ASWAD 2019 Book and Article Prizes

The ASWAD Sterling Stuckey Book Prize

For a second or subsequent book by a senior scholar
Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres, Black British Migrants in Cuba: Race, Labor, and Empire in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean, 1898-1948 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Finalist: Martha S. Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The ASWAD Outstanding First Book Prize

Oscar de la Torre, People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Finalist: Yuko Miki, Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The ASWAD Outstanding Article Prize

Sara E. Johnson, “‘Your Mother Gave Birth to a Pig’: Power, Abuse, and Planter Linguistics in Baudry des Lozières’s Vocabulaire Congo,Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 16.1 (2018): 7-40.


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Highlights from ASWAD’s 10th Biennial Conference, November 2019

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ASWAD Founding Director Wins ASA Book Prize

ASWAD’s founding director, Michael A. Gomez, was awarded the 2019 African Studies Association Book Prize for African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton University Press).

ASWAD member John Thabiti Willis received honorable mention for the prize for Masquerading Politics: Kinship, Gender, and Ethnicity in Yoruba Town (Indiana University Press.

Congrats to you both!

A Message from the African Studies Association on the Passing of Professor Tejumola Olaniyan

It is with great sadness that African Studies Association announces the death of Professor Tejumola Olaniyan, one of the most accomplished of our community.  He served on the African Studies Association’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015, as Program Co-Chair of the 2012 ASA Annual Meeting, and was the President of the African Literature Association from 2013 to 2014 ; he was currently serving as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA).  Professor Olaniyan was a vibrant presence at our annual meetings, including at the one a few short days ago, when we gathered in Boston.  He died from sudden heart failure at his home in Wisconsin-Madison. He had just turned 60 on 3 April this year. (more…)

ASWAD Member Chouki El Hamel’s Statement on the Silencing of Slavery’s Past:

On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco

On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco

ASWAD Denounces White Nationalism

In the wake of another wave of white nationalist and Nazi demonstrations across the globe, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) reaffirms our opposition to the growing fascist movements throughout the African Diaspora. During these troubled times, ASWAD denounces all forms of harassment, aggression, and violence based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. We remain outraged by the U.S. president’s willingness to excuse and (more…)

ASWAD Statement on U.S. Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the newly inaugurated president of the United States issued an Executive Order barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen entry into the United States for 90 days; prohibiting all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days; and banning Syrian refugees for an indefinite period of time. This decision is the practical equivalent of a ban against Muslims entering the United States. In the days that followed, airports (more…)

ASWAD Statement Post-Election in the United States

Over the past two weeks, in the aftermath of a hotly contested presidential election, a wave of racist and xenophobic attacks has swept across the United States. In elementary and middle schools, young Latino/a children are taunted with chants of “Build the Wall” and “Go Back to Mexico.” At universities, similar jeers taunt our Black and Brown students, as students and others who are aligned with the White supremacist rhetoric of the U.S. president-elect feel they have gotten a “green light” to (more…)

ASWAD BLM Solidarity

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all organizations throughout the African Diaspora that are committed to asserting the humanity of African-descended peoples across the globe. Recent protests against the murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and countless others have caused a disturbing backlash against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its mission to end police brutality and (more…)

ASWAD Statement on the Charleston Shootings

ASWAD extends its condolences to the families of those massacred at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17, 2015 in a criminal act of domestic terrorism.  We share in the pain of all who are suffering, but also in the outrage that anti-black violence continues to erupt in societies that continue to cling to the ideologies of racial supremacy, inequality, and ignorance that constituted the very foundations on which they were built.  (more…)

ASWAD Statement on Ferguson (Michael Brown) Grand Jury Decision

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora stands with the thousands of people outraged over the refusal of the Ferguson grand jury to send the case of the murder of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson to trial. We stand also with the families and communities of other black youth around the world facing similar targeting and violence at the hands of police, such as the React or Be Killed movement (FB group “Reaja ou Sera Morto”) in Bahia, Brazil seeking justice for Davi Alves and other black men murdered or disappeared in police custody. (more…)