January 28th, 2016
The AFSAAP Executive are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 conference postgraduate essay prizes.
The winner of the $3000 Monash/AFSAAP Postgraduate Prize for is Charlotte Mertens for her paper “Sexual violence in the Congo Free State: Archival traces and present reconfigurations”. Charlotte is enrolled in a PhD at the University of Melbourne and will travel to Africa. AFSAAP wishes to acknowledge Monash University for the special sponsorship of this prize since 2010.
The winner of the $500 Cherry Gertzel – AFSAAP Postgraduate Prize for 2015 is Naomi Thompson, for her paper “Surviving vs. Living: The importance of resilience in the transformative redefinition of Ghanaian breast cancer survivors”. Naomi is enrolled in a PhD at Macquarie University.
Congratulations to both of the winners.
January 18th, 2016
The University of Western Australia Africa Research Cluster is delighted to confirm that it will host the 39th AFSAAP annual conference at St Catherine’s College, UWA, Perth, from 5-7 December 2016. Further information on the conference theme, call for papers, registration process, accommodation and other details will be confirmed and announced soon.
August 26th, 2015
On the 25th August 2015 the African Studies community lost a great scholar and dear friend. Cherry Gertzel died peacefully at her home surrounded by her books. Cherry taught and researched from 1958 to 1975 as a staff member at, in turn, Makerere University – Uganda, Nairobi University – Kenya, and at The University of Zambia. She returned to Australia in 1975 and became a staff member at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia between 1975-1993. She subsequently moved to Curtin University between 1993-1997, and remained an Adjunct Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Curtin University, and was an Honorary Research Fellow in the History Department at the University of Western Australia, until her retirement. She engaged in research relating to the politics and administration of the three east African states, but also on more widely ranging issues of social change. She continued with her research until the end. Between 1982-1986 Professor Cherry Gertzel was the President of the African Studies of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP), and was the Editor of The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS) between 1984-2004. She was a tireless campaigner for Africa and African studies in Australia. She will be missed.
Selected Publications by Prof. Cherry Gertzel