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School of Human and Social Sciences 3rd Postgraduate Symposium 2019

28 August 2019

Theme: Democracy in Africa

Postcolonial African politics remain evidently opaque. To a large extent some governments are either inefficient and / riddled with corruption and kleptocracy. Despite the UN’s declaration of Human Rights, a significant percentage of the African population still face  hunger, poverty, diseases, ignorance, violence and crime. The 3rd Human and Social Sciences postgraduates symposium engages with some of these political and social challenges in contemporary Africa. The symposium provides a platform for students, academics, scholars, researchers with different backgrounds and experience to present their fifteen minutes papers on the theme “Democracy in Africa”. Insightful and analytic academic papers on the following sub-themes are invited:

  • Media and Communication and reporting on elections,
  • Development and politics,
  • Youth, Gender and self-representation,
  • Narratives and discourses on change,
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems and postcolonialism,
  • Arts, culture, language and literature,
  • Or any theme that deals with democracy in Africa

Please kindly submit an abstract of 300 words by the 15th August 2019. Your abstract should contain a title, your full name, affiliation, email address and mobile number.

Outstanding papers will be further developed into 6000 word chapters to be included in an envisaged peer reviewed book tentatively titled Democracy in Africa, earmarked for publication in Spring 2020.


All postgraduate students and academics in the School of Human and Social Sciences and / or other related fields are invited to submit abstracts from their current research. Researchers whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to deliver their papers during the day long symposium. Presenters will deliver a 15-minute paper followed by a five-minute question and answer session. Registration is free and the cost of teas and refreshments will be covered for all participants. For more information, contact: hss@univen.ac.za  073 468 1558/ 073 243 0828/ 082 950 5926