The Secretary of International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), Dr. Paulus van der Velde, has paid a courtesy call on the new Acting Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Professor Francis Dodoo.
The visit was to apprise Professor Dodoo about preparations towards the inaugural and first biennial international conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA), which is scheduled to be held from 24 – 26 September 2015 at the University of Ghana, Legon under the theme "Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions."
Dr. Velde was accompanied by two representatives of the Local Organizing Committee for the Conference, Dr. Lloyd Amoah, Lecturer at the Ashesi University, and Mr. Akunu Dake, Member of the IAS Management Committee and Event Manager for the Conference.
According to Dr. Amoah,the conference would be the culmination of discussions and a
Professor Takyiwah Manuh, former Director of the Institute of African Studies, and currently Director of the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Africa, has been conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
The award was in recognition of Professor Manuh's 'contributions to the fields of law, gender and politics'. Conferring the degree on Professor Manuh, the
Chancellor of the University, Sanjeev Bhaskar, referred to the struggle for justice, as well as the desire to change the world as distinctive marks of the University. He stated inter alia that Professor Takyiwaa Manuh, "scholar-activist, lawyer and
anthropologist, has made significant contributions to that struggle for justice – in her
The Director of the Institute, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, has been appointed a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Concordia University with effect from August, 2015. The Director has also been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa's statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge
public research in areas that are crucial to development."
Two Visiting Professors at the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Professors Seth Nii Asumah and Monica Tetzlaff, have jointly delivered a public lecture on Social Change and Human Rights: from the Grassroots to Policy Makers in Africa and the African Diaspora.
Professor Asumah is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science and Chair, African Studies Department, State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, and a University of Ghana-Carnegie Diaspora Fellow at IAS, while Professor Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University, South Bend, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute.
A newly constituted Management Committee for the Institute of African Studies (IAS) has been inaugurated at a short ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, IAS.
The Committee is chaired by the Director, IAS, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo. Some of the members are Mrs. Sheila Minkah-Premo, APEX Consult & Legal Practitioners (representing the private sector) and Mr. Akunu Dake, CEO, Heritage Development Consultant (representing the civil society) and Mrs. Janet Fofie, Commissioner, Public Services Commission (representing the public sector).
The Institute of African Studies has held a ceremony to name its archives section in honour of renowned ethnomusicologist , composer and former Director of the Institute, Emeritus Professor J.H Kwabena Nketia.
The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Abla
Dzifa Gomashie, in brief remarks, stressed on the importance of archives. She noted that archives ensure that the records of today are preserved for future generations, adding that archived records are useful materials for study and help in understanding the life, ideas and thoughts of their original creators, thus linking the past, present and future.
Mrs. Gomashie expressed the hope that the archives can help foster and promote the sense of community and identity among the people of Ghana.