SACCPS/CEAPS held its annual conference on 12-13 February 2018 at the University of the Free State, South Africa. The conference was jointly hosted by the Department of Political Studies and Governance and the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State and the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University. As usual, it focused on South Africa, southern Africa, and the African continent at large. The past year has been particularly momentous for South Africa – the government of Jacob Zuma fell the day after the conference ended, and this future of South Africa dominated much of the discussion. The scale and scope of the conference continues to grow. In addition to its academic approach, this year's conference saw several presentations by practitioners – including those who are engaging with issues of peace and security from political and military perspectives.

SACCPS Conference 2013 program

Day 1: Quo Vadis South Africa?

Session 1: Setting the Scene
Opening Remarks: Prof Virgil Hawkins, Osaka University and Professor Heidi Hudson
Dean: Humanities, UFS

Session 2: South Africa: Domestic and Foreign

Session 3: What future for South Africa?

Day 2: Quo Vadis Africa?
Session 1: Setting the Scene

Session 2: Reflections on Peace and Security in Africa

Session 3: On Terrorism and Media Bias

Session 4: Gender in Africa

  • Gendered (in)securities and memorialization of struggle: Dynamics of memory, space and gender in post-liberation Africa
    Dr. Stephanie Cawood, Acting Director, Centre for Africa Studies, UFS

  • The Power of Prefixes: Exploring the ‘Post’ in Posthuman Security
    Prof. Heidi Hudson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, UFS

  • Narratives from a South African lesbian archive: Translating lesbian and feminist activism into transnational solidarity
    Dr. Nadine Lake, Centre for Africa Studies, UFS

Closing Remarks: Professor Heidi Hudson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities