21st Century Tensions and Transformation in Africa
21st Century Tensions and Transformations in Africa: The 2016 – AFSAAP Annual Conference Proceedings – ISBN – 978-0-9942689-1-4.
Edited by Max Kelly, Deakin University, publication date February 2016.
The below papers were all presented at the 2015 AFSAAP Annual Conference, and have all been peer reviewed. They are listed here in Alphabetical order of the Author’s last name.
Budge, Tim – Transforming Informal Settlements in 21st Century Southern Africa – Deakin UniversityGebrekidan, Abay – “African-Australian” Identity in the process of construction: an exploratory Analysis of its Imagery and Power in view of African background youth in Metropolitan Regions of Melbourne, Australia – La Trobe University
Gebrekidan, Abay – “African-Australian” Identity in the process of construction: an exploratory Analysis of its Imagery and Power in view of African background youth in Metropolitan Regions of Melbourne, Australia – La Trobe University
Olliff, Louise – From resettled refugees to humanitarian actors: Exploring the role and potential of diaspora community-based organisations in protracted refugee situations in Africa – University of Melbourne
Binns, Tony; Cadzow, Hana & Nel, Etienne – Ensuring food security in post-conflict Freetown, Sierra Leone: Recognising the significance of urban and peri-urban agriculture. – University of Otago
Burke, Jean – Trafficking and anti-trafficking partnerships in Africa: trading in body parts – Australian Catholic University
Chikulo, Bornwell – Local government service delivery and xenophobic attacks in South Africa – North-West University, South Africa
Dobson, Susan – The Reorientation of Peace Ontology in Post-conflict Rwanda 1994-2014 – University of South Australia
El-Gack, Nawal – The Case of South Sudan Conflict and its Impact on Sudan – University of Canberra
Farrugia, Claire – Entering the Public: Private Acts of Sharing in a Marketised Welfare State – Macquarie University
Fernandez, Bina – The politics of forced repatriation: Ethiopian migrants to Saudi Arabia – University of Melbourne
Flore, Jacinthe – Postcolonial Hauntings: Sexuality and Reform in Mauritius – La Trobe University
Gitau, Lydia Wanja – Peace in My Father’s World: Trauma Interventions and Peacebuilding for Survivors of Conflict and Mass violence – University of Sydney
Gobey, Laura – Young African migrant women in Australia: using an intersectionality approach in examining this diverse cohort – Deakin University
Hynd, Alasdair – The Containment of Contagion: the Western response to Ebola in West Africa and the discourse of epidemic disease – University of South Australia
Jackson, Ruth – Will the Sustainable Development Goals make a difference to maternal health in Ethiopia? – Deakin University
Johansson, Patrik – Resilient Conflict in West Africa – Umeå University, and University of Otago
Kawooya, Davis – Evaluating International Interventions in Northern Uganda using a Human Security Approach – University of Notre Dame
Kayeye, Mireille – The Trafficking of Women for Forced Labour in Australia: Missing African Voices. – REAVI, Bujumbura
Kigotho, Mutuota – Economic and political domination: four Kenyan families. – University of New England
Langat, Kiprono – Gateway to democratic transformation: Enhancing access and participation in higher education for refugee background students – Charles Sturt University
Losoncz, Ibolya – What Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) looks like for humanitarian migrants from Africa? – Australian National University
Lucas, David – Australia giveth and Australia taketh away: aid and investment in Africa 2008-2015 – Australian National University
Mabefam, Matthew Gmalifo – Mental Health and Witchcraft Confessions in Accra, Ghana: Public Perceptions and the Agency of Witch/wizard in Ghana – University
Malu, Linus – The International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Peace Process in Kenya – University of New England
March, Rebecca – Movement, Music and Nation-Building: Valorising Africa through the ‘Invented Traditions’ of West African Dance in Ghana and Capoeira in Brazil – La Trobe University
Marembo, Miriam H. & Inder, Brett – Short-term and long-term child health: Is there an association and what are the implications on targeting the food insecure? – Monash University
Marembo, Miriam H. & Inder, Brett – Capacity building and the attainment of food security: Why do smallholder farmers drop out of drip irrigation projects in Mutasa and Mutoko districts in Zimbabwe? – Monash University
Masuku, Jesta – Marginalized Voices and Zimbabwe’s Socio-Economic Development: Prospects and Challenges for the Post-2015 Development Agenda – University of New England
Mbenga, Bernard K. – The conversion of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela Community of the Rustenburg District, South Africa, to Christianity and its impact, 1866–1931 – North-West University, South Africa
McBrien, Jody L. – Women Leaders in Post-War Uganda – University of South Florida
McDougall, Russell – Felix Norman Roth, Henry Ling Roth and the Benin Bronzes: A Brief Museological In The Roth Family, Anthropology, and Colonial Administration – University of New England
McNamara, Thomas – Witchcraft, jealousy and traditional healing: intersecting and contradictory narratives – University of Melbourne
Mensah Abrampah, David Akwasi – Archaeology of Danish Plantation Agriculture and Historical Heritage at Dodowa – Archaeology, La Trobe University
