Academic associations can provide students and faculty with a wide range of resources in African Studies. Joining an association is a great way to network with other students and faculty through online and social interaction, and they help scholars and students stay abreast of new activities, research and directions in African Studies.

Saints in African Studies (SAS)

Saints in African Studies is a coalition of students and faculty at Santa Fe that are interested in pursuing African Studies or have a general interest in African Culture.

The African Studies Association (ASA)

African Studies Association ‘encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present … members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors.’  The ASA hosts an international conference, and publishes two highly regarded journals African Studies Review and History in Africa.

Association of Concerned African Scholars (ACAS)

The Association of Concerned African Scholars is an organization of scholars and students of Africa dedicated to formulating alternative scholarly analysis of U.S. government policy, mobilizing support in the United States on critical current issues related to Africa, developing communication and action networks among scholars in the United States and Africa, and collaborating with other organizations that share our concerns.’

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes the highest standards of academic research and teaching in the fields of Middle Eastern and African studies and related disciplines through programs, publications, and services that support its members and the international community of scholars and interested members of the public.

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies is a private, non-profit organization that works to facilitate research in North Africa and  the free exchange of information between American and North African scholars.  AIMS sponsors the Journal of North African Studies, provides grants for research in the Maghrib, hosts an annual conference and dissertation workshop, and supports the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS).

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association was  established  in 1982 as an independent non-profit professional  association affiliated with  the African Studies Association (ASA) in  the United States. The organization  exists to facilitate communication  among scholars, teachers, artists, museum  specialists and all others  interested in the arts of Africa and the African  Diaspora. Its goals  are to promote greater understanding of African material and expressive culture in all  its many  forms, and to encourage contact and collaboration with African  and Diaspora  artists and scholars.


H-Africa is an electronic discussion group that covers African  history,  culture, politics, environment and a wealth of other topics.  Reviewers for  H-Africa provide substantial reviews of scholarly books  on Africa. H-Africa is  also the gateway to book, film and web reviews  from other networks.

The West African Research Association (WARA)

The West African Research  Association (WARA) was founded in 1989 for the  purpose of promoting scholarly exchange and collaboration  between American and  West African researchers. Its stated objectives  include: providing U.S. and  West African scholars access to research  resources and expanded research  opportunities; supporting collaborative  research efforts, conferences and  projects; and fostering interest in  international affairs and careers among  American graduate students.

The Cultural Arts Coalition (CAC)

The Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization that developed as an outgrowth of the Annual Fifth Avenue Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African and African-American culture. The organization hosts Kwanzaa celebrations, volunteers in public schools, and produces community exhibits, puzzles, calendars, workshops and newsletters. The annual art festival takes place on the weekend of Malcolm X’s birthday and includes music, art and food.



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