Preview of the Upcoming ASAA 2017

As our regular readers of the Blog are aware, CIHA Blog is proud to support the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) and its second biennial conference on African Studies and Global Politics.The ASAA is a 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 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 conference will be held this week at the University of Ghana, Legon from October 12th – 14th and will include a wide diversity of thought and membership. Key speakers include Elizabeth Ohene, Ghanaian writer/broadcaster/politician; Nana Kobina Nketsia V; Professor Jacob Gordon; Professo Seth Asumah; Professor Takyiwaa Manuh; Professor Jean Allman; Dr. Yao Graham; and Dr. Wangui wa Goro.

Our CIHA Blog team will be represented by at least one member from each of the 6 editorial teams from Kenya, the US (New York and California), Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa. In addition to the important scholarship (see final program below), we are also looking forward to the range of opportunities to build community with members of the association through events such as an evening of poetry, music and dance written and directed by Chief Moomen.

CIHA Blog will be having two panel discussions with further details below. We will be tweeting and blogging from the ASAA (using #ASAA) for the rest of the week! Stay tuned by following us on Twitter @CIHABlog.

Friday, Oct. 13: Day 2 of ASAA 2017

3.15 PM – 4.45 PM Session 6.5: CIHA BLOG PANEL I

Syndicate Room 1 (G10) (LECIAD)

  • Chair: Sheila Smith Mckoy, Kennesaw State University
  • Kemedjio, Cilas. University of Rochester. Humanitarianism disrupted: the practice of black internationalism
  • Lynch, Cecelia, University of California, Irvine. Warm bodies and resilient agents: recapturing new forms of solidarity and humanitarian actors
  • Kafarhire, Toussaint Murhula, S.J. Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations. A critical analysis of the U.S. Global Health Policy to fight HIV/AIDS: Neoliberal beliefs, Africa’s representation, and the PEPFAR Initiative.
  • Hobbs, Williams. Florida Memorial University. Akon: Bringing blackface to humanitarianism’s white saviour complex.

Saturday, Oct. 14: Day 3 of ASAA 2017


Seminar Room – Old Site (Institute of African Studies)

  • Chair: Genevieve Nrenzah,
  • Adomako Ampofo, Akosua. University of Ghana. A man doesn’t carry a woman’s handbag: “Men of God” and the place of women
  • Adjei, Edwin Asa. University of Ghana. A gendered view of the performance of Christian wedding ceremonies
  • Bangirana, Albert Billy. University of Kwazulu Natal. An eco-feminist critique of traditional hierarchical dualism in Christianity: Insights from Wangari Muta Maathai
  • Kyere, Abena. University of Ghana. What has she Become? Interrogating the discourse on pastors’ wives’ appearance in Ghana

Find the final program here.

Find more on the ASAA website here.

Find the details for the live stream of the conference below:

Date: 12th October, 2017
Time: 9am GMT

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Hashtag: #ASAA