African studies organizations

See also: African studies (overview) | African studies programs

Academie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-mer (Bruxelles, Belgium)
In French, English, Dutch. "The Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences was founded in 1928 with the aim of promoting scientific knowledge in overseas regions" [esp. Congo-Kinshasa]. "The Academy is divided into three Sections: the Section of Moral and Political Sciences, the Section of Natural and Medical Sciences and the Section of Technical Sciences." Publishes Biographie belge d'Outre-Mer (first pub. in 1941, was called la Biographie Coloniale Belge). Publishes three series of Mémoires. Based in Brussels, Belgium.

Africa-American Institute (Washington, D.C.)
Its mission is "to expand education and professional training opportunities for Africans, foster greater understanding of Africa in America, and promote mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations. Founded in 1953, the Africa-America Institute is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, non-profit organization, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C." Is well-known for its African visitors program and seminars. Has an events calendar.

Africa-Europe Group For Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS)
" open network of European Union universities and research institutions concerned with studies of Africa in the Social Sciences and Humanities." Members directory, member newsletters, conferences, visiting scholar programs. Hosts a 2007 July 11-14 conference. 2005 conference information is available. The Secretariat is at the Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, U.K.

Africa Institute (Pretoria, South Africa)
Information on membership, publications, programs. Publications include:  Africa Insight (their journal), an African wall map, Africa A-Z, Continental and Country Profiles. Online access to full text documents is by membershp only.

African Heritage Studies Association
"Our aim is to foster knowledge about the role of Africans in the history and social configuration of Africa and its Diaspora." Has information on their annual conferences. Based in East Point, Georgia, US.

African Politics Conference Group, APCG
Affilited with the  African Studies Association, US

African Studies Association (United States)

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Douglass Campus, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400. Information on membership, the Board of Directors, coordinate organizations, ASA publications: African Studies Review; History in Africa; ASA News. Past issues of ASA News from 1987.
  • Annual Conference - 2020 - November 19-21 will be a Virtual Conference
  • Past Conferences. 2016 Washington DC, Dec. 1-3; 2015 San Diego, November 19-22; 2014 Indianapolis, November 20-23, 2014;  2010 San Francisco, November 18-21,2009 New Orleans, November 19 - 22; 2008November 13-16, Chicago; 2007 October 18-21, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.
  • 2006 San Francisco Annual Meeting, 2005 Washington, D.C. Annual Meeting, 2004 New Orleans Annual Meeting.
  • ASA Ethical Conduct Guidelines developed by the ASA Board of Directors. They include "Researchers should return the results of scholarly activities to the communities and the country in which the research was conducted..."
  • Papers of the ASA Annual Conferences for the 31st-35th conferences (1989-1992) and 36th-37th conferences (1993-1994) are on microfilm at CAMP (Center for Research Libraries). Search the online catalog. Try keywords - african studies association papers. Papers from the 1993 through the 1996 annual meetings are on cd-rom in many university libraries. The ASA Archives are at Northwestern University.

African Studies Association of Africa
"To promote Africa's own specific contributions to the advancement of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Diaspora." "launched on 25 October, 2013, at the International Conference on African Studies that was organised by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana."

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)
Information on conferences, workshops, Directory of Africanists in Australasia, Directory of African Studies Postgraduates. Holds Annual Conferences; some papers are online. They sell microfiche copies of some of the past conference papers. Publishes the Australasian Review of African Studies.

African Studies Association Germany / Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland
In German and English.  Publishes the journal, Africa Spectrum, with GIGA (German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg). Has a directory of Archives and Libraries. Holds a biennial conference. Established 1969.

African Studies Association of India
A non-profit NGO organization of scholars for the study of African affairs in India and Indian affairs in Africa. Founded 2004. Regional units regional unit at Mumbai, Patiala, Chennai and Kolkata. Publishes two journals, Africa Review and Insight on Africa. Publishes the free online ASA Newsletter. Based at Africa Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

African Studies Association of Ireland
Holds an annual conference, publishes a Newsletter.

