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Annual Meeting

ASA Annual Meeting General Information

The ASA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world and is the flagship event of the association. With an attendance of over 2,000 scholars and professionals, the conference offers the following:

More than 300 panels and roundtables
Plenary events featuring keynote speakers
An awards ceremony and dance party
Institutional and organizational receptions and meetings
An international exhibit hall
Screenings of award-winning movies from Africa, and/or by African producers

2024 Location

The 2024 ASA Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL from December 12 – 14. More information on hotels and travel can be found here.


Review our 2024 registration rates, which now include more equitable tiers and accessibility for Emerging Scholars in Africa and the Diaspora.
Register for the 2024 Annual Meeting in our MyASA Portal.
Pre-registration is required to access the CFP submission portal.

Onsite registration tables will have hours posted closer the event. 

2024 CFP Theme & Submission Categories

Read the full CFP theme: Global Africa
2024 Program Co-Chairs: Alice Kang (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) and Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso (Brandeis University)
2024 AfricaNow! opens each August to accommodate late breaking issues and experimental sessions.
Submit a presentation proposal to the event through our online submission portal.

How to Participate in ASA Programming

Review our 2024 Submission and Participation guidelines before submitting a proposal.
Assemble a session you’d like to submit to the CFP by calling likeminded co-presenters.
Register to submit to the main ASA CFP prior to its close March 17.
Submit in our second-chance call for proposals with AfricaNow!, opening in August.
Register to attend sessions without presentation.
Participate in Coordinate Organization activities.