Every two years since 1970, the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) has held its biennial meeting, occasions at which most of the Africanist archaeologist community has the opportunity to unite and present the most recent research developments.
Preceding meetings were held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2010, Toronto, Canada, in 2012, and in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014. In 2010 and 2014 this meeting was held conjointly with the PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress.
The next biennial SAfA meeting will be held in Toulouse, France, from 26 June to 2 July 2016. This is the first time since its creation that the Society of Africanist Archaeologists will hold its meeting in France.
For more information about Toulouse, the "Pink City": http://www.toulouse-tourisme.com
Toulouse is also the capital city of the Midi-Pyrénées region. For more information about the great tourist sites, gastronomy, and vineyards in the region: http://www.tourism-midi-pyrenees.co.uk
A city with distinctive architecture, Toulouse is nicknamed the "ville rose" (or "Pink City") due to the colour of the terra cotta bricks used as the local traditional construction material. Another nicknames is the "Cité des violettes" (or "City of Violets") because of the still existing Violet Brotherhood in Toulouse, where production of this flower was once very important.
Home to Airbus, Toulouse is today a European technology center that has many industries associated with aeronautics, computing and space, as well as several research institutes. The Pink City has undergone high population growth, the highest among European cities with more than 850,000 inhabitants. This is an important student town, the fourth in France with more than 100,000 students, with prestigious cultural centers including the museum of modern and contemporary art "Les Abattoirs", the Saint Raymond Museum (classical archaeology), the Bemberg Foundation, the Cité de l’Espace (space museum), the National Theatre of Toulouse and the Cinémathèque movie theatre.
Toulouse is consistently ranked among the top cities in France for its quality of life.
Transport / access to Toulouse: http://www.so-toulouse.com/