African Studies Association of the U.K.
"The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), a registered charity, was founded in 1963 to promote lively debate in the academic study of Africa." Holds a biennial conference. Based in London.

Afro-Asiatisches Institut - Salzburg
In German. Founded in 1988 for "the support of students from so called Third World countries at the university and colleges of Salzburg." Has a scholarship program, works with local immigrants. "cooperates closely with its sister - institutes in Vienna and Graz.....These three institutions share the same name but are separate and independent institutions with similar though distinct profiles." Runs a students´ hostel with the Catholic Students' Community. Based in Salzburg, Austria. [KF]

Association Belge des Africanistes (ABA) / Belgian Association of Africanists
Site not active 2020 August. In French and Dutch (Flemish). History, the executive, discussion forum, a directory of African studies in Belgium.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa
Holds an annual conference, publishes a journal, Journal of the Middle East and Africa. The Chairman is Prof. Bernard Lewis. Based in Washington, D.C.

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
"...a not-for-profit, tax deductible organization of international scholars seeking to further our understanding of the African Diaspora, that is, the dispersal of people of African descent throughout the world." Its second conference October 2-4, 2003 is at Northwestern University.

Association Française pour l'Étude du Monde Arabe et Musulman, AFEMAM
The site is closed. In French. Founded in 1985. "Elle a pour objet l'étude de l'aire géographique et culturelle sur laquelle s'est étendue la civilisation islamique depuis les débuts de l'Islam (période pré-islamique comprise, en ce qui concerne l'Arabie) jusqu'à l'époque contemporaine." Publishes a journal, l'Astrolabe, has a directory of researchers and research centers.. Based at URBAMA, Université de Tours, Tours, France.

There is an article about the Association, "ASSOCIATION FRANÇAISE POUR L'ETUDE DU MONDE ARABE ET MUSULMAN" by Jean-Claude Vatin. In Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Vol. 22, No. 1 (July 1988), pp. 37-38 (2 pages)  Published by: Middle East Studies Association of North America, MESA.  DOI:

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, ACAS
ACAS is an organization of scholars concerned with the policies of the U.S. govt. towards Africa, developing action networks with African scholars, and mobilizing support in the U.S. on issues related to Africa. Full text of its Bulletin is on-line. Topics include - Zimbabwe, U.S. military and Africa, U.S. trade and Africa, Race in Africa; Niger Delta, Africa and Iraq; HIV/AIDS . Their web site includes addresses for key Senate and House members.

Bowman, Larry W. - Survey of African Studies Faculty in the United States, 2002
ICPSR version. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut, Center for Survey Research and Analysis (CSRA) [producer], 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. ICPSR study 3887>
The ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research ) has the survey data set behind the study, Survey of African Studies Faculty in the United States, 2002, directed by Prof. Larry W. Bowman and published in African Issues. "This survey examines faculty attitudes about a range of issues facing African Studies programs at colleges and universities in the United States. Questions focused on teaching African studies, study abroad programs, African language study, and attitudes toward Africa. Faculty were also asked to give their views and opinions on African Studies programs at their own institutions."

Canadian Association of African Studies
In English and French. CAAS is a community of Africanists founded in 1970. Publishes the Canadian Journal of African Studies and Newsletter, hosts an Annual Conference. Has a listserv open to interested scholars, students and professionals working in and for Africa. Based at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. [KF]

Centro de Estudios sobre Africa y Medio Oriente (CEAMO) (Havana, Cuba)
An independent, non-governmental research center created in 1979. Its staff conducts research in the social sciences, particularly history, sociology, politics, international relations and economy. They publish a journal, Revista de Africa y Medio Oriente (RAMO).

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Institute of West Asian and African Studies, IWAAS
In Chinese.

CODESRIA, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa / Conseil pour le Developpement de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales en Afrique
" independent Pan African organization whose principal objectives are to: Facilitate research, Promote research-based publishing......" Sponsors training, grants, workshops, institutes. Compiles a directory of African researchers. Publishes the Africa Review of Books, Journal of Higher Education in Africa, Africa Development and other titles. Based in Dakar, Senegal.

Comité français des études africaines
"... association de chercheurs spécialistes de l'Afrique noire et de l'Océan indien occidental..." Its conference, 23-24 janvier 2002, Secondes Rencontres sur l'Afrique Noire, is at l'Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, Paris.

Connecting Africa
"...the web portal for African Studies in the Netherlands."

French Colonial Historical Society

Ghana Studies Association

H-Islam in Africa
Has syllabi for courses on Islam and Africa.

International African Institute
Based in London and founded in 1926, the IAI facilitates communication between scholars in Africa and Africanists throughout the world through its seminars, projects, and publications. Has description of its programs (West African Museums program, African Archaeology Media Project, African journals distribution), has abstracts of its recent publications and complete list of publications in print. Dr Elizabeth Dunstan is Editor of IAI Publications. E-mail:

Japan Association for African Studies (Kyoto)
In English and Japanese. Promotes "studies and field research on nature, society, and humanities of the continent of Africa, and its nearby islands." Publishes a bi-annual journal, the Journal of African Studies and a newsletter, Nihon Africa Gakkai Kaiho. Holds an annual conference [2005 May 28-29 42nd Annual Meeting site]. [KF]

Lagos Studies Association
"Established in 2017, .... an international, interdisciplinary organization of academic and non-academic practitioners whose interest focus on Lagos and its peoples."  Has a Facebook page.

Lusophone African Studies Organization

Mande Studies Association
"...a multidisciplinary group with interests in the Mande region of West Africa." Their Newsletter is online, publishes a journal, Mande Studies. Membership directory. Mande language map. Has photographs taken by members, etc.

Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS)
" organization for the promotion of African Studies in mid-America (the region between the Mississippi River and the front range of the Rocky Mountains, especially).   Founded at the University of Kansas in 1995..."

Middle States African Studies Association
"...membership of the association is comprised of institutions and interested individuals from the middle region of the United States, including, but not limited to the states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania." Holds an annual conference. Based at Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia.

Netherlands African Studies Association
The Association, founded in 1978, encourages and coordinates research regarding Africa.
In cooperation with the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden and the Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) in The Hague, it produces a directory, Africanists in the Netherlands where one can find Africanists by name, institution, research interests, and their research by region/country.

Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa
"...established in 1997, is an independent institute... on the region of Southern Africa. NiZA also funds projects in the region and mediates for the support of projects by others." Publishes newsletters in Dutch (NIZA Newsletter, Newsletter Amsterdam-Beira, Zuidelijk Afrika magazine), has a list of monographic publications. Its library issues many bibliographies (some free, some for sale).

New York African Studies Association
Founded in 1967 "NYASA encompasses Africanists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, professionals, and students."

Nigerian Studies Association

Nordiska Afrikainstitutet/Nordic Africa Institute
In English and Swedish. Independent research institute financed by the Nordic countries. Information on the library, research program, seminars, and staff. Full text of their publication series, Current African Issues, Discussion Papers, Research Reports, Policy Notes and Policy Dialogues are online. There is a Guest Researchers' Programme for scholars at African research institutions. Based in Uppsala, Sweden.

North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon NAASC

Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, OSSREA (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
International NGO and research network, with 15 member countries, to promote research in the social sciences in Africa. Offers workshops, grants (such as on social science themes and gender issues), conferences. Publishes the Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review, the OSSREA News Letter. [KF]

Postcolonial Studies Association
Conference / event information. Links to related sites. Based in the U. K.

Robinson, Pearl T. - Area Studies in Search of Africa
Full text. 42 pages. Pub. 2003 in The Politics of Knowledge: Area Studies and the Disciplines, edited by David L. Szanton. (University of California Press / University of California International and Area Studies Digital Collection, Edited Volume #3, Article 6, 2003). The history of African studies in the U.S., research agendas, African studies and the African diaspora, a bibliography of Africa Research Overview Papers, 1981-1994, a list of Herskovits Award Winners 1965-2002 and "Endnotes" p. 35-41.

