Call for nominations—CAAS 2023 Awards
The Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) is pleased to call for nominations for three categories of awards. Individuals may be nominated by peers who are members of CAAS in good standing. Self-nominations are welcome. All nominees must be members of CAAS and in good standing. “Good standing” means a nominee and nominator’s CAAS membership registration is up to date. A maximum of two awards from each category are presented annually.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to African Studies and CAAS
The award recognizes senior scholars who have been engaged actively as CAAS stalwarts and have retired or nearing retirement. The requirements are (1) a lifetime of sound scholarship, (2) accomplishments (research, teaching and mentoring awards, etc.) and (3) involvement in the activities of CAAS.
Required documents: (a) A two-page summary (single-spaced, Time New Roman font size 12) of the career of the nominee, (b) two letters of reference — one from a colleague, the other from a former student of the nominee. Both letters should be from individuals who can speak to the scholarship, contributions and/or mentoring offered by the nominee. (c) A copy of the CV of the nominee. (d). A one-page cover letter is also required if you are a nominator (this is not required for self-nominations).
CAAS Award for Meritorious Service
The Award recognizes senior scholars who have contributed to CAAS through long and extraordinary service. Recipients do not necessarily have to be Africanists but must have made significant contributions to CAAS, its activities or any of its organs. The main requirement is a record of outstanding contributions to CAAS and promotion of its activities.
Required documents: (a) A two-page summary (single-spaced, Time New Roman font size 12) of the career of the nominee, (b) two letters of reference from individuals who can speak to the nominee’s contributions to CAAS (c) A copy of the CV of the nominee. (d). A one-page cover letter is also required if you are a nominator (this is not required for self-nominations).
Pius Adesanmi Early Career Research Excellence Award
The award is for CAAS members who are within the first six years of completing a PhD. Eligible PhDs obtained no earlier than 2015 unless a nominee has experienced career interruptions e.g. due to childbirth. Such nominees are eligible for a two-year credit. This means PhDs obtained in 2014 or 2015 will be considered [see requirement #(d) below].
The award is named after Pius Adesanmi, who was a Professor of English, Comparative and African Literatures and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada, until his death in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on 10 March 2019. Professor Adesanmi was relentless in his work on higher education in Africa. He was a consummate mentor of PhD students at various locations in Africa and North America.
Required documents: (a) A two-page summary (single-spaced, Time New Roman font size 12) of the career of the nominee (with emphasis on specific scholarly contributions and advancement of knowledge within and beyond the PhD dissertation). (b) Two letters of reference from academics who can speak to the scholarship, contributions and potential of the nominee. (c) A copy of the CV of the nominee. (d). A one-page cover letter is also required if you are a nominator (this is not required for self-nominations unless you have experienced career interruptions).
Submissions are via email. Submit all nominations to the CAAS Award Committee Chair,Isaac Bazié - email@example.com - with a copy to the CAAS executive director, Audace Gatavu - firstname.lastname@example.org .
The deadline for nominations is 1 April 2023. Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.