News – 2009

Geography Conference

The 8th Biennial Conference of the SSAG, and the Annual Student Conference was held from 31 August until 3 September at the St Georges Conference centre in Centurion Gauteng. Full details are available on the Conference page.

2009 Newsletter The annual newsletter with all the news and 2008 publications of Geography Departments at South African universities is now available for download here.

Invitaion from AAG

I invite you to join me at next year’s AAG conference in Washington DC from April 13 to 18 (springtime!). Given that 2010 marks two decades since Mandela was released from prison, I thought it would be timely to showcase South/Southern African geography and geographers to an international academic audience. With the US’s first black president in the White House, there could not be a better conjunction of timing and location.

I am hoping to organize at least one, preferably more, invited paper sessions on “Post-Apartheid Geographies of South Africa and its Region: Continuities and Changes in Place, Space and Nature” (working title). At this stage, I am simply asking for general expressions of interest. If I get a sufficient response, I shall be in touch to brainstorm further.

Please feel free to circulate this call widely amongst other geographers of your acquaintance who also work on South or Southern Africa and may not be members of SSAG.

Belinda Dodson
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair
Department of Geography
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario
N6A 1S9

Call for papers

The editors of the South African Geographical Journal are planning to publish a special issue on ‘A century of regional integration in (southern) Africa’ in 2010, and wishes to invite papers on any of the following themes:
1. Theories of regional integration
2. The geopolitics of regions
3. Intraregional or interregional trade
4. The Southern African Customs Union (past and present)
5. Transport and functional integration in Africa
6. Security in southern Africa
7. Empire and regional blocks in Africa
8. The creation of the Customs Union in SADC in 2010
9. Globalisation and Africa’s regions
10.Migration in regional contexts
11.The regionalisation of the environment

Interested authors should observe the following timelines:
Expression of interest by means of an abstract: 31 May 2009
Submission of full papers: 30 September 2009

The Editors: and