ACASA Triennial 2020: Call for Letters of Interest to Host

Due date: March 15, 2018

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) seeks expressions of interest from members whose institutional contacts can host our Eighteenth Triennial Symposium on African Art in 2020. Institutions can be a university, museum, research center, or other venue appropriate for a conference of about 450 participants. Read more…

Statement from the ACASA Board of Directors

On behalf of our members and in the strongest possible terms, the Board of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) denounces President Donald J. Trump as a racist. His recent profanity directed at Africans and Haitians, well publicized and too grotesque to repeat, is the latest in a long string of racist remarks and actions to which we are vehemently opposed. Our members know well the vast, invaluable contribution that African men and women have made, in the arts and well beyond, throughout human history and the world over. Although we are not surprised that President Trump denigrates Africans – he has fomented racism since he first entered the public eye in the 1970s – this week’s characterization of Africans and Haitians is deeply offensive and needs to be called out. So, too, do we condemn those US elected officials who do not publicly stand opposed to racism and do not denounce President Trump as racist. Silence is compliance. We speak against racism and to those who remain silent since both contradict our mission, which is to facilitate communication about African history and expressive cultures and to promote greater understanding of these worldwide. Finally, this: The global economy from which Americans benefit was built by immigrants including millions violently enslaved and displaced to the Americas, whose forced labor ensured wealth for others. The United States owes much to their indomitable creative spirit since many of its most celebrated forms of artistic expression descend from Africans. We call on all American ACASA members and friends to vote next November 6 for candidates who respect the lives of every person. If you are interested in ACASA but have not yet joined us, please do!

 

ACASA and Radio Univers, University of Ghana-Legon

Silvia Forni, Shannen Hill, Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, and Kwame Labi interviewed by Mjiba Frehiwot of the University of Ghana-Legon. Broadcast through the university’s radio station, Radio Univers (105.7 FM).

ACASA 17th TRIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM OFFICIAL OPENING ADDRESS

Speech by Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Ghana

“I am privileged to be invited today to be part of this historic event: the 17th triennial symposium of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. This being the very first time ACASA is holding a meeting on the African soil, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of our indefatigable President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, to welcome ACASA to Ghana, and to the continent of Africa.” Read more…

ACASA Triennial Schedule 2017

The final 2017 ACASA program schedule is now available.

Studio and Gallery Visits, Exhibitions, Receptions, and Tours

Audio & Visual Options for ACASA Symposium Presenters

For symposium presenters, ACASA will provide laptops, projectors, and screens. The use of personal laptops is not advised.

ACASA 17th Triennial Symposium Official Opening Ceremony

Welcome Logistics Information is available here.

Deadline Extension for Post-Symposium Tours in Ghana

The July 1 deadline no longer applies to registration for Post-Symposium Tours in Ghana. Tour reservations are now open until spaces are full.

See here for a description of the tours. Download the registration form here.

Triennial Participants – Call for Book Donations!

ACASA triennial participants, please donate your books to University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies, and the Faculty of Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. Read more…

We Need Your Help!

ACASA has distributed all of the funds it raised to assist colleagues to travel to our upcoming Triennial Symposium, and we need your help once more. To those who have given, thank you for your generosity. If you’ve not yet given or are able to lend more help to this cause, please do so. Even small donations help a great deal, and larger ones are particularly appreciated.

To donate, use this link: http://www.acasaonline.org/donations/

Donations may be made electronically or by check.

Thank you warmly for your help!