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New Publications by ASA Members

Jeffrey Ahlman, Nkrumahism: Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2017)

Jessica Cammaert Raval, ‘Undesirable Practices’: Women, Children, and the Politics of the Body in Northern Ghana, 1930–1972. Expanding Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Series (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016)

Lyombe Eko, The Legal Interpretation of Freedom of Expression and Blasphemy, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of communication (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Harcourt Fuller and Jada Benn Torres, “Investigating the ‘Taíno’ Ancestry of the Jamaican Maroons: A New Genetic (DNA), Historical and Multidisciplinary Analysis and Case Study of the Accompong Town Maroons.” The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 43, no. 1 (2018): 47-78.

Casey Golomski, Funeral Culture: AIDS, Work and Cultural Change in an African Kingdom (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Forthcoming 2018)

Dinah Hannaford, Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Bonny Ibhawoh, Human Rights in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Anthony A. Lee, “Africans in the Palace: The Testimony of Taj al-Sultana Qajar from the Royal Harem in Iran” in Islamic Slavery, ed. Mary Ann Faye (New York: Palgrave McMillan, forthcoming)

Anthony A. Lee, “Ziba Khanum of Yazd: An Enslaved African Woman in Nineteenth-Century Iran” in Slavery in Iran, ed. Nahid Musaffari (forthcoming).

Carl LeVan, “Reciprocal Retaliation and Local Linkage: Federalism as an Instrument of Opposition Organising in Nigeria” African Affairs 117 (466): 1-20

James Mittelman, Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018)

Devaka Premawardhana, Faith in Flux: Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

Eve Sandberg and Darko Opoku, eds. Challenges to African Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)

Shana Warren and Alexandra Scacco, “Can Social Contact Reduce Prejudice and Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria” American Political Science Review 2018, available via FirstView,

Other Announcements

Three ASA members, Steven Feierman, University of Pennsylvania, Simon Gikandi, Princeton University, and Joe Miller, University of Virginia, were appointed to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jessica Cammaert Raval, Reyerson University, was nominated for the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, National Women’s Studies Association, U.S.A, and the Joel Gregory Book Prize, Canadian African Studies Association, Canada.

Harcourt Fuller, Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgia State University, received a 2018-19 Fulbright Global Scholar Award. To be tenured at the Institute of the Americas at University College London (UCL); and the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of the West Indies-Mona, Jamaica (UWI-Mona), and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT). May – July 2018. Dr. Fuller will conduct research for his book project, “Queen Nanny of the Maroons: The Trans-National History, Legend and Legacy of an African-Jamaican National Heroine.”

Dinah Hannaford, Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, Texas A&M University, was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the 2017-18 academic year.

Carl LeVan, Associate Professor, American University, received the Distinguished Services Award from Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO), for service on behalf of Nigerian Democracy.

Jonathan T. Reynolds, Professor of History, Northern Kentucky University, was awarded an NKU Regents Professorship.  “The Regents Professorship established by the Board of Regents of Northern Kentucky University shall be awarded from time to time to those full professors who, at the apex of their careers, have an exceptional record of achievements in scholarship or creative activity that has brought acclaim to the university and is consistent with the university’s core values.”

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of the Institute of African Studies, Emory University, received an NEH Summer Stipend for 2018 to study “The Role of Poetry in Contemporary African Literary Communities”

Opportunities for ASA Members

The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog

The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog seeks to transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization. Our research and commentaries highlight critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Through analysis and dialogue, we strive for equality, justice and, ultimately, respect for others’ desires, beliefs and practices. We would like to update the ASA community about our recently published original series on the film Black Panther (, the #MeToo movement in Africa ( and we continue to bring to the forefront critical perspectives on religion such as in our recent series on the “no peace/no war” situation in Casamance ( Watch for upcoming posts from our most recent conference on “Health, Healing, Religion and Gender in Africa” at different locations in Senegal in December 2017. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter @CIHABlog and read our posts at

Historical Association of Tanzania (HAT)

The Historical Association of Tanzania (HAT) that was established at University of Dar es Salaam in the 1960s and which runs the Tanzania Zamani journal since 1992 has been re-registered by the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania with effect from 4th April, 2018. Members of African Studies Association are invited to attend conferences held annually at the University of Dar es Salaam and to publish articles in Tanzania Zamani journal. For more queries please contact the History Department, University of Dar es Salaam.

The First Annual Jan Vansina Lecture

In memory of Jan Vansina, one of the world’s foremost historians of Africa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program announces the first annual Jan Vansina Lecture. Please join us on September 21-22, 2018 to celebrate the life of the beloved professor emeritus.

Featuring Nancy Hunt, Steven Feierman, and Jacob Sabakinu Kivilu, the lecture on Friday, September 21 (4:00PM) will be followed by dinner and the opportunity to share memories of Jan (7:00PM).

In addition to the lecture and dinner, the African Studies Program will organize a symposium on various aspects of Jan’s legacy for the morning of Saturday, September 22 (9:00AM-12:00PM).

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Registrants will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in presenting at the symposium.

Please visit the following website to register: