UP hosts top political thinkers at South African Association of Political Studies conference

Posted on September 27, 2018

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences is set to host the biennial conference of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) at its Hatfield Campus from 1 to 3 October. 
The conference will focus on questions surrounding change and continuity in politics, development and international relations in Africa and the world. The art and science of politics and international relations has experienced rapid and major changes globally in the past decade or more, which of course has important implications for how researchers, political reporters, political analysts and other affected parties do their work. 
As a result of these changes in the political realm at national, regional and international levels, new ideas, tools of analysis, methods, theories, theses and questions have also emerged. However, these changes also raise questions around whether they are mere shifts which represent continuities in varying forms or real changes and discontinuities from the norm; change without change? Also, what change is desirable and ideal?  
The media and other interested parties are invited to attend the plenary sessions, panels and roundtables, which are expected to critically reflect on the dynamic interface between change and continuity across a range of sub-themes.
Speakers include: 
1. Dr Godwin Murunga, Executive Secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research   in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal 
2. Prof Marianne Kneuer, President, International Political Science Association (IPSA), Montreal, Canada
3. Prof Lawrence Hamilton, SARCHI/Newton Research Chair in Political theory, Witwatersrand and Cambridge
4. Dr Molapo Qhobela, Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa
5. Dr Sithembile Mbete, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria. She will be speaking in a round-table discussion on the politics of anti-corruption and regime change in Africa.
6. Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
For more information please contact:
Prof Christopher Isike, Conference Chair
Prof Siphamandla Zondi, Head of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria 
Conference venue: Sanlam Auditorium, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus
Dates: 1 – 3 October 2018
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