Previous SAfA Conferences



SAfA: 18-21 June, 2018

SAfA's organizing committee is delighted to announce that the 24th biennial SAfA conference will take place 18-21 June, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Full information is presented on the conference website: 

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Please send inquiries about the conference directly to the SAfA 2018 Organizing Committee.

We anticipate a wonderful conference in Toronto!

Panafrican Association 2018:

10-14 September, 2018, Rabat, Morocco. 

PAA conference website  


SAfA 2016 Toulouse information is now archived  on the SAfA webpage - click the tab "About SAfA" and scroll down to the list of biennial meetings to find the link.

2016 SAfA Book Prize

Alfredo González Ruibal, 2014, An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland.  Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

This work studies the tactics of resistance deployed by a variety of indigenous communities in the borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa is an early area of state formation and at the same time the home of many egalitarian, small scale societies, which have lived in the buffer zone between states for the last three thousand years. For this reason, resistance is not something added to their sociopolitical structures: it is an inherent part of those structures-a mode of being. The main objective of the work is to understand the diverse forms of resistance that characterizes the borderland groups, with an emphasis on two essentially archaeological themes, materiality and time, by combining archaeological, political and social theory, ethnographic methods and historical data to examine different processes of resistance in the long term (text from

2016 Prize for Outstanding Student Presentation:

Mareike Brenner, Artifact distributions and intra-site spatial analysis of the Sibudan layers at the MSA site of Sibudu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa