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SASA Conference 2024

The SASA 29th Annual Congress 2024 will be hosted by Stellenbosch University on 1-4 July 2024. The theme this year is "Sociology and its Publics: Institutions, Audiences, and Vocabularies in a New Era of Contestation." For more information: https://www.sociology.africa/annual-conference

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BOOK LAUNCH, 16 MAY 2024

Contested Karoo; Interdisciplinary perspectives on change and continuity in South Africa’s drylands, edited by Cherryl Walker and M Timm Hoffman and published by UCT Press, to be launched from 5-7 pm, at Hlanganani Junction, UCT library (Upper campus). RSVP using this link https://uct.ac.za.libcal.com/event/12422538

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Dr. Malope presents in Maputo

At the University of University of Eduardo Mondlane Dr. Malope presented on extractivism in the resource frontier of the Karoo. According to him "the common thread was the exploitation of people and nature in the name of profit".

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2024 Induction Fieldtrip

In early February, our team embarked on the annual induction fieldtrip. We visited Sutherland, Canarvon, Prieska, Van Wyksvlei, Williston and Calvinia. Over the course of the trip many of our new and older members identified possible research topics. A highlight was Prof. Nigel Penn, giving a seminar on top of the Hantamberg a site of historic significance.

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Conference

On the 15 November 2023 we hosted a successful workshop entitled “Engaging with Socio-Ecological Crises in the Karoo and Beyond: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences”.

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PUBLICATION OF ‘COSMOPOLITAN KAROO: VIEWS FROM THE FIELD’

This limited-edition book of photographs taken in the course of fieldwork by members of the Chair’s research team between 2016 and 2022, edited by Stephanie Borchardt and Cherryl Walker, has recently been published. Copies are being distributed to various town, university libraries and research partners.

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International conferences

Dr Tumi Malope, will be presenting a paper at a conference in Munich, Germany, and Prof Robins and Dr. Stef Borchardt will be presenting papers at the ‘African Futures’ European Conference on African Studies in Cologne, Germany from 31 May-3 June, 2023. Prof Robins will also co-convene an ECAS panel.

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RETIREMENT OF CHERRYL WALKER

After seven years in the Chair, Cherryl Walker is formally retiring at the end of March 2023. Prof Steven Robins is taking over as Interim Research Leader, pending the finalisation of the NRF’s call for Replacement Chairs later this year. Prof Walker has several ongoing research projects to work on and looks forward to continued collaboration with the Chair.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO STEF BORCHARDT AND BASHEER ARRIES

who will be graduating on Monday 27th March, Stef with a PhD for her dissertation on household energy poverty in De Aar (a renewable energy hub) and Basheer for his MA (with distinction) on local development needs and aspirations in Amandelboom, Williston.

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2023 INCEPTION FIELD TRIP

The Chair had a successful field trip the 7th-13th February 2023 through Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Kenhardt, Loeriesfontein and Calvinia, during which they met with research associates and visited various projects, and museums.

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