The local organizing committee of the 2017 Conference for the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) is pleased to announce that the call for abstracts is now open. ASAPA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that exists for the purpose of establishing, maintaining and promoting archaeology in Southern Africa. From 5-7 July 2017, ASAPA will be holding their next conference in Pretoria, South Africa to bring together students and professionals from various universities and institutions across Africa and beyond. The conference is open to all applicants, one does not need to be a member of ASAPA nor from Southern Africa.

The African World Heritage Fund is promoting 2 specific sessions and wishes to encourage students and professionals to submit abstracts on: ‘Heritage and the Economy of Africa’ and ‘Heritage and Climate Change in Africa’. Abstracts on the first topic can address various aspects such as projects that are economically benefiting communities within or around African heritage sites; the economic value and sustainability of heritage; and economic initiatives and methods implemented at or near African heritage sites. Abstracts in the second session can address the specific challenges and impacts of climate change on natural and cultural heritage in Africa; various solutions currently being implemented on the continent; the role heritage is playing in mitigating the impact of climate change as well as enabling society to adapt to the climatically-induced changes; and traditional knowledge embedded within heritage enabling societies to build resilience.

Submission & Registration

  • Deadline for submission of ABSTRACTS is March 24th 2017. You can upload your submission by clicking here. Please note that the call is open to everyone, it is not a requirement to be a member of ASAPA nor do the abstracts need to focus on Southern Africa.
  • Deadline for the Early Bird Registration is April 30th 2017. More information on the registration and registration fees can be found on the website.

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