What Do you need !?

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, new practitioner work, discussion of preliminary research, informal art analysis, non-traditional presentation formats (eg: photo essays, spontaneous poetry, movement exhibition, etc.), and memorials.


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 should relate in some way to Africa, African Diaspora, and/or African Studies.
  • All AfricaNow! organizers and presenters must register for the Annual Meeting in MyASA prior to submission.

Suggested Topics for could 2023 include (but are not limited to):

  • Developments in Sudan, Uganda, Tunisia, Niger, etc.
  • Academic Freedom
  • LGBTQI & Reproductive Rights
  • AI in the Academy & Industry
  • Literary & Film Analysis: The Language of LanguagesDrinking from Graveyard WellsGoodbye Julia, etc.
  • 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 paper panels 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 is now open – Submit HERE!
The submission portal will close Monday, September 11, 11:59pm eastern.