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Welcome to the Summer 2017 Edition of ASA News!

Welcome to the Summer 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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From the President

On behalf of the African Studies Association, I would like to extend my congratulations to those members of the association who have recently been elected as officers or as members of the Board of Directors.

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From the Executive Director

Dear ASA Members and Friends,

This Summer edition of ASA News comes at a critical time for African Studies. The US Federal budget released two weeks ago is of great concern to the field of African Studies.

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2017 Board of Directors Election Results

The ASA secretariat is pleased to announce the 2017 Board election results as follows:

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Announcing the 2017 Coordinate and Affiliate Small Grants!

The African Studies Association Board of Directors awarded eight grants at its 2017 Spring Board Meeting to ASA Coordinate and Affiliate Organizations. The awarded grants were supported by the 50th Anniversary Fund of the association, and will support activities ranging from conferences in Africa to travel support for scholars on the continent.

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Read the 2016 ASA Annual Report, Available Now!

The African Studies Association is excited to announce the publication of its first Annual Report. This report documents the activities and growth of the association in 2016, and highlights some of our most exciting achievements!

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Summer 2017 Advocacy Update

The African Studies Association has been actively expanding its advocacy efforts on behalf of African Studies and international education, and creating opportunities for ASA members to engage in advocacy on their own. The current state of funding for international education is precarious, as the Trump Administration has requested the complete elimination of international education programs across the Federal Government. Advocacy from the ASA and its members is crucial at this time, as it is up to each of us to demonstrate the importance, value, and impact of African Studies, and more broadly, international education.

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Coordinate Organization Spotlight: Ghana Studies Association

The African Studies Association will showcase the events and activities of one of our coordinate organizations in each issue of ASA News. The Summer 2017 edition features an update from the Ghana Studies Association. The ASA thanks Nana Akua Anyidoho for sharing GSA's update with the association.

Ghana Studies Association
The Ghana Studies Association, which began as the Akan Studies Council in 1988, is a multidisciplinary organization of about 200 scholars based in Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia whose research focus is the West African state of Ghana. GSA will celebrate 30 years in 2018. 

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Emerging Scholars Network: Where are we?

The African Studies Association is pleased to welcome a new column for ASA News, which will focus on information important to emerging scholars. The ASA thanks Emerging Scholar Representative for the ASA Board of Directors Ruth Murambadoro for writing this article to share with the association. If you wish to become involved with the Emerging Scholars Network, or would like more information about the network, please fill out this form.

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2017 ACLS/AHP Presidential Fellows

The ASA will welcome four fellows that were selected in collaboration with the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies to the 60th Annual Meeting in November. These fellows will all present at the Annual Meeting, and the ASA welcomes proposals from institutions to host a fellow this fall. Fellows are typically hosted for a week before or after the Annual Meeting. For more information about hosting, please contact the ASA Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Meet Your Board: An Interview with Mary-Jane Deeb

Mary-Jane Deeb, Library of Congress, was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2015. You can find our interview with Mary-Jane Deeb below.

How and why did you initially become involved in the ASA?

My original research work was on Libya in North Africa. Together with my husband, we wrote a book on Libya Since the Revolution: Aspects of Social and Political Development, a book that was among the earliest published on Libya under Qaddafi. Thanks to that book I was accepted to do my doctoral work in the African Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, under Professor William Zartman.

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2017 Annual Meeting Program Preview

by Marissa Moorman and Susanna Wing, Program Co-Chairs

Now that paper, panel, and roundtable acceptances have been sent we are excited to see the 2017 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association take shape. Last fall, when we brainstormed for our conference call for papers, we were drawn to the myriad of ways that institutions operated on the continent, between the continent and the diaspora, and among scholars of Africa worldwide. At the time, we hoped that our call for papers would encourage our members to engage with the enduring legacy of colonial institutions and the exciting creativity, persistence and resistance of African institutions. We were not disappointed.

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Summer 2017 Member Announcements

The African Studies Association is pleased to showcase the achievements of our members in each edition of ASA News. If you have an announcement, publication, or other accomplishment you’d like highlighted in the next issue of ASA News, please let the ASA know by filling out this online form. You can also share your news and accomplishments with the ASA year-round by tweeting us @ASANewsOnline.

Please join the ASA Secretariat in congratulating our members on their recent accomplishments, and remember to let the ASA know of your achievements so the ASA can celebrate with you!

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Announcing the ASA Annual Meeting Podcast Series and YouTube Channel

The African Studies Association partnered with the Africa Past and Present podcast of Michigan State University at the 59th Annual Meeting of the ASA to launch a podcast series from the conference. The series includes “drop in” conversations, which were modeled to mimic the spur of the moment conversations and debates that happen in the hallways of the Annual Meeting, as well as more in depth interviews with keynote speakers and other ASA members. Africa Past and Present is hosted by Peter Alegi and Peter Limb, both of Michigan State University, and is produced by Mike Green, Director of the Matrix Digital Media Lab at Michigan State University. You can find the complete archive of recorded sessions here.

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The ASA thanks supporters of our 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.

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Decisions of the ASA Board of Directors, March-June 2017

  • The Board appointed Dorothy Hodgson to serve as the ASA delegate to the ACLS
  • The Board appointed Harcourt Fuller, Jennie Burnet and Pamela Scully LAC Co-Chairs for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA
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