Ghana Studies Association
The Ghana Studies Association (GSA) is the successor to the Akan Studies Council (ASC), founded in 1988, and the Ghana Studies Council (GSC), established in 1994. It is an organization of scholars based in Africa, the United States, Europe, and Asia, whose research interests focus on the peoples of the West African state of Ghana. GSA is an associate organization of the African Studies Association (ASA) of the USA. General membership meetings are held on the occasion of the annual gathering of the ASA. The current President is Benjamin Talton of Temple University. GSA publishes a Newsletter, current and back issues of which are accessible below. It also sponsors the peer-reviewed academic journal, Ghana Studies, which is published annually by the Program of African Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For tables of content and further information about Ghana Studies, please visit the journal's website or contact: email@example.com
Membership and Donations
The 2013 membership renewal form may be downloaded here:
You may pay your dues via Paypal, rather than sending a check or money order along with the form. However, please be sure always to submit a completed membership form by mail to the address given on the form. To pay membership dues via Paypal, please click here:
To make a donation via Paypal in support of the GSA's Research Grant Program and its journal, Ghana Studies, OR to pay the registration fee ($80 for non-Ghana based attendees, $10 for those based in Ghana) for the GSA's upcoming Kumasi Conference, please click here:
Ghana Studies, the GSA-sponsored, peer-reviewed academic journal, appears annually. Please follow the link for subscription information, tables of contents of published issues (vols. 1-13, 1998-2010), and guidelines for submitting manuscripts for publication consideration.
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- Call for Papers and Panels: The Ghana Studies Association will sponsor a conference at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, May 23-26, 2013. Click here for further information.
- Kwadwo Konadu-Agyeman. David Owusu-Ansah sent in the following sad news: Ghana Studies Council lost one of our dedicated members, Dr. Kwadwo Konadu-Agyeman of Akron University, Ohio. Please click here for David's full message and information regarding voluntary contributions to Kwadwo's family.
- Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies MA Degree in Cross-Cultural Development. Follow the link for more information regarding this degree program offered in affiliation with University of Development Studies, Tamale.
- Remembering Daniel Arthur Britz, 1939-2002. Contributions by:
- Ghana Popular Music 1931-1957 - From Palm Wine Music to Dance Band Highlife, (Disques Arion: ARN 64564). A compilation of 21 titles of popular music recorded in Ghana between 1931 and 1957 by the Union Trading Company (UTC). Follow the link for more information.
- James Madison University Summer Program in Ghana. Directed by Dr. David Owusu-Ansah, this site gives information about the JMU study abroad program at the University of Ghana, Legon that is open to participation by all students.
- The National Archives of Ghana, now known as the Public Records and Archives Administration Department, is in the process of creating a research library at its headquarters in Accra. The intent is to establish an interdisciplinary collection of books, dissertations, theses and articles that reflect the kind of top-notch research undertaken by scholars at the archives. It will provide visitors to the archives -- students, scholars and others -- with easy access to secondary research materials on site. You are encouraged to send copies of articles, monographs, theses, etc, which are the product of your work in the National Archives in Accra or in any of its regional branches, to:
A. K. Mensah
Chief Records Officer
PO Box 3056
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- Anne V. Adams, ed., Essays in Honour of Ama Ata Aidoo at 70 (Oxford: Ayebia, 2012). Amazon link here.
- James Gibbs, ed., Nkyin-Kyin: Essays on the Ghanaian Theatre (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009). Amazon link here.
- John Collins, African Musical Symbolism in Contemporary Perspective (Berlin: Pro Business on Demand, 2004).
- Ivor Agyeman-Duah, Between Faith and History: A Biography of J. A. Kufuor (Africa World Press, 2003). Follow the link to order from Amazon.
- Manu Herbstein, Ama, A Story of the African Slave Trade. This web site provides extensive documentary enhancements to the novel published by Mr. Herbstein about one fictional woman's experience of enslavement in what is today Ghana and her transportation to and life in the New World during the height of the transatlantic slave trade. There are also links to several sources for the purchase of the novel, as both an "e-book" and hard copy.
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- Akan Studies Council [ASC] Newsletter, No. 1 (September 1989).
- ASC Newsletter, No. 2 (Spring 1990).
- ASC Newsletter, No. 3 (Fall 1990).
- ASC Newsletter, No. 4-5 (Fall 1991).
- ASC Newsletter, No. 6 (Winter 1993).
- Ghana Studies Council [GSC] Newsletter, No. 7 (Spring 1994).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 8 (Spring/Summer 1995).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 9 (Spring/Summer 1996).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 10 (Spring/Summer 1997).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 11 (Spring/Summer 1998).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 12 (Spring/Summer 1999).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 13 (Spring/Summer 2000).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 14 (Spring/Summer 2001).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 15 (Summer 2002).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 16 (Summer/Fall 2003).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 17-18 (2005).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 19 (2006).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 20 (2007).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 21 (2008).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 22 (2009).
- GSC Newsletter, No. 23 (2010).
- Ghana Studies Association [GSA] Newsletter, No. 24 (2011).
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Internet Links of Interest to Ghana Specialists
- The Ghana Home Page. This privately operated website provides much useful information, news updates, images, and links to a variety of other Ghana-related sites on the web.
- JoyFM. The Internet home of a popular FM radio station in Accra, with links to local news stories.
- IRINNews.org. News about Ghana posted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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