Bokutani: Journal of the African Studies Association of Africa

 In Collaboration with Journal Work Academy, and African Studies Association UK

In partnership with the British Academy funded Journal Work Academy and the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), this ASAA African Studies Publishing Workshop will stimulate thinking and the publication of high-quality writing in African Studies towards launching the inaugural issue of Bokutani: Journal of the African Studies Association of Africa. It will support the work of editors and editorial boards and contribute to training the next generation of peer reviewers and journal editors, in collaboration with senior scholars and editors based at African institutions. Select contributions will be published in the inaugural issue of Bokutani, following the peer review processes of the journal.


The ASAA Bokutani Publishing Workshop will involve structured sessions of practical exercises and collaborative work. Scholars will provide guided feedback to one another’s work and each author will receive detailed feedback from the others in the group, as well as one-on-one feedback from senior scholars and journal editors. This has the aim of improving individual papers, but also of strengthening future scholarly networks and building intra-African networks of collaboration.


Participants will have the benefit of discussing their work with their peers from other institutions, and to think of their individual projects in terms of networked intellectual debates and future collaborations. The seminar style format encourages collaborative work and understands journal publishing not simply as a step to career advancement, but as an engaged and contextual scholarly practice. Through the collaborations between journal editors and the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) publishing cultures become a central part of a future-oriented academy. Select papers from the workshop will be considered for publication in the inaugural issue of Bokutani: Journal of the African Studies Association of Africa.

Eligibility & Application criteria:

  1. Applications are to be submitted in English or French
  2. The article under discussion must not have been submitted to a journal or already be under review by any journal.
  3. Journals and journal editors are invited to contribute by encouraging an eligible candidate to attend the workshop. Independent candidates are also eligible to apply.
  4. Should have submitted and abstract accepted for presentation at the ASAA 2023 conference in Lubumbashi.

This is a hybrid event. In order to be included in the workshop, participants need to be available on 24 October 2023 and must agree to submit their 2000-4000 word draft paper to the organisers by 19 October 2023 for distribution to others in the workshop.

Each participant will also be asked to write a peer review of no more than two other submissions. Our intention is to circulate the peer review assignments by 20 October. Participants should bring their peer reviews, anonymised and printed out, to the workshop. 

Submission process:

Applicants should please prepare and submit the following documents by 19 October 2023:

  1. An abstract of no more than 200 words (draft papers are encouraged at this stage already if available)
  2. A personal statement of no more than 200 words
  3. A recent CV (not more than 2 pages) including all previous publications and editorial experience.
  4. A declaration that the work has not yet been submitted to a journal and is not under review with a journal.

For questions and inquiries, contact: Divine Fuh, at the address:

Selection criteria:

Space will be limited to 15 participants. Participants in the Academy will be chosen carefully, in collaboration with our partner journals and with the organisers of the conferences, with regard to diversity of background, experience, theme, discipline, and other concerns. Applicants selected for participation will be notified by the organiser, ASAA by 20 October 2023. Successful applicants will have their conference registration paid and will be considered for sponsored accommodation. All participants will be responsible for their own travel costs. Each editor or editorial representative will work with no more than 3 participants.


The British Academy

Journal Work Academy

African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK)

Global Africa Journal

Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA)

Bank Account Details

Bank address: 1223, avenue Lumumba, Lubumbashi, DRC
Account number: 0017-25001-01607591201-75
Currency: USD
Bank: Trust Merchant Bank S.A.
Swift Code or BIC code: TRMSCD3L
E-mail address:

Please send us a proof of payment via our email address and specify your payment

Repatriating Africa: Old challenges & critical insights!

From October 25 to 28, 2023, the 5th Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) will be held in Lubumbashi, DRC. The theme chosen for this edition is Rapatrier l’Afrique: Problématiques anciennes, perspectives critiques! The conference is organized in Lubumbashi by the Arrupe Center for Research and Training (CARF), University New Horizons (UNH) and Centre d’Art Waza.

Find here the announcement in support of the 5th ASAA2023 Biennial Conference.

