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…

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…

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

  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 years. My primary responsibilities at ISSER are to conduct social policy research and to teach graduate level courses in Development Studies. I have a BA in Psychology…

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…