Conference: Celebrating a Century of Geography in South Africa

Dates: 25 - 29 September 2016


Where: STIAS conference centre

Venue: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Conveners: The Society of South African Geographers

The first South African university lecturer in geography, James Hutcheon, was appointed to a position in the then South African School of Mines and Technology (later the University of the Witwatersrand, Wits) in 1917. A hundred years later, in 2016, there will be over 150 scholars teaching geography at 16 university departments across the country. The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) invites you to join them in celebrating a century of geography teaching and research at tertiary level in South Africa by attending this historic occasion to be held at the STIAS conference centre in Stellenbosch (50km from Cape Town).

Participants at the 2016 SSAG conference will celebrate, rethink and reinterpret the multiplicity of facets of geography, both in a historical and contemporary South African context. The five-day conference will host geographers (academics and students) from around the world and feature the following:

  • Keynote presentations from distinguished South African and other international scholars and researchers
  • The latest research: Presentations and posters by geography scholars and students from around the world who have a special interest in South African geography
  • Exhibit hall:  Booths and exhibits showcasing recent publications and new geographic technologies
  • Workshops:  A writing workshop for emerging academics
  • Field trips:  Attendees also will have several options to explore the rich human and physical geography of the Cape Winelands and the Cape Town metropolitan region through informative field trips and excursions during and after the conference
  • Special events

More information about the conference, such as the timeline and key deadlines for registration and submission of abstracts, how to organize a special session and specific conference themes, will be announced in December 2015. Website: or get on the mailing list: [email protected]​.

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2 Responses to “Conference: Celebrating a Century of Geography in South Africa”


    I am a MSc student at the University of Limpopo in Geography. I would like to find out if there are are sponsors for the conference because I would love to attend and present but I dont have any funding.

    • BrendonB

      Hi Maropene,

      Please contact the conference organisers directly with your query.


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