CFP: AASA biennial meeting in Accra, Ghana Oct 12-14, 2017, deadline: 31 May 2017


2ND Biennial Conference: African Studies and Global Politics

The University of Ghana, Legon

October 12-14, 2017


DEADLINE: May 31st 2017

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) was established in 2013 during the climax of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, to promote Africa’s own specific contributions to the advancement of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Diaspora.  The ASAA is currently the only multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary professional association on the continent dedicated to the study of Africa from an Africanist perspective, what Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, referred to as studying our societies and experiences in an African-centred way.


The ASAA’s goals are to:

1.        Promote and support networking and interdisciplinary exchanges among Africanist scholars, centres and institutes of African Studies on the continent.

2.        Promote research and discussions on topical issues of concern to the wellbeing of Africans.

3.        Promote and encourage research by African scholars on the continent.

4.        Promote and encourage Africa-centred education – an informed understanding of Africa through museums, archives, schools, policymakers, NGOs, media, business, learned societies, and other interested communities.

5.        Promote links with Africans and institutions in Africa and the Diaspora involved and interested in African Studies.

Encourage partnerships with existing Associations of African Studies and other organizations interested in promoting African affairs.


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The first biennial conference was held at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibadan in October 2015.  The ASAA also mounted a panel during the ASA conference held in Washington, D.C in November 2016.

The 2017 ASAA Conference

Global politics today, whether how we experience the unequal structures of power in our daily lives, or how international relations are presented in classrooms and learning communities; whether we look at the movement of bodies, products and services or the discourse around emigration, immigration or migration; there can be no question that the study of African societies and lives from an Africanist perspective is more imperative than ever before.  Recent events and reforms in Africa in the direction of political pluralism, sustainable development and democratic consolidation have revitalized global interests about African cosmologies—repositioning Africa in world affairs and African axiology—the values we place on our cultures, education, development and institutionalisation of democracy.

Global politics, despite differentiations in political systems of the world, present a convergence of ideas, practices, institutions, and events because of the interconnectedness of domestic and international political economy, cultures, precepts and norms. Neoliberalism, marketization, democratic consolidation, human rights issues and good governance have global appeal and Africa is a strong member of the global village. Yet, Africa’s democratic consolidological endeavours and development, which have a teleological foundation, for instance, are assessed with questionable tools imbued with implicit biases in the Global North. This argument provides us with fertile ground and a sense of urgency to continue to address the way Africa is viewed in global spaces.

Certain global events present special challenges and portend particular futures for Africa.  The fact that a significant segment of Africa’s population is composed of our youth presents challenges such as young men stranded on boats in open sea as they seek new homes in Europe, or the spectre of young women seeking greener pastures in the Middle East and South East Asia. Our youth are also increasingly likely to be victims of trafficking or sucked into terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Boko Haram. However, the youthful population also presents a demographic dividend evidenced in hip hop cultures, film and music industries, and international football, business and skills gains.

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have brought discussions of right wing movements, governments and racist agendas into sharp focus.  What does the free movement of goods, people and ideas mean in such a context, and how are questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and religion conflated here? Simultaneously, movements such as Black Lives Matter in the US and Europe, and the Decolonizing Intellectualism and Educational Movements in parts of Africa have gained ground and thrown the teaching of African(a) Studies in Historically White Colleges and Universities (HWCU) in the Diaspora into sharp relief.

The key global economic issues that drive processes call us to examine big institutions and their commitment, or lack thereof, to an African agenda.  Much progress is being made by continental and regional financial and other corporate institutions, such as with mobile banking, which has revolutionized small business transactions and social relations through money transfers.  At the same time, there are also still many challenges around money and financing in Africa, such as with exchange rates and foreign transfers, raising capital for SMEs, and the role of the central and commercial banks.

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) invites you—intellectuals, academics, and practitioners—to collaborate with us to engage in this important undertaking about the global African condition, the quality of life of Africans on the continent and the African Diaspora, and the effects of global socio-politics on Africa and African people around the world.

The conference will also provide opportunities to attend pre-conference workshops and view films by award-winning African film makers. Well-respected African keynote speakers are expected and the conference will climax with a banquet presenting the best of West African cuisine and live music.

Participants will also have the opportunity to watch the energetic Chief Moomen’s original, musical drama “Wɔgbejɛkɛ: Birth of a Nation”.  Moomen is a young artistic entrepreneur whose Wɔgbejɛkɛ (we have journeyed far) has become one of the most vivid lenses through which to encounter the centuries that carry our stories.

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The 2017 Biennial Conference of ASAA invites proposals for individual paper presentations and panels under the following themes, but not limited to them:


  1. African Agency in International Relations
  2. Democratic Consolidation and Discourses of Development
  3. Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and African Lives
  4. Cyber security, fake news and Prospects for Indigenous African Democracies
  5. The movement of African peoples and Citizenship(s)
  6. Refugee Crises in War-torn Regions
  7. Social Movements, Social Media and Talking Back
  8. International Cooperation and the Challenges of Pandemic Diseases
  9. Pan-Africanism, African Unity and the African Union
  10. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063
  11. New Right-wing movements and Racism in Europe, America and Asia
  12. Africans in the Trump Era
  13. Debt, Reparations, Aid and Trade
  14. Contemporary Religious Movements
  15. Health, Vulnerabilities and Healing
  16. The Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Droughts and the Environment
  17. Humanitarianism and the White Saviour Complex
  18. A Sexuality Agenda: Rights, Rhetoric and Citizenship
  19. Neo-conservatism and Women’s Leadership
  20. Decolonizing Intellectualism and Educational Movements.
  21. Internationalising Education; Impact Factors, the “Africa Campus” and Knowledge Systems
  22. Music, Dance and Film: Revivals and Appropriations
  23. Institutional and Non-Institutional Approaches to Conflict Resolution and Peace Building


Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Seth N. Asumah,

Conference Program Co-Chairs for Africa and the Diaspora respectively.

Submission Guidelines

Attendance of the ASAA conference is open to all members of ASAA

[please visit  for information on becoming a member or renewing your membership].

Individual Paper Proposals

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include the following: name, email address and institutional affiliation(s) of author(s); the title of the proposed paper; main arguments; data and methodology; and major findings if applicable.

Panel Proposals

The panel proposal should identify the sub-theme and include the following: panel title; the names/email addresses and institutional affiliations of the participants (no more than 5); abstracts of no more than 250 words for each participant; and the name, email address and institutional affiliation of a discussant if applicable.

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: May 31st 2017

Notice of Acceptance: July 14th, 2017


Registration will open after July 15.  Please visit for online registration forms.

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