Please join the ASA Secretariat in congratulating our members on their recent accomplishments, and remember to let the ASA know of your achievements so the ASA can celebrate with you!

New Publications by ASA Members

Agbasimalo Ada, Forest Dame Peace Initiative (FDPI), has just republished three books with AuthorHouse UK

Julie Soleil Archambault, Concordia University, Mobile Secrets: Youth, Intimacy, and the Politics of Pretense in Mozambique, (University of Chicago Press)

Alice Aterianus-Owanga, University of Lausanne, Rap Was Born Here! Music, Power and Identity in Modern Gabon (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme)

Elizabeth Baer, Gustavus Adolphus College, The Genocidal Gaze: From German Southwest Africa to the Third Reich (Wayne State University Press)

Getnet Bekele, Oakland University, Ploughing New Ground: Food, Farming & Environmental Change in Ethiopia (James Currey)

Stephanie Bjork, Paradise Valley Community College, Somalis Abroad: Clan and Everyday Life in Finland (University of Illinois Press)

Yolanda Covington-Ward, University of Pittsburgh, Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo (Religious Cultures of African and African Diasporic Peoples Series, Duke University Press) Winner, Elliot P. Skinner Book Prize, Association for Africanist Anthropology (2017) for book Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo

Finalist, Clifford Geertz Book Prize, Society for the Anthropology of Religion (2016) for book Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo

Nathan P. Devir, University of Utah, New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization (University of Utah Press)

Lyombe Eko, Texas Tech University, published two articles, “Globalization and the Diffusion of Media Policy in Africa: The Case of Defamation of Public Officials,” Harvard Africa Policy Journal Vol. XII (2017) and “To republish or not to republish: The ‘‘Je Suis Charlie’’ Mohammed cartoon and journalistic paradigms in a global context” The International Communication Gazette (September 2017)

Ernest Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint, editor of A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (James Currey)

Christopher Gore, Ryerson University, Electricity in Africa: The Politics of Transformation in Uganda, (James Currey Press)

Rhonda Gonzales, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Bantu Africa: 3500 BCE to Present (Oxford University Press), with Cymone Fourshey, Chris Saidi

Dinah Hannaford, Texas A&M University, Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal (Penn Press)

Ernest Harsch, Columbia University, Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest and Revolution (Zed Books)

Dorothy Hodgson, Rutgers University, Gender, Justice and the Problem of Culture: From Customary Law to Human Rights in Tanzania (Indiana University Press) and Co-edited with Judith Byfield, Global Africa: Into the Twenty-first Century (University of California Press)

Edmond Keller, “Communism, Marxist-Leninism, and Socialism in Africa” on Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, available at

Catherine Kelly, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, “Party Proliferation and Trajectories of Opposition: Comparative Analysis from Senegal”, Comparative Politics, January 2018. With Patrick Vinck, Phuong Pham, and Timothy Meyer, I will publish “Justice and Security Diagnostic: Bangui, Central African Republic”

Monique Kerman, Western Washington University, Contemporary British Artists of African Descent and the Unburdening of a Generation (Palgrave Macmillan)

James Mittelman, American University, Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education (Princeton University Press)

Fallou Ngom, Boston University, Co-edited the special volume of Islamic Africa journal (with Mustapha Kurfi) titled “Ajamization of Islam in Africa,” published by Brill (Volume 8, Issue 1 and 2, pages 1-216). You can read more about the special volume here:

Kathleen Sheldon, Research Affiliate, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, African Women: Early History to the 21st Century (Indiana University Press)

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Emory University, Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge University Press)

Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt University, “The Digital Overhaul of the Archive of Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies (ESSSS)”, sx Archipelagos, Issue (2), July 2017, DOI: doi.10.7916/D812651T

Other Announcements

Carol Boram-Hays, Columbus College of Art and Design, curated the exhibition “Home: Contemporary African Artists Consider Place and Identity in Our Connected World” for Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. The exhibition features the work of Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura and E. Okechukwu Odita.

