AFSAAP President Peter Limb discusses the challenges facing Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency

As the euphoria of the drama-filled political changes in South Africa die down, focus now shifts to what the future holds. AFSAAP President and South African expert Peter Limb discusses some of the challenges facing President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration on ‘The Wire’. You can listen to the podcast here.

Earlier, Geoffery Hawker, Associate Professor of Politics at Macquarie University, previous president of AFSAAP (2006-8) and on the International Editorial Advisory Board of AFSAAP Review had been on the same program and gave his thoughts. You can also listen to the interview here.

March 1st, 2018

AFSAAP President Prof. Peter Limb analyses the recent leadership changes in South Africa

Jacob Zuma finally tendered his resignation as President of South Africa on February 14, 2018 marking the end of a tumultous 9 year-reign. Professor Peter Limb was on ABC’S The World on Wednesday to shed light on the new man in power, Cyril Ramaphosa. You can watch the special interview via this link:

February 16th, 2018

AFSAAP President Prof. Peter Limb on Pres. Jacob Zuma’s worsening political troubles

South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has had a torrid presidency, surviving numerous attempts to have him ousted from power. He is back again in the news, but this time the mounting pressure on him to quit is nothing like his presidency has seen before. Many analysts are convinced the end of his reign is probably just days away. AFSAAP President, Peter Limb, himself a specialist on the African National Congress with extensive publications as well as forthcoming work on ANC political history sat down with the ABC’s Ros Childs and gave his thoughts. You can watch the segment here. It plays at 35 mins 30 seconds onwards

February 8th, 2018

Podcast of recent interview between AFSAAP Representative and KayaFM959 re: Statement of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) on the Stereotyping of African Australians/South Sudanese

AFSAAP recently put out a Statement of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) on the Stereotyping of African Australians/South Sudanese. KayaFM

spoke to AFSAAP Secretary Edson Ziso to talk about the root of the stereotyping and lived experience of Sudanese people in Australia. You can listen to the podcast here. 

February 5th, 2018

Statement of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) on the Stereotyping of African Australians/South Sudanese

The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP), 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 the region, founded in 1978, includes among its aims the goal “to contribute towards an understanding of Africa in the community at large”. The AFSAAP Executive is deeply concerned that the recent stereotyping of South Sudanese in Australia, especially in Melbourne, does not help to contribute to better understanding. Ascribing negative behaviours to any community should always be avoided, and whilst various recent comments by officials and media may be well intentioned for their immediate purpose, there is very real danger that some people will come to view such communities, and by implication all African and indeed all black communities, as inherently having negative qualities. We therefore call for the greatest care in making such statements and the greatest consultation by all stakeholders with South Sudanese and African communities.

AFSAAP Executive



January 10th, 2018

New Executive for AFSAAP 2018

Artist – Jean Burke

AFSAAP’s New Executive
President – Prof. Peter Limb

Vice-President – Assoc Prof Anne Bartlett

Secretary – Dr. Edson Ziso

Treasurer – Dr. Clare Buswell

December 1st, 2017

Expression of Interest – ARAS Editor and Co-Editors

Nominations are sought for the position(s) of Editor and Co-editor for the Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS), the official journal of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).

The term of office is usually three years.

The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS) aims to contribute to a better understanding of Africa in Australasia and the Pacific. It is published twice a year in June and December by AFSAAPARAS is a multi-disciplinary journal that seeks to provide critical, authoritative and accessible material on a range of African affairs that is interesting and readable to both academic and non-academic audiences. All articles are double blind peer-reviewed by two independent and qualified experts prior to publication.

The journal is supported by an expert International Editorial Board of members who represent esteemed scholars in African Studies from around the world.

The appointed Editor and Co-editor(s) will work with the Managing Editor and Copy Editor as a team. We are specifically looking for individuals with a strong academic background who will assist the editorial team to promote the journal, provide expert editorial advice, lead the process of peer-review and manage all aspects of communications with authors and peer-reviewers as required.

The Editor and Co-editor(s) will be an academic or scholar with a demonstrated interest in African Studies, and/or the African Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand or the world, and with relevant research interest to support the journal’s multidisciplinary focus. The appointed Editor or Co-editor(s) will also work with AFSAAP executive members to ensure the timely production of this bi-annual journal.

