ECAS Conference CFP open

ECAS 2019. Africa: Connections and Disruptions Edinburgh, June 11-14 2019

The Call for papers is now open and closes at 11pm (CET) on 21st January.

ECAS 2019 invited panel proposals addressing the theme of Africa: Connections and Disruptions. 250 such panels have been selected representing all disciplines and methodological approaches of the social sciences and humanities.

Before you propose a paper or roundtable contribution, please read the theme of the congress and then browse the list of panels.

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor in African Art History, tenure-accruing, University of Florida

The School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida seeks an Assistant Professor in African Art History for a tenure-accruing faculty position with an expected start date of August 16, 2019.  The faculty member will pursue an active program of research; teach a 2-2 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including advanced courses in the field of specialty and (as needed) an introductory survey and/or general education courses; supervise MA and PhD students; and contribute service to the university, the community, and the profession.
Please see the full position description, including minimum requirements, preferred qualifications, and application instructions at: .
To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 28, 2018.
The faculty member will be an affiliate of the University of Florida’s Center for African Studies (CAS) who participates in CAS activities and fosters connections between the School of Art + Art History and CAS. UF is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the premier institutions for the study of Africa through its Center for African Studies. Art History faculty have been important contributors to the Center’s mission through research, undergraduate teaching, the training of graduate students, frequent sponsorship of lectures and seminars by visiting scholars, membership in the editorial consortium for the journal African Arts, and collaboration on national and international exhibitions produced in conjunction with UF’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. African art is one of the collecting focuses of the museum with a curator dedicated to the field who is an affiliate of CAS.
The Center for African Studies is a Title VI National Resource Center that promotes excellence in teaching and research on Africa in all the disciplines at UF. More than 100 affiliate faculty teach courses in languages, the humanities, the social sciences, agriculture, business, engineering, education, arts, environmental studies and conservation, journalism, and law. CAS disseminates knowledge about Africa to the wider community, develops links with individuals and institutions on the African continent, awards Foreign Languages and Area Studies grants in six African languages, sponsors national and international lectures and an annual African Studies conference, and offers residencies for scholars from African institutions. The George A. Smathers Libraries support this work through a dedicated Africanist librarian and special collections.
Nominations and inquiries may be sent to:
Dr. Elizabeth Ross
Chair, Assistant Professor in African Art History Search

Job Announcement: Director of the West African Research Association, US Office

The West African Research Association is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented, independent individual to serve as Director of the Association, to be based at Boston University’s African Studies offices. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week).

The desirable candidate will have strong leadership skills and is expected to assume a leading role for the Association through interaction with the WARA Executive Committee, the Board, and the general membership. The Director will have overall responsibility for financial and administrative operations, and work directly with the WARA part-time bookkeeper and the WARA accounting service. The WARA Director’s post requires some representational and diplomatic skills, as well as proficient writing ability. The post requires competence in French speaking and reading. Digital literacy and strong interpersonal skills are critical.

WARA is a dynamic association with a membership base of scholars and institutions whose work centers on West Africa and its diasporas. Founded in 1989, WARA’s mission is to promote research and scholarly exchange between West African and U.S. scholars and institutions through its online scholar network, research fellowships, conferences, and publications. The WARA research center in Dakar, Senegal – the West African Research Center (WARC) – is a major vehicle of scholar networking and apprenticeship, and the incoming Director is expected to work closely with the WARC Director and staff to achieve programmatic goals and in fulfilling organizational reporting requirements for our donors. WARA is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversight and/or execution of daily financial transactions and record keeping
  • Assist in preparation of budgets, budget reports
  • Taking a lead role in the preparation of report narratives and proposals
  • Interface with Title VI African Studies programs
  • Interface with African Studies Center at Boston U and CAORC in particular
  • In conjunction with the Board, carry out and sustain fundraising initiatives
  • Event planning and organization; such as Board meetings, WARA conference participation, and collaborative initiatives
  • Maintain and support WARA membership via web maintenance, direct mailings, email correspondence and other vehicles of communication
  • Maintain and support WARA social media presence (FB, twitter, Instagram)
  • With Board committee participation, administer and oversee fellowship
  • programs including the review and selection of applications

Applications calendar and Start Date:

The position of Director is open to interested candidates until November 5, 2018. Interviews will take place in November. Candidates will be interviewed in person at the African Studies Association annual meeting in Atlanta and via skype. It is expected that the Director assume duties on January 3, although some flexibility is possible for a starting date.

Desired candidate profile:

The ideal candidate will have significant Africa experience and demonstrate a professional/ research engagement with intellectual and development topics and concerns of the West Africa region. A PhD is strongly preferred but ABD or Masters level candidates are welcome to apply. The candidate should be a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Excellent English writing ability and proficiency in French are necessary for success in this position. Speaking and reading of Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic is a plus but not required.

In order to apply, please send a cover letter of interest along with a CV/resume and the names of three references with their email addresses and phone numbers to .

The West African Research Association does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

ACASA Tribute to Polly Nooter Roberts

Friends, by now you may have heard the very sad news: Polly Nooter Roberts has passed. She went peacefully in her sleep the night of September 11-12 after living with stage four metastatic breast cancer (MBC) for more than eight years. She is mother to three and grandmother, daughter of Nancy and Robert H. Nooter, and the loving wife of Dr. Allen Roberts, with whom she regularly forged new research. We extend our deep sympathies to the Nooter and Roberts families.

A recipient of ACASA’s 2017 Leadership Award, Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts was a giant in the field of African Arts. She was Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and Consulting Curator for African Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She brought a deep appreciation for artistic achievement to her work and great sensitivity to the weight of history on people’s lives. Her brilliant research spanned the continent and its diasporas, but she is best known for concentrated studies of Luba art in the DRC and Sufi arts in Senegal. Institutions and even nations awarded Polly’s ability to translate philosophy, history, and art; strikingly, in 2007 she was decorated as a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France for her promotion of francophone African art. She served ACASA as President and brought our Triennial to the island of St. Thomas, our first venue outside of North America, in 2001. The volume and value of her work is so great that it is impossible to summarize here. Her legacy to critical curatorial practice is profound.

Polly lived a life of purpose and was widely known for her generosity. She described her illness as a “detour” in life and saw it as an opportunity for growth. A leader by nature, Polly embraced the opportunity to advance the research of Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Oncology and aid the community of women living with MBC in Los Angeles. She brought the same positive energy to those endeavors that she brought to our wide community.

Polly radiated warmth. She gave each person her undivided attention, respecting the moment that an encounter offers, and she brought out the best in each of us. She was a woman of grace, poise, and elegance. We will miss her.

Fall 2018 newsletter – call for submissions

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) is inviting members to submit items for the Fall 2018 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.  DUE DATE:  COB September 14, 2018.

Note:Candidate Statements for new Board positions will be available in this issue.

Please send all submissions to Deborah Stokes at or Leslie Rabine at

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CAA Call for Participation in Sessions Soliciting Contributors

CAA has announced a Call for Participation in Sessions Soliciting Contributors for the 2019 Annual Conference. See here for panels that directly mention Africa in the abstract. View the entire CFP here. 250-words abstracts to be sent to the panel chairs by August 6th. All speakers notified by August 30th.

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).


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…