Yolanda Covington-Ward, University of Pittsburgh, was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)

Lyombe Eko, Texas Tech University, was named a Humanities Fellow at the Texas Tech University Humanities Center.

Jude Fokwang, Regis University, Released Something New in Old Town – A Documentary Film, For details and how to support this film, visit:

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Catherine Foster, U.S. Department of State, The United States and Mali recently extended their Agreement to continue U.S. import restrictions on archaeological material from Mali. Originally signed in 1997, the Agreement will be extended for an additional five years and will be amended to include Malian manuscripts for the first time as a new category of ethnological material covered by U.S. import restrictions. More information about the Agreement and import restrictions, visit

Fallou Ngom was promoted to the rank of Professor of Anthropology in March 2017 and appointed as Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University in September 2017.

Azeez Olaniyan, Ekiti State University, Individual Research Grant by the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) July-December, 2017

Ruth Opara, University of Colorado Boulder, passed her dissertation defense on October 23, 2017

Derek R. Peterson, University of Michigan, was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Opportunities for ASA Members

Tanzania Zamani

A journal of the Historical Association of Tanzania (HAT) now is published biannually its revival in 2017. Members of the African Studies Association are invited to submit their articles for publication. For more information contact editor-in-chief, Professor Yusufu Lawi at [email protected]

V-Dem Institute

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts to assist with the next update in January 2018, willing to contribute to making the largest dataset on democracy even better in the future. In these times when democracy is at risk in many places, offer a few hours of your time, and contribute to the common good for science and international society!

We are facing a specific challenge with a few countries/territories in Africa:

Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Somalia, Togo, and Zanzibar.

Country Experts one or more surveys/areas. of questions. The coding is entirely web-based. The default language is English but surveys are also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian. Please note that V-Dem applies a rigorous vetting and application process. Generally, a Country Expert holds a PhD degree and has specialized knowledge in at least one of the sections of the V-Dem survey. We are grateful for your assistance.

The V-Dem project depends upon the expertise of those who study the world of democracy. The success of the project, and its continuance, depends upon the contributions we receive from scholars around the world.

To apply to become a Country Expert, please email Natalia Stepanova at [email protected]

V-Dem is a global, collaborative research project providing the largest ever database on democracy, headquartered at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. V-Dem provides distinct indices of electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative, and egalitarian democracy, as well as some 40 indices of specific components of democracy and over 350 detailed indicators, for 177 countries over 117 years. The dataset contains 17 million data points, available for download or for online analysis free of charge on the V-Dem webpage:

Critical Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog

The Critical Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog held two panels at the recently concluded African Studies Association in Africa (ASAA) ( second bi-annual conference in Accra (Oct. 12 – 14). You can find video footage from the panels as well as photos and commentary here:

We would also like to announce our upcoming annual Critical Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog Conference which will be held in Senegal from December 11 – 16. We will be live tweeting from @CIHABlog and also sharing updates on our blog at Find more information on the event here (

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research

Call for Applications from PhD Candidates

Greenberg Research Fellowship

Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies

Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship


Deadline: December 15, 2017

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its three research fellowships for advanced-standing PhD candidates: the 2018-2019 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship; the 2018-2019 Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies; and the 2018-2019 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter (including proposed dates of residency), CV, proposal abstract (1-3 pages), writing sample, and recommendation letter from your PhD advisor by December 15th, 2017 to [email protected] Each submission will be considered for all three fellowships.

To view the CAF, please visit:

African Critical Inquiry Programme

Call for Proposals to Organize a Workshop

Closing Date: May 1, 2018

The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organize a workshop to take place in 2019. The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid, and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). More information is available here:

African Critical Inquiry Programme

Call for Proposals for Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards

Closing Date: May 1, 2018

The African Critical Inquiry Programme is pleased to announce the 2018 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics. Grant amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000. More information is available here:

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