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African Studies Association (ASA)

Established in 1957, the African Studies Association 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. Based in the United States, the ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors.

Mission

The African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of historical and contemporary knowledge about Africa. The ASA is based in the United States and aims to cultivate a better understanding of the continent, taking a holistic approach to its areas of focus. This includes all facets of Africa's political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscapes, to name a few. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors.

The ASA achieves its mission by:

  • Providing access to path-breaking research and key debates in African Studies
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary exchanges with African scholars and institutions
  • Publishing high quality research on Africa-related issues
  • Fostering networks of Africanist scholars and practitioners through the Annual Meeting and other forums
  • Addressing the challenges faced by universities engaged in research, teaching and outreach related to Africa
  • Broadening professional opportunities on African issues
  • Promoting a better understanding of Africa through academia, policy-makers, NGOs, media, business, learned societies, and other interested communities

Website link: African Studies Association