December 4, 2012



ASWAD December 2012: Update from the Director


Greetings to everyone in the ASWAD community - it has been a very productive year since our meeting in Pittsburgh. Those of you who attended will remember it as a huge success, continuing the tradition of collegiality, intellectual vigor and social engagement of conferences past. Our sincere thanks to each of you who contributed to making it such a special meeting. We are pleased to make available the stirring keynote address by writer, scholar, activist and founding ASWAD Executive Board member Dr. Micere Mugo, courtesy of current Executive Board member Dr. Patrick Manning:  



We now look forward to our 7th biennial conference, to be held October 30 - November 2, 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The theme of "Transformative Visions" will center on the creativity and adaptability of the African diaspora in the face of conflict and challenge, with a special focus on efforts to overcome the legacy of racism and violence in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The complete call for papers and initial conference information is now available in English at our website, with translations coming soon in Spanish and Portuguese:  



Journal of Africana Religions: I am happy to announce our new partnership with the Journal of Africana Religions. Launching in 2013, JOAR is the first and only English-language journal to explore black religions in global perspective, and its stellar editorial board features several ASWAD members. As a special benefit for ASWAD, all current members will receive a free digital subscription to the Journal. Link to the full announcement at:  



New Scholarship by ASWAD Authors: We have added a new feature to our website - our Publications section now profiles recent books by ASWAD authors whose scholarship is on the cutting edge of African diaspora studies.   Members with books published since 2010 are invited to submit your information for the next round of updates to:  



Facebook: Following the suggestions of members to explore social media, ASWAD has launched a Facebook page. We look forward to expanding opportunities for members to communicate, and invite members to post items and photos of interest to African diaspora scholarship at:  



Erik McDuffie Awarded Wesley-Logan Prize: Dr. Erik McDuffie, ASWAD's most recent Secretary and lifetime member, has won the 2012 Wesley-Logan Prize for his book, Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism. The Wesley-Logan Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association, in conjunction with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, for an outstanding book in African diaspora history. The book is the previous winner of the 2011 Letitia Woods Brown Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians.  



Comings & Goings: Laurie Lambert has been the ASWAD membership manager since the summer of 2010 when she replaced Yuko Miki. Since then she has maintained membership lists, responded to member queries, and coordinated conference registrations for ASWAD's 2011 conference in Pittsburgh. This year, Laurie leaves her position with ASWAD as she completes her dissertation ona literary history of the Grenada Revolution at NYU's Department of English and American Literature. As we thank Laurie and wish her much success, we welcome Ebony Jones, a graduate student at NYU, as our new membership manager. We are also pleased to welcome Charney Robinson, who joined ASWAD last year as a graduate assistant. She will be continuing to work with ASWAD on membership development projects.



We encourage all members to submit proposals for papers and panels to be included in our Eighth Biennial Conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As our first conference in a Spanish-speaking country, we are looking forward to a very special event, and we look forward to having each of you be a part of it.



Current ASWAD members wishing to be involved with conference planning may contact the chairs of the Program Committee: Jerome Branche ( or Jemima Pierre (



Thank you for your continued support of ASWAD's work and mission, and I look forward to seeing you in Santo Domingo.



-- Kim D. Butler, Director




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