Conference 2018: Call for Proposals

We are now accepting paper and abstract proposals for the 32nd SASHT annual conference, hosted by SASHT in conjunction with the Faculty of Education of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on 5–6 October 2018. The deadline for paper submission is 31 May 2018.

  • Conference Dates: 5–6 October 2018
  • Conference Venue: CPUT Mowbray
  • Conference Theme: “Bridging the Divide between Theory and Practice in the Curriculum (The History Teacher’s Craft)”

Feel free to download and distribute our conference flyer (PDF or JPG) for advertising purposes. Download the formal invitation letter here.

Conference Information

We are calling upon academic historians, history educators involved in the practical teaching of history in primary and secondary schools, and post-graduate students doing research on topics that relate to the conference theme and sub-themes to submit proposals for paper, workshop or poster presentations for the upcoming SASHT conference. The organisers, particularly, are encouraging proposals that offer practical workshops and panel discussions where school teachers can explore issues related to bridging the divide between theory and practice.

The conference is structured around three broad sub-themes:

  1. History teaching in the Intermediate Phase (Grades 4–6);
  2. History teaching in the Senior Phase (Grades 7–9); and
  3. History teaching in the Further Education and Training Phase (Grades 10–12).

Topics to be explored include but are not limited to:

  • The use of sources and evidence;
  • Ways to bring archaeology into the classroom;
  • Sensitive topics in history;
  • What teachers do with local history;
  • Beyond the classroom: excursions, museums, monuments and heritage;
  • Assessment: Driver or Measure?; and
  • Novels, storytelling and orality in the history classroom.

Proposals should be tailored to speak to one of the three broad sub-themes.

Types of Presentations

We are looking for the following types of presentations.

  1. Paper Presentations: These will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus a 10-minute question/discussion time.
  2. Workshop Presentations: Workshop presentations will be allocated 45–60 minutes each, inclusive of questions and discussion time.
  3. Poster Presentations: Posters will be displayed in a public area and time programmed for a 5–10-minute discussion during a walk-about.

How to Submit a Proposal to Present

An abstract of 150–200 words should be submitted as an email attachment to the conference committee, c/o Prof Rob Siebörger.

Abstract Guidelines

When submitting an abstract for consideration, please use the following guidelines:

  • Use MS Word, Arial 11pt font, 1.5 spacing.
  • The maximum length is 200 words including keywords or phrases.
  • Authors must provide full contact details and details of the institution to which they belong, and indicate clearly the type of presentation proposed.

Deadline for Proposals

Abstracts must reach us no later than Thursday, 31 May 2018.

The SASHT conference organizers will let prospective presenters know by 15 June whether or not their proposals have been accepted.

Future Publication of Papers

We strongly encourage you to prepare your paper or presentation with a view to possible publication in the SASHT accredited journal, Yesterday & Today. An electronic version can be downloaded for peer review should be a maximum of 20 pages in length, double-spaced and in Arial 11pt font.

See examples of Yesterday & Today articles on Sciello open access, the SASHT website, or here.

Registration and Lodging

More details on the conference registration fee as well as lodging possibilities will follow by the end of June.

See you in Cape Town!