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SA Development Studies Association Bi-annual Conference 2013

Venue: most probably in Gauteng. Details of venue and accommodation to be announced soon
Cost: R2400 per person for early bird registration (by 31 July 2013). Thereafter R2800 per person

Second call for papers

The SADSA conference will take place on 5 and 6 September 2013 at the University of Johannesburg. More information about the venue and accommodation will follow. 

Theme: the crisis of development in Southern Africa


  • The state
  • Land
  • Crisis of theory
  • Service provision
  • Worker’s rights
  • Local economic development
  • Citizenship, governance and community
  • Environment: the new scramble for natural resources
  • The impact of neoliberalism: Challenges and alternatives in the global South

Why should we characterize development in Southern Africa as a crisis? An election under a new constitution seems imminent in Zimbabwe; South Africa has joined BRICS and has stable conditions of government; African economies in general are growing fast, albeit from a low base. South Africa has a forward-looking, optimistic National Development Plan, which enjoys widespread support across society. For many in government and the development sector business is as usual. Problems, yes; crisis no.

Yet we are subject to the crisis of global markets; there is brutal war for resources in the DRC, and while inequality grows, so does a mass of people who do not feel served by current political economies. This mass consists of landless, unemployed, poorly-certificated, undocumented and stateless and those suffering from HIV and/or AIDS and TB, living in broken down, violent and women-abusing non-communities. Military-political hegemony in Angola and Zimbabwe has sidelined citizenry.

In South Africa, protests have multiplied. There are unsolved crises of governance and management in particular ministries (health, safety and security and education for example) and crises of policy such as land reform); but there are also capacity problems in the civil service as a whole; and the ANC has differentiated into a polyvalent force that may not back all the steps that must be taken towards an effective, developmental state. 

Conventional development does not adequately deal with these problems, either in theory or practice. Further, some recent theory has confused and problematized development as an aim. This includes neoliberal non-thought and new decolonial and neo-Marxist critiques of the very discourse of development. There are also other new stands of thinking in research institutes such as PARI and MISTRA, in communities of practice and in specific research projects in universities.
Part of our crisis is a failure to rethink our context anew and rethink what can be done about it. Let us think anew. Crisis is dire, but it is also opportunity. What is our analysis of context- given new theories and the evolving southern African situation? What new forms of action and intervention are necessary? Who should the actors be?


Abstracts of between 250 – 350 words should be submitted by 30 April 2013 to Prof Johannes Tsheola at  The abstract should identify the title, indicate which sub-theme it is linked to and briefly discuss the purpose of the research, principal results and major conclusions. 

Papers read at the Conference will be subjected to double-blind peer review for the purposes of producing subsidy-earning Conference Proceedings; and, there is a possibility that papers of high quality would be published in a special thematic issue of Africanus: Journal of Development Studies, in accordance with the prescribed journal editorial policy.
Papers will be considered by a review panel and those accepted will be submitted to peer-review and a select number will be published in Africanus: Journal of Development Studies.

Author Guidelines 

Download the checklist for authors (DOC)



Attached? Yes/no


Name of author:



Title of Paper:



Letter requesting review, confirming that their article is original work, does not violate any contractual agreement and has not been published or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.



Edited by a language expert before submitting them. A declaration that the article has been edited by a language expert must accompany all contributions



UK spelling conventions followed



Submitted in an electronic file format (MS Word format).



Full title of the article supplied on the title page.



Typed in Times New Roman in 12-point font size, in double-spacing (including all notes and references).



Length of an article: 4 000 and 6000 words



Do not attempt layout (bold, italics).



Notes kept to a minimum and appear at the end of the article



List of references provided



Figures and tables embedded in the text.
Captions including sources and acknowledgements supplied



Photographs and illustrations (for example reproductions of certificates and cheques) not embedded in the text but be saved as separate files at the end of each article with their position clearly marked in the text. Format in which they were generated indicated.



A structured abstract of 200 words in length, covering the main factual points and statement of objective or problem, method, results and conclusions, accompanies the article



List of at least six keywords for abstracting and indexing services



Short biographical details of each author on the title page, as well as the name, mailing address, telephone and facsimile numbers, e-mail address, and affiliation and country of each corresponding author at the time of the work.



Signature of author                                         date


Important dates

Submit abstract: 30 April 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2013
Submission of complete manuscript: 10 July 2013
Receive comments from reviewers: 15 August 2013
Submit final manuscript: 30 August 2013
Conference: 5-6 September 2013