Statement from the ACASA Board of Directors

According to recent reports, the Trump administration is planning to completely eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (See “Trump Team Prepares Dramatic Cuts”).   As ACASA members in the US know, many of our exhibitions and research projects could have happened only through funding by the NEA and the NEH.  Relatively few people in the US are passionately concerned with the arts and humanities; relatively few understand the essential role of the arts and humanities in preserving a robust democracy and bridging cultural differences.  Therefore the NEA and NEH could be easily eliminated if people do not speak out in their support, and as members of an African arts organization, you could make a big difference.  

The Board of Directors of ACASA asks you to join us in contacting your elected representatives in the Senate and Congress.  You can find the names and addresses of your senators here, and of your congressional representative here.  When you contact your representatives, please let them know you are a member of ACASA, and that we are working with other organizations to advocate for continued public funding for the arts and humanities. 

Networks to support artistic and scholarly freedom are now expanding.  To join with this growing community of active artists, curators, teachers and researchers, please visit  the National Humanities Alliance and Americans for the Arts.  Only through collective action can we ensure continued public funds for creating and researching art in a free and open society. 

Statement from the ACASA Board of Directors

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association is a non-political organization that exists to exchange ideas and proficiencies across borders.

As an organization we denounce the Trump administration’s executive order banning all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days on the grounds that it is racist and xenophobic, and thus stands in direct opposition to our mission. It blocks Syrian refugees from any access to the US for an indefinite period, and denies passport-holders from seven, predominantly Muslim nations – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen – entry into the country. This ban blatantly discriminates against individuals from Africa, the Maghreb, and the Middle East, affecting many members of our community. ACASA joins other academic associations in calling on the President and Congress to lift the ban and calls on all elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, to work urgently and vigorously to overturn this discriminatory order that limits collaborations with researchers and scholars from the nations listed in the executive order and violates US and international law as well as human rights on a global scale.

ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence

ACASA is pleased to announce a new initiative, The Awards for Curatorial Excellence. The awards recognize the important contributions to the dissemination and understanding of African and African Diaspora Arts made through exhibitions.  Temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations organized by museums, galleries, cultural centers, and exhibition spaces of all sorts are eligible. Three ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence will be given per triennial cycle, beginning with the Triennial Symposium in Ghana in August 2017.  To be considered, exhibitions must have been on view between September 1, 2013 and August 30, 2016. Exhibitions opening after August 30, 2016 will be eligible for the awards at the 2020 Triennial.

New deadline and eligibility requirements: The current deadline for nominations is February 6, 2017. Applicants for the curatorial awards need not be an ACASA member in order to apply.

Please see here for details.

 

Triennial Travel Grants Available!

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association has secured funds to support travel for colleagues at all levels to the upcoming Triennial Symposium on African Art.  Eligible scholars are based in Africa, the Caribbean, or elsewhere if they have no support from their employer. Read more

Triennial Deadline Extensions

Mark your calendars!
ACASA is announcing the following triennial deadline extensions:

New deadline for paper proposals (to be submitted directly to panel/roundtable chairs): January 31, 2017

New deadline for fully formed panels (to be submitted to Robert Soppelsa [acasabob@gmail.com] on behalf the Program Committee): February 28, 2017

ACASA members, please see here for submission requirement details.

View panels and roundtables seeking participants here.

Support ACASA’s 2017 Triennial in Ghana!

We wanted to remind you of the wonderful opportunity to get one of Kofi Cole’s amazing miniature carvings by supporting the upcoming ACASA 2017 Triennial. Give now! Read more…

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Triennial Panels and Roundtables

ACASA is pleased to announce panels and roundtables seeking participants for the 17th Triennial.

Panels

Roundtables

ACASA members, please submit papers to panel and roundtable chairs by January 31.

Call for Proposals: ACASA Triennial 2017

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art, hosted by the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies (IAS)
Triennial Symposium August 8 – 13, 2017 will be held on the University of Ghana, Legon campus. The symposium will begin with Museum Day on August 8, followed by panels and roundtable discussions from August 9 –13.

The deadline for panel proposals and declaration of intent for fully formed panels is now November 15, 2016.

Please see here for details.

Call for ACASA Newsletter items: Deadline Friday September 16th, 2016

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) is inviting members to submit items for the Fall 2016 association newsletter. Items may include announcements for conferences and symposia, calls for papers and proposals, exhibitions, current publications and resources, member news, and upcoming events. ACASA is also encouraging members to submit images for the “Picture This” section. The editorial staff is interested in presenting a broad spectrum of field- and/or object-related images, and will consider all submissions. All photos used will fall under the terms of Fair Use, and will include by-line information. Owners will maintain copyright of the images.

Please send all submissions to Deborah Stokes at Deborah.Stokes@icloud.com or Leslie Rabine at lwrabine@gmail.com.

 

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