South Africa: Conferences






2015 Conferences

  • 7th Edition Africities Summit, 29 November--3 December 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa: "Southern African Pasts Before the Colonial Era, Their Archives, and Their Ongoing Present/Presence," July 16-18, 2015
    ***The extended deadline for proposals is February 12, 2015!

2014 Conferences

  • New York Law School: Twenty Years of South African Constitutionalism, November 14-16, 2014 (New York)
    ***Registration fee.
    "This symposium seeks to generate an interdisciplinary encounter that is both wide-ranging and firmly focused on the persistent question of what law can accomplish and how."
  • International Union of Architects World Congress, August 3-7, 2014, Durban, South Africa Co-sponsored by the South African Institute of Architects, Randburg, South Africa.
  • African Literature Association: 40th Annual Conference of the ALA-- "Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living In and Beyond the Shadows of Apartheid," April 9-13, 2014, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
    --See also: African Literature Association Home Page (via Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • 14th Congress of the PanAfrican Archaeological Association of Prehistory and Related Studies, July 14-18, 2014, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 18th Poetry Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal--Durban, October 13-18, 2014 (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
    The site offers information on the festival and conference; plus highlights, biographies, and bibliographies from previous festivals: 2002-2013.
  • 17th Time of the Writer= Le Temps des Ecrivains, International Festival of Writers, University of KwaZulu-Natal--Durban, March 17-24, 2014 (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
    This site provides information about the programme, the participants, and related links; plus information on previous festivals.


  • 6th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference, October 6-11, 2013, Durban, South Africa Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM, Stockholm, Sweden; via South African Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa)
  • 16th Time of the Writer = Le Temps des Ecrivains, International Festival of Writers, University of KwaZulu-Natal--Durban, March 18-23, 2013 (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
    This site provides information about the programme, the participants, and related links.
  • Africa Energy Indaba, February 19-21, 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
    "Presented by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) in association with the World Energy Council, and supported by the African Union and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency."
  • Conference on "The Durban Moment: Revisiting Politics, Labour, Youth, and Resistance in the 1970s," February 21-23, 2013, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (via SAHO--South African History Online, Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa)
    Registration and abstracts and papers are availalble online.

2012 Conferences

  • 16th Poetry Africa, 15-19 October 2012, Durban, South Africa (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
    There is also a Poetry Africa tour, October 6-20, 2012. This site provides information about the programme, the participants, and related links.

2011 Conferences

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2011: Durban, South Africa,
    November 28-December 9, 2011
    (UNFCCC, Bonn, Germany)
    • The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UNFCCC and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol.
    • Official site of COP17/CMP7, Durban, South Africa
    • See also: Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change
  • Poetry Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal--Durban, October 2011 (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
    15th Poetry Africa, October 17-22, 2011
    The site offers information on the upcoming poetry festival and conference; plus highlights, biographies, and bibliographies from previous festivals: 2002-2009.
  • South African History Online: "One Hundred Years of the ANC: Debating Liberation Histories and Democracy Today," 20-24 September 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa
    uKhongolose--100 Years of Struggle for Freedom: a joint venture between SAHO, the History Workshop at the University of Witwatersrand and the Department of Historical Studies University of Johannesburg.The deadline for abstracts/proposals is February 28, 2011.
  • "Women Changing Africa" -- Barnard's 2011 Global Symposia, March 15, 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa (Barnard College, Columbia University, New York)

2010 Conferences

2009 Conferences

2005-2008 Conferences

2004 Conferences

  • Conference on "African Development and Poverty Reduction: The Macro-Micro Linkage," Somerset West, South Africa, 13-15 October 2004. Co-sponsored by the Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, and Cornell University--USA. (Cape Town, South Africa)
    The deadline for proposals in April 15, 2004.
  • International Conference on A Decade of Freedom: Celebrating the Role of the International Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa's Freedom Struggle, 10-13 October 2004, Durban, South Africa. Sponsored by the University of Kwazulu-Natal.
  • IDLELO: First African Conference on the Digital Commons, January 11-15, 2004, Cape Town, South Africa. Co-sponsored by The Free Software, Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), and African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) project, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa)

