ASA 55th Annual Meeting

Thursday November 29, 2012 - Saturday December 1, 2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Organization:African Studies Association

“Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa”

 Program Committee Chairs:

Staffan Lindberg, University of Gothenburg Sweden; University of Florida

Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Local Arrangements Committee Chair

Richard M. Shain, Philadelphia University

As you may know, the ASA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world. With an average attendance of 1,400 scholars and professionals, the conference offers more than 200 panels and roundtables, scholarly and professional plenary and institutional events, awards and prizes, as well as discussion groups, an international exhibit hall, and an on-demand film to appreciate the teaching, research, and professional results of Africanist scholars and that of their colleagues. The Annual Meeting is held in cooperation with major colleges, universities and museums in different regions of North America and attracts participants from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

 Program Theme: Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa 

A few years ago, the ASA marked a half-century of its active devotion to the production and dissemination of knowledge on and about Africa. This year, the Annual Meeting recognizes that the study of Africa has become immensely rich and varied. All achievements and challenges considered, the study of Africa has matured.

Maturity, however, is not a destination but a point of departure. It is that most consequential moment at which a truly (re)defining quest begins. Let us boldly engage this task and therefore think big and beyond—beyond the attractions of the scholarship of immediacy and near-vision, the comfort of easy oppositions, the satisfaction with basic-level breakthroughs, and the cultivated fear of optimism or of pessimism. It is with this mindset that we task you, our colleagues, to set out to explore what are and should be “Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa.”


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