South African Sociological Association

The SASOV and the Association for Sociologists in Southern Africa merged to form the South African Sociological Association in 1993.
South African Sociological Association

History of South African Sociological Association

In 1993, members of South Africa’s sociological community from various ethnic groups got together to create a new joint organization. The Suid-Afrikaanse Sosiologie Vereniging and the previous Association for Sociologists in Southern Africa were combined to become the newly formed South African Sociological Association. The ASSA-SASOV merger is what this union is regarded as. The newly formed association is also referred to by the acronym SASA.

The mission of the South African Sociological Association

  • Promoting sociology as a field and a profession is SASA’s primary goal.
  • SASA seeks to advance social science inquiry, instruction, and discussion of social problems affecting African society.
  • SASA encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration among those engaged in the sociological study of society at the local, regional, national, and worldwide levels.

South African Sociological Association

Activities of SASA

SASA regularly organizes presentations, symposiums, and African learning initiatives to advance the African community. The activities place particular emphasis on South African society.

SASA Membership

Anyone with a master’s degree interested in the association’s goals is eligible to apply for membership. Reduced yearly conference expenses, a subscription to the SASA Journal, and the South African Review of Sociology are all perks of SASA membership.

International collaborations of the South African Sociological Association

SASA is a national association member of ISA.

SASA Journal/Publication

South African Review of Sociology

 The South African Review of Sociology, commonly regarded as SARS, is the Journal that Routledge/Taylor & Francis publishes on behalf of the South African Sociological Association. Through publishing academic papers, the Journal seeks to further sociological interests. The Journal is published in English and sponsored by subscription fees and contributions from the association. It has been releasing four issues a year since 2016.

Annual Conference of SASA

SASA Foundation Assembly of 1993 

  • Merger of ASSA and SASOV
  • Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Year: 1993

1993 Annual Congress of SASA

  • First fully-fledged SASA conference
  • Venue: University of Pretoria, Pretoria

1994 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: The election and social transformation
  • Venue: University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg

1995 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Towards social reconstruction in a fragmented society
  • Venue: Rhodes University, Grahamstown

1996 Fourth Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Southern Africa in the global context
  • Venue: University of Natal, Durban

1997 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Beyond Afro-pessimism: Identity and development in an era of globalization
  • Venue: University of Transkei, Umtata

1998 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Inequality and diversity: Learning to change and the social sciences
  • Venue: Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg

1999 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Securing South Africa’s future
  • Venue: Military college, Saldanha

2000 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Restructuring the institutions of South Africa for the new millennium
  • Venue: University of the Western Cape, Belville

2001 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Globalization, inequality, and identity
  • Venue: UNISA, Pretoria

2002 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Citizenship, living rights, and the public intellectual
  • Venue: Regent Hotel, East London

2003 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Resistance and Reconstruction
  • Venue: University of Natal, Durban

2004 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Ten years into democracy: Challenges facing South Africa
  • Venue: University of Free State, Bloemfontein

2005 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: The renewal of sociology in South Africa
  • Venue: University of Limpopo, Polokwane

2006 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: The quality of social existence in a globalizing world
  • SASA hosted the International Sociological Association in Durban

2007 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Sociology and social reconstruction in South Africa
  • Venue: North-West University, Potchefstroom

2008 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Society, power, and the environment: Challenges for the twenty-first century
  • Venue: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch

2009 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Making sense of borders: Identity, Citizenship, and Power in Comparative Perspective
  • Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2010 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Sport, Leisure, and Development in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges.
  • Venue: Fort Hare University, East London
  • Year: 2010

2011 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Gender in Question: Rights, representation, and substantive freedom
  • Venue: University of Pretoria

2012 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Knowledge, Technologies and Social Change
  • Venue: University of Cape Town

2013 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Doing Sociology from the Periphery: Place, Power, and Knowledge
  • Venue: University of South Africa

2014 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: The Point of Critique: Knowledge, Society, and the State in South Africa After 20 Years of Democracy
  • Venue: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

2015 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Contours of Violence: Manifestations, Interventions, and Social Justice
  • Venue: University of Johannesburg

2016 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Higher Education: Power, Practices, and Discourses
  • Venue: Rhodes University
  • Year: 2016

2017 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: #WhatMustRise: Critical Sociological Reflections on Contemporary Protest Movements
  • Venue – Northwest University, Mafikeng Campus

2018 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Navigating Uncertainty: Resituating and reimagining sociological knowledge within the context of contemporary South Africa, Africa, and the Global South
  • Venue: University of the Western Cape

2019 Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: Work, Life & Society: Meanings, Manifestations, and Trajectories of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa
  • Venue: University of South Africa;

2020 Annual Congress of SASA

  • COVID outbreak
  • Online Mode Conference

26th Twenty-Sixth Annual Congress of SASA

  • Venue: University of the Free State
  • Year: 2021

27th Twenty-Seventh Annual Congress of SASA

  • Theme: ‘Sociology and COVID-19 pandemic: Reimagining the present and the future
  • Venue: Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Kimberley, South Africa
  • Year: 2022

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