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CIRCoRE Conference​

Controversies in the use of race and other human categorisations in the South African higher education sector

Stellenbosch University (SU) will 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: 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. ​

Please see this article for more context and information.


Event details

Dates: 12-13 June 2024
Time: 09:00-17:00
Venue: STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch (


Conference brief


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Please click here for the final programme (downloadable PDF) and list of speakers.​​ 

Keynote spea​​kers

Prof Crain Soudien, Emeritus Professor of Education and African Studies at the University of Cape Town, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday 12 June 2024. 

Prof Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University will deliver the keynote address on Thursday 13 June 2024. 


Registration and costs

  • Registration closes on Wednesday 5 June 2024.​
  • 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

Please click here to register for the conference. A limited number of seats are available. Payment details will be communicated to successful applicants.​​​


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