Maria Cattell: 
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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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