By Suzanne Moyer Baazet
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.
The last few months have been an exciting period at the ASA and we are pleased to share with you some new developments for the Association. The Board and the Secretariat have recently engaged in a strategic planning process which has resulted in a clear set of priorities for the Association for the coming years. Over the next year, the ASA will be launching several new programs and initiatives, including joint meetings on the African continent with other learned societies, new fellowship programs, and increased collaboration with our Coordinate Organizations. We will keep you informed of these initiatives as they progress and we look forward to your participation.
As you have probably already noticed, the ASA has launched a new website and is in the process of building a new, more lively, visual identity for the Association. The website will continue to evolve over the coming months and will contain interesting and dynamic content about what is going on in the field of African Studies and within the ASA community. We look forward to your feedback and contributions to the website.
The ASA is proud to announce that we have launched a new category of extremely discounted membership for students affiliated with African institutions. The ASA has made it a strategic priority to increase access to the Association by students and scholars on the continent, and this our first step in this direction. We hope that this will significantly increase the participation of African Students in the ASA. We will also be launching a campaign shortly to encourage ASA members to sponsor ASA membership for students on the continent at the rate of only $35 per year.
The Annual Meeting is only five months away and preparations are in full swing at the Secretariat! We can’t wait to see all of you in Baltimore this fall. We are working hard behind the scenes, to make this year's event a truly unique and innovative event. We have put together an Annual Meeting update article both in this newsletter and on the homepage of the website, so please read it for important information and updates related to the meeting. And please remember to renew your membership and to register for the conference, if you have not already done so!
Finally, we would like to congratulate the newest members of the ASA Board who were elected last month. Toyin Falola (Vice President-Elect), Ousseina Alidou, Peter Little and Peter Lewis will join the ASA Board this November.
Thank you for your commitment to the African Studies Association, and enjoy the rest of your summer!