Historical Association of South Africa Conference - CFP Deadline: 28 Feb 2020

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2020
South Africa
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies



30 June to 2 July 2020

Hosted By:

Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley – South Africa

Convergences, Complications and Contestations: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight in Southern African Histories

Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley will host the biennial conference of the Historical Association of South Africa in 2020. Named after Sol Plaatje, a South African luminary, intellectual, politician, journalist, linguist, translator and writer, it is the first university established in the post-apartheid era. In many ways a cradle for colonialism, Kimberley is an integral node in the development of the Southern African imperial network. Yet it also represents efforts at mapping a post-colonial intellectual project, not least through the establishment of SPU. The 2020 HASA conference gives us a platform to reflect on the history of Southern Africa from the combination of a new academic institution emerging from a complex history of oppression, struggle and liberation and its location in a city from which the colonial political-economy of the region was founded. If history is indeed “an unending dialogue between the present and the past”, this conference will provide us with a unique opportunity to examine the history of Southern Africa within the leitmotifs of hindsight, insight and foresight. 

The conference aims to broaden our understanding and perspective of the past by interrogating new modes of knowledge and frameworks of historical analysis. The nature of the discipline of history is that it is dynamic, characterised by convergences, complications and contestations. It constantly demands revisiting and reimagining the past. In this and other ways, it encourages us to continue establishing new collaborative fields of scholarly discussion and interaction between international, regional and local specialists on the history of Southern Africa. Thus within the broader confines of the multifaceted themes of historical inquiry, we welcome papers on all aspects of Southern African history.


We welcome the submission of individual paper abstracts or a coordinated set of abstracts as part of a panel proposal submission. All proposals must be submitted online at https://hgsa.co.za/hasa2020-call-for-papers/

Conference Fees:

  • Academic Scholars - ZAR 2 500.00
  • Postdoctoral Fellows - ZAR 2 200.00
  • Postgraduate Students - ZAR 1 800.00

A late registration fee of ZAR 500.00 will be added to the conference fee amounts listed above for delegate registrations after 30 April 2020.

Important Dates:

  • Proposal submission closes: 28 February 2020
  • Registration commences: 1 February 2020
  • Registration ends: 30 April 2020

For more information, please contact the conference organisers at hasa2020@spu.ac.za or visit www.hgsa.co.za


Contact Info: 

Cornelis Muller

Sol Plaatje Univeristy, Kimberley, South Africa