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Human Sciences Research Council hosts strategies on South Africa's AU chairship

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HSRC's 50/90 Commemoration 2018-2020

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In 2019, the HSRC commemorated its 50th anniversary undertaking a series of critical engagements around the social and human sciences in the period April 2018 to May 2020. The engagements enabled documentation, the building of the HSRC archive, reflection, learning, appreciation, promotion in the public domain, and critical debate on the relationship between social and human science research, the state and society at large. Read more about the Commemoration.

Social cohesion: The missing link in overcoming violence and inequality?

The aim of this study is to understand the importance of strong social cohesion in the cities of Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, which suffer from high levels of inequality, poverty, and violence. More info.


19 November 2020 | US-Africa relations: Biden needs to focus on economic policies and diplomacy rather than China-Africa relations

By Funeka Yazini AprilWhile US president-elect Joe Biden has favoured greater US engagement with Africa to counter growing Chinese influence on the co....

19 November 2020 | New NRF SARCHI Chair in African Feminist Imaginations for Mandela Uni

Nelson Mandela University wishes to announce a second National Research Foundation (NRF) SARCHI Research Chair in Humanities. The Research Chair on Af....

18 November 2020 | The Future of Work in a Post COVID-19 Africa: Engaging Knowledge Production and Knowledge Systems

Call for abstracts The Future of Work in a Post COVID-19 Africa: Engaging Knowledge Production and Knowledge Systems*~*The COVID-19 pandemic is redef....