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Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition of ASA News!

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. 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

I would like to extend best wishes for the new year to our ASA members living in the global South as well as the countries of the North. 2017 is a very special year for the ASA as it marks the 60th anniversary of our founding in 1957, which of course was also the year in which Ghana gained its independence. As will be the case in Ghana, our 60th anniversary provides the occasion to reflect on what we have accomplished, what challenges we face, and what our priorities should be in the years ahead.

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From the Executive Director

Dear ASA Community,
The beginning of the year is always a busy time at the ASA Secretariat and 2017 has been no exception. The Secretariat staff has worked tirelessly over the past month to ensure the successful launch of this year’s membership cycle, the 2017 Call for Proposals, the 60th Anniversary Fund, and registration for the 60th ASA Annual Meeting. I am excited to say that things are moving forward on all fronts. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership or registered for the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to do so today. Also, don’t forgot that the deadline for submissions for the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting is March 15, 2017.

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Winter 2017 Advocacy Update

The start of 2017 marks an important period of time for the ASA and its members in terms of advocacy for federal funding priorities in the next proposed budget. In December 2016, the United States Congress passed a continuing resolution that would fund government operations until April 28, 2017. In the months leading up to April 2017, the Trump Administration will submit a budget request, and the House and Senate will both be authoring appropriation bills that will ultimately inform the final budget.

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An Interview with 2016 ASA/ACLS Presidential Fellow Eric Debrah Otchere

The ASA Presidential Fellows Program brings scholars from the continent to the ASA Annual Meeting each year, along with a visit to a host institution before and/or after the Annual Meeting. As part of the 60th Anniversary Campaign, the ASA hopes to double the number of fellows that can participate in this program.

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The ASA Presidential Fellows Program: A Host's Experience

By Stéphane Robolin, Director of the Center for African Studies and Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

Since 2010, the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University has had the privilege of hosting 12 ASA Presidential Fellows. The fellows program represents an extraordinary exchange for the four-to-seven days before or after the annual African Studies Association Meeting, and the fruits of that exchange continue well after.

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Meet Your Board: An Interview with Emerging Scholar Representative Ruth Murambadoro

The ASA Board of Directors recently added the position of Emerging Scholar Representative to facilitate the participation of graduate students and emerging scholars in the membership and the leadership of the African Studies Association.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you in your studies, and what is your area of research?

I am a Zimbabwean-born decolonial scholar who loves ‘politics’. My PhD project is looking for traditions of justice among conflict stricken communities in Zimbabwe. Over the past two years, l did field research in Buhera and Mudzi districts engaging with key-informants, government officials and the civil society. Beyond the PhD project my research interests are transitional justice, reconciliation, democracy, political psychology and state reconstruction in Africa.

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Winter 2017 Coordinate Organization Update

Starting in 2017, the African Studies Association will be changing its relationship with its coordinate organizations. The driving force behind this adjustment in relationship is to allow the ASA to provide for the collection of coordinate organization dues and administration of coordination organization expenses. ASA members will be able to register for their coordinate organizations when they register for their ASA membership, streamlining the process of collecting dues for many of our organizations.

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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. The ASA has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to help support:

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Decisions of the ASA Board of Directors, November 2016-February 2017

The ASA Board of Directors made the following decisions in the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017:

-The Board approved the launch of a small grants program for Coordinate Organizations, to begin in 2017
-The Board approved a conflict of interest policy for all ASA prize and award committees
-The Board approved the signing of an extended memorandum of understanding with the American Anthropological Association to hold a second joint meeting in Africa in 2018
-The Board approved a draft contract with Rutgers University which will extend the ASA’s hosting agreement with Rutgers University through 2022.
-The Board voted to approve candidates to fill all open positions on ASA prize and award committees
-The Board voted to create an advocacy committee on the ASA Board of Directors
-The Board approved the committee structure and assignment of Board Members to committees for 2017
-The Board passed the 2017 Budget
-The Board approved the new investment portfolio allocation presented to the ASA by TIAA-CREF Portfolio Management Services
-The Board approved an advocacy statement regarding the Executive Order banning travel from seven countries
-The Board approved to sign-on to a join advocacy statement regarding the EO travel ban in collaboration with NCASA (National Council of Area Studies Associations)
-The Board approved the creation of two travel grants to subsidize ASA members to attend key advocacy events

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Winter 2017 Member News and 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. Watch our LinkedIn page for professional achievements and member announcements in between editions of ASA News. You can also share your news and accomplishments with the ASA year-round by tweeting us @ASANewsOnline.

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