PRESIDENT: PROF. TOUSSAINT KAFARHIRE MURHULA
Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula is a poet, Jesuit priest, theologian, literary critic, Executive Coach, and social scientist. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Facultés Saint Pierre Canisius (Kinshasa), another B.A. in Theology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi), a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) in Ethics and Social Theories from University of Santa Clara (California), an M.A. in Political Science and a PhD in Global Politics and International Relations (Chicago). His research interest focuses on social justice, democracy and peace, political violence and conflicts, religion, and Global Public Health politics. He has taught at Loyola University Chicago in the US, Episcopal Theological College of Pecs in Hungary, Hekima University College in Kenya, and Université Loyola du Congo (ULC) in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kafarhire is the current president of ASAA; a member of the Editorial Board of Global Africa Review; the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog; Reseau Elikya ; the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network and Africa region coordinator of Catholic Theological Ethics in World Church (CTEWC)
VICE PRESIDENT: DR. DIVINE FUH
Divine Fuh is a social anthropologist at the University of Cape Town and Director of HUMA – the Institute for Humanities in Africa, at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He was Director of Publications and Dissemination Programme at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) from 2017–2019. He joined UCT in 2012, from the University of Basel where he was a researcher in the Chair for Research and Methodology at the Institute for Sociology. He has taught at the Universities of Basel, Cape Town, Western Cape, Stellenbosch, and has been visiting lecturer at the Universities of Brasilia, Tokyo, and Gaston Berger. His research focuses on the politics of suffering and smiling, particularly on how urban youth seek ways of smiling in the midst of their suffering. He has researched Botswana, Cameroon, Senegal and South Africa. His current work focuses on the political economy of Pan-African knowledge production, and also on AI and the ethics of care in Africa. He was trained at the Universities of Buea in Cameroon (BSc), Botswana in Gaborone (MA), and Basel in Switzerland (PhD). He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin (ZMO), and guest at the African Studies Centre Leiden. Divine is Founding Managing Editor of Langaa Research and Publishing, has been Chair of the Council of Management of the Africa Book Collective. He is the current Co-Chair of the Global Africa Group (GAG) of the World Universities Council (WUN).
SECRETARY: PROFESSOR MAME-PENDA BA
Professor Mame-Penda Ba is Associate Lecturer in Political Science at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis (Senegal). Dr. Ba is currently the Scientific Director of the Master II of Political Science and heads the Laboratory of Analysis of Societies and Powers / Africa-Diasporas (LASPAD). She is also co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Inequalities and Vulnerabilities in Senegal (GRIV). Dr. Ba is responsible for the establishment of the Institute of Political Studies of the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis (UGB). Her fields of research include public policy analysis, gender studies, political sociology of religion, and sociogenesis and state dynamics in Africa.
TREASURER: DR. MJIBA FREHIWOT
Mjiba Frehiwot is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. She is in the History and Politics Section of the Institute. Her research interests include Pan-African Political Thought, African Diaspora cultural and political identity, Decolonisation of knowledge production and Race and Identity in the African Diaspora.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY : EDWIN ADJEI
Edwin Asa Adjei is a PhD candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He is also an editorial assistant with the Critical Investigations into Humanitarian Aid (CIHA) blog. He is the executive assistant for the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA).
WEBMASTER: EMMANUEL EKOW ARTHUR-ENTSIWAH
Emmanuel Ekow Arthur-Entsiwah is an ICT professional with 10+ years of experience in the provision of ICT support including but not limited to website development, database administration, Office application management, Graphic Design, computer hardware and software support and networking. His academic interest is in the area of E-learnining and Educational Technology. He supports the University of Ghana E-Learning team with training and instructional design. He is a volunteer at ASAA tasked to provide ICT support for the ASAA, including the design and maintainenance of ASAA’s website.
INTERN : ELOM TETTEY-TAMAKLO
Elom Tettey-Tamaklo is a recent political science graduate from Haverford College, USA. Elom’s undergraduate studies focused on democracy in developing nations, conflict, and post-conflict reconstruction. A lover of music, arts, and theatre, his 100-page senior thesis focused on Fela Kuti’s music as a site of political rebellion against the post-colonial Nigerian state. A multi-industry professional, Elom has worked with various organizations that seek to promote democracy and development. His time spent working in Palestine has given him a broader perspective on the Israeli occupation of Palestine which has led to an exploration of settler colonialism in the Global South and the uniqueness of the Afro-Palestinian community in the occupied West Bank. Elom is a semi-finalist of the prestigious Fulbright Award, the Haverford Class of 2019 commencement speaker, and the national best debater of the Rotary Club of Ghana. Elom is excited to work with the African Studies Association of Africa as it offers him the opportunity to contribute to the work of reshaping the academic discourse about Africa by Africans.
Link to thesis: https://scholarship.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/handle/10066/21680
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