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The Society of Africanist Archaeologists is an organization of archaeologists, researchers from associated disciplines and others who share an interest in African archaeology and African societies. Our membership is international, with participation from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is actively involved in research in many African countries. Our website includes an area for "digital subscribers" to our bulletin, Nyame Akuma, enhanced access to back issues of the bulletin, and quicklinks to journal webpages and other websites of interest. We welcome your feedback. You can contact us here.

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News from SAfA Toulouse  (26 June - 2 July 2016)

The Toulouse conference was a big success!  Many thanks to the Organizing Committee, led by François-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar.   The conference program and abstracts are permanently archived on the SAfA webpage - click the tab "About SAfA" and scroll down to the list of biennial meetings to find the link.

The next SAfA meeting, in 2018, will take place at Stony Brook University, New York (dates TBA)

Business Meeting highlights:

SAfA members approved a new Editorial Policy for Nyame Akuma.  See the link under the "Nyame Akuma Bulletin" tab above.   Please adhere to the instructions for contributors; non-conforming submissions will be returned!

SAfA members approved a new Sexual Harassment Policy as item 9 of the amended SAfA Code of Ethics.  Both are available as Quicklinks at the bottom right on this page.

Election Results -The new Executive Committee:

President:  Eric Huysecom, University of Geneva
Organizing Secretary: Elisabeth Hildebrand, Stony Brook University
Recording Secretary:  John Arthur, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Treasurer: Brian Clark (Rice University)
Member at Large (Africa):  Hélène Timpoko Kienon-Kaboré, (Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire)
Member-at-large (Africa): Kolewole Adekola 
Member-at-large (Europe): Ralf Vogelsang (University of Cologne)
Member-at-large (North America): Carla Klehm (Washington University in St. Louis)
Student representative for North America (non-voting):  Peter Coutros (Yale University)
Student representative
Nyame Akuma editors (non-voting): Dores Cruz (University of Denver) and Els Cornelissen (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren)
SAfA Webmaster (non-voting): Susan McIntosh (Rice University) and Cornelia Kleinitz (Humboldt University, Berlin)

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