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Africa in Transition: Governance, Society and Culture
AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION of AUSTRALASIA AND THE PACIFIC (AFSAAP)
41st Annual Conference
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney,
November 21st – 23rd 2018
Call for Papers
The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) calls for proposals for pre-organized panels, roundtables, thematic conversations and individual papers for its 41st annual meeting to be held at UNSW, Sydney from November 21st to November 23rd 2018.
Recent years have witnessed significant transitions in the governance of African nations. Long-standing leaders, many of whom were major figureheads in the post-colonial era, have given way to demands for change. Sometimes the transitions have been relatively peaceful such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, yet others such as Libya and Egypt have been tumultuous, leaving the nations concerned reeling from the after effects of change. In other nations, the grip of power has been tightened with attempts to do away with term limits or to interfere in the political process surrounding elections. Still others, such as South Sudan, have plunged into civil and ethnic violence which threatens the future stability of this new nation. Climate change, environmental loss and migration are influencing African societies, complicating patterns of governance.
Such changes reverberate across society with calls to rethink the nature of civil society and political participation, as well as the nature of equity and belonging. The call to rethink the way that society functions exists not only in the political sphere, but also across the whole spectrum of the arts and cultural communities as they come together from diverse backgrounds to envisage a different kind of shared future. While the deep challenges that remain must be acknowledged, it is also the case that such change can provide fertile ground for creative thinking and the exchange of ideas between academics, political actors and civil society organizations.
We therefore invite papers that engage with, but are not limited to, the theme: Africa in Transition: Governance, Society and Culture. As always, we bring together scholars working in different disciplines. We invite participants to contribute theoretically innovative and empirically grounded papers, panels and presentations that enhance our understanding of these issues. Though the central focus will be on this broader theme, we also welcome contributions on other topics that consider Africa, or Africa/Australia/Pacific relations and Africans in the region.
Panelists may present only one paper or one other presentation in an alternative format such as a thematic conversation or roundtable. We have set this limit in order to make limited participant spaces available to as many participants as possible.
An abstract of maximum 250 words should be sent.
Panels, Thematic Conversations, and Roundtables:
For panel proposals, thematic conversations and roundtables, an overall proposal abstract of maximum 250 words should be sent together with a 250 word abstract for each paper. Please also include names of chair and participants of each panel, thematic conversation or roundtable.
Send an overall abstract of maximum 250 words, together with a 250 word abstract for each paper. Also include name(s) of chair and participants.
Thematic Conversations extend on-going conversations among scholars while exploring new trends and approaches. They provide an intellectual venue for like-minded scholars to continue discussions that may have started before and engage in face-to-face academic exchange in an informal structure and with the audience. These might not be formal presentations but must have a chair, participants and a topic. Send an overall abstract of maximum 250 words, together with a 250 word abstract for each paper, name(s) of chair and participants.
Roundtables provide groups of scholars an opportunity to discuss an issue, share opinions, or just to brainstorm through informed discussion and debate within the wider or the particular fields of scholarship. The roundtable format provides an open discussion where the chair and participants engage themselves and audience in discussion. Send an overall abstract of maximum 250 words, together with a 250 word abstract for each paper, name(s) of chair and participants.
All proposals will be peer reviewed.
Abstracts of proposed papers, panels and roundtables should be sent by July 1st, 2018 to Dr. Anne Bartlett, International Studies, Morven Brown 230, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia. Email: email@example.com A preliminary program will be announced by August 1st, 2018. Late proposals for papers will be considered only if space is available. All proposals will be peer reviewed by the program committee. Registration and conference fees must be paid before presenters will be placed in the formal conference program.
Standard conference technology for Power Point will be available in all rooms. If you think that you may require other forms of technology please notify us ahead of time so that we are better able to accommodate you.
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.
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: http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/the-world/2018-02-16/cyril-ramaphosa-succeeds-jacob-zuma-as-south/9453132
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
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.
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’s New Executive
President – Prof. Peter Limb
Vice-President – Assoc Prof Anne Bartlett
Secretary – Dr. Edson Ziso
Treasurer – Dr. Clare Buswell
AFSAAP members have been following the crisis in Zimbabwe closely. See the following news story from last week prior to the alleged coup in Harare.
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 AFSAAP. ARAS 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 http://afsaap.org.au/publications/aras/
Potential candidates are asked to submit a short statement (no more than 1000 words)
- identifying your relevant experience and understanding of African Studies and the journal ARAS,
- outlining why you would like to be a part of the ARAS team.
- indicating how you would like to take ARAS forward over the next 3
- Include a list of your publications.
- Any Editorial experience (including journal editorships, edited books, guest editorships and membership of editorial boards) – (previous experience not essential).
- 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).
- 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