Adelaide – 2011

‘Africa 2011’

34th AFSAAP conference

30 November – 2 December 2011
Flinders University, Adelaide

Conference Proceedings

Africa 2011, 34th AFSAAP conference proceedings, ISBN: 978-0-9924793-5-0

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

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

President’s Address: Tanya Lyons, Flinders University – Africa 2011:  The challenges

Keynote Speech: Naomi Steer, National Director, Australia for UNHCR – The Horn of Africa crisis – The humanitarian response

Keynote Speech: Gashahun Lemessa Fura, Jimma University – Inter-university linkage approach to African Studies of Australasia: Some reflections on Jimma-Flinders Universities recent Academic linkage

Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Bruce Hollingsworth and Brett Inder – A comparison of characteristics of respondents seeking ART services from two service providers in central Uganda

Juma Abuyi – African community leadership and community development in Australia

Nyok Achuoth – What does the experience of Darfur suggest about whether or not the Responsibility to Protect, as a doctrine, has been adopted in practice?

Oluwabukola Adelaja, University of New South Wales – Catching up with the rest of the world: The legal framework of cybercrime in Africa

Dapo Adeleke, PhD Candidate, School of Arts, University of New England, Armidale – The African writer: an endangered species in the African socio/political milieu – Nigeria as a case study

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

Atem Atem – Sudanese humanitarian entrants: Case for recognition of agency

Melanie Baak, University of South Australia (Phd candidate) “I think it’s a little but the same”.

Mamadou Diouma Bah – Where did all the bauxite money go? Mining and underdevelopment in Guinea

Samantha Balaton-Chrimes – Detribalised natives, subject races and ethnic strangers: The history of the Nubians of Kenya

Carmela Baranowska – Why not Western Sahara?

Jean Burke, School of Social Work, Australian Catholic University – Swahili-based concepts: Explaining how social ties manage HIV and infant feeding

Clare Buswell, Flinders University – Moral authority, power and women’s identity in colonial Kenya

Christine Cheater, University of Tasmania – Exposing without sensationalising: The Christian Science Monitor and the plight of child soldiers in Africa

Bornwell C. Chikulo, Department of Development Studies, North West University – Local governance and service delivery in South Africa: Progress, achievements and challenges

Barry Craig – Sudanese objects in the South Australian Museum

P. A. Croucamp – Political risk in a developing political economy: South Africa

Ashleigh Croucher – Conflict minerals and rape as a weapon of war: A never-ending cycle of impunity? (not presented)

Hamish Dalley – Neo-liberal anti-colonialism and the Nigerian novel: Internet fraud in Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s I Do Not Come to You by Chance

David Dorward – An image worth a thousand words: An exposition on a missionary photograph

David Duriesmith – School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne Masculinity in the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone: Greed, grievance and entitlement

Imogen Halstead – On farm learning about a new technology: Pineapple in Ghana

Geoffrey Hawker, Macquarie University – Natural resources of minerals and food: A missing link in agency

Kiros Hiruy – Bottom-up empowerment and inclusion in African communities in Australia

Christina Kenny, Australian National University – I could never be your woman – Gendered citizenship and the 2007 General Election in Kenya

Tiffany Knight, Drama Centre, Flinders University – African voices: Who may speak? Who is listening? An examination of the process of theatre making and the right to speak in another’s voice

Marama Kufi – Unethical investment policy in developing countries of Africa – taking visible advantage by the cost of invisible society

Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo and Virginia Mapedzahama – “That’s because I am black; there’s no [other] reason!” Everyday racism and the new black African diaspora in Australia

Raymond Kwun Sun Lau, PhD candidate, Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland – Intervention to stop mass atrocities in northern Uganda: first protection, then justice?

Elizabeth Lang – Reframing our knowledges: The formation of Africa’s newest state, the Republic of Southern Sudan

Lynda Lawson, Thandie Ngoma and Kashim Oriaje, Queensland University of Technology – African student experience at university, a paradigmatic case using narrative analysis

Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz – Cultural values and identities in the context of government institutions and policies

David Lucas – Multinationals and minnows: Australian companies operating in Africa

David Lucas, Barbara Edgar and Monica Jamali – Zimbabwe’s exodus to Australia

Kudzai Matereke – Rawls’s political conception of the person and the discourses of postcolonial citizenship in Africa

Sekepe Matjila – Land dispossession, land evictions, of black South Africans depicted by African languages literature and worldview.

Deborah Mayersen – ‘Society is composed of individuals of highly unequal value’: Race and politics during decolonisation in Rwanda

Marie-Louise McDermott, PhD candidate, Edith Cowan University – Investigating actor-networks linked to South African & Australian ocean pools

Russell McDougall – The Teddy Bears’ Picnic: English literature in Sudan, Condominium to Independence (not presented)

Jean-Claude Meledje, Flinders University – The separation of ethnicity and election in Africa: The case for Côte d’Ivoire

David Mickler – Post-secession Sudan: What now for Darfur? (not presented)

Dani Milos – Customary v Statutory legal systems: The challenge for South Sudanese communities in Australia

John Mugambwa – Ugandan land law and practice impedes foreign investment in the country -an armchair analysis and perspective

Ndungi wa Mungai – African resettlement in regional New South Wales: Experiences, challenges and opportunities

Clive J Napier, Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa – South African local government – New roles and challenges evaluated – The uneasy fit

Theo Neethling, Department of Political Science, University of the Free State – South Africa, The African Union and International Intervention in Libya: A critical appraisal

Michael Nest – The making of coltan: How an obscure mineral became a social justice issue

Jane Wambui Njagi – Sexual and abortion politics in Kenya: A Feminist analysis

Bernard Nwosu, Department of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Waikato – The integral state and construction of hegemony: Gramsci and democratisation in Nigeria

Sylvester Odhiambo Obong’o, PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle – Particularistic exchanges and pacts of domination in Africa: Examining how patronage appointments may have increased resistance to public sector reforms in Kenya

Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Department of Political Economy, The University of Sydney – Is life in Africa getting better?

