Adelaide – 2017

1st Call for Papers and Panels

The 40th AFSAAP Annual Conference
“Researching Africa in Australasia – The Way Forward!”
23-24 November 2017
South Australia
University of South Australia and Monarto Zoo


Call for Papers and Panels

The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) is a network of academics, students, consultants, activists, diplomats, artists, community leaders, and others who share a mutual interest in the promotion of African Studies in Australasia and the Pacific region. AFSAAP was founded in 1978 and this will be the association’s 40th Annual Conference.

This conference aims to examine the future of African Studies in Australia and New Zealand, and discuss the possible ways forward. The direction of this discussion will be led by your research proposals showcasing African Studies in Australasia.

This first call asks you to submit your 200 word paper abstracts or proposals for a panel discussion by June 1st 2017 – email to

This year we will celebrate AFSAAP’s 40th Annual Conference by gathering on the first day at the University of South Australia’s City Campus, and then on the 2nd day of the conference we will all gather at Monarto Zoo’s Waterhole Function Centre situated on the edge of the Africa precinct –  that is, Australia’s conservation site re-creating the wild African Serengeti with stunning views of Monarto Zoo’s African animals, including a Giraffe viewing platform a few minutes walk from the venue. Buses will transport conference participants to and from this venue, located 50 minutes from the Adelaide CBD.

Participants will need to book their own accommodation in the centre of Adelaide. Options and Details forthcoming.

Presenters will be expected to prepare final papers for inclusion in the Final Conference Proceedings.

Key Dates 2017:

1st Call for Papers/Panels – deadline June 1st

Advise of acceptance – June 30th

Registration Opens: July 1st

All Presenters to Register by October 1st

All Participants to register by October 21st .


Dr. Tanya Lyons

AFSAAP President


The AFSAAP team.


Getting there and about Adelaide

Also See and for further information.

Air Travel to South Australia

Adelaide is South Australia’s capital city. It is easily accessed by air from all Australian capital cities and international destinations. Adelaide Airport is only 8 kilometres from the centre of the city, a 15-minute drive.

Adelaide Airport (ADL) services regional, domestic and international travellers. The state of the art facility is the newest and most efficient aviation terminal in Australia, incorporating the latest in design and technology.

Qantas AirwaysVirgin Australia and Jetstar offer frequent daily services to Adelaide Airport from Australia’s capital cities.

Domestic flight times (direct) are:
Melbourne – Adelaide: 1 hour 5 minutes
Sydney – Adelaide: 1 hour 40 minutes
Canberra – Adelaide: 1 hour 40 minutes
Brisbane – Adelaide: 2 hours 30 minutes
Perth – Adelaide: 3 hours 10 minutes
Darwin – Adelaide: 3 hours 35 minutes
Alice Springs – Adelaide: 2 hours

Airport Transfers

Door-to-door 7 day service. Reservation is appreciated at least 48 hours prior to travel.
Office hours 0700 – 2100, 7 days a week.

Phone 1300 856 444 or +61 8 8389 3528
Fax +61 8 8389 3572


A new taxi rank is located left of the pedestrian plaza as you walk out of the airport terminal. Concierges provide a safe environment and allocate taxis to passengers. There is a $2 levy added to fares for taxis leaving the airport.

Visas to Australia

International visitors to Australia require a visa or an electronic travel authority. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you start your journey. Information on obtaining visas and ETA’s (Electronic Travel Authorities) can be found on the Department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs web site –

AFSAAP Participants please NOTE – it can take a long time to organise visas from some African countries so please begin the process soon.

Public transport
Trams runs from Glenelg through the city via North Terrace where it passes the Adelaide Convention Centre, with a stop just in front of the Railway Station. located less than a minutes’ walk from venue. Travel between South Terrace and the Entertainment Centre is free with no ticket required. The trams run approximately every 10-15 minutes. The historic Adelaide Railway Station is located a 2 minute walk from the ACC. For more information please visit:

The free City Connector bus is an easy way of navigating around Adelaide, look out for bus 98C or 98A. Adelaide is great tour by bike as well.  The ACC is a designated pick up and drop off point for Adelaide Free Bikes – an initiative run by the Adelaide City Council.

Visitor Information Centre

There are various Visitor Information Centres throughout Adelaide. Closest to the ACC is on one on James Place just off Rundle Mall and opposite the Myer Centre.

James Place (off Rundle Mall)
Phone: 1300 588 140
Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Public holidays (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) 11am to 3pm.

For general information on Adelaide and South Australia, call the South Australian Visitor Information Line (Monday to Friday)- Phone: 1300 655 276 (within Australia only)

About Adelaide

Vibrant Adelaide is globally renowned for its innovation, world class facilities, ease, value, safe clean surrounds and superb climate.

Adelaide is a city that offers the physical and emotional space to breathe. There is a sense of freedom here – of expression, of movement, of thought. It is not only the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country, the city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants.

Adelaide has rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. With a population of slightly more than one million, Adelaide is the “20 minute city”. The airport is only seven kilometres from Adelaide city. The Adelaide Hills and major beaches are less than half an hour away by car. That’s what we call liveable.

Emergency numbers
Fire, Ambulance Police – dial 000 (or try 112 from your mobile phone)