Call for spring Meeting registration
The spring meeting is an important information session. Scheduled speakers from foundations and government agencies talk about funding, fellowship programs, internships, study abroad, and professional development opportunities. It is a forum for academics to engage the donor class and policymakers in a healthy exchange of ideas. Small African Studies programs also network with stronger programs and meet their personnel. It is open to faculty and independent scholars interested in setting up a program in African Studies.
Annual Spring Association of African Studies Programs Virtual meeting, March 4-5 2021
The mission statement
The AASP is an organization made up of the Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, Committee Heads, or individuals who have the responsibility for organizing or leading the African Studies program at their college or university. Members range from Directors of the large Title VI centers to colleagues who keep the flame of African Studies alive in quite isolated settings.
Members may head stand alone African Studies programs or carry out their Africanist activity within programs that may include African and African-American Studies, Black Studies, Multicultural Studies, or Global Studies. AASP’s primary concern is to reach out and support all Africanists who shoulder campus responsibility for African-related activities. The purpose of AASP is to keep all members informed of major national developments that impact African Studies programs. The AASP accomplishes this communication in several ways. For one, a listserv has been developed to facilitate communication to all African Studies programs. Secondly, AASP meets twice a year, once in conjunction with the annual meeting of the African Studies Association, and secondly, each Spring for a two-day meeting held at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2020 our meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 meeting will be held online.
Institutional Members - Title VI National Resource Centers
Boston University; African Studies Center; Harvard University; Center for African Studies; Howard University; Center for African Studies; Indiana University; Bloomington; African Studies Program; Michigan State University; African Studies Center; University of Florida; Center for African Studies; University of Illinois; Urbana-Champagne; Center for African Studies; University of Kansas; Kansas African Studies Center; University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill; African Studies; University of Wisconsin-Madison; African Studies Program; University of California-Berkeley; Center for African Studies; Northwestern University
Other institutions and centers
Rutgers University; University of Michigan Center for African Studies; University of Minnesota; University of Pennsylvania; Yale University; Madison College; Georgetown University African Studies Program
The David Wiley Travel Award is a $500 cash award given to two individuals who are responsible for organizing or leading an African Studies program at their college or university not currently a member of AASP. The annual award is designed to encourage and support new members to attend AASP’s annual Spring meeting.
How to apply: Submissions should include: (1) a current CV; (2) a brief description of the following: (a) type of institution (for example, 4 year, 2 year, public, private, HBCU, non-profit, other (specify) institution (list all that apply); (b) the state of African Studies on applicant’s campus; (c) applicant’s current and or expected involvement with his or her institution’s African Studies program; (d) brief description of how beneficial applicant’s participation at the Spring meeting of AASP will be to home institution; (3) estimate of costs of attending.
Application deadline: Please submit your travel award request to AASP Chair Olabode Ibironke at email@example.com by February 1 with the subject “David Wiley Travel Awards.”
Award Notification and reimbursement: A committee of three AASP members, including the former chair, will review the applications and select recipients. Awards recipients will be notified before the Spring meeting and award checks will be distributed at the AASP Spring meeting. Failure to attend the spring meeting will forfeit any winner’s claim to the award.
The Francois Manchuelle Award is a $500 cash award given to an individual/organization for their innovative work in expanding the domain of African studies at undergraduate and/or K-12 levels, and for promoting novel and effective outreach initiatives to American communities with an interest in Africa.
How to apply? Nominations for this award should be directed to the Secretariat of the Association of African Studies Programs. Nominations should consist of a three-page double-spaced description of the project, together with any supporting materials. Three judges, none of whom belongs to an institution applying for the award, will review the applications and decide on the winner. As per the AASP Constitution, the AASP Vice-Chair will chair the committee.
Deadline: Applications should be submitted to the AASP Secretariat Emily Jenan Riley firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1.
To find out more about this award, please contact Olabode Ibironke at email@example.com
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