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Call for Papers: Carnegie Fellow Panels at the African Studies Association's 60th Annual Meeting

"Institutions: Creativity and Resilience in Africa;" November 16-18, 2017
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

Established in 1957, the African Studies Association (ASA) is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. With almost 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, the African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. The ASA hosts an Annual Meeting each year to foster networks of Africanist scholars and practitioners, provide access to path-breaking research and key debates in African Studies, and to promote a better understanding of Africa.

The ASA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world. Thanks to the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), the African Studies Association is excited to announce that the 2017 Annual Meeting will feature three panels highlighting the works of Carnegie supported fellows. The 2017 panels will focus on the themes of:

1) Power, Healthcare, and Inequity: Investigating the Possibilities for an Afro-centric Approach to Healthcare
2) The Role of Resource Management in Conflict and Peacebuilding
3) Creating an Ecosystem to Support Research and Researchers in Institutions of Higher Education in Africa

The African Studies Association invites fellows from the following networks to submit an abstract proposal to one of the panels listed above:

  • African Humanities Program
  • African Peacebuilding Network
  • Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa
  • African Leadership Centre
  • Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa
  • Regional Initiative in Science and Education
  • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture
  • CAPREX graduate program
  • CCNY supported projects at the University of Ghana
  • CCNY supported projects at Makerere University
  • CCNY supported projects at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • CCNY supported projects at the University of Cape Town

The paper abstract should consist of a statement about the topic, the nature and extent of the research on which the paper is based, and a brief summary of the main argument(s) (a maximum of 200 words).

Panels will be constructed of four papers, and will be chaired by senior scholars of the African Studies Association.

Selected participants will be notified by the African Studies Association, and the ASA will coordinate all travel and lodging accommodations to ensure participation in the conference. Please note that all costs of participation (air fare, per diem, lodging, and registration) will be covered for accepted participants. If papers are co-authored and selected for one of the panels, only one individual will be eligible for funding from the ASA to attend the Annual Meeting. Please note: Individuals that have previously been awarded an ASA Presidential Fellowship or a CCNY Fellowship to attend the ASA Annual meeting are not eligible for the 2017 CCNY Fellowship.

All proposals must be submitted via this online form  by Monday, June 12. Proposals submitted via email will not be accepted. If you have any questions about this call, please contact Kathryn Salucka at the ASA, at Kathryn@africanstudies.org.

AHP Travel Grants

AHP Advisers’ Travel Grants for Mentoring support international travel to academic meetings in sub-Saharan Africa in which current or past AHP Fellows will actively participate, and /or where AHP advisers can interact with potential AHP applicants. The competition is open to eligible assessors who intend to travel outside their home/residency country for mentoring within 12 months of March 23, 2017.

Eligible meetings

  • must focus on topics in the humanities
  • must be organized in sub-Saharan Africa at universities, other institutions, or AHP residential centers
  • must take place outside of the applicant’s country of residence
  • must provide active roles for, and opportunities for, interaction among AHP mentors and Fellows, and/or potential AHP applicants

Eligible advisers

  • must have evaluated AHP applications in two or more competitions
  • must be invited by the meeting organizer to participate in a capacity allowing interaction with AHP Fellows and/or potential applicants


  • $1500 for intra-region meetings (within West Africa or within East Africa)
  • $3000 for inter-regional meetings (e.g., West Africa to East Africa, South Africa to West Africa, etc.)
  • Award funds are available in these amounts only and can be used for any travel expenses related to the meeting in question: air tickets, ground transportation, visas and insurance, lodging, and any meals that are not provided at the meetings.

Recipients of Travel Grants for Mentoring will be asked to submit a brief narrative report on the meeting attended. No financial report or submission of receipts will be required. Please find the application form here.

AHP Residencies Open to Fellows from All Cohorts

One of the AHP program benefits is the opportunity to take a residency at a center for advanced study in Africa. New in the 2017-18 academic year, we open this opportunity to all AHP Fellows from all years. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28.

Residencies provide time for focused writing, away from duties at the home university (and at home). Fellows have also used residencies to explore intellectual relationships with colleagues at the hosting institution and to use the local library. Fellows chosen for residencies will be assigned in cooperation with center directors, who seek to match Fellows’ interests with the human and research resources at their universities. 

Placement for the 2017-18 academic year residencies will be highly competitive, because of the anticipated large number of applications. Priority in placements will be given to the 2017-18 cohort of AHP Fellows. Notifications of assignments will be sent to prior-year applicants on a rolling basis, as current-year Fellows are assigned and places become available. 

For more information on each center, please see the description of residential sites. Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to residences. The main points are that Fellows 

  • Must take up residencies outside of the countries where they live and work. 
  • Should stay in residence continuously for at least two consecutive months (no travel to conferences during the residency!). 
  • May not bring dependents or other family members to the residency. 

Residencies must take place August through December (2017) or February through June (2018). Most residential centers are closed in January and after May. We urge you to choose August through December 2017, if at all possible, because that gives you the greatest likelihood of securing an assignment. 

To apply, please complete this Application Form. The application asks you to list your top three choices for residential centers and dates. We will soon announce specific dates for each center. 

Please send your completed application to ksmith@acls.org as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, February 28. Rolling notifications to prior-year Fellows will begin by mid-May at the earliest.

