The Ghana Reader is out!

The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics Kwasi Konadu and Clifford C. Campbell, editors Covering 500 years of Ghana’s history, The Ghana Reader provides a multitude of historical, political, and cultural perspectives on this iconic African nation. Whether discussing the Asante kingdom and the Gold Coast’s importance to European commerce and transatlantic slaving, Ghana’s brief period…

GSA 2015 Year in Review

[First posted on the GSA Facebook page on 2 January. Compiled by Carina Ray. Note: This list is based on members’ response to the call to submit articles, books, awards, etc.] 2015 was an incredibly productive year for GSA members. Here’s a look back at some of what we accomplished. New Books Akosua Adomako Ampofo…

New publications from David Owusu-Ansah

David Owusu-Ansah’s 2013 co-authored book Islamic Learning, the State and the Challenges of Education in Ghana presents a comprehensive historical study of the interaction of Islamic education with educational policy in Ghana. It is based on rich analyses of documents, interviews and statistical data. The data from the study is available through the free-access digital…

GSA at ASA 2015

HIGHLIGHTS: Akosua Adomako Ampofo delivers the African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture. Abena Osseo-Asare wins the 2015 Herskovitz prize for Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa! Jean Allman wins GSA’s own 2015 Boahen-Wilks Scholarly Article Prize. Carola Lentz has a panel to celebrate her 2014 Herskovitz-winning book, Land, Mobility and Belonging in West…

Jean Allman wins the inaugural Boahen-Wilks Article Prize

GSA is proud to announce that the inaugural Boahen-Wilks Article Prize has been awarded to Jean Allman for her brilliant article “Phantoms of the Archive: Kwame Nkrumah, A Nazi Pilot Named Hanna, and the Contingencies of Postcolonial History-Writing,” which appeared in The American Historical Review in 2013. In “Phantoms of the Archive” Allman takes the…

Carola Lentz wins ASA’s 2014 Herskovits Award

GSA is happy to bask in the reflected glory of Carola Lentz’s win of the prestigious Melville J. Herskovits Award (2014) for her book Land, Mobility and Belonging in West Africa (Indiana University Press). The Herkovits prize is awarded to the author of outstanding original scholarly work published on Africa in the previous year. The…

Announcing the winners of the 2015 GSA Research Grants!

  Patience Gyamenah is an MPhil student and a graduate assistant at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, where she is completing a dissertation in Anthropology of Health, focusing on the relationship between cultural beliefs on illness causation and health-seeking behaviours. Patience’s research in “Culture and healthcare pluralism among Akan cancer…

New Book By Mensah Adinkrah

Witchcraft violence is a feature of many contemporary African societies. In Ghana, belief in witchcraft and the malignant activities of putative witches is prevalent; purported witches are blamed for all manner of adversities including inexplicable illnesses and untimely deaths. As in other historical periods and other societies, in contemporary Ghana, alleged witches are typically female,…

CFP–GSA Triennial Conference “Global Ghana”

GLOBAL GHANA Ghana Studies Association Conference Cape Coast 2016 6-9 July 2016 The Ghana Studies Association welcomes paper and panel proposals for its second triennial conference to be held in Cape Coast, Ghana, 6-9 July 2016 to be held at University of Cape Coast. This interdisciplinary gathering of local and international students and scholars of Ghana’s…

GSA’s New President–Nana Akua Anyidoho

Dear Ghana Studies community, For those of you who may not know me or who may be unfamiliar with my work, I would like to briefly introduce myself. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, where I have worked for nine…

Ivor G.H. Wilks (1928 to 2014)

By Jean Allman On October 7th, 2014, Northwestern University Professor Emeritus Ivor G.H. Wilks passed away at the home he shared with his wife, Nancy Lawler, in the west of his beloved Wales.  A prolific author, meticulous researcher, and a teacher of boundless generosity, Professor Wilks is best known for his foundational texts on the…

The Politics of Chieftaincy

Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch’s new book, The Politics of Chieftaincy examines debates over authority and property in Accra, Ghana, during the peak decades of British colonial rule. Between 1920 and 1950, imperial policies marginalized educated elites, local authorities, and landowners in favor of Ga chiefs, whom the British authorities viewed as more loyal to the empire. Conflicts erupted throughout…

GSA Grantee Research Report, 2013

2013 Research Grant Report, by Joseph Darko (2013 Grantee) I can still remember my face beaming with smiles when I read through the email notifying me of the grant I had been given by the Ghana Studies Association.  In the 2011/2012 academic year, I enrolled on an MPhil Programme in Statistics at the University of…

Letters from Ghana, 1968-1970

NEW BOOK Letters from Ghana 1968-1970: A Peace Corps Chronicle has been published by Peace Corps Worldwide (2013). The book is compiled and edited by Jon Thiem, Professor Emeritus of English at Colorado State University. From 1968 to 1970, Thiem was a Peace Corps English teacher in Acherensua, Brong Ahafo Region. Every two weeks, he sent…

KOFI AWOONOR, 1935-2013

GSA mourns the loss of a literary hero, Prof. Kofi Awoonor, who was among those killed at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya.  We are grateful for his wisdom so beautifully conveyed through his words.                 KOFI AWOONOR, 1935-2013

Reflections on the GSA Conference

By Ifetayo M. Flannery (Temple University) September 13, 2013 Just as the summer began to unfold in May of 2013, the first Ghana Studies Association Conference was convening. I was unaware that this conference would become the highlight of the season. From great lengths, students and scholars gathered in Kumasi. By way of age, geography,…

Inside the GSA 2013 Conference

              By Carly Goodman (Temple University) September 9, 2013 I was nearing the end of five months of living in Ghana when I started to get more frequent emails from Ben Talton. He had done a tremendous amount of planning from the States for the first ever Ghana Studies…

The Literary Scene in Accra: a review

By Manu Herbstein The past year has seen a modest revival of literary activity in Accra, best symbolized perhaps by the active participation of President John Dramani Mahama in the second annual Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival held in the lobby of the National Theatre on Founders’ Day 21st September, 2012.  President Mahama, who is…

Notes on Kumasi Fieldwork

By Gracia Clark (Indiana University) Professor Clark, right, in Kumasi I was fortunate in 2011 to participate in two group research projects, which enabled me to spend nine months in Kumasi.  In the fall I wrapped up work on an NEH grant originating with Michigan State historian David Robinson preparing materials for a series of web…