Conference Programme Now Live!

The conference programme is now available online. Please review for completeness and inform us of any errors that you may spot. If your name is listed and you no longer plan to attend and present, please submit this form as soon as possible so we can amend the programme. If you have not yet registered for the conference, please do so by October 7th otherwise, your name will be removed from the programme.

Download the Sched app on Apple Store and Google Play Store and search for “ASAA 2019” to use the mobile app for our conference which allows you to plan in advance your own personal schedule of which panel sessions you’d like to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to Nairobi!

Key Dates

Individual paper submission closes: May 30, 2019
Panel submission closes:June 15, 2019
Notice of acceptance:July 20, 2019
Online registration opens:March 8, 2019
Early bird registration closes:August 30, 2019
Online Registration closes:September 22, 2019

*After September 22, participants will have to register on-site at the conference.

Participants who wish to be included in the conference brochure should please register by this date

African and Africana Knowledges: Past Representations, Current Discourses, Future Communities

We invite you to attend the upcoming African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) biennial conference from October 24 – 26, 2019 to be held at United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

The aim of this year’s conference is to invite and initiate a scholarly stocktaking of the knowledge produced by Africans in Africa and the Diaspora in various forms—from scholarly work to artistic expressions—and to examine representations and current African realities and emerging futures with African knowledges. In other words, by stocktaking accomplishments and challenges facing African peoples globally, we hope to address the ideological basis of the current disproportions in the distribution of worth, power and wellbeing affecting Africans and diasporic Africans.

We invite scholars, artists and activists to look at old representations, Afrocentric counternarratives, and the futures that Africans and Africans in the Diaspora imagine and want for themselves. It is an opportune time to critically challenge both dominant discourses on Africa and the inherited structures of knowledge production that still constrain our African imaginations.

Register here to participate in the conference.

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 African Studies professional association on the continent dedicated to the study of Africa from an Africanist perspective.

The first biennial conference was held at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibadan in October 2015. The second biennial conference took place at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana in October 2017. The ASAA also mounted a panel during the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. in November 2016.

Use the menu above to learn more about the event and use #ASAA2019 on Twitter.