- 19 December 2016
By Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako
School of Media Arts and Studies
Scripps College of Communication
One of the ways in which Africans and Africanists studying outside the shores of the continent could give back is to conduct quality research aimed at solving problems and advancing positive change. Thankfully, many African students have been assisted in various forms with grants and funds to conduct research back home in Africa.
- 26 October 2016
The Library of Congress has recently launched two important social media resources on its international collections: the 4 Corners of the World blog and Library of Congress International Collections Facebook page. You are invited to connect with the Library of Congress curators and reference specialists to learn all about the Library’s International Collections. This collection is the largest and finest in the world with millions of items, in hundreds of different languages and scripts from societies and cultures around the globe. You will also get the latest about new collection acquisitions, digital initiatives, and free public programs at the Library and view online recordings! Both projects are jointly contributed by the four area studies divisions of the Library of Congress: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic.
Below please find a reposting of the Library of Congress’ most recent blog post, “333: A Film on the Manuscripts of Timbuktu,” which you can also find on their blog. This piece is posted on the ASA site with the permission of the Library of Congress. You can follow the blog to see all of their postings, and like their Facebook page to receive more updates directly from the Library of Congress. Please see the latest Facebook post here about an upcoming lecture by Dr. Toyin Falola, past President of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (ASA) and a recipient of ASA’s 2014 Distinguished Africanist Award.
- 17 October 2016
This blog, written by 2016 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair Benjamin Lawrance, 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 Benjamin N. Lawrance
Africa as marginal, Africa as forgotten, Africa as a country… we’ve all encountered the tired and simplistic formulae and frameworks that are reproduced time and time again. From its inception in Chicago over half a century ago, the African Studies Association has persistently confronted, engaged, and resisted tropes of Africa and Africans. What happens when we flip the script and insist on methods, practices, analyses, and narratives at which Africa is front and center? In our co-authored call last year for papers, panels, and roundtables, we recognized that when Africa is wielded as a unit for research and policy it too easily becomes a framework synonymous with troubles and dangers. We observed that the need to interweave academy, policy, and practice is arguably now more pressing than ever as funding for Area Studies research declines precipitously. We invited our membership to propose papers and panels that build on the ASA’s rich legacy of experimentation bridging scholarship, representation, and policy, celebrating the continent’s diversity, history, and complexity.
- 03 October 2016
By Robert Bowen, Governmental Affairs Associate, National Humanities Alliance
The African Studies Association is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). This blog comes from the series of columns the NHA authors to provide members with information about humanities advocacy. This week is also Humanities Check-In week, and the NHA encourages you to reach out to your representatives to support funding for the humanities.
We have all become familiar with urgent requests in our inboxes and social media feeds to write our Members of Congress about an important issue. With a few clicks, these “action alerts” promise, we can influence our Senators and Representatives. Once we enter our zip code, we see a form letter replete with policy details and a specific request. We have the option to tailor the letter, but we can also simply hit “submit.”
Like other advocacy organizations, the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) issues action alerts to our network of advocates. Most often, we ask our advocates to communicate support for funding increases—or opposition to cuts—for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Title VI, or Fulbright-Hays.
- 10 August 2016
The African Studies Association joins over 50 learned and scholarly societies in signing a letter from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) expressing concern on threats to Turkish Academic Freedom and Higher Education. You can read the letter on the MESA website.