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News from the Sociology Department. 

Re-Centring Afro Asia Project - Funding
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 - 17:15

The Re-Centring Afro Asia Project ( is providing a final round of Honours and Masters scholarships for 2021.

FaSRU researcher & PhD student, Lwando Scott, publishes article in Agenda
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 - 12:00

Congratulations to FaSRU researcher and PhD candidate, Lwando Scott, for publishing an article, “Disrupting Johannesburg Pride: Gender, race, and class in the LGBTI movement in South Africa” in Agenda. 

Master's student, Jean Claude Havyarimana, presents paper at Poverty and Social Protection Conference
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 - 09:30

Master's student Jean Claude Havyarimana recently attended the 10th Annual Poverty and Social Protection Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The paper he presented asked whether the neoliberation of microfinance is perpetuating poverty in the Global South. 

FaSRU researcher & PhD student, Nicole Daniels, publishes article
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 - 10:45

Congratulations to FaSRU researcher and PhD candidate, Nicole Daniels, for publishing an article, ‘Doing Homebirth Like a Man' in the Journal of Gender Studies.

New book by Elena Moore
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 - 12:45

A new book by Senior Lecturer Dr Elena Moore pays attention to the oft-neglected emotional, relational and familial aspects of post-divorce everyday family practices.

Congratulations to our December 2016 graduates
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 - 14:30

 A warm congratulations to our PhD and Master's students who graduated in December 2016. 

PhD Funding Opportunity - Intergenerational Relations in South Africa project
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 - 12:45

The Families and Societies Research Unit, based at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) at the University of Cape Town is seeking applications for PhD applicants.

Re-Centring AfroAsia: Musical and Human Migrations in the Pre-Colonial Period 700-1500AD
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 - 14:00

Re-centring AfroAsia is a multi-pronged research, mapping, and archiving project that aims to not only revolutionise Humanities research in South Africa but also create an AfroAsian community of scholarship. A significant element of the project is the training of an emerging cohort of researchers through Honours, Masters, and Doctoral bursaries.

Made in India
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 - 16:00

When the Sociology department's Dr. Amrita Pande embarked on research into India’s commercial surrogacy practices, she may never have anticipated the level of international interest that her work would garner. Made in India is Pande’s new interactive, multi-media lecture series that debuted at the fourth ‘Women Deliver’ Conference, held in Copenhagen recently. It has since been selected for permanent exhibition in the National Museum of Denmark.

Asanda Benya wins Ruth First Prize
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 - 08:15

Asanda Benya, who lectures in the Sociology Department, has been awarded the 2015 Ruth First Prize for her article "The Invisible Hands: Women in Marikana.” The prize is awarded annually for the best article published by an African author in the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).

Students present papers at 'Unequal Families and Relationships' conference
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 - 15:15

Congratulations to three of our PG students, Isaac Chinyoka, Nicole Daniels and Kirsty Button, who presented papers at the international conference Unequal Families and Relationships.

Tatenda Chingore graduating with a MSocSc in Global Studies
Congratulations to our June graduates!
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 - 11:15

A big congratulations to our postgraduates who graduated this past week. 

See the list of graduates here