More than 200 Africanist scholars will meet at the University of West Georgia for the 22nd Annual Conference of the African Studies and Research Forum (ASRF) during March 29-31, 2018.

This year’s conference theme is “Toward the Building of a New Africa: Weaving the Past, the Present and the Future.”

The conference will begin with an opening session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in the UWG Campus Center. UWG President Kyle Marrero will bring greetings and the Hon. Kayode Laro, consul-general of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Consulate General in Atlanta, Georgia, will deliver the keynote address. The session is free and open to the public.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this international conference to UWG,” said ASRF President George K. Kieh, a UWG professor of political science. “UWG continues to attract students from a wide variety of countries across the globe, including some in Africa. This event will complement the growing diversity of our institution by giving our students, faculty, staff, administrators and community supporters an opportunity to exchange knowledge with visiting scholars who are based in a number of African countries.”

Conference attendees will hail from African countries such as Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Participants based in the United States and Canada also will take part in the meeting.

Paper presenters, panelists and roundtable discussants during the two-day event will share research and analysis on major issues pertaining to African history and current affairs.

Founded in 1995 as an affiliate of the Association of Third World Studies, ASRF is a multidisciplinary academic association. Its members represent fields within the arts, humanities, business, economics, education, law, public health and natural and social sciences. ASRF seeks to encourage, promote and sponsor research on Africa. In support of this work, ASRF publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of African Studies and Research.

Each annual conference provides a forum for promoting and sharing research by both members and non-members on various issues pertaining to the African continent. ASRF plans to hold its annual conference in an African country during each alternate year, as one of its aims is to encourage research activities at African universities.

The UWG Department of Political Science is hosting the conference in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Africana Studies Program and Global Studies Program.

UWG students will be able to attend the conference paper presentations, panels and roundtables at no charge. These events will take place in the UWG Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31. Non-students also are welcome to attend these activities and may purchase an individual guest registration for $15 per day or $25 for both days. More information about the African Studies and Research Forum is available on its official website at

Posted on March 19, 2018