Toussaint KAFARHIRE, SJ, PhD, Director of CARF and President of ASAA, Alexis TAKIZALA, Professor Emeritus, Rector of UNH and President of the Local Organizing Committee, Jean-Paul BIRURU, African linguist, University of Lubumbashi, Patrick MUDEKEREZA, WAZA Art Center and Mandela KAUMBA, Archaeologist.

Mjiba Frehiwot is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana.
2nd Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA)
Adomako Ampofo, Professeur d’études africaines et de genre à l’Institut d’études africaines de l’Université du Ghana (UG).s

Location ASAA2023

The African Studies Association of Africa ( is organizing its 5th biennial
conference in Lubumbashi, DRC. During this celebration of its 10th anniversary, ASAA will
host the International Congress of African and African Diaspora Studies (ICAADS)
( Conferences will be held at two different sites, at CARF and

  1. CARF ( 128 Av. Kilela Balanda, Lubumbashi
  2. UNH ( 2465, Route Kasapa, Gambela, Lubumbashi
    Buses will be available to shuttle participants between the two venues, which are only 15
    minutes’ drive apart.

Registration open for ASAA2023

ASAA membersASAA non-members
Academics in Africa: 200 USDAcademics outside Africa: $225 USDAcademics in Africa: 225 USDAcademics outside of Africa: 250 USD
Students in Africa: 150 USDStudents outside Africa: 175 USDStudents in Africa: $175Students outside Africa: $195

The online registration form that will also include information related to your diet restrictions
will be available online from July 15, 2023.
Full conference registration fee payment covers:

  • Conference bag and materials
  • Cocktail during the Conference opening evening
  • Daily lunch
  • 2 Coffee breaks.
  • Internet access at conference sites

For Congolese participants, academics will pay a preferential fee of 150 USD and 80 USD
for the students. African students who submitted an abstract can also apply for scholarship to
attend the conference should they need financial help.

Please contact
The link for online payment is as follows:

Entry visa requirements

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in the DRC. The expiry date of the passport must be at least six (6) months prior to the date of travel. Visa requirements must be confirmed with the diplomatic representation of your country of departure. Participants traveling with a national passport are advised to obtain a visa for the DRC prior to departure.

All participants MUST HAVE:

  • letters of invitation from the host institution.
  • return tickets to their country of residence; and
  • proof that they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Please note that you can obtain a visa application form for the DRC from the diplomatic representation of the DRC in your country.

Please also note that participants requiring a visa on arrival (those who do not have a DRC embassy in their country) can obtain one. Be in touch with our assistant and expect more information on this.

Each participant should send the biographical data pages of his or her passport to the Local Organizing Committee by e-mail to to help with invitation letters.

Health conditions

Don’t forget to take your certificate of vaccination against YELLOW FEVER with you. It is required for all participants to enter and leave the DRC. Please note that the yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid for ten (10) days from the date of vaccination or, in the case of revaccination, from the date of revaccination. In addition, participants may be subject to further medical examination, including for Ebola and other communicable diseases, on arrival in the DRC; participants may be subject to health surveillance during their stay in the country. All other health-related protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international travelers, must be complied with.

Travel, accommodation, and meals

Letters of invitation signed jointly by the President of the ASAA, and the Rector of New Horizons University will be sent to each participant to facilitate the obtaining of visas.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the DRC, as well as for their own accommodation, additional meals, and all other hotel expenses (laundry, telephone calls, secretarial services, etc.) during their stay in Lubumbashi. ASAA assumes no responsibility for unpaid bills. Lunch and coffee breaks are organized by the Conference. Vouchers will be distributed to all participants to have access to these services.

Working language

The conference will be held in French and English. Simultaneous translation will be available during the plenary sessions. Participants will be encouraged to choose panels and workshops following both their research interest and the availability of the interpretation in breakup sessions.


Please note that flights to Lubumbashi, DRC, arrive via Luano International Airport in Lubumbashi. The airport is 12.6 kms from the city center, less than 30-minute cab ride. Participants will be met on arrival at the arrival by the conference protocol service.

Please provide your flight details to the Local Organizing Committee well in advance so that the necessary transport arrangements can be made in time.

Main airlines serving Lubumbashi:

  1. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  2. Airlink (South Africa)
  3. Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  4. Air Tanzania (Tanzania)
  5. Congo Airways (DRC)
  6. CAA (DRC)