The Historical Association of South Africa Biennial Conference

6-7 July 2012

Proudly hosted by the

Department of Historical and Heritage Studies

University of Pretoria


This year’s biennial conference of the Historical Association of South Africa (HASA) will be taking on a different format – its prime focus will be the post-graduate cohort of the historical fraternity.  The aim is to give these budding historians a forum where they will be the central concern – both in terms of the exposure to the wealth and depth of the discipline and the presentation of papers.  The idea is to create an opportunity to share the experience of established historians in their respective fields of specialisation. Academics and students will present papers in combined sessions with participants acting as chairs and discussants.  The organisers invite proposals for papers, panels and workshops highlighting aspects of the historical craft around the broad theme of ‘Doing History’.  These may include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • Historiographies
  • Theories
  • Methodologies
  • Conventional and alternative sources
  • Archives and other collections
  • Writing papers, articles and monographs
  • New and old histories
  • Research topics
  • Case studies
  • Obstacles and overcoming them
  • Genres

Keynote speakers:  Prof Ian Phimister (University of Sheffield) & Prof Bill Nasson (University of Stellenbosch)

The conference will be held on the Main Campus (Hatfield) at the University of Pretoria from 6 to 7 July 2012. The conference fee has been kept to an absolute minimum to encourage participation and limited funding will also be available for students.  Papers presented at the conference will be considered for possible publication in Historia, HASA’s accredited journal.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words to be sent to Karen Harris (hasa@up.ac.za) by 31 May 2012. Proposals for workshop discussions and panels of thematically related papers are particularly welcome. Please include your full name, title, affiliation and email address in all correspondence.  Panel proposals should have abstracts and contact details for all participants (3-4).  Both student and academic participants will be requested to act as panel and workshop facilitators.

Please note the following important dates:

  • Abstracts due by 31 May 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts by 15 June 2012
  • Registration for Conference opens immediately
  • Final Date for Conference Registration is 30 June 2012

For further information or queries about the conference, e-mail Karen Harris at hasa@up.ac.za or write to Karen Harris at HASA Conference, Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Hillcrest, Pretoria, South Africa, 0002.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming you to Pretoria in July 2012.