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New Publications by ASA Members

Nafeesa Allen, PhD Candidate, University of Witwatersrand, “Indo-Mozambican Interactions with the State (1947-1992): Civic and Religious Institutions in Lourenço Marques/Maputo as sites of ethnic identity affirmation and migratory contestation,” “Espaços transnacionais: narrativas do Oceano Índico” Remate de Males 38 (1) 2018

Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University, The Life of Walatta-Petros: A Seventeenth-Century Biography of an African Woman, Concise Edition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)

Josephine Jarpa Dawuni, Assistant Professor, Howard University, International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives, Josephine Dawuni and Akua Kuenyehia, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2017)

Nathan Devir, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of Utah, New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017)

Linda Heywood, Professor of African and African American Studies, Boston University, Nzinga de Angola: A Rainha Guerreira de Africa (Casa das Letras, 2018).

Jill Kelly, Associate Professor of History, Southern Methodist University, To Swim with Crocodiles: Land, Violence, and Belonging in South Africa, 1800-1996 (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018)

Benaouda Lebdai, Le Mans University, Winnie Madikizela Mandela: entre mythe et réalité, (Casbah Editions, forthcoming)

Carl LeVan, Associate Professor, American University, Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics, Carl LeVan and Patrick Ukata, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Cassandra Mark-Thiessen, Research Fellow, University of Basel, Mediators, Contract Men, and Colonial Capital: Mechanized Gold Mining in the Gold Coast Colony, 1879-1909 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2018)

Claire Metelits, Professional Lecturer, American University, “Bourdieu’s Capital and Insurgent Group Resilience: A Field-Theoretic Approach to the Polisario FrontSmall Wars and Insurgencies 29(4): 680-708.

Kwamina Panford, Associate Professor, Northeastern University, Africa’s Natural Resources & Underdevelopment: How Ghana’s Petroleum Can Create Sustainable Economic Prosperity (New York: Palgrave, 2017)

Nadia Rabesahala Horning, Associate Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College, The Politics of Deforestation in Africa: Madagascar, Uganda, and Tanzania (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Lily Saint, Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University, Black Cultural Life in South Africa: Reception, Apartheid, and Ethics (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, forthcoming)

Eve Sandberg, Oberlin College, Challenges to African Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, Darko Opoku and Eve Sandberg, eds. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)

Elizabeth Schmidt, Loyola University Maryland, Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2018)

Shaden Tageldin, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and Director, African Studies Initiative, University of Minnesota, “Beyond Latinity, Can the Vernacular Speak?“, Comparative Literature 70(2)

Phyllis Taoua, Professor, University of Arizona, African Freedom: How Africa Responded to Independence (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Marina Tolmacheva, Professor, Washington State University, “Concubines on the Road: Ibn Battuta’s Slave Women” in Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History, edited by Matthew S. Gordon and Kathryn Hain, (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Charlotte Walker-Said, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, John Jay College CUNY, Faith, Power and Family: Christianity and Social Change in French Cameroon (James Currey, 2018)

Other Announcements

ASA members Steven Feierman and Joseph Miller will be inducted in October as members of the 2018 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a national honorary and service society founded in 1780 that recognizes achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, law, arts and humanities. As two of the six in this year’s history class they follow recent Africanist historians and former ASA presidents Allen Isaacman (2015) and Sandra Greene (2016) as welcome acknowledgement of Africans’ histories in a modern discipline long defined, in part, by excluding the continent from a master narrative of western progress.  The preceding Africanist historian was Sara Berry (2001). In 2017 the AAAS also inducted Akin L. Mabogunje and Joseph Achille Mbembe as Foreign Honorary Members.

Victoria Bernal, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, has received a Senior Research Fellowship from KU Leuven, Belgium where she will be affiliated with the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa working with Professors Katrien Pype and Filip Deboeck in 2018-2019.

Jean Borgatti, curator of the exhibition Global Africa (2014-2018) at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA, received one of the three curatorial awards established by ACASA – Arts Council of the African Studies Association – at the Triennial Symposium on African Art held in Ghana in August 2017. The award was given for creative use of resources and impact on the community served by the museum.

Josephine Jarpa Dawuni, Assistant Professor, Howard University, was awarded 2018 Outstanding Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University.

Ndubuisi Ezeluomba was appointed as the Francoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Jill Kelly, Associate Professor of History, Southern Methodist University, was awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar 2018-2019.

Ashley Leinweber, Missouri State University, was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor of Political Science.

Fallou Ngom, Director, African Studies Center, Boston University, was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a project that focuses on the research and preparation of online and print publications of texts written in the West African languages Fula, Hausa, Mandinka, and Wolof that use Arabic script (‘Ajami).

Shaden Tageldin, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and Director, African Studies Initiative, University of Minnesota, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2019 to complete her current book project, Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature.

Shaden Tageldin, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and Director, African Studies Initiative, University of Minnesota, received two Honorable Mentions, for the 2017 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Richard Stein Essay Prize and the 2018 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Article Prize, for the article “Fénelon’s Gods, al-Tahtawi’s Jinn: Trans-Mediterranean Fictionalities,” in Philological Encounters 2 (1-2).

Opportunities for ASA Members

4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference

Theme: Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria

June 27-29, 2019

For centuries, Lagos has responded to significant changes in the core structures of its economic, social, and political order. A combination of internal transformation shaped external changes, and vice versa, creating monumental impacts in the city. Scholars working with diverse discursive tools have examined the contributions of Lagos to African and global transformation from the pre-colonial era to the present. From the story of internal migrations leading to the creation of communities to how the transatlantic slave trade integrated the port city into the vortex of world capitalism, Lagos as a phenomenon and an imagination manifests in the interplay of complex local and global processes. Lagos is both a beneficiary and contributor to the making of modern global cultures.

Therefore, in the fourth edition of its annual conference, the Lagos Studies Association seeks to build on existing scholarship on local and global processes in the making of Lagos. We are interested in new ideas that challenge existing paradigms while presenting significant possibilities for Lagos Studies. We invite presentations that compel us to rethink how the intersection of local and global dynamics have shaped the ways we conceptualize Lagos as an African city. Constant population movement, new ideals of community and local power, Atlantic and cultural exchange, social media and new identities, and regional political ideas that emphasize urban renewal, among other dynamics pose serious questions for engaging the continuous re-making of Lagos.

To this end, we invite proposals for panels, round-tables, and workshops from academic and non-academic practitioners of Lagos Studies across fields and disciplines. We also encourage proposals from scholars working on other African and Nigerian cities in order to better place the intersections of the local and the global in regional and pan-African perspectives.

Due date to submit abstract: December 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance of abstract by December 31, 2018. Email address: [email protected]

Registration fee: Local (N10,000); International ($100). Registration fee covers nine full meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the conference. Everyone listed on abstracts must pre-register by paying registration fee after the acceptance of abstract.

Houston, TX — The Menil Collection main museum building reopens to the public on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The galleries are installed with artworks drawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection, featuring 63 works of art from Africa including masks, sculptures, textiles, and ceramic and metal objects. Sculptural works from Central and Coastal West Africa are a strength of the Menil’s collection. A display devoted to the arts of Coastal West Africa is introduced by a towering a-mantshoña-tshol or mbanchong, multicolored sinuous serpent that functioned as a shrine or was worn as a headdress during ceremonies marking transformational moments in the lives of the Baga and Nalu people of western Guinea. The galleries devoted to Central African art feature powerful figural sculptures, such as minkisi from the Kongo peoples and two important pre-Bembe or Boyo figures. The Menil’s much-loved “garden gallery” will continue to house long-term installations devoted to thematic explorations of the diverse arts from the African continent. 

Call for panels and individual papers


15- 17 April 2019

Potchefstroom, South Africa

Theme: Law, Roots and Space

For more information and the submission of abstracts, see

Panel proposals by end of September 2018

Individual proposals by end of October 2018

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