Virtual Inaugural Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Conference
Humanities and Social Sciences in the era of a pandemic
 04 November - 05 November 2020


The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) will host the Inaugural Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Conference on the theme Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in the era of a pandemic, 4-5 November 2020.  The conference aims to bring together NIHSS alumni in the various disciplines to explore the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of the pandemic and considerations for the future. The conference will provide a forum for practical, theoretical, empirical, and policy research, in the broad areas of:

  • Solidarity, collective action and community engagements;
  • Psycho-social dynamics, effects, and interventions;
  • National, regional, and global developments and responses;
  • Teaching, learning, assessments, virtual supervision and mentoring;
  • Other (alternative themes). 

The purpose of the conference is to promote HSS collaboration and create academic space for meaningful contribution in the context of the pandemic and other economic and societal challenges. The conference will provide NIHSS alumni with the following opportunities:

  • Present and showcase scholarly their work in parallel and thematic sessions
  • Explore possibilities of publishing papers presented at the conference
  • Strengthen engagement and networking between scholars, partners and stakeholders
  • Establish an HSS Alumni Association


  • All NIHSS Alumni


Abstract Submission Details

Complete the online abstract and full paper application form at https://www.nihss.ac.za/content/alumni-abstract-and-full-paper-application

  • Abstracts must be no more than 600 words.
  • Abstracts must include: the significance of the topic, a description of the key issues being addressed, the methods utilised or that you plan to utilise, and preliminary ideas and findings, and/or emerging conclusions.
  • Abstracts should be original work which has not been published or presented elsewhere before the Conference.

Full Paper Submission Guideline

Submit your full paper at https://www.nihss.ac.za/content/alumni-full-paper-submission-application

i)    Title page must contain the following:

(a)  Full title of the paper with full contact details of author including email, and affiliation

ii)   Abstract (150-200 words)

iii)  The length of the paper should be 5000 – 7 000 words.

(a)  The Chicago Referencing Style must be used, that is, references are cited in the text by the author(s) name(s), the year of publication and the page number(s) in brackets. For example (Gumede, 2003: 370), including the full list of references that appears at the end of the paper.

(b)  Endnotes should be kept to a minimum and should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references.

(c)   Tables, figures, and graphics should be imbedded within the text.

(d)  The full paper must be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font size, in 1,5 spacing.

(e)  The submission file must be in Microsoft Word, RTF, and WordPerfect format.

(f)    The full paper must be uploaded in the system


Data costs will be covered by the NIHSS.


  • Abstract (24 September 2020)
  • Notification of acceptation of abstract (30 September 2020)
  • Full papers (19 October 2020)


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Call for Expression of Interest



Serving on the HSS Alumni Association’s Executive Committee is a prestigious role, and one that will be greatly appreciated by the Institute.  The HSS Alumni Association’s purpose is to build relationships between the Institute and its 200+ graduates. The Association will be a direct support structure of the NIHSS.

You are hereby invited to express your interest or to nominate a peer with leadership, collaborative and strategic planning skills.  The Institute is in search of individuals who will be committed to the HSS Alumni Association and the NIHSS and willing to volunteer their time and talent.  Please submit your information and/or nomination online at https://www.nihss.ac.za/content/alumni-expression-interest


In response to expression of interest, kindly submit the following documentation:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

Please note that when nominating a peer; submit a motivation letter supporting their nomination and the nominee’s comprehensive CV/Resume

An internal nominating committee will evaluate eligible candidates and produce a slate of candidates for voting and approval by members present at the Inaugural Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Conference in November 2020. 

PLEASE SEND QUERIES TO Alumni@nihss.ac.za.

On behalf of the NIHSS, thank you for your time and consideration.  Looking forward to seeing you!