African Studies Association, ASA. San Francisco 2006 Conference. November 16-19. Local Arrangements Committee

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Postcolonial Landscapes of Industrial Katanga: Photography, Memory and Heritage

Wednesday, November 15
3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Reception immediately following.
Register to attend at the Museum site
Museum of the African Diaspora, MoAD

Virtual Exhibit by Dr. Bogumil Jewsiewicki, winner of the ASA 2006 Distinguished Africanist Award. Free entry for ASA conference registrants. MoAD is located at 685 Mission Street (at Third), San Francisco.

Reception hosted by the Museum of the African Diaspora, the California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE), and the ASA Local Arrangements Committee. Map (hotel to MoAD, 49KB)

Welcome Reception

Open to Conference Registrants
Thursday, November 16
8:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.
Westin St. Francis Hotel

Featuring short speeches from Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco; Congresswoman Barbara Lee; and ASA President Joseph Miller. There will also be refreshments, a bar, and ample opportunity to forge new friendships while rekindling old ones.

Special thanks to California State University – Sacramento for organizing, and Santa Clara University for hosting, the welcome reception this year.

Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw

Exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Private docent led tours for registered African Studies Association conference attendees.

Tour schedule
Thursday, November 16 – 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Friday, November 17 - 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Saturday, November 18 - 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, November 19 - 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Museum of African Diaspora logo

Tours are limited to 20 persons each; register early.
To sign up, please call Samara Brown at 415-318-7150.  

MoAD is located at 685 Mission Street (at Third), San Francisco.
For more information about the museum, visit

The special tours are compliments of the ASA Local Arrangements Committee.
Map (hotel to MoAD, 49 KB)

For a site about Tesfaw curated by Professor Raymond Silverman see


ASA Dance Party

Conference Registrants are invited to the ASA Dance Party.
Saturday, November 18
9:30 P.M. - 12:30 A.M.
Westin St. Francis Hotel

Entertainment by Kuumba Dance Ensemble (Stanford University) and Sila and the Afrofunk Experience. The Kuumba African Dance and Drum Ensemble, created by students in the 1970s, is an exciting group that features music and dance from many cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Sila and the Afrofunk Experience is led by Victor Sila. His dynamic band performs the Afrobeat sounds of his homeland, Kenya, and "dance concert" music from Nigeria, the Congo, South Africa, Senegal, Brazil and Jamaica.


African Video Marketplace

Open to ASA Conference Registrants.
View upon request throughout the meeting the latest documentaries, feature films and shorts from and about Africa. There will be panels on film during the conference


Friday afternoon, November 17 (Time and Room TBA)


(Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto, Cameroon/UK, 104 minutes)
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change the world. This fascinating, often hilarious documentary follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent.


Saturday afternoon, November 18 (Time and Room TBA)


(Nick and Mark Francis, Ethiopia/US, 77 minutes)
In an increasingly global economy, where the profit margins of huge multinational coffee companies continue to rise, prices paid for coffee harvests have reached an all-time low, forcing farmers in some of the world's poorest countries to abandon their once bountiful fields.  Among the hardest hit by the devastating effects of this crisis is Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to bring a fair-trade market to the more than 70,000 struggling farmers whom he represents.


Teachers Workshop - Teaching and Learning about the African Experience

The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, the University of California, Berkeley, Office of Resources for International and Area Studies and the Bay Area Global Education Project presents an outreach workshop for K-12 educators and librarians.

Saturday, November 18, 2006
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
World Affairs Council
312 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Fee: $40
(0.3 miles from the conference hotel; directions)
Register at:

Program / Flier (in Word, in PDF)

Contact: Michele Delattre
Email address: orias at berkeley dot edu
Amy Benedicty
Email address: schools at wacsf dot org


Local Arrangements Committee
Sponsored Panels and Roundtables

Rethinking Our Approaches to HIV/AIDS Research in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Friday, November 17, 10:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
Chair: David Katzenstein, Stanford University School of Medicine
Claire Wendland, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Susan Watkins, UCLA and University of Pennsylvania
Peter Mason, University of Zimbabwe
Lucy Thairu, Stanford University
Seble Kassaye, Stanford University

Behavior, Movement, Identity - African Subjectivities in Process (VII-T5)
Friday, November 17, 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Chair: Benjamin Lawrance, U of California-Davis
Marcus Filippello, UC Davis, "The Road through the Swamp: French Development Initiative and African Resistance in Colonial Dahomey
Jamila Moore, U of California Davis, Irreconcilable Differences: Colonialism and Pan-Africanism in the Making of Liberian Nationalism
Jo Tague, UC Davis, Tanganyikan Migrations and Tanzanian Nationalism, 1949-1975
Chau Kelly, UC Davis, Lady Twining's Burden: Health, Hygiene and Nutrition in Tanganyika, 1949-1965
Discussant: Walter Hawthorne, Michigan State U

Consular Roundtable: Debt Cancellation and Prospects for Democracy in Africa
Saturday, November 18, 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Chair: Emmanuel Nnadozie, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Jeanette Ndhlovu, Consul General of South Africa
Abelrahman Salahedin, Consul General of Egypt
Caroline Sergeant, United Kingdom's Alternate Executive Director, World Bank representing the British Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Abdelhak Saoud, Honorary Consul of Morocco
Liliane Koizol, Deputy Honorary Consul of Madagascar


Western Caucus Breakfast Meeting

All Western U.S. and Canadian African Studies Association members are invited to attend an informal gathering organized by the Local Arrangements Committee.

Date: Sunday, November 19
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 A.M.
Tower Salon B, Westin St. Francis.

This event is intended to launch a new Western Caucus of the ASA the purpose of which will be to create a network of scholars located west of the Mississippi River willing to collaborate on Africa-related programming both at our campuses and in preparation of the annual ASA meeting, set to take place in San Francisco every fourth year.

There is a schedule of ASA special events (in pdf)

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