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,…

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…

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…