Vale Professor Cherry Gertzel

August 26th, 2015
Cherry Gertzel November 2013 Perth

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

1984 AFSAAP Presidential Address

Makerere 1984: the Problems of Reconstruction

Letter From Kamapala 1987

Journey to Gulu 1989

Tracking Tsetse and other insect pests with Icipe in Kenya

Parliamentary Report on Australia’s relations with Southern Africa

Gertzel_Response to the Jackson Report

Note from the ARAS Editor 2004

Last note from the ARAS Editor 2004

Gertzel Submission to Review of Australia’s Relations with the countries of Africa (2009)

AFSAAP Member in Paris for the AEGIS Conference

August 1st, 2015

Dr. Clare Buswell attended the AEGIS Conference on behalf of AFSAAP. She wrote the following to the AFSAAP Executive –

I would like to thank AFSAAP for providing funding to attend this renowned international European conference on African Studies in Paris, July 7-10 2015. The conference is organised by the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) held every 3 years and brings together scholars from all over the world who are passionate about African research. This conference had 1800 participants, (three of whom came from Australia), 1000 papers were presented, 24 books launched, and cost 350,000 Euros to run. It was held at the Paris-Sorbonne University in conjunction with a weeklong major arts event titled Africa Acts.
The major book sellers publishing material relating to Africa were present, James Currey, Brill, Oxford, Codesria, African book collective to name a few, and if I did not have a weight limit on my flight home I would have purchased a lot more than I did.  Papers were presented in either English or French. At one session I attended translations into German were made by audience members.  Participants of the conference could be found in debating not only in the panel sessions, but also in corridors, courtyards and coffee shops around the university. It seemed that not only were old friendships renewed, I ran into David Moore and Peter Limb, but new ones made.  The scope of the papers presented was of course wide ranging from Laughter in Social Transformations in Africa, (about the use of humour/comedy and social change in Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin) to problems relating to abortion in Eritrea, Burkina Faso and Kenya, to panels on Pandemics in Africa, Guy Rights, governance, and to the problems of Land grabbing, agriculture. There were round tables where no papers as such were presented, but people gathered to discuss specific items such as: problems of Ethics and research, getting published in African Studies Journals, Gender and African citizenship, Boko Haram, and policy issues relating to Border problems to name a few. You can visit the conference website and download the programme at:  The next conference will be Basel, Switzerland June 2017. My only advice is: Go to it.
Dr Clare Buswell (July 2015)

NEW – Africa Research Cluster at UWA

May 13th, 2015

The University of Western Australia is launching a new Africa Research Cluster on international Africa Day, Monday 25 May 2015, from 5.30-7.30pm.
The interdisciplinary Cluster aims to develop, coordinate and promote UWA research and research collaborations on important Africa-related themes, and will also develop a program of public engagement events. Further information on the Cluster can be found here:
The launch will feature a free public lecture by recently-arrived UWA Centenary Winthrop Professor of Rural Development Petra Tschakert on ‘Understanding structural vulnerability to climate change in Africa’, followed by an informal reception and networking. For more information on the launch, please click here:
We would love to see you there to celebrate Africa Day and Africa research at UWA.
Please forward this invitation widely to interested colleagues, students and friends. Registration closes 18 May.
(Submitted by AFSAAP Member Dr. David Mickler UWA)


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