The Historical Association of South Africa is the oldest professional organisation in the country for historians specialising in aspects of southern African history. It was established in Pretoria on 11 February 1956. That same year also saw the first publication of the Association’s internationally accredited journal, Historia. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on aspects of the history of southern Africa, as well as historiographical issues. The journal prides itself on its capacity to disseminate quality academic research that encompasses, but also stretches beyond, the boundaries of the historical profession at national, regional and international level. Historia appears twice annually in May and November.

The Association holds a biennial conference which is hosted successively by history departments at South African universities. We welcome collaboration with historians from across the world who specialise in southern African history. Our conferences offer excellent engagement and networking opportunities to post-graduates and early career researchers in the field. We boast a diverse group of members that include professional academic historians, archivists, heritage practitioners, history teachers, public historians and others who value and promote the importance of history as a scholarly discipline.


Traveling Light: Forced removal during apartheid, Mogopa, Western Transvaal, February 1984.
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