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Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS)

Spring 2003 SERSAS Conference
11 - 12 April 2003

State University of West Georgia
1600 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA, USA 30118

Directions and Friday's Reception          Directions and Saturday's Conference         

Welcome and Reception: 5:30 - 7:30, Friday, 11 April 2003

The MacKinnons
149 Oak Mountain Road
Carrollton, GA, 30116
Telephone: (770) 832-0728

Directions from town/area of the motels: Go south on Route 27 (also called South Park Street) down past the new McDonalds, Applebees and Publix supermarket complex on your right. Go over the overpass, and get in the left turn lane to go left onto the 'Bypass', route 166/61 going toward I-20 and Atlanta. Take 166/61 past one set of lights for approximately 3 miles. Turn right/south on Route 16/Alt 27 (also called Newnan Road) going toward Whitesburg and Newnan. You will see a large white octagonal building (country jail) on one corner and West Central Tech on the other. Go south on 16/Alt 27 for approximately 2 miles to the first set of lights. Turn left at the set of lights onto Oak Mountain Road. Go approximately one quarter mile, and look for mailbox #149 on the right side. Our driveway is a long, gravel drive going down to the right just past a split rail fence which encloses a large pasture. The house is beige with stone and is set down from the road. Please call if you have any difficulty.

Program: 8:30 - 3:45, Saturday, 12 April 2003

Directions to SERSAS Conference, Room 312, University Center: Please see for a selection of campus maps. All session papers will be presented in Room 312 of the University Center

8:30 - 9:00: Coffee and donuts

9:00 - 10:45: Panel 1: Africa and Development: The Human, Fiscal and Political Dimensions 'The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and its Rules or Origin: Generosity Undermined?' IMF Working Paper
Devesh Roy, University of Maryland (Unable to Attend)

'Good Governance and Development in Africa: An analysis for the partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)'
Rawia Mohamaed Tawfic, Cairo University (Unable to Attend)

'Refugees and Risk of Conflict in Host Countries: Case Studies of Cote D'Ivoire and Gunea'
Walarington Coulibaly, University of Abidjan in Ivory Coast

'The Broken Golden Bowl: predominant 'presidentialism', mismanagement, institutional collapse and economic crisis in Zimbabwe'
Teedzani Thapelo, University of Botswana (Unable to Attend)

Panel Chair and discussant: Kenneth Wilburn, East Carolina University

10:45 - 11:00: Break

11:00 - 12:30: Panel 2: South African identities and challenges in the changing spiritual, spatial and political transformation of a country

'The Reagan Administration, South Africa and Nuclear Cooperation'
Javan Frazier, Auburn University

'Whose Nazareth Baptist Church?: Prophecy, Power and Schism in South Africa'
Joel Tishken, Columbus State University

'Building, Occupying and Invading Land alongside Tafelberg Road Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town: Observations of a Mediator'
Mary Simons, University of Cape Town and East Carolina University

Panel chair and discussant: Aran MacKinnon, State University of West Georgia

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch and Address by Prof. Tim Hynes, Vice President for Academic Affairs, State University of West Georgia

1:30 - 2:00: SERSAS Business meeting

2:00 - 3:45: Panel 3: Land Labor, Capital and Science: Regional forces in African and colonial history

'Unfinished Business: Land Reform in Coastal Kenya, 1908-1920s'
Hamidin Bin Abd Hamid, University of Malaya (Unable to Attend)

'Kinder Gentler Colonialism?: African Servility and Colonial Forced Labor in French West Africa'
Tim Cleaveland, University of Georgia

'Contested Identities: The History of Science in Africa, The Dogon and the Implications for the Teaching of World History'
Arletha D. Livingston, Georgia State University (Unable to Attend)

'The Integration Of Nile Valley Diaspora Merchants Within Kordofan, ca. 1750
David Decker, University of South Carolina at Sumter

'The History of Botswana and the Kalahari as Seen Through Films'
Neil Parsons, University of Botswana

Chair and discussant: Nonso Okereafoezeke, Western Carolina University

3:45: Concluding remarks and end of the conference

Suggested Accommodations:

A. Maple Street Inn -- a nice B&B close to the University; nightly room rate is approx. $75 plus tax; 338 Maple St., Carrollton, GA, Tel (770) 214-8950

B. The Jameson Inn -- chain motel near the university; nightly room rate is approx. $65 plus tax; 700 South Park St., Tel (770) 834-2600

C. Holiday Inn Express -- chain hotel/motel about 5 miles to campus; nightly room rate is approx. $70 plus tax; 104 Cottage Hill Road, Carrollton, tel (770) 838-0508

D. Days Inn -- chain motel about 5 miles from campus; nightly room rate is approx. $60 plus tax; 180 Centenial Rd., Carrollton Crossroads Center, tel (770) 214-0037

SERSAS takes great pride in providing a friendly and collegial atmosphere which facilitates the open exchange of scholarly perspectives. Faculty are encouraged to bring graduate and undergraduate students as a means of introducing them to the workings of an academic conference.

For more information contact
Dr. Aran S. MacKinnon
Department of History
State University of West Georgia
1600 Maple St., Carrollton, GA, 30118
Tel. (770) 836-4554

    Contact the SERSAS Coordinators
Aran MacKinnon
Nonso Okereafoezeke

Join SERSAS/Renew Dues
Email James W. Brown, Treasurer or see him at the conference.

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First Online Edition: 23 February 2003
Last Revised: 11 May 2005