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.

2014 ACLS/ASA Presidential Fellows


Host an ACLS/ASA Presidential Fellow at your Institution in November 2014

We are delighted to announce the ASA Presidential Fellows for 2014. They are:

Joanna Boampong (Modern Languages, University of Ghana, Legon)

Grace Ahingula Musila (English, Stellenbosch University South Africa)

Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale (Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

The ASA Presidential Fellows Program was instituted in 2010 with the objective of inviting outstanding Africa-based scholars to attend the ASA Annual Meeting and spend time at African Studies programs/centers in the U.S. For the past three years, the ASA has worked with the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies to identify scholars and to fund their visits to the ASA meeting. We invite institutions to apply to host one or more of the following individuals selected by the American Council of Learned Societies 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 stay at the host institution, including an honorarium. For more information, please contact the ASA secretariat ( [email protected]), as they will be assisting with the arrangements.

Joanna Boampong (Modern Languages, University of Ghana, Legon)
Joanna Boampong is a Lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Ghana, Legon. She holds a PhD in Spanish from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include Hispanophone and Afrohispanic Studies, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Feminist Theory and Literature, Cultural Studies. She is editor of In and Out of Africa: Exploring Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Latin-American Connections. Her recent research seeks to introduce Hispanophone perspectives into critical debates on African Literatures and undertakes comparative analyses of works from Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanophone literary traditions.

Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale (Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. His thesis is on Political Clientelism and Rural Development in Selected Communities in Ibadan, Nigeria. He has interest in scholarly African issues related to the Sociological fields of Development, Cultural, Rural, Political, Medical and Urban studies. He has won the University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Award for scholarly publication, 2007, IFRA (French Institute for Research in Africa) Research Fellowship 2009 and American Council of Learned Societies-African Humanities Programme Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2010. He is currently a lecturer in Sociology at Nigeria’s Premier University; the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Dr. Omobowale served on the Board of Editors of the International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protestpublished in March 2009 by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. He has published articles in renowned journals such as Africa SpectrumAfrican IdentitiesJournal of Asian and African StudiesRevista de Economia-Brazilian Journal of Political EconomyJournal of Modern African StudiesAfricaWorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and SocietyInternational Journal of SociologyInternational Journal of Sociology and Social PolicyCurrent Sociology and the Canadian Journal of Sociology. Dr. Omobowale guest edited International Journal of Sociology’s edition titled “African Social Science in the Global Academy” (Vol. 43 No. 1 pp 3-90) and he is also the author of The Tokunbo Phenomenon and the Second-hand Economy in Nigeria (Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing; 2013).

Grace Ahingula Musila (English, Stellenbosch University South Africa)
Grace A. Musila teaches at the English Department, Stellenbosch University. She holds a Phd in African Literature; and her research interests include East and Southern African literatures, popular culture and gender studies. She has variously published journal articles and chapters on these areas. She has also co-edited [with James Ogude and Dina Ligaga] an essay collection titled Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes (Africa World Press, 2012). She is currently working on a monograph on the 1988 murder of British tourist Julie Ward at the Maasai Game Reserve in Kenya. The book is a multidisciplinary portrait of the multiple strands of ideas and interests that were inscribed on the Julie Ward murder and what these reveal about cultural productions of truth, knowledge and social imaginaries in Kenya and Britain. At the core of the study is the question: why would the death of a British tourist in the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve be the subject of such strong contestations of ideas and multiple truths? Building on existing scholarship on African history, narrative and postcolonial studies, the book reads the Julie Ward murder and its attendant discourses as offering insightful windows into the journeys of ideas, and how these traverse the porous spatio-temporal boundaries in the relationship between Kenya – Britain, and by extension, Africa and the Global North.

Women’s Caucus Speakers

Women’s Caucus Speakers

The Women’s Caucus (WC) was established in the early 1970s to promote the study of gender; to ensure an active and representative role for women scholars and members of the Association within and outside the continent; and to develop scholarly and activist links between the Association and women in Africa.