Royal African Society, SOAS
"Founded in 1901 to commemorate and continue the work of Mary Kingsley (writer, scientists and traveller, 1862-1901) on the study of Africa." Produces a quarterly journal African Affairs, conferences and seminars. "Membership of this non-political, voluntary Society is open to anyone interested in Africa, with an annual fee of £23." History of the Society including a biography and bibliography of Mary Kingsley.
Averting Catastrophe : AIDS in 21st Century Africa. A report published on the 7th June 2004 by the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group jointly with The Royal African Society. Full text. 83 p.
Richard Dowden Articles - recent articles by the Society's Director, the Africa Editor for The Economist

Russian Academy of Sciences. Institute for African Studies (Moscow)
In Russian and English. Founded in 1959. Holds conferences, lists Ph.D. degrees conferred by the IAS Academic Council, publishes a quarterly, IAS Newsletter, lists their publications. Describes their centers such as the Centre for Southern African Studies, Centre for Russian-African Relations, Centre for Sub-saharan Africa Studies, Centre for North African and African Horn Studies, and the library. [KF]

Saharan Studies Association
In English and French. The Saharan Studies Association is an international group of scholars associated with the African Studies Assoc. of the U.S. The full text of the Newsletters from Vol. 1, No. 1, 1993 to date are online, in Adobe pdf. Topics include archaeology, Arabic manuscripts, slavery, Muslims and colonial rule. The Newsletter editor is David Gutelius.

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (London)
"...(formerly ASCALF) is an international organisation which promote, facilitate and otherwise support the work of all scholars and researchers working in the area of Postcolonial Studies on material relating to the French-speaking world." For membership information, contact Patrick Corcoran Centre for Research in Francophone Studies, University of Surrey Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH. E-mail:

Social Science Research Council. Africa Program
Works to promote social science and humanities research on critical issues relevant to the African continent. The SSRC is based in New York City. Has full text studies such as:

  • U.S. - South African Research and Training Collaborations, by Beth Elise Whitaker. 51 p. in PDF.
  • Investing in Return: Rates of Return of African Ph.D.s Trained in North America," in PDF, by 33 p.
  • The Social Sciences in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Tentative Regional Map, by Dr. Ebrima Sall of the Nordic Africa Institute. "...examines key issues in social science teaching, research and publishing in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over the period from the early sixties to the end of the last century, with an emphasis on what happened during the last fifteen years...... highlighting major trends, issues, capacities, constraints, opportunities and challenges for the social science research community in Africa." A study was commissioned by the SSRC. In MS Word.

Société des Africanistes
"La Société des Africanistes a été fondée en 1930, rue de Buffon, au Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, au moment même où se préparait la première grande expédition ethnologique française en Afrique, la mission Dakar-Djibouti (1931-1933) conduite par Marcel Griaule." Holds conferences, publishes the Journal des Africanistes (tables of contents with abstracts).

Societe francaise d’histoire des outre-mers, SFHOM
In French. Publishes the journal, Outre-Mers. Revue d’histoire

Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies
SERSAS is "a non-profit association of individuals residing in the southeastern United States and committed to teaching about and/or to the academic study of Africa." Has the membership list, the full text of Brian Siegel's "The Kafulafuta Mission in Zambia," Joseph Miller's 1999 AHA Presidential Address, "History and Africa," "A Brief History" of SERSAS by Joseph Miller, etc.

Sudan Studies Association

Swiss Society of African Studies (Berne)
Founded in 1974, promotes research on Africa. Has a list of its publications, events, society activities, short biographies of its board of directors.

West African Research Association, WARA
Founded in 1989, to enhance collaborative research and scholarly exchange between U.S. and West African scholars, educators, and institutions. WARA’s US offices are at the African Studies Center of Boston University. Its overseas headquarters, the West African Research Center (WARC) opened in 1993 in Dakar, Senegal. WARC offers a range of services to researchers and scholars visiting from the US and from the subregion, as well as to local scholars, and provides a rich venue for scholarly exchange.