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:

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.