The African Studies Review published the State of the Art overview essays from 1980 to 1994. Supported by the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, these important scholarly discourses continue to be some of the most renowned in African studies. Essays, such as Jane Guyer’s “Household and Family” (1981), Valentin Mudimbe’s “African Gnosis” (1985), and Karin Barber’s “Popular Arts in Africa,” (1987) not only defined emerging fields but also paved the way for exciting new scholarly endeavors. Informed by Raymond Williams’ attention to “meanings and contexts,” and fueled by the recent flourish of critical attention to terminology, we invited proposals for individual critical scholarly essays to explore themes, topics, and ideas of interest to the ASA membership and African studies globally reflecting emerging trends in African studies research, local, global, and indigenous terminologies, including words in African languages. The ASR-sponsored panel of ASK essays offers draft ASK essays that engage a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields showcasing Africa-based scholarship and co-authored collaborations. After presenting and revising, authors are encouraged to submit them for peer-review for possible publication in the ASR.

The first ASK essay and an introduction to the series appears in the March 2021 edition of the ASR.

Please complete this form before March 7: