Top Twenty Logistical Details

  1. The conference will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis (10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA). 

  2. The ASA’s room-block at the JW Marriot Hotel is currently sold out for the night of Friday November 21st. We have been able to secure a small number of additional rooms for that night, so please book before its too late! The ASA hotel booking link is-

  3. The ASA has partnered with Double Dutch, to provide the Mobile Event app for this year’s conference. We are currently in the process of preparing the app for launch, and expect to do so within the next couple of weeks. Please look out for further updates regarding this.

  4. Visit the exhibit hall and enjoy the many exciting publications in the field of African Studies, as well as other attractions.

  5. There will be complimentary WiFi on all meeting floors this year! The wifi code will be published in the final conference program.

  6. Make time in your busy conference schedules to attend the special Film Screenings that we have planned at the Madame Walker Theatre. The film screenings will feature Q & A sessions with the producers, and this year’s featured films are Confusion Na Wa by Kenneth Gyang and Half of a Yellow Sun by Biyi Bandele. Further details will be listed in the final conference program.

  7. The 57th Annual Meeting will also feature a photography exhibit by photographer Beryl Goldberg, entitled Burkina Faso Portraits: Three Families over 4 Decades. Further information regarding the exhibit is available in this issue of ASA News, and will also be published in the final conference program.

  8. The Welcome Reception will be held on Thursday, November 20th at 7:30PM. The reception is open to all registered Annual Meeting attendees.

  9. Are you a first-time attendee at the ASA conference? Please join us during the First Time Attendee Breakfast, which will be held on Thursday November 20th, 7:15AM to 8:30AM in Griffin Hall.

  10. Not to be missed is the West African Research Association’s (WARA) Interactive Panel, entitled “Ebola: Exposing the Fault Lines” on Friday November 21st, 10:00AM to 11:45AM.

  11. The ASA’s Publish that Article workshop will be held on Friday November 21st, from 10:00AM to 11:45AM. Consider also attending the Publish that Book workshop, which will be held on Friday November 21st, 4:45PM to 6:30PM.

  12. If you are a graduate student attending the conference, hopefully you already registered for the Graduate Student Workshop. Registration for the workshop is now closed, however if you pre-registered, additional Information regarding the workshop has been provided by the workshop convener. Click here for the course outline

  13. This year the Local Arrangements Committee has gone to great effort, to put together a list of fun networking activities to make this conference memorable. Click here to see the list of activities. Don’t forget that registration for these activities ends on October 30th!!

  14. The Presidential Lecture, given by Professor James Pritchett and entitled Reflections on the State of African Studies, will be held on Friday, November 21st from 12:00PM to 1:00PM.

  15. The African Studies Review (ASR) Distinguished Lecture given by Professor Leonce Ndikumana and entitled Integrated Yet Marginalized: Global Governance and African Development will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 1:15PM to 2:15PM.

  16. The Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola Lecture is being given this year by Professor Francis Abiola Irele, and is entitled African Studies as Discipline and Vocation. The lecture will be held on Friday November 21st, at 1:30 pm-2:30 pm.

  17. The Women’s Caucus Lecture and Luncheon will be held on Saturday November 22nd, at 12:00PM to 1:15PM. The lecture this year will be given by Professor Mĩcere M. Gĩthae Mũgo and is entitled Women Embracing Creativity and Utu as Tools to Combat Violence and find Healing.

  18. 2014 marks the inaugural year of the Hormuud Lecture, which will focus on the themes of leadership, development, and democracy in Africa. This year, the speaker will be Maxi Schoeman who will be speaking to the topic A crisis of leadership? Reflections on 20 years of democracy in South Africa.

  19. Attend the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Roundtable, which will be held on Saturday November 22nd, 10:00AM to 11:45AM. This roundtable will provide the space for 5 of the first Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows (the program was inaugurated in 2013), to share their insights and experiences.

  20. The Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday November 22nd, at 7:30PM, immediately followed by the annual dance party. This year, DJ Landon Jones will be providing the music for the dance party, and is taking requests for music to be played. If you have a music request, please click here to make it!!