Brisbane – 2009

‘Africa in a restructuring world’

32nd AFSAAP Conference

30 September – 2 October 2009
University of Queensland, (St Lucia Campus), Brisbane


The theme for the 32nd AFSAAP conference held at the University of Queensland was “Africa in a restructuring world”. The Penguin English Dictionary defines restructuring as: to change the make-up, organisation, or pattern of (something, e.g. an institution or business). Change is a key word in this definition hence conception of ‘Africa in a restructuring world’ implies discussion of Africa in the context of a changing world. Africa is changing and understanding this change may be achieved through the study of themes which include/or are located in—Pre- colonial era, Slavery, Colonialism, Imperialism, Postcolonial era, Globalisation and Corporate Multinational; African Diasporas, Migration, Identity and Culture; Health, Poverty, Food and Water security; Environmental Protection and Land Management.

The conference produced a diverse and informative collection of well written papers which reflected the intellectual commitment of AFSAAP ‘to promote research and teaching of African Studies in Australia and The Pacific; to facilitate contact among scholars and students in the field of African Studies through conferences, regional meetings and publications’. Outcomes of this key objective of the AFSAAP are self evident in the conference papers.

Conference Proceedings

Africa in a restructuring world, 32nd AFSAAP conference proceedings, ISBN: 978-0-9924793-3-6

All conference papers are peer reviewed, and appear below in alphabetical order. Contact for further information.

Editorial commentary: Peter Mbago Wakholi

Juma Abuyi – African (Acholi) men experiences: How research can help African people in Australia

A. B. Amadasun and I. O. Olukayode – Economic cooperation with sub-Sahara African countries: An antidote for China sustainable development

Solomon Amuno – The Basel Convention and the growth of electronic wastes in Nigeria: What is the way forward?

Chika Anyanwu, University of Adelaide – Questioning community participation or pacification in development projects for Africa: Case study of African microchip training program in South Australia

Melanie Baak, University of South Australia – Who are Tingjieng? Auto-ethnography, globalization and Sudanese women

Isiaka Badmus, Centre for Peace Studies, University of New England – Exploiting women in the west African tragic triplets: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire in comparative perspective

Prosper Baeni – Africans and migrants in Australia

Ahmed Biliamin – African Union (AU) and the burden of conflict resolution

Thuto Botlhole – Tax effort in mineral abundant developing countries. Evidence from sub-Sahara Africa – 1990-2005

Fabrizio Carmignani, School of Economics, The University of Queensland – Does fiscal policy differ between successful and unsuccessful post-conflict transitions? Lessons from African civil wars?

N. I. U. Changsong – China and Africa: A new paradigm in education cooperation

Samuel Daka – Africa and its leadership in a restructuring world

Ansoumané Diakité, Center for African Research and Development Studies, Inter-University Institute of Macau – An assessment of the economic and legal integration in sub-Saharan Africa with regard to the phenomena of globalization

Liz Dimock – Queen Victoria and Africa: Some personal connections

Alex Donato, Senior Public Information Officer, UNHCR, Canberra – Reporting of Africa by the Western media

Austine Duru – Beyond Bagamoyo: Exploring the challenges of race, religion and the politics of belonging in the African diaspora in America

Chioma Enwerem – Violence against women in selected Nigerian video films and novels

Ezeka Franklin, Macau University of Saint Joseph – The use of electric vehicles in Africa: A drive towards sustainable transportation

Haileluel Gebre-Selassie – Resettlement and integration strategies of migrants and refugees – comparative studies

Njau Gitu, Southern Cross University / African Seniors Club, Australia – Needs analysis for African seniors and elders in preparation for retirement in Australia

Wendy Harte, Queensland University of Technology – Settlement distribution and secondary migration patterns of African refugee communities in the Southeast Queensland: trends and implications

Geoffrey Hawker, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University – The Rudd government: Restructuring Australia’s approach to Africa?

Mohammed Ibrahim, University of Melbourne – Can ‘lack of education’ be the source of the major problems in Africa? A case study form Somalia

Victor Igreja – Reconciliation, accountability and the rule of law in modern societies: The tensions among talking, punishing, and ordering in the aftermath of political violence in Africa  

John Lahai, University of New England – Disarming for development: Women, disarmament and the reconstitution of northern Sierra Leone

Thanh Le, School of Economics, The University of Queensland – International student flows, R&D spill-overs, and economic growth: What can we learn from African countries?

