Melbourne – 2010

‘Engaging Africa / Engaging Africans: Knowledge, Representation, Politics’

33rd AFSAAP Conference

2-4 December 2010
Victoria University, Melbourne


Conference Proceedings

Engaging Africa / Engaging Africans: Knowledge, Representation, Politics, 33rd AFSAAP conference proceedings, ISBN: 978-0-9924793-4-3

All conference papers are peer reviewed, and appear below in alphabetical order. Contact president@afsaap.org.au for further information.

All conference abstracts are peer reviewed and are available in the attached publication.

Martin Garang Aher – Who killed Majur Manyang? Tragedy and culture shock among Sudanese migrant youth in Australia

Berhan Ahmed – The effect of climate change on termite taxonomy and distribution in Africa

John A. Arthur – Incorporating migration in development and nation-building in Africa

Mamadou Diouma Bah – Natural resources and conflict management: The case of Guinea

Samantha Balaton-Chrimes – The Nubians of Kenya as a political community

Carmela Baranowska – Representing the pain of others: Western Sahara

Karen Berger – “In search of the thing itself” – Africans in the art of two Ukranian / American Jewish artists: Maya Deren (1917 – 1961) and Clarice Lispector (1920 -1977)

Alison Burgin – (In)Visible minorities: Does French aid promoting cultural diversity benefit African cinema in France or on the continent?

McLytton Clever – Sleep quality, beliefs and attitudes about sleep: A comparison of Caucasian Australian, Zimbabwean and Ghanaian immigrants resident in Australia

Rachel Gavarotto – “Everyone disappears”: Housing insecurity and social exclusion of Sudanese women in outer western Sydney

Haileluel Gebre-Selassie – Harnessing the African diaspora to enhance the re-engagement with African countries

Roslyn Gleadow, Julie Cliff, Anna Burns, Anabela Zacarias, Rebecca Miller, Howard Bradbury & Tim Cavagnaro – Predicting climate change impacts on yield and cyanogen levels of cassava, an important African staple

Michele Grossman – “There’s just this projection about Africans”: Race, safety and policing in Melbourne’s Western suburbs

Anne Le Guinio – Challenges and solutions in implementing national languages in educational institutions: The case of Cameroon

Anne Harris – “Culture is our future”: African-Australian representation in film and video, 1985-2010
Keywords – African, film, Australia, representation, identity

Geoffrey Hawker – The new “scramble”: Australian mining companies in Africa

Chantelle Higgs – White boy jeans and African stylez: Young Sudanese and Somali’s negotiating visible difference in Melbourne’s Inner West

Carmel Hobbs – Talking about teeth – Working together to improve the oral health of the African community in Melbourne’s inner west

Shiyavanthi Johnpillai – Men who have sex with men in Sub-Saharan Africa: Decriminalisation of consensual sexual behaviours and the consequences for HIV vulnerability

Temesgen Kifle – Socio-economic issues facing African Australians: Analysis and policy options

Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo – Market research in Africa: Challenges and prospects

Louise Kyle & Lynne Carolan – Teaching African students in Legal Studies at VU

Kiprono Langat – Young refugees and schooling: A paradigm shift in school leadership and pedagogical practices in an ethnically diverse school in regional New South Wales

Emanuel Laryea – “Mining” Africa: The imperatives of law, economics and leadership failures

(Raymond) Kwun Sun Lau – Responding to mass atrocities in Africa: The responsibility to protect and the responsibility to punish

Ibolya Losoncz – Respect and community inclusion – post-settlement Sudanese experiences

David Lucas – Australian mining companies in Africa 2008-2010

Tanya Lyons – From neglected to engaged? Australia’s relations with the countries of Africa 2006-2010

Virginia Mapedzahama – The paradox of skilled nurse migration in Australia: The case of black African migrant nurses

Kudzai Matereke – Mortgaged citizenship and domesticated agency in postcolonial Zimbabwe: Towards a politics of recognition

Noah Mbano – What are the perceptions of post-settlement African refugee students about the usefulness of ESL programs in Western Australia?

Stephen McLoughlin – Mitigating risk of ethnic violence in Africa: An examination of Rwanda and Botswana

Sara Meger – The globalization of sexual violence: Western resource demand and the use of rape in contemporary armed conflict

Charles Mphande – A way and ways: Engaging Africa and Africans

Samuel Muchoki – Sexuality and post-refugee experience of migrants from the Horn of Africa: A new research agenda

Ndungi wa Mungai & Yangi Moi – The challenges facing single parents of African background in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Paul Munro – Improving rural education in Sierra Leone: The potential role of small-scale solar power and ICT interventions

Paul Munro & Greg Hiemstra-van der Horst – Conserving exploitation? A political ecology of forestry policy in Sierra Leone

Robert Munro – Processing digital communications in less-resourced African languages

Simon Musgrave, Finex Ndhlovu, Julie Bradshaw & Phuong Dzung Pho – Demography and language: African immigration to Australia

Clovis Mwamba – Mikili: An initiatory and migratory route for Congolese

Finex Ndhlovu – “I can’t become an Australian because I am always too something to be Australian”: African identities, discourses of exclusion and resurgent racism in Australia

Michael Nest – The rise of African consumer power: How activists wanting to change the world need to persuade the consumers who matter

Stephen O’Brien – Behind the decline in HIV in Zimbabwe

Ben O’Mara – Using mobile phones to support the health and wellbeing of African communities: A critical approach to communicating information with Digital Technology

Rachel Outhred – Black first and a student second? Exploring embodied experiences of African-born students in Australia’s higher education system

Melissa Phillips – Dropped from the moon: (Mis)representations of “African” refugees in Australia

Peter Run – Shapes and colours: Race and beauty among the new Africans in the diaspora

Ben Silverstein – “Do you see what we see?”/”Africa wants you to leave us alone”: Images of Africans in the West

Abdullah Teia – The importance of arts and African cultural heritage for Australian-African identity and social inclusion

Vera Tetteh – “You know African women want to work”: Language, identity and social inclusion of African women in Australia

Alan Thorold – The cup and the horn: Globalization, neo-traditionalism and the African World Cup

Peter Mbago Wakholi – Festival as an educational experience: The African Cultural Memory Youth Arts Festival (ACMYAF)

Helen Ware – Mining, governance and war in Africa

Tim Watson – Resettlement in an Australian regional town: Refugees as citizens, employees and customers

Lisa Webber – Regional places and social networks: A case study of Sudanese refugees in Colac, Victoria

Janeck Wille – Integration and the Australian society: Notions of belonging and social cohesion

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes – Beyond Afropessimism: Engaging Africa through cultural renaissance


Theme

Working across a wide range of disciplines, the 2010 conference aimed to foster new intercultural and transnational discussion about Australian-African engagements with issues of race, culture, representation, trade, education and diasporas, drawing on a range of both internationally eminent and locally based scholars and research. The theme of the conference reflects an emphasis on exploring how Australia/ns and Africa/ns are engaging each other at the levels of governments, institutions, cultures, communities and the arts.