ASA & ESN Joint Annual Workshops

Each year, the ASA, the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), and other relevant stakeholders, organize one workshop to be held in conjunction with the ASA Annual Meeting. Typically, ASA’s PIPES and PACT workshops alternate annually and draw on ASA Members’ expertise and generous volunteer mentorship to cultivate successful and confident Emerging Scholars.

Publishing Improvement Pipeline for Emerging Scholars (PIPES) Workshop

The PIPES workshop assists Emerging Scholars by providing them feedback and tools to improve the quality of written work, particularly journal submissions as well as increase their participation in the review process. Workshops will be organized to provide access to and mentorship from ASA Members within the publishing sphere, including journal editors, book publishers, and popular formats such as op-eds.
The PIPES workshop is generally held in even years, and is an expansion of the PEASS Workshops which began in 2017.

Professionalization and Career Training (PACT) Workshop

The PACT workshop focuses professionalism with a combination of “soft skills” and concrete take-aways. PACT workshops have deeply interactive formats that culminate in a new skill or take-away on a rotating basis dependent on availability and interest. PACT includes Resume/C.V. workshops, syllabi reviews, grant writing seminars, Podcasting/YouTubing workshops, and governmental advocacy when possible.
The PACT workshop is generally held in odd years.

Virtual Workshops & Events

The ASA recognizes the importance of providing spaces for its emerging scholars to engage in virtual events on a semi-regular basis to create greater access, especially for those that lack the funding to attend in-person events. These virtual events are focused on community building, problem solving, and knowledge production. They include events such as quarterly check-in/support groups for dissertation writing, organized Zoom roundtables on a desired topic (ie: How to Work Effectively in Departments without a Significant African Studies Focus, Careers in the Arts with an African Studies Degree, Virtual AfricaNow! Current Events etc.), and publishing roundtables.