- 22 March 2017
The African Studies Association joins other scholarly associations in expressing its opposition to the federal budget cuts proposed in the President's recent 2018 Budget Blueprint. The elimination or reduction of federal funding for international educational programs, the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and USAID directly and indirectly affect research and teaching by scholars of Africa. These programs are vital to fostering cross-cultural understanding, gaining and sharing knowledge, and forming academic partnerships. The ASA wishes to express its support for generous federal funding for the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts.
Members of the ASA can help the association to shape the upcoming debate on the federal budget by contacting their members of Congress to voice their concerns about these proposed cuts. Several advocacy coalitions to which the ASA belongs have prepared guidelines for lobbying Congress. These can be accessed by going to the websites of the National Humanities Alliance or the Consortium of Social Science Associations.
- 06 March 2017
The Board of Directors of the African Studies Association is aware that some of its members based outside of the US are debating whether to attend our annual conference this November owing to the current policies of the US government. The recent Executive Order 13780, banning citizens of six Muslim majority countries (Yemen, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia) from seeking travel visas to the US for 90 days, reinforces the climate of intolerance reflected in recent actions by the US government.
- 20 February 2017
The African Studies Association invites all of our coordinate and affiliate organizations to apply for a small grant from the ASA. Grants up to $500 will be awarded to help support an event or project the organization is planning for the calendar year. In 2017 up to three grants will be awarded to organizations, supported by the 60th Anniversary Campaign Fund.
Organizations can apply for the grant here. Applications must be received by March 31, 2017. Grant applications will be reviewed by the ASA Board of Directors at their Spring Board Meeting and decisions will be announced in May.
- 17 February 2017
Welcome to the Winter 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. This issue is our special 60th Anniversary issue, and all of our articles highlight strategic priorities the Association has identified as part of our 60th Anniversary Campaign. You can find the entire issue here.