Dear colleagues:

It is that time of year! We are writing to ask your help in identifying articles published in 2021 that are eligible for the new QASA prizes:

The Queer African Studies Association Prize for Best Published Scholarly Essay by a Graduate Student
The Queer African Studies Association Prize for Best Published Scholarly Essay by a Junior Scholar

Prizes are essential to establishing the value of a field and helping junior scholars to get jobs and tenure.

Please support the field by nominating queer African studies work published by junior scholars in 2021. To nominate, use this form (self-nominations are encouraged, so feel free to send this email on to junior scholars that you know).

The full information is:

These two prizes are awarded for the best published essays (i.e., journal articles or chapters in a multi-author volume) to appear in a scholarly publication (broadly defined, including peer-reviewed journals and university press books but not limited to them) in the previous calendar year (e.g., online or in print between January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021) in the field of queer African studies (broadly defined, including essays within any discipline, on any topic, on any African region, people, culture, etc.). The prizes go to, respectively, graduate students (at the time of the essay’s publication) and junior scholars (those who are, at the time of the essay’s publication, postdocs, adjuncts, independent scholars, activists, visiting untenured professors, or untenured faculty at the time of publication). Nominees need not be QASA or ASA members. The QASA Prize Committee selects the best essay from among the nominated essays. Essays must be nominated using the authorized Google Form at Junior scholars may self-nominate. The award winners will be announced at the annual African Studies Association conference every November. Award winners will receive a small cash prize. Every year the long list of nominated essays will be published at the QASA website.


Gibson Ncube, QASA Co-convener 2020-2022

Lindsey Green-Simms, QASA Co-convener 2020-2022

Wendy Laura Belcher, QASA Prize Planning Committee Secretary (non-voting)