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The South Africa Conversations, 2023

When: Wednesday, 01 November 2023 - Friday, 03 November 2023
Where: Hybrid Event

WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), 6th Floor Richard Ward Building, University of the Witwatersrand.
Start time:18:00



The Holberg Prize and The Innovation Foundation for Democracy present: The South Africa Conversations, 2023.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Holberg Prize, a series of events in Johannesburg from 1 to 3 November are co-hosted by the Holberg Prize and the Innovation Foundation for Democracy.


Keynotes by 2022 Holberg Laureate Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and Professor Achille Mbembe, Director or the Innovation Foundation for Democracy, University of the Witwatersrand. They will be joined by key academics and research stakeholders in discussion of important technological, political and societal changes of our time.


Overview page: The South Africa Conversations 2023

1 November

18:0019:30   Constitutions 2.0: Self, Sovereignty, and Scale in the Age of AI

2 November

12:30-13:45   Co-production in the Anthropocene: Views from the South

16:00-17:30   Symposium on Democracy & the Future of Institutions

3 November

16:0018:00   Imagining, Framing, Disciplining

Registration:    Register for the event here .

Livestream:      Each event will be livestreamed. Please see the event pages for streaming links.


The Holberg Prize is one of the largest international research prizes awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology. The Prize is worth NOK 6 million (EUR 600,000). The Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003. It is funded by the Norwegian government and administered by the University of Bergen, Norway.

The recipient of the 2024 Holberg Prize will be announced on March 14. The award ceremony will take place on June 7, 2024 in Bergen, Norway. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 award. To learn more about the Holberg Prize and how to nominate candidates, please visit

The Innovation Foundation for Democracy is an initiative that was established in 2022. The Foundation aims to rejuvenate democracy in Africa, particularly amongst young people, through research and training initiatives and innovative democratic projects. The Foundation is hosted by the Wits University, from where it serves the continent. 

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