Announcements | African Literature Association

2019 Elections

Posted on Aug 10, 2018

Nominations are hereby invited for the following positions to be filled by the next ALA conference in spring 2019: (i) Vice President (ii) Executive Councilors (3 vacancies) The instructions for submitting nominations are contained in Appendix I (amended in June 2015) of the ALA Bylaws: “ALA members are reminded of their constitutional right to nominate from the membership at large. Any two paid-up members of the organization can nominate another paid-up member for election to the EC by sending a jointly signed letter or electronic communication to the Vice President. The Vice-President will confirm the eligibility of the nominators’ members and the candidates for elections." Please send your nominations to the ALA Vice President, Ann Elizabeth Willey (ann.willey@louisville.edu) by Friday, September 7,...

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2018 Award Nominations

Posted on Aug 8, 2018

The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. The awards will be presented at the ALA Conference from May 15-17, 2019 in Columbus, OH. Fonlon-Nichols Award (Deadline: November 1, 2018) For excellence in creative writing and contributions to the struggle for human rights and freedom  of expression. It is given every year to an African writer. The Award was established in 1992 to honor Bernard Fonlon and Lee Nichols for their contributions to both African literature and the freedom of expression. Authors cannot nominate themselves, and neither can their publishers nominate them. Send nominations as email document attachments to: aewilley@louisville.edu Please note: The nomination statement should contain: (1) a biographical profile of the nominee (2) a detailed justification for  the nomination. This should not be more than 2 single-spaced or 4 double-spaced pages ALA Distinguished Member Award (Deadline: November 1, 2018) For outstanding record of service to the ALA and commitment to teaching and scholarship in African literature. By nomination only. Nominees must have distinguished themselves over the years in service to the ALA, and commitment to teaching and scholarship in, and promotion of, African literature. Self-nominations are not accepted. Send nominations as email document attachments to: aewilley@louisville.edu Please note: The nomination statement should contain: (1) a biographical profile of the nominee (2) a detailed justification for the nomination. This should not be more than 2 single spaced or 4 double-spaced pages. Graduate Student Best Essay Award (Deadline: August 31, 2018) For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. Authors must be current members of the ALA. The paper must have been presented at the preceding ALA conference (i.e. in 2018). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper). Send by email to aewilley@louisville.edu, the following: (1) the paper and an abstract, in Word document, with no name or any other identifying mark anywhere; (2) a pdf file of the 2017 ALA conference Program page showing the panel in which the paper was presented (3) CV and bio Book of the Year Award—Creative Writing (Deadline:  August 31, 2018) For an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding calendar year (2017) by an African writer. Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send an author bio, one-page book description, and 5 copies to: James McCorkle, Africana Studies Hobart and William Smith Colleges 300 Pulteney Street Geneva, NY 14456 mccorkle@hws.edu Book of the Year Award—Scholarship (Deadline:  August 31, 2018) For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year (2017)....

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2018 Elections

Posted on Aug 8, 2017

Nominations are hereby invited for the following positions to be filled by the next ALA conference in spring 2018: (i) Vice President (ii) Treasurer (iv) Executive Councilors (2 vacancies) The instructions for submitting nominations are contained in Appendix I (amended in June 2015) of the ALA Bylaws: “ALA members are reminded of their constitutional right to nominate from the membership at large. Any two paid-up members of the organization can nominate another paid-up member for election to the EC by sending a jointly signed letter or electronic communication to the Vice President. The Vice-President will confirm the eligibility of the nominators’ members and the candidates for elections." Please send your nominations to the ALA Vice President, Cilas Kemedjio (cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu) by Tuesday, September 5,...

