|Registrations open (Early registration fee)||9 June 2014|
|Call for abstracts announced|
Scholarship applications open
|Abstract submissions closure|
Scholarship applications close
|1 April 2015|
|Regular registrations open||1 June 2015|
|Pre registration closes (On-site @ WSSF, late fee)||1 Sept 2015|
World Social Science Forum 2015
On behalf of the International Social Science Council, I am pleased to invite you to the third World Social Science Forum which will be co-hosted by HSRC and CODESRIA.
A broad range of topics can be addressed under theme "Transforming global relations for a just world", many of which are open to interdisciplinary and comparative interrogation. These topics include amongst others -- global inequalities as it relates to governance, patterns of production and consumption, cultural exchanges, quality health and education, climate change and adaptation, and human rights and social justice. The action oriented nature of the theme will allow the Forum to demonstrate the relevance of social science for public policies and social intervention.
We trust that as we meet in Durban in 2015 to deliberate on global transformations for a just world we will have the wisdom to learn from our varied experiences as we examine social science for knowledge co-production, public policies and social intervention.
Prof. Olive Shisana
Chairperson: WSSF 2015
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Patrons for the WSSF2015
The Consortium Partners for the WSSF2015 recommended that we nominate eminent scholars and high profile global leaders to endorse the Forum to be hosted in South Africa in 2015. It was agreed that these eminent scholars or leaders be known for their work in the social sciences, human well being as well as human sciences.
Their role may be to:
- Inform the Programme Committee and ISSC of their views on the theme or sub themes of the Forum.
- Make a keynote plenary presentation at the Forum.
- Attend and participate in the Forum as a distinguished guest.
- Lobby their networks to participate in and/or sponsor the Forum.
Essentially patrons, because of their expertise and exemplary profiles, are being requested to lend their support to mobilizing the global social science community around the theme of the Forum. Their endorsement of the Forum will substantially raise the profile and impact of the event.
One of the key patrons had this to say:
'This is a timely initiative on a crusial issue in today's world. I can only praise the World Social Science Forum 2015 for bringing together key forces of change towards a Just World: innovative social science researchers, dedicated policy shapers, and active citizens from around the world. The problems we all face are increasingly complex, entangled, and global; any news bulletin in any country bears witness to this. We need more social science studies to help understand these challenges and consciously shape our responses to them. We also need more spaces where researchers and society can openly debate the issues, influence each other, work out solutions and decide to act together. I am personally convinced of the transformative power of knowledge shaped in this spirit. I fully endorse and support the objectives of the World Social Science Forum 2015, and welcome the organisation of this important event in Durban, South Africa by the International Social Science Council, the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research, and their partners.'