The African Studies Association was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. Its mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. The ASA also provides information and support services to the Africanist community.
ACPR is an interdisciplinary forum for creative and rigorous studies of conflict and peace in Africa and for discussions between scholars, practitioners, and public intellectuals in Africa, the United States, and other parts of the world. It will include a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on the causes of conflicts and peace processes including, among others, cultural practices relating to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, legal and political conflict preventative measures, and the intersection of international, regional, and local interests and conceptions of conflict and peace.
H-West-Africa is dedicated to enhancing research, service, and teaching in the field on the region of West Africa: its history, culture, science and development. It seeks to bring together — for purposes of discussion, exchange of information, the conduct and dissemination of research, and sharing on information and data about teaching and learning — students, scholars, professionals, intellectuals, and others throughout the world who are interested in the past, present and future of West Africa and the enhancement of knowledge and understanding about the region. It will seek to develop resources for the enhancement of that knowledge and understanding everywhere, but particularly in West Africa and around West African institutions of higher education. H-West-Africa is sponsored by the African Studies Center, Michigan State University; the West African Research Association (Secretariat at the University of Wisconsin, Madison), and the West African Research Center (headquartered in Dakar). It is advised by a board of scholars.
WARA is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Founded in 1981, CAORC is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC fosters research projects across national boundaries, encourages collaborative research and programmatic and administrative coherence among member centers, and works to expand their resource base and service capacity. CAORC member centers maintain a permanent presence in the host countries where they operate—in Europe, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa.
Building on the established libraries and research collections of its nineteen constituent centers, in 1999 CAORC launched the American Overseas Digital Library (AODL). The AODL was designed to be a cost-effective, efficient, centralized, Internet-based mechanism for the standardization and electronic delivery of important bibliographic and full-text primary and secondary source information from all CAORC member centers, covering both print collections and research collections in other media. The keystone of the Digital Library for International Research, and the first of its goals to be completed, was the on-line public access catalog containing the records of all the holdings in all participating libraries. From 1999 until 2008, the DLIR Online Catalog was maintained at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, after which it migrated to the Center for Research Libraries, in cooperation with CRL’s Global Resources Network.
Established in 1984, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) is a private, non-profit educational organization that works to facilitate research in North Africa and encourage the free exchange of information between American and North African scholars.
The Saharan Studies Association is a body of scholars with common interests in the Sahara-Sahel region of Africa. The SSA is affiliated with the North American African Studies Association (ASA). The SSA is directed by a volunteer board. The Association was formed at the ASA’s annual meeting in Seattle in November 1992, following a panel entitled ‘The Missing Link: the Sahara and African Studies’.
MANSA was organized to increase and encourage communication between scholars interested in all topics of study involving the Mande peoples of West Africa, and the neighbors with whom they interact on a regular basis. A primary goal of MANSA has been to promote the participation of our West African colleagues.
The Ghana Studies Association is an organization of scholars based in Africa, the United States, Europe, and Asia, whose research interests focus on the peoples of the West African state of Ghana. It is an associate organization of the African Studies Association (ASA) of the USA. General membership meetings are held on the occasion of the annual gathering of the ASA. Ghana Studies Association also publishes a Newsletter, the latest issue of which can be accessed through the documents link below. It also sponsors the publication of a peer-reviewed academic journal, Ghana Studies, which appears annually.