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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…