African Studies Association
44th Annual Meeting
November 15-18, 2001
Edward A. Alpers
University of California, Los Angeles
National Program Chair
Young Scholars Initiative
Mindful of the need to nurture the next generation of Africanist scholars,
the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association wishes to
encourage as much graduate student participation at its annual meetings as
possible. To that end, at this year's annual meeting we are sponsoring
several different activities designed to encourage and support the efforts
of young scholars.
1. There will be a special set of Young Scholars Panels designed to
highlight both research in progress and reports from the field. The panels
will consist of 25 minute sessions to allow for 15 minute presentations and
a 10 minute question period. Young scholars will be scheduled at half hour
intervals to facilitate efficient transition from one presentation to
another. A senior scholar will chair each panel. This design worked very
well at the Boston meeting in 1993, so we hope to repeat that success at
Houston. In order to encourage as much graduate student participation as
possible, we are extending the deadline for the Young Scholars Panels to
April 15. Please submit your paper proposal to the ASA on the regular ASA
form, which is available on the web at http://www.africanstudies.org/paper44.html.
2. The Board of Directors has established a new annual prize for the best
graduate student paper presented at the previous year's Annual Meeting.
All papers presented by graduate students at the 44th Annual Meeting at
Houston will be eligible for the new prize, which will be awarded for the
first time at the 45th Annual Meeting in 2002.
3. There will be a set of special workshops designed to support the efforts
of young scholars to secure funding for their research and to publish the
results of their research, both with respect to placing articles in
Africanist journals and in turning the dissertation into a book. Details
of these workshops will be announced in the Preliminary Program for the
44th Annual Meeting.
4. There is a special discounted student pre-registration rate of $35.
Undergraduate and graduate students with valid student identification cards
can take advantage of this low rate.
Loree D. Jones
African Studies Association
132 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400
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