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March 26th, 2019
Dunedin, New Zealand – 2019
‘Africa: diversity and development’
42nd AFSAAP Annual Conference
Call for Papers
26-27 November 2019
St Margaret’s College, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) invites submissions for its 2019 conference from academics, researchers, students, practitioners and policy makers, and the diaspora community, with interests in African studies, both on the African continent and in the Australasia and Pacific region. In 2019, the conference theme is ‘Africa: Diversity and Development’. The conference seeks to explore the richness of the continent and its diversity in a wide range of social, economic, political and cultural dimensions, while simultaneously discussing development options, challenges and experiences.
Papers from all disciplines considering African issues in a broad range of topics, such as culture, history, literature, physical, social and economic development, environment, politics, geography, ecology, demography, health, education, migration, media, aid, climate change, natural and human-induced disasters, civil society and gender are welcomed.
Please send abstracts not exceeding 300 words in length to:
AFSAAPconference@otago.ac.nz by 30 June 2019. Acceptance of Abstracts will be notified by 1st August 2019.
Registration Fees for AFSAAP Conference: AUD $315, Student/Unwaged AUD $225
(**This includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and conference dinner). Registration fees will need to be paid if your paper is accepted and you wish to attend the conference. All presenters will need to be fully registered.
All non-Australian and New Zealand citizens will need to investigate whether they will need to obtain a visa to enter New Zealand in order to attend the conference. Visa applications can take up to 3 months.
Getting to Dunedin
There are direct Virgin flights from Brisbane to Dunedin. Alternatively, delegates can fly from Melbourne, Perth or Sydney via Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Dunedin (or from Adelaide and Canberra via those cities). Regular flights (1 hour duration) connect Christchurch and Dunedin. Shuttle buses and taxis meet all flights at Dunedin Airport and can take delegates to the conference venue and accommodation.
Accommodation will be available at St Margaret’s College https://stmargarets.college/, at the University Executive Residence https://www.otago.ac.nz/executive-residence/index.html, or in the north end of the city close to the University, see Dunedin Tourism and Accommodation: https://www.tourism.net.nz/region/dunedin.
Please note: Delegates should book and pay for their own accommodation.
To be advised in due course
February 21st, 2019
The Cherry Gertzel Bursary Award is an annual award to assist female post-graduate students to complete study or research in African Studies.
Professor Cherry Gertzel AM (1928 – 2015) was an internationally recognised scholar of history and politics in the field of African Studies. She spent over twenty years researching and teaching in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia before returning to Australia in 1975 where she worked at Flinders University and Curtin University. Throughout her career, and until just a few years before her death, Prof. Gertzel returned to Eastern and Central Africa regularly to continue active field work. She was a foundation member of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) set up by Africanists in Australia in 1978, President from 1982 – 1986, and editor of the Association’s Review and Newsletter from 1987 – 2004. In 1994 Prof. Gertzel was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Queen’s Birthday Honours, for her contributions to Australian-African relations. Her wish to establish this annual bursary is a generous legacy and testament to her lifelong dedication to advancing the field of African Studies. More information about Prof. Cherry Gertzel is available at cherrygertzel.net.
- Women who are enrolled in an Australian or New Zealand University
- Have embarked on a post-graduate degree of which the subject matter is the study of Africa.
- Good undergraduate academic record
- Not be in full time employment or on fully paid study leave during tenure of the bursary
- Be able to undertake travel to an African state to conduct fieldwork, research or study related purposes
- Have had their study proposal approved by their institution and have had any field work approved, and if required approval from their relevant ethics committee for study or research in the field.
- Not have previously received the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Award
- Funds are not to be used for basic research costs that should be met by the University in which the student is enrolled
- Funds can be used for conference attendance, purchase or hire of equipment, costs of study commitments or short-term assistance with living expenses in an African State, for the purposed of field work, research, or study.
- Any purchase of equipment is required for the successful completion of the research or fieldwork and is for personal use/ownership, not for the University in which recipient is enrolled.
- No less than 50% of the funds are to be applied to the cost of travel to and within Africa, for the purpose of fieldwork, study or research toward their degree
- Funds must be used within 12 months of the date of the award
Recipients must provide an acquittal report showing how the funding was spent, with original receipts for all expenses within 14 months of the date of the award.
Recipients are required to submit a 2000 word report within 14 months of the date of the award with an account of the fieldwork, study or research in Africa that the bursary supported. The report is to be suitable for the public, and may be published in AFSAAP’s newsletter.