2003 Conferences

  • 5th Annual African Development Finance Conference and Awards 2003, 8-9 October 2003, Johannesburg, South Africa (via Africa Centre for Investment Analysis, University of Stellenbosch, Bellville, South Africa)
  • Highway Africa 2003 Conference, 8-10 September, Grahamstown, South Africa (South Africa)
    • "Highway Africa is a major continental conference on new media issues for journalists, which aims to bring African media into the centre of debates about the Global Information Society. It includes panel discussions and debates, as well hands-on skills training workshops. The seventh year of this annual meeting of the African journalism community is organised by the Rhodes University Department of Journalism and Media Studies in Grahamstown, South Africa and co-hosted by the SABC."
    • Conferences 1997-2002
  • 19th International Political Science Association World Congress, Durban, South Africa, 29 June - 4 July 2003: "Democracy, Tolerance, Justice: challenges for political change" (IPSA, Canada)
    This site offers general information, the program, and an index of participants; plus, a link to the IPSA home page.
  • TAMA 2003 South Africa--Technology in Advanced Management Applications Conference, 17-21 February 2003, Pretoria, South Africa: "Multilingual Knowledge and Technology Transfer."
    This website contains general information, thematic outlines and the programme. Warning: no abstracts.
  • World Economic Forum: Reports from the Africa Economic Summit, June 2003, Durban, South Africa...and WEF Annual Meetings since 1999(Geneva, Switzerland)
    • This site includes summaries of the discussions and information about the participants, plus overall reports. "The WEF is a business-centered organization acting as an interface with all stakeholders in society...membership is primarily drawn from the world's 1,000 leading global companies..."
    • WEF Home Page (General)

2002 Conferences

  • African Union Summit, June 28 - July 10, 2002, Durban, South Africa (The Government of South Africa, Pretoria)
    This is the official English language web site for the OAU/AU Summit....inaugurating the new "African Union" and discussions on "Peace, Development and Prosperity: The African Century".
  • Business Day's NEPAD Conference, December 5-6, 2002, Cape Town (ABSA Corporate & Merchant Bank and Omega Investment Research, South Africa)
    Registration required: The website includes the full proceedings of a conference on "New Partnership for Africa's Development" (NEPAD), held at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (text, video, and audio files available); related reports in PDF format; plus order information for the CD-ROM version.
  • Earth Summit 2002--Johannesburg Summit 2002: World Summit on Sustainable Development, 26 August to 4 September 2002, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa (via The United Nations, New York)
  • 2nd Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, Durban, South Africa, 29 July to 2 August 2002 (via M-Web, South Africa)
    Organized by the Commonwealth of Learning (Canada), the South African Institute for Distance Education, and the South African Department of Education, this conference will explore various approaches to 'open and distance learning'.
  • South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences -- SASAS 2002: "Bringing the Pieces Together," 26-28 August 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa (via University of Pretoria, South Africa)
    General information, call for papers (deadlines were May 10 & 15), related information. See also, the SASAS Home Page (via University of Cape Town).

