ASWAD Founding Director Wins ASA Book Prize

By Webmaster on Thursday, December, 5th, 2019 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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 […]


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

By Webmaster on Monday, December, 2nd, 2019 in Announcements, Memorials, News. No Comments

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 […]


ASWAD Denounces White Nationalism

By Webmaster on Monday, August, 28th, 2017 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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, […]


ASWAD Statement on U.S. Executive Order on Immigration

By Webmaster on Friday, February, 3rd, 2017 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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 […]


ASWAD Statement Post-Election in the United States

By Webmaster on Monday, November, 28th, 2016 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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 […]


ASWAD BLM Solidarity

By Webmaster on Monday, July, 25th, 2016 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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 […]


ASWAD Statement on the Charleston Shootings

By Webmaster on Thursday, June, 25th, 2015 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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 […]


ASWAD Statement on Ferguson (Michael Brown) Grand Jury Decision

By Webmaster on Thursday, November, 27th, 2014 in Announcements, News. No Comments

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 […]