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2017 Award Nominations

Posted on Jul 6, 2017

The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. The awards will be presented at the ALA Conference from May 23-27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Fonlon-Nichols Award (Deadline Extended: November 15, 2017) For excellence in creative writing and contributions to the struggle for human rights and freedom  of expression. It is given every year to an African writer. The Award was established in 1992 to honor Bernard Fonlon and Lee Nichols for their contributions to both African literature and the freedom of expression. Authors cannot nominate themselves, and neither can their publishers nominate them. Send nominations as email document attachments to: cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu Please note: The nomination statement should contain: (1) a biographical profile of the nominee (2) a detailed justification for  the nomination. This should not be more than 2 single-spaced or 4 double-spaced pages ALA Distinguished Member Award (Deadline Extended: November, 2017) For outstanding record of service to the ALA and commitment to teaching and scholarship in African literature. By nomination only. Nominees must have distinguished themselves over the years in service to the ALA, and commitment to teaching and scholarship in, and promotion of, African literature. Self-nominations are not accepted. Send nominations as email document attachments to: cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu Please note: The nomination statement should contain: (1) a biographical profile of the nominee (2) a detailed justification for the nomination. This should not be more than 2 single spaced or 4 double-spaced pages. Graduate Student Best Essay Award (Deadline: July 31, 2017) For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. Authors must be current members of the ALA. The paper must have been presented at the preceding ALA conference (i.e. in 2017). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper). Send by email to cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu, the following: (1) the paper and an abstract, in Word document, with no name or any other identifying mark anywhere; (2) a pdf file of the 2017 ALA conference Program page showing the panel in which the paper was presented (3) CV and bio Book of the Year Award—Creative Writing (Deadline:  July 31, 2017) For an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding calendar year (2016) by an African writer. Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send an author bio, one-page book description, and 5 copies to: James McCorkle, Africana Studies Hobart and William Smith Colleges 300 Pulteney Street Geneva, NY 14456 mccorkle@hws.edu Book of the Year Award—Scholarship (Deadline:  July 31, 2017) For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year...

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2017 Elections

Posted on Jul 5, 2016

Nominations are hereby invited for the following positions to be filled by the next ALA conference in spring 2017: (i) Vice President (ii) Treasurer (iii) Secretary (iv) Executive Councilors (2 vacancies) The instructions for submitting nominations are contained in Appendix I (amended in June 2015) of the ALA Bylaws: “ALA members are reminded of their constitutional right to nominate from the membership at large. Any two paid-up members of the organization can nominate another paid-up member for election to the EC by sending a jointly signed letter or electronic communication to the Vice President. The Vice-President will confirm the eligibility of the nominators’ members and the candidates for elections." Please send your nominations to the ALA Vice President, Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́ (adeeko.1@osu.edu) by Monday, August 1,...

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2016 Award Nominations

Posted on Jun 27, 2016

The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. Please note the deadlines and the specified individual to whom and all nominations and materials should be addressed. The awards will be presented at the ALA 43rd Annual Meeting and Conference, June 2017, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. Graduate Student Best Essay Award (Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016) For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. Authors must be current members of the ALA. The paper must have been presented at the preceding ALA conference (i.e. in 2016). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper). Send the following by email to: Marie Kruger (marie-kruger@uiowa.edu) (1) the paper and an abstract, in Word document, with no name or any other identifying mark anywhere; (2) a pdf file of the 2016 ALA conference Program page showing the panel in which the paper was presented (3) CV and bio Book of the Year Award – Creative Writing (Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016) For an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding calendar year (2015) by an African writer. Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send an author bio, one-page book description, and 5 copies to: Onipede Hollist, ALA Awards, Department of English University of Tampa 401 W. Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33606 Book of the Year Award – Scholarship (Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016) For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year (2015). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Book must be published by a reputable peer-reviewed press. Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send an author bio, one-page book abstract, and 5 copies to: Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́, ALA Awards, Department of English 421 Denney Hall 164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue The Oho State University Columbus, OH 43210 First Book Award – Scholarship (Thursday, September 1, 2016) For an outstanding book in African literary studies, which is the first book by the author, and published in the preceding calendar year (2015). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Book must be published by a reputable peer-reviewed press. Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send an author bio, one-page book abstract, and 5 copies to: Cilas Kemedjio, ALA Awards, Department of Modern Languages & Cultures 402 Lattimore Hall P. O. Box 270082 University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14627 Best Article Award (Thursday, September 1, 2016) For an outstanding article in African literary studies published in a major peer-reviewed journal in the preceding calendar year...

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