Bernard Leeman, Queen of Sheba University, Florida – The Sabaean inscriptions at Adi Kaweh – evidence supporting the narrative of the Sheba-Menelik Cycle of the Kebra Nagast

Wendy Levy, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University – Sudan’s march to the ballot box: Strong men, security and the institutions of peace

Tanya Lyons, School of Political and International Studies, Flinders University – Pharmaceutical colonialism – ethical issues for research in Africa

Jonathan Makuwira, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University – Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the changing nature of African politics: The case of CSOs – government relationship in Malawi

Virginia Mapedzahama & Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo – Ain’t we anything but black? Narratives from the New African Diaspora in Australia

Kudzai Matereke, University of New South Wales and Great Zimbabwe University – Of cholera, citizenship, democracy and the Zimbabwean crisis: Towards a cosmopolitan framework

Sara Meger, University of Melbourne – Rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Lindah Mhando – Migration and marginality: Urban transformation in United States and reorganization of the communities in an era of globalization

Ashton Mutasa, Curtin University of Technology – The role of Mugabe, white people and civilians in building a prosperous Zimbabwe?

Ashton Mutasa, Curtin University of Technology – The dynamics between participation in organized sport and socio- cultural transitions into the mainstream Australian way of life: A Somali youth case study in W. A.

Finex Ndhlovu, Victoria University – Patterns of the African language ecology: Another framework for a “United States of Africa”

Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe, La Trobe University – “One voice”. A challenge in the management of settlement services to emerging communities.  A case study: Goulburn valley experience and impacts to the settling African communities

Geoffrey Nwaka – Colonial legacy of border conflicts in Africa: The case of Nigeria and Cameroon

Christopher Nwosu – The security reform program and the threat of HIV/AIDS program in Africa

Margaret O’Callaghan – Cape Town to Cairo in a ‘red’ cocoon

B. E. A. Oghojafor, O. O. Olayemi, Dept of Business Administration, University of Lagos & O. O. Oluwatula Psychology Dept., Redeemer’s University – Entrepreneurship as an intervention strategy to poverty alleviation in developing economy

Dele Ogunmola, University of New England – Dougou gbera: War making and how Côte d’Ivoire became “Côte d’Ivoire”‘

Christiana Ojakorotu – Gendering violence: The oil paradox, women and conflict in the Niger delta of Nigeria

O. O. Olayemi, Dept of Business Administration, University of Lagos O. O. Oluwatula, Psychology Dept., Redeemer’s University, & O. J. K. Ogundele, Dept of Marketing, Lagos State University – Psychological correlates predicting entrepreneurial emergence and performance in Nigeria

Gerald Onsando & Ignacio Correa-Velez, Refugee Health Research Centre, La Trobe University – Sudan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, Liberia, Tanzania and Uganda

Sushmita Rajwar – China’s economic engagement with Africa: A case study of Zambia

Sherie Randolph, Dept. of History and the Center of African and African American Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor – Black feminism in Australia: The 1975 Women in Politics conference

Aime Saba – Too complex to fix? An analysis of international responses to state fragility and state failure: The case of rebuilding the state of Somalia

Susana Saffu, Charles Darwin University – Adult education and community capacity building: The case of African-Australian women in the Northern Territory

Anita Satkunananthan – Truth and silence: Personal realities and agency within Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s (The things around your neck)

Megan Schmidt, Kingston University – Historical analysis of the Rwandan prefectures of Gibsonia & Ruhengeri: The development of anti-Tutsi sentiment and the consequence of genocidal violence

Roger Scott – Conduct and misconduct of a forgotten colonial governor

Jill Sergeant, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) – HIV and sub-Saharan African communities in Australia

Omar Shurkian – Nuba mountain solidarity abroad

Olajide Thompson, Elomak Research Centre, Johannesburg – Globalization and postcolonial malaise in Africa: Is NEPAD the way out?

Goolam Vahed – Identity and belonging in post-apartheid South Africa: The case of Indian South Africans

Artanti Wardhani, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Indonesia – The political dimension of West African diplomacy: A study of Charles Taylor’s exit as conflict settlement in Liberia

Lisa Webber – An exploration of social networks of Sudanese refugees in Colac Victoria

Renae Willsmore, University of South Australia – Ethnicity, youth and violence: Young African refugees’ experiences in South Australia