ASG 2022 Conference — Thank Yous and Image Gallery

African Studies Group
9 min readNov 3, 2022


By Franka Vaughan.

On behalf of the African Studies Group at the University of Melbourne, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in our recent conference ‘Reimagining Migration in (out) of Africa in the Post-pandemic World: Taking Stock and Building Resilience’ convened in partnership with the African Research and Engagement in Australia Initiative (AREiA).

We appreciate the time you took to attend the conference either in person or on zoom and your contributions to the various sessions and discussions. Those engagements have given us a sense of deep reflections and thoughts as we forge ahead with similar events in the future.

Special thanks to Professor Patricia Daley of Oxford University who came all the way to the down under to give what was a poignant and reflective Public Lecture on ‘Decolonising Asylum: Colonialism, Racism and Humanitarianism in the Shaping of Refugee (Un) Belonging in East Africa’. Words alone cannot express how grateful we are to Professor Daley for engaging with the student organisers and all aspect of the conference and beyond. Ayekoo!

Enormous gratitude are owed to the incredible ASG Conference Team, whose tireless efforts created this very important space for critical thinking and action: Dominic Roche, Eyram Ivy Sedzro, Franka Vaughan (Chair), Jean Pierre Ndabakuranye, Katy Pui Man Chan, Kofi Bediako (Vice Chair), Mireille (Mimi) Kayeye, Moses Mensah, and Rebecca Tamusuza Nalwanga

Advisors: A/Prof Bina Fernandez, Dr Kennedy Mbeva and Dr Matthew Gmalifo Mabefam, PhD

Volunteers: Mira Bouchmouny, Puvaneswary (Puva) Ponniah, Manisha Khokhar, Sobia Masood, Naomi Btadig Taylor, Kianga Machel

Gold Sponsors/Funders

  • African Engagement Platform
  • Stephen Ho
  • Scanlon Foundation Research Institute
  • The University of Melbourne: School of Social and Political Sciences, Anthropology and Development Studies Department, Chancellery International, Graduate School Association, African Research and Engagement in Australia Initiative (AREiA), Melbourne Social Equity Institute

My name is Franka Vaughan, but you can call me Madame President! It has been my absolute pleasure serving as the Chair of the 2022 ASG Conference Team. you can read my post-conference reflections and highlights here.

Franka, Madame President with Mimi — happy 😃 times

See below a gallery of the pictures taken to mark the conference days:

Until next time …



African Studies Group

ASG is an association of researchers with interests in African studies hosted by the University of Melbourne.