Three African Events in Melbourne, October 28th-30th

The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

AFSAAP will hold its 38th annual conference at the Deakin University campus at 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, from October 28-30, 2015.  Wednesday 28th will be the Postgraduates Day.

The main conference will be held on the Thursday and Friday. Contributors from the ANU will include Cristina Kenny, Ibi Losoncz, Nicola Pijovic and David Lucas together with Nawal El-Gack from the University of Canberra.

The conference program is now up on the website

DFAT’s Matthew Neuhaus will be a guest speaker at this conference and also at the AAA conference (see below).

Doing Business in Africa: Linking Education with African Opportunity

The Africa Australia Association is hosting a conference on the above theme at Victoria University on October 29th and 30th. Haileluel Gebre-Selassie is the Conference Chair. See

The Zimbabwe Information Centre is hosting a reception with Senator Sekai Holland to raise funds for the Zimbabwe National Peace Trust.

The reception will be held at 6:30pm Wednesday 28 October at
Maurice Blackburn, Level 10,
456 Lonsdale St Melbourne

Entry $50 (concession $25). Suggested donation
$50 (tax-deductible)

Bookings are essential:

Senator Sekai Holland met her husband at the ANU.
She holds many awards including French Légion d’Honneur 2011,
and the Sydney Peace Prize 2012.


African Cultural Day Program with the African Australian Community

This African Cultural Celebration will include:
• African books, poetry reading, a photographic exhibition, African music, sculptures, fabric and jewelry displays
• A new book by author, Kabu Okai-Davies, about African migration and memories, Evidence of Nostalgia and Other Stories, will also be launched at this event:
• The program will conclude with a live cultural performance by the African-Australian Drum Orchestra. All Canberra-based African Jembe Drummers have been invited to join the Community Drum Orchestra in the celebration of African culture in Canberra.
Where: Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, Level 2
When: Saturday, 24 October, 3pm
RSVP by Thursday, 22 October:
This program is sponsored in part by CMCF, MARSS and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The photo exhibition is funded by University of New South Wales, Canberra as part of a program in support of the study of African History and Culture in Australia.
For more information contact: Alicia Doherty @ 0413 609 839 or Patrick Lockyer @ 0400879276

The ANU in Malawi


The Global Undergraduate Leadership Program (GULP) is an ANU initiative, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, which aims to develop skills and experience in the area of sustainable development, and will culminate in a two-week field trip to Malawi.

Their fundraising event will be held at University House at 6pm on Monday, October 19th.

Please use this link to register

And this their donation page:

GULP’s Facebook link is

A report on last year’s field trip to Malawi is at