The 2015 ASA Annual Meeting will feature several workshops that are free, and open to all Annual Meeting attendees. You can find information about each workshop below.

Grant Workshop for Graduate Students
Saturday, November 21, 8:30-10:15am
Organizer: Brenda Chalfin, Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida, ASA Board Member

Grants in support of research are essential for students and both new and established scholars in African Studies. This workshop is geared to current and prospective MA and PhD students from across the social and applied sciences and humanities who are seeking funding for research projects based in Africa. Participants will learn about effective strategies of research design and grant-writing and gain insight into the application review process. They will receive advice from representatives of major US-based funding agencies along with academics experienced with grant preparation and review across diverse disciplines. Among the grant opportunities and organizations included in workshop discussion are Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies. Participants will be directed to appropriate on-campus and on-line resources and leave with a firm sense of the do’s and don’ts of the grant application process.

Gaurav Desai, Professor of Comparative Literature, Tulane University. Reviewer for SSRC and ACLS.
Todd Leedy, Associate Director, Center for African Studies, University of Florida. Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays Advisor.
Thomas Asher, Program Director, Social Science Research Council

Senay Kahsay, Fulbright Alumni Ambassador

To register, please fill out this registration form. Please note that space is limited, and you are encouraged to register to confirm your participation in this workshop.

How Do You Create an African Studies Program Workshop
Saturday, November 21, 10:30am-12:15pm
Organizer: Timothy Longman, Director, African Studies Center, Boston University, ASA Board Member

Are you at a school that has faculty who work on Africa but no formal African studies program? Have you ever thought about establishing a program but are not sure how to begin? This panel discussion will explore different models for African studies programs and provide tips on how you might get a program started at your school. Both the African Studies Association and the Association of African Studies Programs are committed to promoting African studies throughout the US and beyond, and want to provide support to efforts to establish African studies programs. Come meet with people who have experience setting up programs and others who are also just exploring the idea. Come share experience, suggestions, and support.

Peter Quella, Boston University, Chair
Olufemi Vaughn, Bowdoin College
Elliot Fratkin, Smith College
Louise Badiane, Bridgewater State University

To register, please fill out this registration form.

Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop
Saturday, November 21, 2:00-5:45pm
Organizer: Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Professor of French and Philosophy, Columbia University, ASA Board Member

Purpose: The ASA Mentoring Workshop is designed to help graduate students understand what it means and takes to become a scholar of African Studies today in the humanities as well as in the social sciences. Its aim is also to facilitate interdisciplinary networking among graduate students and faculty in African Studies in the U.S. as well as in African universities and institutions of research based in Africa. The workshop will provide mentoring to graduate students at all stages whose doctoral projects are related to Africa. There will be opportunities for discussion and feedback with faculty mentors and fellow graduate students from a range of institutions and disciplines, and drawing on various regional and thematic interests and expertise.

To register, please fill out this registration form. If you are interested in this workshop but cannot attend due to scheduling conflicts, please contact the organizer.
Structure: The workshop will be held in two sessions. Session I will feature presentations on key skills necessary for a successful graduate student experience and transition to professional life in the current environment. It will include presentations on doing fieldwork in Africa, accessing the research produced locally, working in interdisciplinary teams and with local researchers, and publishing. Presenters will come from across the field and bring their expertise to helping graduate students gain the skills needed to become effective researchers and scholars. Session II, Mentoring Session, will allow participants to be matched with a volunteer established scholar in the field in small groups for mentoring sessions. Mentors will include scholars who have worked in different regions in Africa and in different disciplines.