I hope 2018 is off to a happy start for everyone. I’m writing on behalf of the Luso-African Studies Organization (LASO) to follow up on a few items discussed at our business meeting in December.
1) Sponsored roundtable for the 61st Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) in Atlanta (Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018)
I’m pleased to share that Nuno Domingos (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa) and Todd Cleveland (History Department, University of Arkansas) have accepted our invitation to participate in an “Author Meets Critics” session as LASO’s sponsored roundtable at the 2018 ASA. Marking the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the session will focus on their recently published books on football in Lusophone Africa (Domingos, Football and Colonialism: Body and Popular Culture in Urban Mozambique; Cleveland, Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949-1975). David Morton (University of British Columbia), who has kindly agreed to organize the session, will be reaching out to other potential participants in the coming weeks. If you are interested in joining the roundtable, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David (email@example.com) at your earliest convenience.
2) CFP: LASO Panels, ASA 2018
LASO is accepting panel proposals for the 2018 ASA Annual Meeting. The theme for this year’s conference is “Energies: Power, Creativity and Afro-Futures,” and ASA’s deadline for proposals is March 15, 2018. A lively discussion at LASO’s December meeting generated several promising panel topics: Post-conflict Africa before the 21st century; Resource Extraction/petro-gas/mining; Elections, democracy, corruption, and economic development. We hope that the individuals who expressed interest in organizing a panel on one of these themes are still able and willing to do so!
For our sponsored panel, LASO encourages proposals that include research on more than one Lusophone African country, are multidisciplinary in scope, and are thematically or theoretically driven. Please note that although ASA rules allow LASO to sponsor only one panel (sponsored panels are guaranteed acceptance by the ASA Program Committee), we will happily assist in forming additional panels on Lusophone countries/topics.
Proposals for panels should be sent to Heidi Gengenbach (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Abel Amado (email@example.com) no later than midnight EST on Saturday, March 10, 2017. Please submit your proposal as a Word attachment. Panel proposals must include paper abstracts from each of the proposed participants in addition to a panel abstract. Please note that ASA membership is required in order to submit a proposal.
For further information about the conference theme, the format for paper and panel proposals, and what proposal reviewers will be looking for, please consult the ASA website (http://www.africanstudies.org/annual-meetings/2018-submission-guidelines).
Please contact Heidi Gengenbach or Abel Amado with any questions or concerns.
3) Proposed ASA panel: Reflecting on the work of Landeg White (1940-2017)
A note from Jeanne Penvenne:
Landeg White died on 3 December 2017 at Quinta de Vela in Mafra Portugal. White was a distinguished poet, translator, novelist and historian. His single authored monographs, including Magomero, and his partnership with Leroy Vail, including Capitalism and Colonialism in Mozambique and Power and the Praise Poem, clearly shaped the field.
The ASA has recently held panels to reflect upon a productive scholar’s work and how it has shaped the field in general (e.g. Sara Berry, Jane Guyer). Might any of you consider participating in a panel of scholars whose papers build from Vail & White’s insights, explore oralcy methods, and/or place their work in the broader literature? I would be willing to chair (or co-chair) such a panel, or to submit a paper, or both. If so, please contact me directly at Jeanne.Penvenne@tufts.edu.
4) LASO Newsletter
A note from Abel Amado:
I am writing to you to request submission for pertinent news/information that can be included in the LASO Newsletter. At LASO’s December business meeting, we decided to publish a newsletter, which could serve as a tool to strengthen the community of Luso-Africanists.
Submissions could include:
a. Promotions and other career mobilities;
b. Field work planned for this summer (a brief synopsis, including the site);
c. Any other pertinent information to the community (not usually shared via this listserv).
Please bear in mind that the newsletter is planned to be out around March 30. Please send your pieces no later than March 15.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
5) LASO Membership
Finally, if you are a current LASO member, or if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to join LASO this year, we will soon be offering the option of lifetime LASO membership ($400). Details to follow!
Thank you for your support, and warm regards,
Heidi Gengenbach (Chair, LASO)