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ASA and ASR at the African Studies and Global Politics Conference

The African Studies Association of Africa hosted its 2nd Biennial Conference, African Studies and Global Politics, at the University of Ghana, Legon, October 12-14, 2017. The African Studies Association and its journal African Studies Review were happy to participate and serve as a sponsor for the conference.

 African Studies Review hosted a pre-conference workshop, the Pipeline for Emerging Africanist Scholars (PEAS) workshop, in which the journal welcomed thirteen emerging scholars for a day-long intensive session in which mentors were paired with emerging scholars to discuss and critique draft articles, and provide feedback and guidance on how to prepare articles for publication in an African Studies journal. The PEAS workshop was organized and led by incoming editor-in-chief of the African Studies Review, Benjamin Lawrance, as part of a renewed focus on providing opportunity and training in publishing for emerging scholars. African Studies Review also hosted a Publish the Article! roundtable at the ASAA Annual Meeting, a session that brought together editors from several journals of African Studies to share best practices and provide advice to session attendees. An always popular session at the ASA Annual Meetings, this session proved to be a draw at the ASAA Biennial Conference.

Diana Kamara, a second year PhD student at Makerere Institute of Social Research, applied to the PEAS workshop because it “appealed to me as an African academic in the making. It sounded like a good opportunity for testing the waters in academic publishing.” A requirement of the workshop, all participants had to review all draft articles and provide feedback. As Kamara notes, “it was a good exercise for the student-participant to write reviews for each other. It was a small but good training for us as reviewers to be, and important for collecting written feedback.” The thirteen writer participants of the PEAS workshop were a diverse group, with representation from Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, and the USA, and from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Writer participants walked away from the workshop not only with feedback on their draft articles, but with possible collaborators for future research endeavors. Kamara highlighted this benefit of the workshop, commenting, “if we keep the contact cycle of the workshop we have a chance of developing collaborative cross-country projects in the future.”

If you want to experience a bit of the ASAA conference, you can find a video of the Welcome Reception and Opening Remarks here: https://youtu.be/VlZT61fHO8o. For more information about the African Studies Association of Africa, please visit www.as-aa.org.

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