2000-2001 Conferences

  • "Africa Connects: Education in the Internet Age, Cape Town, South Africa, 10-13 July 2001 (Western Cape Schools' Network, SchoolNet SA, International Education and Resource Network--I*EARN, and the University of Cape Town)
    General conference information, call for papers, and registration. The deadline is June 1, 2001. "Using the Internet and computers in schools, to support and transform education. AFRICA CONNECTS will cover a wide range of topics in educational computing and educational use of the Internet, in the form of presentations and hands-on workshops. A central theme will be developing access to technology in Africa and developing countries."
  • ACT 2001: The African Computing & Telecommunications Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 July to 2 August, 2001 (AITEC: African IT Exhibitions and Conferences, Cambridgeshire, UK)
    General information and links.
  • "Combating Racism: A Nation in Dialogue" -- National Conference on Racism 2000, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 30 - September 2, 2000 (via South African Human Rights Commission, Johannesburg)
    Background reports and news, conference details, etc.
  • 6th Annual Conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres, 13-15 June 2000: Kruger National Park, South Africa Co-sponsored by ACCORD and the South African Department of Foreign Affairs.
    General information about the conference and related links.
  • International Association for the Study of Forced Migration: 7th International Research and Advisory Panel, January 8-11, 2001: Eskom Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa (via University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    Call for papers and related links to IASFM. The proposal deadline is April 1, 2000. "The 50th anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Convention will be celebrated in 2001. The Convention has become the tool of refugee protection. Its position in relation to wider human rights has raised, in the course of its 50 years of use, a wide range of questions and issues ... It is appropriate that in this anniversary year, practitioners and scholars join within their association to discuss the state of play -- the record of the past 50 years, the current situation(s) and where the Convention, on paper or in practice, should or could go from here."
  • "World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance" -- Durban, South Africa, 31 August - 7 September 2001 (United Nations, New York)
    • This site features general information, documents, conference-related texts, press releases, etc. See also:

1999 Conferences

  • The Aftermath: Women in Post-War Reconstruction Conference, Johannesburg College of Education, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 20-22, 1999 (via the University of the Witwatersrand)
    General information, agenda, documents, and publications.
  • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Durban, South Africa: November 12-15, 1999 (The Commonwealth Secretariat and South Africa Department of Foreign Affairs, Pretoria; via Durban, South Africa)
    General information, programme, background papers and statements, plus access to the CHOGM Bulletin (including back issues and related links) and an archive of other CHOGM documents.

1998 Conferences & Proceedings

  • "Academic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Building," October 18-21, 1998: an international conference presented by Michigan State University; to be held in East Lansing, Michigan; in collaboration with Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum--Committee on Technikon Principals & South African Universities' Vice Chancellors' Association. (H-Net, Michigan State University)
    "The conference is limited to 250 participants from universities, educational associations, donors, and government agencies from South Africa, Europe, and North America." To register, use the online form.
  • Africa Telecom '98: May 4-9, 1998, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (via International Telecommunication Union, a UN specialized agency, Geneva, Switzerland)
    An exhibition and forum for communications technologies. Previous Africa TELECOMs have taken place in Cairo, Egypt in 1994, Harare, Zimbabwe in 1990, and Nairobi, Kenya in 1986.
  • African Renaissance Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 28-29 September 1998: Misc. Papers (Sponsored by Mafube Publishing, SABC 2 and the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki)
    • Thabo Mbeki's speech at the conference
    • Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja Lecture on "The Crisis in the Great Lakes Region" (Reposted by Africa Policy Information Center, Washington, DC): Part 1 | Part 2
  • "The Challenge to be Relevant in the 21st Century": Annual Conference of the International Association of Technological University Libraries. To be held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, June 1-7, 1998.
    Call for papers & general invitation. Deadline for proposals: November 15, 1997.
  • 12th Non Aligned Movement Summit, 29 August - 3 September 1998, Durban, South Africa (Republic of South Africa, Department of Foreign Affairs)
    This site offers general information about the summit and links of interest for visitors, NAM supporters, and South African research topics. See the Final NAM Statement. PDF format
  • Southern African Association of Archaeologists Conference, 25-28 April 2000 -- Plenary Session Papers ("Archaeology 2000: The Nature of Archaeology in the New Millenium" Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
    Full papers from the plenary sessions by Martin Hall, Janette Deacon, Johan Binneman, Aron Mazel, and A.B. Esterhuysen; plus information about the conference and post-conference excursion -- see the conference home page.