ASA Advocacy Policy

The ASA engages in advocacy to raise general awareness about the field of African Studies, to ensure the continued funding and support of African Studies within institutes of Higher Education, and to address ethical, academic freedom, and human rights issues relevant to the field. The ASA achieves its advocacy agenda by issuing position statements and letters to officials, participation in coalitions such as ACLS and the Council for International Education, and outreach to the media.

Read the complete ASA Advocacy Policy here and click below to enlarge the ASA Advocacy Timeline.

Statements by the ASA Board of Directors

2021
Statement On Restrictions on Freedoms for University Students and Staff in eSwatini
ASA Co-Signs Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History (June 2021)
ASA Condemns the Destruction of Educational Institutions in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia
The Loss of Priceless Materials at the University of Cape Town
ASA signed statement: Ransacking Democracy: American Historical Association’s Statement on the Events [at the US Capitol] on January 6

2020
ASA signed statement by American Council of Learned Societies Letter Concerning COVID-19 and the Key Role of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the United States
Statement by the African Studies Association on Police Violence in African Countries
Statement by the African Studies Association on Police Violence and Racism in the United States
Statement by the African Studies Association in support of the Ghana Studies Association on the country’s proposed Public University Bill

2019
ASA Statement Concerning Police Violence at Makerere University, Uganda
ASA Statement Concerning the Unjust Detention of Roland Marchal and Fariba Adelkhah in Iran
ASA Signs on to the Middle East Studies Association Letter to the Department of Education
ASA Statement Concerning the Recent Dismissal of Dr. Paulo Faria from Agostinho Neto University
ASA Board of Directors Statement concerning the Sentencing of Dr. Stella Nyanzi
Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Sudan June 2019
Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan
ASA Attachment to IAI Statement on Plan S (please see the International African Institute’s Response to Plan S here)

2018
ASA Board of Directors Supports the Statement by the North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon on Human Rights
Statement by the ASA Board of Directors regarding President Trump’s Remarks

2017
ASA Board of Directors Statement on Patrice Nganang
ASA Board of Directors Statement on Academic Freedom and Stella Nyanzi
ASA Statement on the Proposed Federal Budget Cuts
ASA Board of Directors Statement on the 2017 ASA Annual Meeting 
ASA Board of Directors Condemns Executive Order Restricting Entry into the U.S.

2016
Statement from ASA Leadership
ASA Board of Directors Statement on Ebola