Call for Papers for the Conference:




The Center of Historical and Political Studies on Africa and the Middle East based at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna and the Institute of African Studies at the University of Leipzig jointly organize the AEGIS thematic conference:


South Africa Twenty Years after the End of Apartheid“

in Forlì (Italy)

on 8-9 May 2014.


The first democratic elections in the history of South Africa were held in April 1994. The elections marked the end of the apartheid regime and the beginning of the democratic transition in the country. Twenty years after, while the formal consolidation of the democratic institutions has been almost accomplished, serious economic and social challenges still remain to be addressed. The uneven pattern of economic growth, the rise of poverty rates and inequality, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the land issue are fuelling political and social cleavages at the national and local level. These processes of internal transformation are all the more relevant when considering the political and economic role which post-apartheid South Africa has been playing at the regional, African and international level. The conference aims at debating the limits and contradictions of the post-apartheid democratization and development processes in South Africa within a regional and international perspective.


Papers are invited that address the following issues:


– historical perspectives on the end of the apartheid regime at domestic, regional and international level,

– consolidation of the democratic political system and the role of civil society and social movements,

– economic policy and poverty reduction,

– land reform,


– gender inequality,

– foreign policy at the regional (SACU, SADC), African (African Union) and international level(UN, BRICS, WTO).


Abstracts (250 words maximum) should be sent to Arrigo Pallotti  and Ulf Engel  before 31 December 2013. Final papers should be submitted by 31 March 2014.


Roberta Pellizzoli


Post-doctoral Research Fellow,

Department of Political and Social Sciences

– University of Bologna Centre for Historical and Political Studies on Africa and the Middle East


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by john Murray on November 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm


    I have felt deeply with the Kairos concept since the early struggle days.

    l have particularly felt called to pursue unity issues and have attempted to be true to this in my faith journey.

    I have felt for some years the importance and yet ambivalence of the Dutch Reformed family’s Belhar Bonfession.

    There is tremendous potential in the acceptance of this Confession.

    Its general acceptance would have such an impact on the spiritual fiber of the country as a whole, I deeply believe.

    It has just occurred to me that this would be a concern of substantial value to be taken up as part of the present Kairos moment dynamic.

    I am living in the South Cape, in George, a challenging, historically conservative region.

    Specifically because of this general phenomenon of rural conservative thinking it would add to the slow movement to take the Confession forward if Kairos Southern Africa were to take up the


    And I think not only in an Afrikaans, Dutch Reformed context but in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural context especially.

    May I also attach something related that I wrote recently.

    It has been placed on the Belydenis van Belhar web-page, has been of Facebook and was used recently by our local newspaper The George Herald.

    Thank you,

    Blessings for the week,

    John Murray



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