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Humanities and Social Sciences Awards 2020 Call for Submission

NIHSS Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards will be awarded in the following categories:


  • Non-Fiction Best Non-Fiction Monograph; Best Non-Fiction - Edited Volume
  • Fiction Best Fiction Single Authored volume; Best Fiction - Edited Volume                          


  • Best Public Performance (art festival, choreography, dance, theatre, puppetry);
  • Best Musical Composition/Arrangement;
  • Best Visual Art (painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, installation art, video art, sound art, mixed media to performance art, curatorial projects, art books);
  • Best Exhibition Catalogue


  • Best DH visualization or infographic;
  • Best DH project for community Engagement.

The Awards are for Books published between January 2018 and June 2019, as well as Creative Collections and Digital Contributions produced between January 2017 and June 2019. The Awards are open to South African publishers and scholars based in South African universities and independent artists linked to universities. The value of the Award is R65 000 per winning entry.

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 22 November 2019

Please download the 2020 HSS Guideline here for more details about submissions.

Please submit your application by registering or loging on at https://gms.nihss.ac.za

Please direct all queries to Ms Vuyo Dlamini (E: awards@nihss.ac.za, T: 011 480 2300/35) and for all technical supports please call 011 480 2300/28.

Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 Awards Winners

HSS Awards 2019 Winners

Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 Awards Winners

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018 reflect the relevance and vibrancy of South Africa’s HSS community

This year’s winners of the third South African Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018, hosted by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), include My Own Liberator (Pan Macmillan South Africa) by Dikgang Moseneke for Best Non-Fiction Monograph; joint-winners for the Best Non-Fiction Edited Volume, Sol Plaatjes Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present (Wits University Press) by Brian Willan; Janet Remmington; Bhekizizwe Peterson, and Hanging on a Wire (Fourthwall Books) by Rick Rodhe; Siona O'Connell; Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories (Modjaji Books) by Jolyn Phillips for Best Fiction Single Authored; When the moon waxes red by Sharlene Khan for Best Visual Art; Kafka’s Ape by Tony Miyambo and Phala Phala for Best Public Performance; Noem My Skollie by Kyle Shepherd for Best Musical Composition; Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes by Christine Lucia for Best Digital Humanities (DH) Project for Community Engagement;  and Artists’ Books in South Africa by David Paton and Jack Ginsberg for Best DH  Visualization or Infographics. Read more...

Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 Awards Winners

2017 Awards winnersThe Humanities and Social Sciences: Book, Creative and Digital Awards (2017) hosted by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) in a ceremony held last night (29 March 2017) announced its winners. From the respective categories, the winners are Book: Non-Fiction Monograph: (joint-winners) “Declassified - Moving beyond the dead-end of race in South Africa” by Maré, Gerhard (Jacana Media), and “Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid” by Baderoon, Gabeba (Wits University Press); Book: Non-Fiction Edited Volume: “Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid” by Harrison, Philip; Gotz, Graeme; Todes, Alison and Wray, Chris (Wits University Press); Book: Fiction Single Authored (Novel): “What Will People Say” by Rossouw, Rehana (Jacana Media); Book: Fiction Single Authored (Poetry): A Half Century Thing by Rampolokeng, Lesego (Black Ghost Books); Creative Collections: Best Pubic Performance: BodyTech - The Ar(t)chive: co-founded by Denyschen, Jessica and Sichel, Adrienne; Best Musical Composition: Explorations: South African flute music by Stoltz, Liesl; Best Visual Art: Penny Siopis Time and Again, edited and co-edited by Olivier, Gerrit and Siopis, Penny; and Digital Humanities Contributions: South African History Online Website by Badsha, Omar. Read more...

Humanities and Social Sciences 2016 Awards Winners

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ (NIHSS) 2nd Annual Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards are open to all academics, curators and artists who are based at participating South African universities working to advance the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). A key aim of the annual Awards is to give special recognition and celebrate outstanding, innovative and socially responsive works by those members of the HSS community who are undertaking the necessary labour of creating post – apartheid and post – colonial forms of scholarship, creative and digital humanities productions. The awards provide an opportunity to cast a deserving limelight to those intellectual-creative workers whose contributions often goes unnoticed both in the academy and society at large. These include the authors, playwrights, poets, artists, curators and publishers who ensure that we can enjoy these final products.

Finally, the (NIHSS) 2nd Annual Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards breathes life to the ideas expressed in the Humanities Charter to increase the recognition afforded to book and creative outputs; reposition these scholarly contributions as having public-value; and increase their appreciation and the role they play in building sustainable social cohesion and the re-imagining of the HSS.