The ASA Presidential Fellows Program was established in 2010 with the objective of inviting outstanding Africa-based scholars to attend the ASA Annual Meeting and to spend time at African Studies programs/centers in the U.S. Four of this year’s scholars were selected in collaboration with the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies. One scholar is sponsored through a generous grant from Hormuud Telecom Somalia, Inc. An additional three to five scholars will be selected in summer 2015 from a pool of candidates nominated by ASA members. We invite institutions to apply to host one or more of the following individuals for up to a week prior to the Annual Meeting of the ASA. The institution would be expected to cover the costs of domestic travel and the fellows’ stay at the host institution, including an honorarium. Please contact the ASA Secretariat, [email protected], if you would like more information.

We are delighted to announce the ACLS/ASA Presidential Fellows for 2015. They are:

Abubakar Aliyu Liman, ACLS-AHP Fellow, (English and Literacy Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria). Dr. Abubakar Liman Aliyu is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Popular Culture in the Department of English and Literary Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, where he has been based since 1992. Since his initial appointment, he subsequently rose through the ranks to the rank of Associate Professor and Head of Department.  Dr. Liman has conducted research in the area of Comparative Literature, Orature and Popular Culture and has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals, books and monographs in and outside Nigeria. Dr. Liman was awarded the 2013 Leventis African Fellow at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was also the 2011 recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), African Humanities Program (AHP) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award.

Sylvia Bruinders, ACLS-AHP Fellow, (Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa). Sylvia Bruinders teaches African, African diasporic and World musics at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include subjectivity, African Diaspora studies, the music industry, music in film, and ethnomusicology. Through her research on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa she investigated the subjectivities of members of the bands and explored how social and political processes impact upon community practices in the Western Cape. She also participated in cultural exchange programs and studied with local musicians and music teachers for a month in Bali in 2000 and in Zimbabwe in 2001.

Joseph Oduro-Frimpong, ACLS-AHP Fellow, (Arts and Sciences, Ashesi University College, Ghana). Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and has held teaching positions at Saint Louis University, Missouri and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville campus). His research investigates Ghanaian popular media (e.g. political cartoons, video-movies, popular music, obituary posters). He is particularly interested in how such tangible formats not only (re)-mediate cultural ideas and beliefs but also engage in socio-political issues. His research appears in the edited volumes: Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media (2011) and Popular Culture in Africa: Episteme of the Everyday (2004). His journal articles appear in International Journal of Communication, and African Studies Review.

Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh, ACLS-AHP Fellow, (Theatre Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria). Tracie Chima Utoh-Ezeajugh, PhD, is a Professor of Theatre and Film Design at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. A Rockefeller Fellow and an AHP Post-Doctoral Fellow, Utoh- Ezeajugh’s scholarly work focuses in the area of African Costumes, Make-up and Body designs, both as art and as aids to characterisation on stage and in Films. She has also written many stage plays and children’s literature.