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
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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

Repatriating Africa: Old challenges & critical insights!

ASAA2022 theme

The 5th Biennial conference of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA2023) will be held in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo. It will commemorate 10 years since the association was launched on October 25, 2013, at the International Conference on African Studies organized by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (October 24-26, 2013). For the first time in the history of the ASAA, the Biennial will be held in a Francophone country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, a key part of the association’s strategy to spread its work across different parts of the continent and its diaspora; and to strategically strengthen knowledge institutions with the aim of centering Pan Africanism as intellectual lens for critical inquiry.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Repatriating Africa: Old Challenges and Critical Insights.” Africa’s encounter with other parts of the world is filled with contested histories. Slavery, the Transoceanic and Trans-Saharan trades, Colonization, and the continent’s current entrapment in global systems of accumulation continues to provoke critique amongst scholars, particularly with respect to loss, exploitation, and extraversion. Slavery, the slave trades and Colonization continue to be foregrounded, not just as hideous crimes against humanity, but also for its continuous impact on African knowledges and cultural heritage. Global crossroads with Africa continue and have always been accompanied by looting, destruction, and cultural obliteration.