- Academic merit
- Purpose for which the bursary will be used toward progress or completion of the degree
- Extent to which the award will enhance the quality of the higher degree for which she is enrolled
- Financial need
- Community activities or other interests relevant to the applicant’s study
Value of bursary
One bursary of $10,000 will be awarded annually.
In exceptional circumstances the trustees of the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Fund reserve the right not to award a bursary or to award a different amount. The Fund will provide the award in perpetuity and thus the amount awarded may increase in the future.
Source of funds
The bursary is funded by the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Fund.
Administration of bursary
The bursary is administered by the trustees of the Cherry Gertzel Fund with the assistance of the Executive of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).
The trustees recognise that students own the intellectual property arising from their study.
Information about the Bursary and application forms will be available on the AFSAAP website http://afsaap.org.au/ and the Cherry Gertzel legacy website http://cherrygertzel.net/ by May each year. The closing date for applications will be in September each year and the selected recipient will notified, with details made available on the website, in November of each year.
Applications, including supporting documents, should be lodged by email to Dr. Karen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) before or on the closing date. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the due date, will not be considered. Applications remain the property of the trustees of the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Fund.
Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Should you not receive an acknowledgement within one week of your application, you are responsible for contacting email@example.com. The selection committee will consist of representatives from the AFSAAP Executive and at least one trustee of the Fund. The selection committee will provide a recommendation to the trustees who will make the final decision, after which no correspondence will be entered into.
The completed application form must be accompanied by
- A list of the documents that make up the application
- Scans of the applicant’s certified academic record
- Proof of enrolment for a higher degree
- A copy of the research proposal and proof of research proposal acceptance
- Ethics committee approval of study plan (if required)
- Proposed activities to be undertaken during fieldwork, study or research that will be supported by the bursary
- Any other supporting documents
Applicants must request two referees to email a referee report form to the Award convener, Dr. Karen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org). Referee report forms are available from http://afsaap.org.au/ and http://cherrygertzel.net/. Applicants are responsible for checking that references have been sent and received by the closing date. Referees reports will be verified.
Note: The Application Form and Referee Form will follow in due course (February 2019).
July 19th, 2018
Nominations are sought for the position(s) of Editor and Co-editor for the Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS), the official journal of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).
The term of office is usually three years.
The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS) aims to contribute to a better understanding of Africa in Australasia and the Pacific. It is published twice a year in June and December by AFSAAP. ARAS is a multi-disciplinary journal that seeks to provide critical, authoritative and accessible material on a range of African affairs that is interesting and readable to both academic and non-academic audiences. All articles are double blind peer-reviewed by two independent and qualified experts prior to publication.
The journal is supported by an expert International Editorial Board of members who represent esteemed scholars in African Studies from around the world.
The appointed Editor and Co-editor(s) will work with the Managing Editor and Copy Editor as a team. We are specifically looking for individuals with a strong academic background who will assist the editorial team to promote the journal, provide expert editorial advice, lead the process of peer-review and manage all aspects of communications with authors and peer-reviewers as required.
The Editor and Co-editor(s) will be an academic or scholar with a demonstrated interest in African Studies, and/or the African Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand or the world, and with relevant research interest to support the journal’s multidisciplinary focus. The appointed Editor or Co-editor(s) will also work with AFSAAP executive members to ensure the timely production of this bi-annual journal.
AFSAAP is an international network of academics, students, consultants, activists, diplomats, artists, community leaders, and others who share a mutual interest in the promotion of African Studies in the Australasia and Pacific region. AFSAAP is based in Australia and was founded in 1978. It is a not-for-profit-association, and as such all roles are voluntary. Further information can be found at http://afsaap.org.au/publications/aras/
Potential candidates are asked to submit a short statement (no more than 1000 words)
- identifying your relevant experience and understanding of African Studies and the journal ARAS,
- outlining why you would like to be a part of the ARAS team.
- indicating how you would like to take ARAS forward over the next 3 years
- Include a list of your publications.
- Any Editorial experience (including journal editorships, edited books, guest editorships and membership of editorial boards) – (previous experience not essential).
- Any indication of support from your University College/Department /School/Faculty for this role to be undertaken by you (institutional support not essential, but nice when you can get it).
- A copy of your Resume.
Applications will be considered by the AFSAAP Executive and current ARAS Editors. Deadline for submissions is October 1st 2018. Email to