In recent years, the WC has hosted a number of dynamic African women speakers including:

2013, Ngwarsungu Chiwengo “Congo (DR) Women: History of Atrocities, Myths, Trauma and Resilience”
2012, Hauwa Ibrahim “Women’s Experiences and Questions of Justice under Shariah Law”
2011, Sylvia Tamale “Whose Democracy Are We Talking About? Non-Conforming Sexualities as a Metaphor for African Dictatorships”
2010, Wahu Kaara  “Globalization’s Impact on African Women”
2009, Godisang Mookodi “The Slippery Slope of Women’s Empowerment in Botswana: Discourse and Reality”
2008, Paulina Makinwa Adebusoye “Gender and HIV/AIDS in Africa”
2007, Mora McLean “The Elephant in the Room: The Pitfalls and Potential of the Shared Legacy of Slavery”
2006, Filomina Chioma Steady “Black Women and the Essentializing Imperative: Implications of Theory and Praxis in the 21st Century”
2005, Ama Ata Aidoo “An Insiders’ View: A Reading”/Margaret Snyder “Want Good News from Africa? Listen to Women”
2004, Micere Githae Mugo “Black Women Confronting Imposed Amnesia through the Power of Memory and the Agency of “The Word”
2003, Ayesha Imam “Women, Islam, and Human Rights in Africa”
2002, Lydia Makhubu “Women in Science: Contributions of African Women Scientists to the Development of the Continent”
2001, Theresa J Kaijage “Women and HIV/AIDS Support Work in Tanzania”
2000, Wilhelmina J. Donkoh “Yaa Asantewa and the War for Asante Sovereignty: One Hundred Years Later”
1999, Madonna Larbi “New Gender Perspectives for the Millennium: Challenges and Successful Models of North-South Collaboration”
1998, Kabi Abibatu Sesay
1997, H. Kay Raseroka “Africana Librarianship in the 21st Century: Treasuring the Past and Building the Future”
1996, Dianne Forte “Female Fertility: The Double Edged Sword”
1995, Ayesha Iman
1994, Seble Dawitt “African Women in the Diaspora and the Problem of Female Genital Mutilation”
1993, Abena P.A. Busia “Chains without History: Sisterhoods. History and the Politics of Location”
1992, Obioma Nnaemeka “This Women’s Studies Business: Beyond Politics and History”

You can find more information about the Women’s Caucus on their website

Hormuud Lecture

The Hormuud Lecture was established in 2013 with a generous grant from Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc. The Hormuud Lecture will focus on the themes of leadership, development, and democracy in Africa, and will be delivered by an African scholar each year at the ASA Annual Meeting.

Hormuud Lecturers:

2017 Rafael Marques de Morais, A Journey for Rights and Dignity: A Participant’s Observation

2016 Takyiwaa Manuh, ‘Apres moi le deluge’-Planning for leadership succession in Africa

2015 Ahmed I. Samatar, Development and Culture: Reflections on the Somali Experience

2014 Maxi Schoeman, A Crisis of Leadership? Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners
2002 – Benjamin Lawrance, “Le Revolte des Femmes: Economic Upheaval and the Gender of Political Authority in Lome, Togo, 1931-33”
2003 – Staffan Lindberg, “The ‘Democraticness’ of Multiparty Elections: Participation, Competition, and Legitimacy in Africa”
2004 – Kristin E. Cheney, “Village Life is Better than Town Life’: identity, migration and development in the Lives of Ugandan child citizens”
2005 – Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, “’Dangerous Properties’: Poisoned Arrows and the Case of Strophanthus hispidus in Colonial Gold Coast, 1885 – 1922″
2006 – Severine Autesserre, “Local Violence, National Peace?  Local Dynamics of Violence during the Transition in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo”
2007 – Habtamu Mengistie Tegegne, “Revisiting Land Tenure in Eighteenth Century Gondärine Ethiopia: Zéga and the Land Charter of Däbrä-Sehay Qwesqwam Church”
2008 – Kristin D. Phillips, “Consuming the State: Hunger, Healing, and Citizenship in Rural Tanzania”
2009 – Bert Ingelaere, “Peasants, Power, and Ethnicity: Centre and Periphery in the Knowledge Construction in/on Post-Genocide Rwanda”
2010 – Laura Weinstein, “The Politics of Government Expenditures in Tanzania: 1999-2007”
2011 – Noel Twagiramungu, “The Anatomy of Leadership: A view-from-within Post-genocide Rwanda”
2013 – Jamie Miller, “Yes, Minister: Reassessing South Africa’s Intervention in the Angolan Civil War”
2014 – Catherine Porter, “Bound and Unbound Identities: The Reconstruction of Katanga’s Nationhood Struggle”
2015 – Kathleen Klaus, “Contentious Land Claims and the Non-Escalation of Violence: Evidence from Kenya’s Coast Region”
2016 – Moritz Nagel, “Precolonial Segmentation Revisited: Initiation Societies, Talking Drums and the Ngondo Festival in the Cameroons”
2017 – Amanda B. Edgell, “Vying for the ‘Man’s Seat’ – Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature for Non-Quota Seats in Uganda and Kenya”