NWU to host South African Sociological Association Congress

Belinda Bantham -- Wed, 06/28/2017 - 08:38

NWU to host South African Sociological Association Congress

The Sociology Department on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng will host the 24th annual South African Sociological Association (SASA) Congress from 2 to 5 July 2017. The theme of the congress is ”#WHATMUSTRISE: Critical sociological reflections on contemporary protest movements“.

The purpose of SASA is to promote sociology and the broader social science among academics from different universities - nationwide and internationally.

In addition, the 24th annual SASA Congress will seek to reflect on the role of protest movements in contemporary society. To what extent have movements – worker, student and community – been successful in winning discursive or structural change, how are movements shaping political and social life, how have movements impacted electoral politics and what is the future of democracy?

Academics, scholars and speakers from various sectors in society have been invited to critically engage with these and other related questions regarding social, political and economic social change in South Africa and beyond during a period of rapidly shifting political landscapes.

The key note speakers include Prof Pitika Ntuli, an expert in African indigenous knowledge systems and a regular political and cultural commentator on TV and radio; and Dr Zulumathabo Zulu, an independent researcher in computational neuroscience, linguistics and indigenous knowledge systems. Dr Zulu has delivered various lectures on African mathematical and indigenous knowledge systems at the University of Johannesburg, the NWU, Central University of Technology and the University of the Free State, among others.

For more information, please contact Ms Boipelo Bahule at 018 389 2243.