What Is CASA?

The Central African Studies Association is a professional scholarly organization with the goal of fostering a close collaboration between Central African, European and American researchers and enhancing the presence and visibility of academic research in Central Africa. We are a Coordinate Organization of the African Studies Association in the US.
Semi-Annual Essay Prize 
CASA Leadership
Members of Central African Studies Association

Charles Tshimanga

The University of Nevada-Reno

Charles Tshimanga is an Associate Professor in the department of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France).

Reno, Nevada (USA)


Didier Gondola,

Indiana University, Indianapolis

Ch. Didier Gondola is Chair of the history department and Professor of African History and Africana Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. He is currently a resident at the Collegium of Lyon.

Indianapolis, Indiana (USA)


Jean-Michel Mabeko-Tali

Howard University

Jean-Michel Mabeko-Tali holds a PhD in African History from the University Paris VII-Denis Diderot, France. He is a Specialist of Central African History.

Washington, DC (USA)


Florence Bernault

Sciences Po, Paris

Florence Bernault is Professor of African History at Sciences Po (Paris); Emerita Professor of African History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; author of Démocraties ambigües en Afrique centrale: Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, 1940-1965; and editor of A History of Prison and Confinement in Africa.

Paris (France)


Nicole Eggers

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Nicole Eggers received her Ph.D. in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include 20th-21st Century Congolese history, health and healing, and religion and politics in Central Africa.

Knoxville, Tennessee (USA)


Marissa Moorman

Indiana University, Bloomington

I am a historian of southern Africa. My research focuses on the intersection between politics and culture in colonial and independent Angola.

Indianapolis Indiana (USA)

July 1-2, 2021

International Conference 

Central Africa’s Renaissance, 1960-2020

With the goal of starting a close collaboration between Central African,
European and American researchers and enhancing the presence and
visibility of academic research in Central Africa, a diverse group of
researchers (composed of anthropologists, historians, political scientists,
sociologists, specialists in literature and arts, etc.) convened an
international virtual conference from July 1-2, 2021, on the revival of
Central Africa covering the post-colonial period (1960-2020). The
conference set out to examine forms of political, social, and cultural
renewal in countries of the sub-region. Are Central African societies
developing new cultures and visions that break from those of 1960 through
2000? Are the cultures and modes of thinking that emerged after Central
African independence progressively being replaced by 21st century
innovations? Are central African countries celebrating the potential of man
and woman? Is a renaissance of literature, arts, science taking place in central Africa?
The Conference was very successful and the organizers intend for it to serve as the springboard for organizing in-person Africa Renaissance Conference in Kinshasa in the near future.
Stay tuned.