African Studies Association 62nd Annual Conference

Date: November 21 – 23, 2019

Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place

Event: African Studies Association 62nd Annual Conference

AiB had the great pleasure of participating in African Studies Association’s (ASA) 62nd Annual Conference, which happens to be the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world. It had an attendance of about 2,000 scholars and professionals. There was also the following:

  • More than 300 panels and roundtables
  • Plenary events featuring keynote speakers
  • An awards ceremony and dance party
  • Institutional and organizational receptions and meetings
  • An international exhibit hall
  • Screenings of award-winning movies from Africa, and/or by African producers

In 2018, the ASA convened in Atlanta, Georgia for its 61st Annual Meeting. They were honored to welcome ASA 2019 conference in Boston! The Theme was: “Being, Belonging and Becoming in Africa.” The 2019 Program Chairs were James Ogude, University of Pretoria and Matthew Heaton, Virginia Tech.

Africans in Boston were invited to participate in this sponsored exhibit. It was an opportunity to showcase our organization, such as programs, services, events, and aspirations to a wide audience of Africa’s scholars and proponents.

We had our own booth, which included a desk and a backdrop for banners. We printed shirts, flyers, and 2 Banners. Overall, it was a great event to be part of. Special acknowledgement goes to Voury and Ethel for attending this great occasion as well as Dawud for his support on graphics.