Calendar of Events

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4th Annual International Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa: Justice and the Other
24-26 March, 2017
Chintsa, South Africa
Please provide a 500 word abstract for blind review and send it to ujphenomenology@gmail.com / AOlivier@ufh.ac.za
Abstracts due: 31st of January 2017
Website: https://saphenomenology.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/4th-annual-international-conference-of-the-centre-for-phenomenology-in-south-africa/

2nd NEST Colloquium and Summer School
29–31 March, 2017
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Source: Dominic Dipio, dodipio@yahoo.com

3rd School of Social Sciences Conference
5-6 April 2017
University of Ghana
Source: Jemima Anderson: janderson@ug.edu.gh

Interdisciplinarity in the Arts, Academy and the Industry
6-8 April, 2017
School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon  
Contact: Dr. Ekua Ekumah,  Dr. Sylvanus Kuwor and Dr. Hilarius Wuaku
Email: spa.conference17@gmail.com

Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times: Humanism, Faith and Secularism Today
15-16 May 2017
Nsukka, University of Nigeria
Contact: Anthony Ajah, anthony.ajah@unn.edu.ng

Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times: Philosophy, Information Technologies and Changes of the African Life Worlds
1-2 June 2017
Kampala, Makerere University
Contact: Edward Wamala, wamalaed@chuss.mak.ac.ug

ISTR Africa Network (ISTRAN) Conference
21-23 June 2017, Accra, Ghana
Venue/Hosts: West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)
Civil Society and Philanthropy in Africa: Contexts, Contradictions, Possibilities
Abstracts for papers should be submitted to Dineo Seabe (dineo.seabe@vub.ac.be) by February 28, 2017.
More info: http://www.istr.org/?page=Africa

Southern African Historical Society, 26th Biennial Conference;
‘Disputed Pasts, Fractured Futures and the Work of History’
21-23 June 2017
Hosted by the Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Deadline: December 15, 2016
For more information, please email Mucha Musemwa: mucha.musemwa@wits.ac.za or Prinisha Badassy: prinisha.badassy@wits.ac.za.
Info: http://www.sahs.org.za

The Kwame Nkrumah Intellectual and Cultural Festival
25 June – 1 July, 2017
Hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, under the auspices of the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies
Festival website: http://www.iasnkrumah.com/index.php/en/
Call for papers/panels/round table: http://www.iasnkrumah.com/index.php/en/practical-information/call-for-papers-panels-roundtables
Call for Abstracts deadline: January 31, 2017

The 11th International Ethnomusicology Symposium
13-15 July, 2017
Department of Creative Arts, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Source: Herbert Makoye, herbertmakoye@hotmail.com

3rd International Research Conference of the College of Humanities
18-20 July, 2017
University of Ghana
Source: Samuel Agyei-Mensah, sagyeimensah@gmail.com

The joint 30th West African Languages Congress (WALC 2017) and 10thLinguistics Association of Ghana (LAG) Conference
31 July-5 August 2017
University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Theme: The role of language in the integration and development of West Africa
Source: Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, namfo@ug.edu.gh

Association of Nigerian Musicologists Annual Conference
August 2017
Source: Austin Emielu, austinmaro@yahoo.com

Tax Havens and the Developing World: The Global Dimension
2-4 August, 2017
University of Ibadan
Organizers: Prof. Olutayo C. Adesina (oc.adesina@ui.edu.ng; olutayo27@gmail.com) and Professor Oluwatoyin A. Odeku (pejuodeku@yahoo.com; o.odeku@mail.ui.edu.ng)
Deadline for Abstracts is April 30. For more info: cgstaxhavensconf2017@gmail.com.

ACASA 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art
8-13 August 2017
University of Ghana, Legon Campus
Institute of African Studies

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) 2017 Annual Meeting: The Humanities Improvised
10-13 August, 2017
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
website: http://www.chrflagship.uwc.ac.za/chci-2017-annual-meeting-humanities-improvised/

The 3rd Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies (EALCS) Conference
24-26 August, 2017
University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Theme: Cartographies of War and Peace in Eastern Africa
Contact: gmusila@sun.ac.za
Website: https://www.udsm.ac.tz/node/763

AHP Proposal Writing Workshop at The 3rd Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies (EALCS) Conference
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
24th -26th August, 2017
Prospective participants are to contact the workshop conveners at darahpworkshop@gmail.com

AHP Application Essay Review Workshop
Date: 31 August - 1 Sept., 2017
Location: University of Jos, Nigeria
Contact: Ptof. Sati Fwatshak, sfwatshak@gmail.com.

English Academy Of Southern Africa 2017 Conference
6-8 September , 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
Source: Iri Manase, irimanase@gmail.com

ACLS/AHP Proposal Writing Workshop 
25-26 September 2017
University of Calabar, Nigeria
Contact: Eyo Mensah, eyomensah2004@yahoo.com

The Yoruba Nation and Politics since the Nineteenth Century: A Conference in Honor of Professor J. A. Atanda
9-11 October, 2017
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria
The University of Texas at Austin, USA
The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017.
Send all abstracts to: olubomehind@gmail.com; oyekunle2006@yahoo.com; Toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu
More info: https://goo.gl/E64mzI

2nd ASAA Biennial Conference: African Studies and Global Politics 
12-14 October 2017
University of Ghana
More info here: http://bit.ly/2opnleR

African Studies Association of Africa Biennial Meeting
13-15 October
Legon, Ghana

2nd School of Languages Conference (SOLCON II)
24-26 October, 2017
University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Source: Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, namfo@ug.edu.gh


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