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CIRCoRe Conference: Deadline for submission of abstracts extended to 29 April 2024

​Stellenbosch University (SU) will soon be hosting a conference, entitled “Controversies in the use of race and other human categorisations in the South African higher education sector". This conference will be held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) from 12 to 13 June 2024 and is organised by the CIRCoRe Workstream IV: Race, Human Categorisation and Science (RHCS).

The conference aims to interrogate the case for the use of human group descriptors in the sciences with a focus on the use of race and its attendant problems. This includes problems such as the questionable use of race in various disciplinary settings in the social and natural sciences from anthropology to forensic science. This conference also aims to explore the role of antiquated views about human beings and their groupings in the perpetuation of scientific racism in South Africa.

12-13 June 2024

STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch


Request for the submission of papers 

Click here to view the conference brief.

Submission of abstracts
Submission deadline: 29 April 2024
Communication of acceptances: 10 May 2024
Submissions should be addressed to the organising committee of the RHCS conference, using the e-mail address

Registration and costs

  • Fulltime faculty at a South African university: R1 500
  • Postdocs, students, adjunct staff and research associates: R1 000
  • Non-academic staff: R1 000
  • General public: R1 000

There is a limited number of seats available for this conference. Payment details will be communicated to successful applicants to the conference.