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20-21 November 2018 | Professional Development Hub, Wits University


The first conference of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (CoE-HUMAN 2018) took place from 20 to 21 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It provided an ideal academic platform for researchers to present the latest research findings and describe emerging research questions on issues topical to the theme of the conference: Children, Families and the State: Collaboration and Contestation.

Collaboration, collusion and contestation between the family and the state, constructive and destructive, may occur in many spheres, including education, health, land, labour, protection and socialisation. This indicates the multidisciplinary nature of the theme and the programme accommodated this in the variety of presentations by scholars in the field. The conference brought together leading academic scientists, emerging scholars and post-graduate students to exchange and share their findings and experience.

Photographs by Suzy Bernstein from the conference can be viewed here in Dropbox.

The South African Child Gauge 2018 also entitled Children, Families and the State: Collaboration and Contestation was launched at the conference on Tuesday 20 November. The launch was attended by conference delegates, policymakers, the private sector and civil society. 

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development's annual students' event was held during the conference via two lunchtime sessions on Science in the Public Sphere and Building Your Academic Career.

Download the final conference programme here.

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