Our Mission

The purpose of the Association for Africanist Anthropology (AFAA) shall be to stimulate, strengthen, and advance anthropology by promoting the study of Africa, as well as Africanist scholarship and the professional interests of Africanist anthropologists in the U.S., and both in and outside of the African Continent.

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Statement of the AfAA on the Killing of George Floyd and the Fight for Racial Justice

The Association for Africanist Anthropology stands in solidarity with the U.S and international protests and social movements against the violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others at the hands of law enforcement. We see these deaths as blatant violations of human rights and the rights of every citizen to live in peace. As an organization of people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds who work in Africa and around the world, we stand against these acts. We are deeply concerned about the abuses of the powers of law enforcement in all of these spaces and how they impact people of African descent all across the world. We express our sympathy and share the grief of George Floyd’s family and friends, and express our condolences to the loved ones of so many others who have suffered state sponsored violence

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The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) exists to stimulate, strengthen, and advance anthropology by promoting the study of Africa, as well as Africanist scholarship and the professional interests of Africanist anthropologists both in and outside of the African Continent.

If you are interested in or conduct anthropological research in Africa, we want you to join us in the Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA). There are five good reasons to join or renew your membership in AfAA.

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Join the AAA

As a AAA member, you automatically receive access to membership in one or more specialized sections, access to 9,000 anthropologists from 100+ countries, and access to over 250,000 full-text articles in AnthroSource. Our members share an interest in anthropology and the recognition of the value of scientific exchange that crosses all borders. We can’t wait for you to join us! 

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Make a Donation Today!

Please consider making a donation to the AfAA to support our multiple programs including graduate student conference travel grants, our distinguished lecturer and conversation series, the AfAA mentoring program, the Nancy “Penny” Schwartz undergraduate and Bennetta Jules-Rosette graduate student paper awards, and our Elliot P. Skinner Book Award for Africanist Anthropology. Your support will go a long way in supporting students and elevating Africanist anthropology within the AAA.

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