Ryan O’Byrne, MA Candidate, Anthropology, Victoria University of Wellington – Speaking from experience: Issues surrounding third country resettlement for Sudanese Acholi in New Zealand

Aideen O’Connor; MA Candidate, Department of History, University of Sydney – Governance and regional co-operation as factors of post-independence stability: The role of education in the Belgian Congo and French Senegal

Truphena Oduol, Victoria University of Wellington – Ethical issues: A case study of secondary school leaders in Kenya

Olayide Ogunsiji – Childbirth beliefs and practices of recent West African migrant women in Australia

Olayide Ogunsiji – Overwork and health of West African migrant women in Australia

Mike Oliver, PhD Candidate, Flinders University – Standing up, reaching out and letting go: Experiences of resilience and school engagement for African high schoolers from refugee backgrounds

Rachel Outhred – Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, Australian Council for Educational Research
“[The NGO] is here to obliterate what we have left of our African culture”. Escaping the traditional / modern dichotomy in program design

Olasupo Owoeye, University of Tasmania – The WTO TRIPS Agreement, the right to health and access to medicines in Africa

Kiran Pienaar – An analysis of dissident representations of the “problem of AIDS” in South Africa (1999-2008)

Stefan Plenk, M.A. Faculty for Political and Social Science, University of Munich – Paper tiger or veto player? The role of OPDS in Southern African security polity architecture

Danielle Potts, Flinders University – Botswana – an African success story: Liberal Democracy, a misconception?

Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour, College of Education, Department of Adult Basic Education, University of South Africa – Sankofa: ‘looking back’ to reclaim indigenous knowledge and skills to confront youth unemployment in Ghana

Anlia Pretorius, Nita Lawton-Misra & Tanya Healey. University of the Witwatersrand – Disability: Continued marginalisation!

Julian Prior – Facilitating community adaptation to climate change in Africa: Lessons learned from Landcare in Australia and South Africa

Anna Rabin – How will demographics affect Kenya’s ability to reach Millennium Development Goal One

Rachel Riak, Victoria University – Gender balance issues in Africa

David Robinson, Edith Cowan University – The political economy of China in Africa: The case of Mozambique

Peter Run – From crisis to democracy? A systemic assessment of South Sudan’s founding constitution

Aime Saba and Joseph Hongoh – Regionalism for whom? Emerging questions around regional integration in Africa: The case of the East African community

Andrew Savage – A North African proverb at the centre of cultural conflict

M. D. Suleiman, History Department, Bayero University, Kano Southern Kaduna: Democracy and the struggle for identity and Independence by non-Muslim communities in Northern Nigeria 1999-2011

Alec Thornton, Jinnah Momoh and Paul Tengbe – Institutional capacity building for urban agriculture research using Participatory GIS in a post-conflict context: A case study of Sierra Leone

Lorraine Towers – Exploring linguistic diversity: Practice and potential in schooling in Ethiopia (not presented)

Helen Ware, Peace Studies, University of New England – “Good enough governance”: Destroying kleptocracy as a path to poverty reduction and reform in post-conflict Africa

Nicole Webster, Anthropology, University of Canterbury – Resisting reproduction: An anthropological analysis of self-induced abortion in a rural Ghanaian village

Michael M. van Wyk – Let’s do the “riel”! [Re]Claiming cultural heritage: An Afrocentric-indigenous perspective


From the African continent to the African diaspora in Australasia, understanding Africa is of increasing significance. “Africa 2011” is the theme of the 34th Annual Conference of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, with the conference to provide a forum in which to bring together academics, scholars, the African Community and service providers working with the African community, NGOs, government agencies, foreign embassies and high commissions, to debate and discuss where Africa is situated politically, economically, socially, environmentally and historically. 2011 has seen dramatic protests in North Africa and will see the formation of Africa’s newest state – “South Sudan”, suggesting that our knowledge of Africa must encompass those countries North of the Sahara – more often included in Middle Eastern area studies. Australia is currently expanding its interests in Africa – in trade, aid and defence. A new Australian embassy in Addis Ababa highlights the importance of diplomacy with the African Union, and comes at a time when domestic budgetary pressures have sparked debate about increasing aid to Africa. 2011 will also see the introduction of scholarships under the Australia Awards for Africa Program, and the report from the Parliamentary Inquiry into “Australia’s Relations with the Countries of Africa” will be presented. The United Nations has proclaimed 2011 as the International Year for People of African descent, “with a view to strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture”. It is from this theme that the “Africa 2011”conference will draw inspiration.

A Postgraduate Workshop will be held on November 30. A prize of $3,500 for the best postgraduate paper(s) delivered at the conference has been kindly donated by Monash University and the University of South Australia.