It is hard to believe that the 56th Annual Meeting is less than two weeks away! We are very excited, as this promises to be a great event. We certainly look forward to seeing you there. The ASA secretariat has put this article together in partnership with the 56th Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (LAC), to highlight some of the important things you need to know about the conference.





  • The ASA’s room-block at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel is currently closed, and the hotel is sold out for the nights of Friday November 22nd, and Saturday November 23rd. We are working with the hotel to secure some courtesy room blocks at nearby hotels, and will post any new information as we have it.
  • The ASA has partnered with Grupio, to provide a Mobile Event app for the conference. For instructions on downloading the app and to begin using it, click here.
  • There will be complimentary WiFi on all meeting floors this year! The wifi code will be provided in the final conference program.
  • Make time in your busy conference schedules to attend the special Film Screenings we have organised at the Reginald Lewis Museum. The film-makers will be attending the conference and will hold Q & A sessions after the screenings. The titles of the films are Tey, Pumzi and Something Necessary. Full details will be listed in the final conference program.
  • The artist behind the 56th Annual Meeting image, The Great Migration: People of the African Diaspora, Helina Metaferia, will be attending the conference and exhibiting some of her beautiful work. The exhibit will be in Grand Foyer West of the hotel, and she will also have some pieces for sale.
  • The Welcome Reception will be held on Thursday, November 21 from 7:30PM to 9:30PM in Grand Ballroom Salon VI. The reception is open to all registered Annual Meeting attendees!
  • The Presidential Lecture, given by Professor Abdi Samatar and entitled Scholarship, Politics, and the Fate of the Somali People will be held on Friday, November 22 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM in Grand Ballroom Salon VI.
  • The African Studies Review (ASR) Distinguished Lecture given by Professor Iris Berger and entitled African Women’s Movements in the Twentieth Century: A Hidden History, will be held on Friday, November 22 from 1:15PM to 2:15PM, in Grand Ballroom Salon VI. 
  • Plan to attend the ASA Board sponsored Current Issues Plenary, entitled Genomic Research Flows and Health in Africa, on Friday, November 22 at 2:30 pm-4:30 pm in Grand Ballroom Salon VI. This event is Co-Sponsored with the Health and Medicine Group.
  • The Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola Lecture is being given this year by Professor Salah Hassan, and is entitled Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is ‘Afropolitan’ the Answer? The lecture will be held on Saturday, November 23 in Grand Ballroom Salon VI at 1:15 pm-2:45 pm.
  • Attend the ASA Special Forum on US Policy in Africa which will feature Ambassador Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The session will be moderated by Mr. Steve McDonald, of the Wilson Centre. The forum will be held on Thursday November 21st at 1:30PM to 2:30PM in Grand Ballroom Salon VI.
  • The Women’s Caucus Lecture and luncheon will be held on Saturday November 23rd, at 12:00PM to 1:15PM, in Grand Ballroom Salon VI. The lecture this year will be given by Dr. Ngwarsungu Chiwengo and is entitled Congo (DR) Women: History of Atrocities, Myths, Trauma and Resilience.
  • The Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday November 23rd, at 8:30PM, in Grand Ballroom Salon VI. This year in addition to the awards, we have the pleasure of the presence of Mr. Driss Benhima, CEO of Royal Air Maroc (RAM), who will be announcing an exciting new partnership between RAM and the ASA. We will also be giving out the first set of awards for the ASA-Royal Air Maroc Student Travel Award.
  • Put your dancing shoes on! All ASA Annual Meeting registrants are invited to the ASA Dance Party. This year, music will be provided by Sitali.