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AfricaNow! Call for Proposals

The African Studies Association (ASA) is excited to continue our AfricaNow! format to accommodate emerging issues on our Annual Meeting program. These sessions will feature late-breaking issues, recent practitioner work, and new scholarly work presented in a casual format.


Sessions can be proposed as group discussions (maximum of five presenters), individual presentations, or memorials. Please ensure that your AfricaNow! proposal meets the following criteria:

  • Proposals must relate in some way to current events on Africa and/or African Studies.
  • All AfricaNow! organizers and presenters must register for the Annual Meeting in MyASA prior to submission.
Suggested Topics for 2023 included (but were not limited to):
  • Developments in Sudan, Uganda, Tunisia, etc.
  • Academic Freedom
  • LGBTQI Legislation
  • Reproductive Rights
  • New US-Africa Policies and Implementation
  • Africa and the Russia-Ukraine War
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Writing
  • Literary Analysis of Recent Publications
  • All 2023 Memorials
To Submit

Please prepare a (1) basic title, (2) an abstract that describes the session and confirms its timeliness, (3) the format, and, (4) the names and affiliations of each presenter. We will do our best to accommodate time preferences as requested.

Submission Guidelines

AfricaNow! sessions will not be peer-reviewed and submissions of formal panels and papers will not be accepted in this format. The participation rules do not apply to AfricaNow! sessions. Presenters who are already on the program may submit proposals. Abstracts that were already submitted prior to the submission deadline cannot be resubmitted for AfricaNow! consideration. All requests for sessions will be reviewed by the ASA Secretariat for general appropriateness.

The AfricaNow! submission portal via OpenWater will open in August. The submission portal will close in early September.