UNIZULU Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 2018
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UNIZULU Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 2018

The UNIZULU HSS conference organizing committee invites you to participate in the 9th annual Zululand Humanities and Social Sciences Conference scheduled to take place from 17 to 19 October 2018 at the UNIZULU Science Centre, Richards Bay, South Africa.
One of the major challenges faced by African countries is that of economic performance by individual states and the African continent at large.  The major theme arising from this is the extent to which citizens have been able or not able to meet their production and reproduction needs as individuals and as groups.  This has led to an analysis of poverty levels and the extent to which African countries have achieved economic development.  Some scholars have paid particular attention to an analysis of economic development and attainment of human basic needs.  This approach borrows substantially from Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs.  This is a concept that deals with issues of absolute poverty, especially their measurement.
The concept of human basic needs provides an opportunity for academics and those interested in improving the quality of life in African societies to interrogate different aspects of human survival under extremely difficult conditions.  The subject can be addressed from a multi and interdisciplinary approach to produce a holistic picture of the extent to which African people have made economic gains or failed to do so after achieving political independence from colonialism.  The approach makes it possible to interrogate issues of food (security or insecurity), shelter, education, healthcare, clothing, sanitation, and the general security architecture that is centred on human beings rather than states.  Underlying all these issues of production and reproduction are the dynamics surrounding resources and the allocation thereof.  The land question has refused to go away for several countries in the Southern African region.  This is manifested by the fact that most countries are finding it difficult to untangle the complications ushered in by the expansion of Western imperialism.

•    Independence and the land question: interrogating successes and failures
•    Governess and human basic needs
•    Land ownership in Southern Africa
•    The political economy of water availability and distribution
•    Government policy and the challenge of climate change
•    Gender and vulnerability to different levels of poverty
•    Language, arts and communicating strategies for development
•    Human security and economic development
•    Rural development
•    Sustainable development
•    Information and Communication Technology for  Development
•    Information, knowledge and society
•    Poverty alleviation

Submissions are invited on any topic within the main theme and subthemes listed above, in any one of the following formats:
  • Full Research Paper (FRP) reporting on completed research
  • Research-in-Progress (RIP) paper focusing on not yet complete research, or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback, and
  • Poster Papers (PP) enabling participants to interact on one-to-one basis with presenters and in Workshops.
  • Presentations of papers should not exceed 25 minutes.
  • At least one of the authors of qualifying papers must present the paper at the conference.
  • Qualifying papers from FRP will be published in peer-reviewed proceedings (this requires that papers be submitted to the Committee two months prior to the Conference for peer-review)
Important dates:
  • Submission of abstracts by 20 July
  • Notice of acceptance by 31 July
  • Submission of full final papers for peer-review (for those wishing to submit for publication in Conference proceedings) by 30 August
  • Submission of poster papers by 15 September
  • Abstract submissions should include:
  • title of paper
  • name(s) of author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • abstract of not more than 300 words should consist of: purpose of the paper, methodology, results, conclusions, recommendations and implications, keywords.
  • Final submissions should be in Arial, font size 12, 1.5 spacing on A4.
• final Full Research Papers of 3000 - 5000 words (16 pages)
• final Research in Progress Papers of 2500-3000 words (6 pages).
• final Poster Papers of 2000 words (3 pages).
All submissions to: Nelisiwe Ndlovu: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Victor Mlambo: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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