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The South African Humanities Deans Association (SAHUDA), in partnership with the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), are pleased to announce SAHUDA’s 2nd Biennial National Conference to be co-hosted by the University of Limpopo (UL) and the University of Venda (UNIVEN).


Humanity’s Imminent Crisis: An Urgent Call for the Restoration of Peace, Stability, and Well-Being.


Anchored by the conference theme, “Humanity’s Imminent Crisis: An Urgent Call for the Restoration of Peace, Stability, and Well-Being”, the following conference topics are proposed, and all seek to answer the question, What role can Africa play in maintaining global peace, stability, and wellbeing, especially considering the recent COVID-19 scare and the strained state of international relations? An emphasis is placed on how the emergence of decoloniality and indigenization discourses emerge as prospects for the restoration of humanity’s peace, stability, and wellbeing.

The conference will be structured around six main topics:

  • History, Memory, and Politics
  • Law and Developmental Studies
  • Cultural Identities, Cultural Diversity, and Intercultural Relations
  • Psychology, Disharmony, and Mental Wellbeing
  • Philosophy, Religion and Education Studies
  • Arts, Communication, and Media Studies:

Along with the pre-selected topics that seek to respond to the key conference question, SAHUDA and NIHSS welcome submissions from all social sciences and humanities-related fields and encourage speakers to respond to related issues guided by humanistic methodologies and epistemologies. Oral and poster presentations from the arts, humanities, and social sciences, digital humanities, environmental humanities, medical humanities, and business humanities are welcome.


Abstract opening date:14 August 2023
Abstract submission closing date:08 September 2023
Abstract feedback date:20 September 2023
Due date for registrations:03 October 2023
Payment due date:09 October 2023



Call for abstracts and online registration are open, Click here.

Please take note:

The registration fee covers registration, refreshments during the day, lunch for each day and a conference bag. Accommodation and transportation can be arranged individually or through the Ranch resort’s reception (see information under venue and location).

Option Fee (Vat inclusive)
Rate (Alumni/Academic Staff)R2 200.00
Rate (Current Students)R1 200.00
Cancellation fees

  1. Alumni/Academic Staff
  2. Students
R1 200.00
R 600. 00
Payment reference number Q321/0684Email proof of payment to
(For the student category, both proof of registration and payment must be submitted. The proof documents can be sent to

All registration fees are to be paid using the STANDARD BANK ACCOUNT with the following details:

Name of account holder: University of Limpopo
Account number: 030131405
Account type: Business Current Account
Branch: Polokwane
Branch code: 052548
Branch code (electronic payments): 051001

**NB, Use Q321/0684 as a reference for all payments.


In the event that the conference is cancelled due to unforeseen reasons, the Organising Committee takes no responsibility for expenses incurred.

ENQUIRIES Important conference contact details:

Contact number: 015 268 ext. 4895/3942/3504

(SAHUDA website user manual)
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