African Studies Association Convenes 2,000 Scholars and Policymakers in Washington, DC to Examine Continent's History, Future

Coming to the Mariott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

November 17th to 20th, 2005

The conference, entitled "Health, Knowledge and the Body/Politic in Africa and the Diaspora" will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to discuss contemporary issues and challenges facing Africa. Over 200 panels will tackle issues such as the HIV/AIDS crisis, Africa's role in the war on terror, environmental risks and degradation, the impact of globalization and new technologies on the continent, and many more.

Attendance is free for members of the press

How do I...

...find featured panels? Visit "Topics in the News"

...find out about a specific topic? Find a panel by subject

...get a detailed conference agenda? Read the preliminary program

...sign up to attend? View on-site registration times & fees

...find the conference site? Visit the hotel website for map and directions

...find out more about the ASA? Visit the ASA website

More Info

Attendance instructions:
The conference's 200 panels are divided into 11 sessions. The first session will begin at 12:45 PM on Thursday, November 17th and sessions will run continuously until 1:15 PM on Sunday, November 20th. Those interested in covering a specific panel should consult the preliminary program via the web link below. All panels will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, at 2660 Woodley Road NW, near the Woodley Park Metro Stop.

Media Contact
All media inquiries should be directed to:

Kimme Carlos, Annual Meeting Coordinator
African Studies Association
Telephone: 732-932-8173 ext 15
Fax: 732-932-3394

Mike Jobbins, Program Associate
Woodrow Wilson Center
Telephone: 202-691-4158
Fax: 202-691-4001

About the ASA
The African Studies Association was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. It aims to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. The ASA also provides information and support services to the Africanist community. It currently produces four periodicals: African Issues, ASA News, African Studies Review, and History in Africa. With nearly 3,000 individual and institutional members, the ASA is the leading North American organization that promotes African studies. The ASA is hosted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Organization of the conference is facilitated with the assistance of the Local Arrangements Committee, whose members include representatives from Georgetown University, Johns' Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Howard University, The University of the District of Columbia, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Corporate and non-profit sponsors of the ASA's annual conference include: Sallie Mae, Pfizer, The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the ASA Local Arrangements Committee 2004 – New Orleans, the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, The African Studies Program at Georgetown University, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, MLS Consulting, and Ambassador Frances D. Cook.

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