Welcome to the summer edition of ASA News!

By Suzanne Moyer Baazet

July, 2013

Dear Members,

Welcome to the July edition of ASA News! I hope your summer is going well. I know that many of you are travelling this time of year and I wish you safe and enjoyable travels wherever you may be!  

I hope that you will enjoy this issue of ASA News, which includes an interesting assortment of articles such as a tribute to the late Professor Chinua Achebe by Ama Ata Aidoo, the ASA’s 2012 Abiola Lecturer, and a Coordinate Organization spotlight featuring the Institute for Islamic Thought in Africa. Please help us make ASA News better by sending in your comments and suggestions for future issues.

ASA Partner Spotlight: Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA)

This edition's Partner Spotlight is on the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA). We are grateful to Dr. Rebecca Shereikis Interim Director of ISITA, for helping us put this article together.

Remembering Chinua

By Ama Ata Aidoo


European Conference on African Studies, Lisbon Portugal

 By Funmi Vogt

The fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) was held in Lisbon, Portugal on June 26th to 29th, 2013 and the theme was "African Dynamics in a Multipolar World." The conference was organised and hosted by the Centro de Estudos Africanos (CEA), at ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (Centre for African Studies, ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon). 

ECAS 2013 Lugard Lecture, by Professor Alcinda Honwana

The ASA has partnered with the International African Institute (IAI) to publish the Lugard Lecture, which was given by Professor Alcinda Honwana at the recently concluded ECAS conference. This lecture which includes introductory remarks given by Peter Geschiere (a member of the African Studies Review board, presenting in his capacity as a member of the Council of the International African Institute), has been published in this newsletter with the permission of IAI and Professor Honwana. 

Balancing Excellence and Access in Doctoral Education

By Thomas Jørgensen

May 9th, 2013


A diverse, worldwide research system has many benefits, but it must not result in work being concentrated in a few global hubs.

Research is becoming an ever more global activity. Scientists all over the world can share data, communicate and travel with unprecedented ease. At the same time, countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa are emerging as major investors in research, building capacity to match the traditional research centres in the EU, Japan and the United States. China now produces more academic papers than any country apart from the US.

How Facebook Can Ruin Study Abroad

By Robert Huesca

Taking an administrative leave in Benin for the past six months provided an eye-opening contrast to my first study-abroad experience, in Mexico City back in 1980. Of particular note was the insidious impact of new communication technologies on living and learning in another culture.

As a former director of the office of international programs at Trinity University, in San Antonio, I am particularly attuned to the issues that concern professionals in study abroad—ranging from cultural immersion to health and safety. All of those issues seem to have been transformed for good and for ill by advances in information and communication technology.

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