Here's some news from African Literature Association:
Registration for the 2017 ALA conference at Yale University is now open. Please remember that all those who intend to participate in the conference must first pay ALA membership dues before proceeding to pay 2017 conference registration fees. Early bird payments and lower registration costs for the conference come to an end on March 15 2017. Participants in the 2017 conference will be able to use bank wire transfer and credit cards to pay for their conference registration.
In order to pay ALA membership dues, please go to the following ALA website.
The code you will need in order to receive the members rate for conference registration will be found in the "Members Area" of the ALA website. You must be logged in and your dues must be current to access your personalized code.In order to pay conference registration fees, please visit: ALA Website
Call for 2017 Travel Grant Applications
Yale University, New Haven, USA
14–17 June 2017
The African Literature Association invites applications for three ALA Travel Grant Awards worth $1,000 each, for members traveling to the association’s conference from Africa. Priority is given to early career applicants.
Eligible applicants must be based in Africa, and should demonstrate 1) scholarship; 2) financial need; and 3) ability to supplement grant award.
Travel Grant Applications must include the following documents:
A cover letter (not longer than 2 pages) including title and abstract of conference paper to be presented at ALA conference;
Acceptance letter from the convener;
A 2 page Curriculum Vitae or résumé (including ALA travel grant awards received within the past three  years , teaching and/or research experience and interests, professional meetings/conferences attended, with dates, place and titles of papers presented, current university affiliation, if applicable); and
Two letters of recommendation. Each letter should be 2 pages or less, and should include contact and brief biographical information of recommender. (Recommender’s CV or résumé is not needed).
Winners of the award are expected to meet with the Chair of the committee and members of the EC when they attend the conference.
Travel grants are awarded to successful applicants during the Awards Ceremony at the conference. Successful applicants will be required to be paid-up ALA members for the current year and to pay conference registration fees. Please be advised that the ALA Membership fee is different from the conference registration fees; and both are compulsory for all conference participants.
Please send your complete application in Word or PDF format by February 28th 2017 to both Grace A Musila (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Joyce Ashuntantang (email@example.com ).
For more information about the conference, visit the Yale website.