GSA at ASA 2017

As always, GSA was very present and active in the 60th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association from 16-18 November in Chicago, which coincided with Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary.  Here a few highlights, in words and pictures:

  • Carina Ray was awarded the 2017 Women’s Caucus Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize for Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana.
  • Jennifer Hart was short-listed for the 2017 Herskovits Prize for Ghana on the Go: African Mobility in the Age of Motor Transportation.
  • Two books by GSA members debuted at the ASA Book Exhibit:  Bianca Murillo’s Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth-Century Ghana, and Jeffrey Ahlman’s Living with Nkrumahism: Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana.
  • We had productive GSA Business Meeting attended by over 60 people, including (excitingly) many graduate students attending their first meeting.
  • GSA sponsored 3 panels and one roundtable and unofficially supported a couple more:

    Roundtable: Ghana (Studies) @60 

    Chair: Nana Akua Anyidoho
    Panelist: Jean Allman, Larry Yarak, Dennis Laumann, Dodzi Tsikata, Ato Quayson[the abstract submitted for the roundtable]In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ghana’s independence, the Ghana Studies Association (GSA) is organising a panel of distinguished scholars to speak to research on Ghana in the past six decades. The roundtable will bring out the ways in which the study of Ghana (and GSA itself) has changed over time in terms of areas of focus; methodological preferences; and participation by scholars in different geographic and disciplinary locations, among others. Roundtable participants will illustrate this bigger Ghana Studies story with descriptions of their own research trajectories and influences.  We envisage that the current generation of researchers of Ghana and Africa can draw both direction and inspiration from narratives of research careers within an area study.

    Belief in Colonial Ghana: Change & Continuities
    Chair: Pierluigi Valsecchi
    Discussant: Alessandra BrivioReligious Change and Modernity in Ghana: Against the Materiality of Religion
    Alessandra Brivio, Università degli Studi di Milano-BicoccaDefining Islam: Goods, Movement, and Ritual in Colonial Ghana
    Sean Hanretta, Northwestern UniversityWorld Religions and Core Beliefs in Colonial Nzema
    Pierluigi Valsecchi, University of Pavia

    Reflecting on Ghana@60: “How far?”
    Chair: David Owusu-Ansah
    Discussant: Ben Talton

    Ghana @60: Reflections on National Disability Programs and Disability Rights
    Jeff Grischow, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Ghana at 60: Bridging Gender Inequality Through Men’s Participation in Domestic Unpaid Work
    Hubert B. Asiedu, University of Auckland

    Women’s Political Representation in Ghana: ‘They Think They are Doing You a Favour by Letting You into Parliament’
    Gretchen Bauer, University of Delaware

    Back to the Root; Agriculture and the Small-Scale Farmer in Ghana
    Yaa Oparebea Ampofo, Yale University and Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana

    Ghana@60: Evolving Pan-Africanism  
    Chair: Kwame Essien
    Discussant: Harry Odamtten

    “Dubois” Years in Ghana: An Analysis and Reconstruction of Existing Historical Literature
    Eric Kesse, Michigan State University

    “Pan Africanism: Pioneers, Repatriates and Memory”
    Robert Hanserd, Columbia College

    Pan-Africanism then and Now
    Harry Odamtten, Santa Clara University

    Author Meets Critic: Brazilian-African Diaspora in Ghana
    Chair: Hermann W. von Hesse, University of Wisconsin – Madison

    Clifford Campbell, Lafayette College
    Harry Odamtten, Santa Clara University
    Hermann W. von Hesse, University of Wisconsin – Madison

    Being in the Market: Celebrating the Work of Gracia Clark
    Chair: Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University

    Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University
    Timothy Scarnecchia, Kent State University
    Dorothy L. Hodgson, The State University of New Jersey – Rutgers University
    Brittany Sheldon, Indiana University Bloomington
    Kathryn Boswell, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
    Kathleen Sheldon, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    GSA ladiesCarina receives Aidoo-Snyder PrizeGhana (Studies) at 60 panelGSA_Abena, Peace, NAA Bianca Murillo_Market EncountersCrossing the color lineGhana on the Go