Statement by the ASA Board of Directors regarding President Trump's Remarks

From the African Studies Association:

The African Studies Association—a scholarly organization composed of over 2,000 university academics based in the United States, Europe and Africa – is outraged at President Trump’s characterization of African states as “shithole countries.” He is widely reported to have made this comment in conversation with members of Congress. It is shocking that such crude racist expressions of xenophobia are now part and parcel of executive office discourse. Not only do President Trump’s words disparage the people of an entire continent, on issues of immigration they defy reality. According to the last U.S. Census Bureau report, Africans account for only 4% of the total foreign-born population in the United States, but the educational attainment of that 4% far exceeds the average of all of those born outside of the U.S. Indeed, 41% of African residents in the U.S. hold bachelors degrees or higher. Nigerians, who have been singled out by the President on previous occasions, are among the most educated group in the U.S., with some 61% holding bachelors degrees and 17% masters degrees. We strongly encourage those in and around the Oval Office to do their homework and urge them and all levels of government to acknowledge the enormous contributions that African immigrants have made to the economic and social fabric of the United States.…/publicatio…/2014/acs/acsbr12-16.pdf……/growing-african-immigrant-popula……/sub-saharan-african-immig…

The History of Africa with Zeinab Badawi airing on BBC World News in July and August

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Preview of series available on YouTube:

Also check out episode descriptions and information on how the nine-part film series is based on the UNESCO’s "General History of Africa" book collection:


Field Manual For African Archaeology Published

New free publication from the Royal Museum for Central Africa:

Field Manual For African Archaeology

Edited by A. Smith Livingstone, E. Cornelissen, O. Gosselain, S. MacEachern.

Tervuren: RMCA, series ‘Documents on Social Sciences and Humanities’, 317 p.
ISBN (EN): 978-9-4922-4427-7
ISBN (FR): 978-9-4922-4428-4

Free digital version available on the Royal Museum for Central Africa website's publications page:…/publications/…/online/fmaa

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Advocate and researcher of Ethiopian history and cultural heritage, Richard Pankhurst, dies at the age of 89

Ethiopians and foreign nationals from around the world, including many dignitaries, gathered last week at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to pay their respects to Richard Pankhurst, who died at his home in Addis Ababa on February 16, 2017.  Dr. Pankhurst was a prolific historian of Ethiopia, founding member of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES), advocate for Ethiopian cultural heritage, and leader of the campaign to return to Ethiopia the stolen Obelisk of Aksum. 

Crowdfunding in support of families of men killed trying to prevent the abduction of archaeologists in Nigeria

Crowdfunding initiative begun by Professors Akinwumi Ogundiran, Zacharys Gundu, and Willeke Wendrich in support of the families of Anas Ibrahim and Adamu Abdulrahim. Anas Ibrahim and Adamu Abdulrahim were killed attempting to prevent the kidnapping of archaeologists Professor Peter Breunig and student Johannes Behringers, members of the Nok Culture Archaeological Research Project who were abducted on February 22, 2017 in Janjela, Nigeria.

UN committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage opens session in Ethiopia

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) committee brings together representatives of twenty-four States Parties to the Convention at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week to examine five nominations for inscription on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and thirty-seven requests for inscriptions on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

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Earliest Directly Dated Archaeological Evidence for Chickens in Africa Discovered in Ethiopia

Archaeologists working in northern Ethiopia have recovered and analyzed the earliest directly dated evidence for chickens in Africa.  Radiocarbon dates on chicken bones and associated charcoal material from the site of Mezber in eastern Tigrai, Ethiopia provide evidence for the presence of domesticated chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus L.) in farming communities living between 800 and 900 BCE.  The find is of great significance for understanding early food production and human exchange and interaction in Eastern Africa and the Red Sea Region three thousand years ago. The publication of the findings by archaeologists Helina Woldekiros (Washington University in Saint Louis, USA) and A. Catherine D'Andrea (Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada) appears in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

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Location of the Mezber archaeological site, northern Ethiopia, where chicken remains excavated. Credit: H. Woldekiros and A. C. D'Andrea in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.  

Location of the Mezber archaeological site, northern Ethiopia, where chicken remains excavated. Credit: H. Woldekiros and A. C. D'Andrea in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.