AFSAAP is an international network of academics, students, consultants, activists, diplomats, artists, community leaders, and others who share a mutual interest in the promotion of African Studies in the Australasia and Pacific region. AFSAAP is based in Australia and was founded in 1978. It is a not-for-profit-association, and as such all roles are voluntary. Further information can be found at

Potential candidates are asked to submit a short statement (no more than 1000 words)

  1. identifying your relevant experience and understanding of African Studies and the journal ARAS,
  2. outlining why you would like to be a part of the ARAS team.
  3. indicating how you would like to take ARAS forward over the next 3
  4. Include a list of your publications.
  5. Any Editorial experience (including journal editorships, edited books, guest editorships and membership of editorial boards) – (previous experience not essential).
  6. Any indication of support from your University College/Department /School/Faculty for this role to be undertaken by you (institutional support not essential, but nice when you can get it).
  7. A copy of your Resume.

Applications will be considered by the AFSAAP Executive and current ARAS Editors. Deadline for submissions is October 1st 2017. Email to

July 19th, 2017

Expression of Interest – AFSAAP Office Bearers for 2018

As normal, all office bearing positions will be declared open at the AGM at the forthcoming conference, and all AFSAAP members are invited to nominate for one of the positions: President,
Postgraduate Representative.
ARAS Journal Editor.

Position descriptions are detailed below. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please send a short description of why you believe you would be suited to the position, and what you can bring to AFSAAP to by 1 October 2017. These will be disseminated in advance of the AGM. Please note that if you would like to nominate another person, you must get their written approval.

Please also contact the if you would like to discuss any of the office bearer roles and duties in more detail.






The role of the President is one of leadership, of influencing the direction of AFSAAP, and directing links with Africa and with federal, state and local government institutions, NGOs, African communities in Australia and the Business sector that has interests in Africa. In conjunction with all/and or the relevant other executive members, the President will managing any short-term or contract staff employed by the Association for discrete tasks (e.g. preparation of reports). The president will also oversee the day to day running of AFSAAP and ensure an annual conference is held, and the journal is published twice a year, and the newsletter goes out to members monthly.



The Vice-President has a supporting role to the President, stands in place of the President in his/her absence from the AGM or while the President is either on leave or out of the country for an extended period.



The Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day running of business matters arising from the AGM, correspondence, incoming enquiries about the Association. The Secretary coordinates communication between committee members and with the annual conference organizer. The Secretary maintains files concerned with the maintenance of records and continuity between holders of the office of Secretary.



The Treasurer manages subscriptions, donations and the membership lists. This role requires coordination with the Secretary who may receive initial inquiries about membership. Coordination with the Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies is also necessary. The Treasurer is responsible for managing the AFSAAP accounts.


Postgraduate Representative(s): will be chosen at each AGM or during the year to assist with the promotion of Postgraduate research in particular in conjunction with the Annual Conference, and they will organise the postgraduate workshop at each conference in conjunction with the Conference Convener.


Journal editor:

The Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies will ensure that 2 journals are published annually in June and December, and facilitate all processes required for an international peer reviewed journal. The Editor will manage all co-editors and maintain the files, peer review process, and publication and distribution of the journal. The marketing and indexing of the journal is also the responsibility of the Editor.


Ordinary Members:

Ordinary members of the Executive Committee are local representatives of AFSAAP. However, not all local representatives are Executive Committee members. Ordinary members are expected to promote AFSAAP within their own academic institution and their own city or state, and also to bring ARAS to the notice of their local university and state libraries. Posters promoting AFSAAP are available for printing and display and for giving to individuals or local interest groups.

Ordinary members should try to send local research and news items to the Editor of the Monthly AFSAAP Newsletter and/or for publication of each issue of ARAS in June and December. This means collecting items and submitting them to either Editor at least one month before the date of issue and preferably earlier.


Other Supporting Roles


Editor of the Monthly Newsletter Habari kwa Ufupi (News in Brief):

The Editor(s) will be appointed by the Executive. Prepare a monthly newsletter detailed events, publications or other items of interest for the membership – to be distributed electronically through AFSAAP membership emails and kept online through the AFSAAP website.


AFSAAP Website Manager: The Web Manager(s) will be appointed by the Executive. They will manage the website.

June 27th, 2017

Forthcoming African Studies Conferences

African Down Under – 6-8 September, Perth Australia  (focus on Mining Sector)

African Studies Association of Africa – Addis Ababa, October 18-21, 2017

Institute for African Studies – Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow October 17-20, 2017

African Studies Association (USA) – November 16-18 2017 – 

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific – 23-24 November 2017 – (venues – University of South Australia and Monarto Zoo – The Serengeti in Oz!).

African Studies Association – (UK) September 11-13 2018

March 15th, 2017