Kirby, James – Breaking ‘“APARTHEID” Amongst Batswana’: Botswana’s Vision for Non-Racial Democracy, 1960-1966 – La Trobe University
Mickler, David – Canberra, the Council and the Continent: Australia–Africa relations through the UNSC – University of Western Australia
Mickler, David – Weak state, regional power, global player? Nigeria and the response to Boko Haram – University of Western Australia
Mphande, Charles, Clovis Mwamba and Cynthia McKenzie – Ancestors and the politics of reality – the role of BaLuba Congolese proverb and belonging to place – Independent scholar and Victoria University
Mturi, Akim J. – Repositioning South Africa for implementing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development: A demographic perspective – North-West University
Muparutsa, Fadzai & Kenny, Christina – An imported virus that will spread across Africa?: Advocating for gender identity and sexuality rights at the Africa Commission for Human and People’s Rights – Australian National University
Mwanri, Lillian – Intergenerational conflicts. A curse of cultural girth? A case of African migrants in South Australia – Flinders University
Nakhid, Camille – “Just because you are a police officer, because you have a shield…where is your humanity? They don’t have that when it comes to us” – African youth in New Zealand and their experiences with the police and the justice system – Auckland University of Technology
Nest, Michael – Letting go – and other negotiations around representations of oral history: a case study of a Twa (Pygmy) from the D.R. Congo – Independent Scholar and Researcher
Ngatia, Lucy Nyathogora – International Standards and Food Safety – A Development Agenda for Third World Countries? – University of Adelaide
Pijovic, Nikola – Drivers of change in Australia’s foreign policy towards Africa 1996-2015 – Australian National University
Quan-Baffour, Kofi Poku – Non-Formal Education In Indigenous Trades For South African Youth: Agenda For Socio-Economic And Political Stability? – University of South Africa
Sheridan, Garth – Made in Lisbon: Kuduro Remixed – RMIT University
Sithole, Tendayi – V-Y Mudimbe and the paradigm of difference: A Meditation – University of South Africa
Stratford, Maria – Africa for Africans at Home and Abroad – RMIT University
Thornton, Alec – Food Security in African Cities: can urban agriculture produce? – University of New South Wales
Towers, Lorraine – The regionalisation of official language and education: decolonising Ethiopia? – University of Sydney
Tuwe, Kudakwashe – The challenges of health promotion within African communities in New Zealand – Auckland University of Technology
Tweneboah, Seth – Banishment As a Form of Decolonising Traditional Societies? A Ghanaian Case Study – Victoria University of Wellington
von Veh, Karen – Christian imagery as a reflection of transforming politics in South African Art – University of Johannesburg
Woldeyes, Yirga – Beyond decoloniality: Towards the creative incorporation of diverse knowledge-traditions in Africa – Curtin University
The year 2015 marks the transition from the UN Millennium Development Goals to the new Sustainable Development Goals and in recent years, Africa has been portrayed as being at a cross-roads in terms of development. The continent will be carefully watched as African leaders and communities tackle these newly defined development aspirations. The Economist has dubbed Africa a ‘rising’ and ‘hopeful’ continent. African economies are expected to grow at an impressive average of 6% per year over the next decade and poverty is declining, albeit slowly, from 57% in 1990 to 49% in 2010. Yet, the continent continues to face crises that commentators argue threaten these gains. Ebola has emerged as one of the most significant humanitarian challenges of the last century. The global financial crisis, violent political conflicts, a highly contested food crisis, and a rapid increase in global land grabs also present themselves as threats to development and ‘progress’.
This conference aimed to explore these tensions, and the nature of transformation in Africa and the African diaspora. Panels and papers were encouraged to explore competing visions of Africa. On the one hand, Africa can be seen as the bread basket of the globe, a resource-rich continent brimming with entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative talent, and ripe for rapid industrialisation, economic growth and democratisation. On the other, continued visions of Africa as the dark continent of disease, conflict and scarcity persist. In challenging these competing visions, panels and papers are encouraged to ask what transformations the continent is experiencing. At the same time, panelists asked the question who benefits from such transformations, paying particular attention to the inequalities in distribution of the risks and rewards of economic, social, political, cultural and technological change.
The Annual AFSAAP Postgraduate Workshop was held on October 28th 2015
Each year AFSAAP supports postgraduate research into African Studies with the $3500 postgraduate prizes, and for peer-reviewed publication in the conference proceedings. AFSAAP is also pleased to offer travel grants of up to $500 to cover flights and conference registration for selected postgraduate students. Click here for details.
Participants must register for the conference by 1 October in order to be included in the final program.
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