You are invited to join us
It will be Kimberley’s pleasure to welcome ASAPA delegates to the 2019 Biennial Conference in this city. Twice before, in 1990 and 2004, we hosted ASAPA’s predecessor, the Southern African Association referred to as ‘SA3’. In the intervening years ASAPA has grown and changed, and so has Kimberley. And whereas the McGregor Museum was our venue previously, the city’s latest boast, the new Sol Plaatje University, is where we will assemble for ASAPA 2019. We look forward to having you experience this space, where heritage makes for a central thread in the university’s curriculum, and local pasts are reflected in the very fabric of its buildings.
Sol Plaatje University’s BA programme includes a three-year elective course in archaeology, inaugurated in 2017. This is more than appropriate in a region well known for its archaeological traces which span much of human history. Moreover, the opening decades of the present century have seen a florescence of research in Northern Cape sites and landscapes, so that new perspectives on Wonderwerk Cave, Kathu, Canteen Kopje, Driekopseiland, and other localities, with some of the issues surrounding them, will feature variously in the programme and in the itinerary of the post-conference excursions.
The conference theme of Motho ke motho ka batho (Ek is want ons is/I am because we are) – expressed in three of the languages spoken in the Northern Cape Province – seeks, through this kernel of African philosophy, this relational way of being, to foreground indigenous heritage in African archaeology, and to acknowledge local viewpoints in archaeological practice. Conference deliberations in plenaries and parallel sessions would address specific spheres of interest concerning Southern African pasts, sharing a wide range of current work, and engaging with the issues and debates, no doubt, attendant thereto.
It is you who will make this conference. We look forward to signing you up!
David Morris Secretary of the Local Organising Committee.
David Morris is Head of Archaeology at the McGregor Museum, Kimberley, and Extraordinary Professor in the School of Humanities at Sol Plaatje University. An Honorary Member of ASAPA, he also serves as a member of Council of the South African Archaeological Society. Read more...His doctoral work focused on rock art in the Northern Cape, including particularly the site of Driekopseiland. With John Parkington and photographer Neil Rusch, he co-authored the book Karoo rock engravings (2008); and co-edited with Ben Smith and Knut Helskog the book Working with rock art (2012). In a museological context, he has been involved in creating displays and site museums including the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, and played a role in saving Canteen Kopje when it faced destruction by mining.
Keynote speakers at the Conference
Freda Nkirote M'Mbogori President of PanAfrican Archaeological Association and Related studies
Freda Nkirote M’Mbogori is the Country Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) where she joined as the Assistant Director in 2015. Formerly, she was the Head of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museums of Kenya. She is an archaeologist with a PhD from University of Paris, France; a Master’s degree from University of Bergen, Norway; a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nairobi; a Post graduate diploma in museum studies and conservation from University College London, and a field research methods certificate from the University of Harvard. Read more...
Paul Lane Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa at the University of Cambridge, was previously Professor of Global Archaeology at Uppsala University, where he still supervises post-graduate students and hosts one of his research projects. He is a former Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and former President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists. Prof Lane describes himself as "an anthropologically and historically oriented archaeologist, who specialises in the later Holocene archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa." Read more...
George HO Abungu Former Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya
George HO Abungu is a Cambridge-trained archaeologist and former Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya. He is CEO.of Okello Abungu Heritage Consultants and a recipient of Lifetime Achievement in Defense of Art by Association for Research into Crime against Art (ARCA). He was conferred with Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts des Lettres) for his outstanding contribution to Heritage at local and global levels as well as the first African World Heritage Fund Award for his contribution to capacity building in the field of heritage in Africa. Read more...
Alinah Kelo Segobye Dean of Faculty (Human Sciences) at NUST
Alinah Kelo Segobye is the Dean of Faculty (Human Sciences) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She holds an honorary professorship at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), University of South Africa (UNISA) and is a Research Scholar at the African Futures Institute (AFI) and the Institute of Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) - Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. Read more...