The African Studies Association Board of Directors awarded eight grants at its 2017 Spring Board Meeting to ASA Coordinate and Affiliate Organizations. The awarded grants were supported by the 50th Anniversary Fund of the association, and will support activities ranging from conferences in Africa to travel support for scholars on the continent.
2017 is the first year in which the ASA has awarded grants to its Coordinate and Affiliate organizations. This new initiative marks a commitment by the ASA to support its coordinate and affiliate organizations, and the association hopes to see even more applications for funding in 2018. Funds raised by the ASA’s 60th Anniversary Campaign will support Coordinate and Affiliate grants in future years. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the 60th Anniversary Campaign to support these, and other strategic priorities of the ASA, you can do so here.
Coordinate and Affiliate organizations of the ASA are organizations that have a scholarly or professional interest in the continent of Africa, and often focus on a specific country, region, or discipline. Most organizations present sponsored panels or roundtables, and hold meetings or receptions for their members and interested individuals at the ASA Annual Meeting each year. Participation in these organizations allows ASA members to network with other members who hold similar research interests, and to promote academic and field work in specific regions and fields of study.
The ASA encourages all of its members to look through our various coordinate organizations, and visit their individual websites to learn more about each organization. If you are interested in joining an organization, please contact their officers.
Information about each supported project can be found below – you can also watch the ASA Blog for updates about each activity throughout the year.
Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
ACASA was awarded a grant to support their 17th Annual Triennial Symposium on African Art, to be held at the University of Ghana, August 8-13, 2017. You can find more information about the Triennial here.
Africa Network will receive support to build a digital, open access journal called Teaching Africa, which will focus on topics of pedagogy in African Studies and will share instructional resources for educators. Africa Network, an Affiliate Organization of the ASA, promotes the study of Africa within the liberal arts. More information about Africa Network is available here.
African Politics Conference Group (APCG)
APCG was awarded a grant to support the participation of Africa-based scholars in a pre-conference session at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting that will provide those scholars with in depth feedback on their research to prepare those scholars for publication.
Central African Studies Association (CASA)
The Central African Studies Association received a grant to help support the association in bringing a scholar from Cameroon to attend the ASA Annual Meeting. You can find more information about the Central African Studies Association here.
Congolese Studies Association (CSA)
The Congolese Studies Association was awarded a grant to support the costs of a scholar based in Africa to attend the ASA Annual Meeting. More information about the Congolese Studies Association is available here.
Igbo Studies Association (ISA)
The ISA received a grant to support the 15th Annual International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association, to be held June 8-10, 2017, in Owerri, Nigeria. You can find more information about the Igbo Studies Association and the Annual International Conference here.
Mande Studies Association (MANSA)
MANSA was awarded a grant to facilitate the travel of Africa-based academics to the 10th International Conference on Mande Studies, which will be held at Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire, August 2-6, 2017. More information about the conference and MANSA is available here.
North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon (NAASC)
The North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon received a grant to facilitate the attendance of a graduate student at the ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago this November.