The African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) was founded in 1995 as a scholarly professional forum for exchanging research findings and dissemination about the African continent. The association developed out of the scholarly vacuum in Africa in general and East Africa in particular where there were not many opportunities for scholars to meet and exchange ideas, especially their research findings. Many professional associations in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America were beyond reach for demanding exorbitant membership’s fees and using unclear and unfair peer review processes in selecting paper presenters, as well as publication process. Africans needed a forum of their own in which they understood rules of selection of paper presenters. AISA emerged against, and in some ways in response to, the Continent’s complex colonial and racial dynamics and, in its development, reflects the substantial challenges that interdisciplinary research and teaching encounters.