Durban Hosts Social Science Form

Hundreds of Delegates from all over the World have arrived in Durban for the WSSF 2015. Durban will yet again play host to another major international event – the fourth annual World Social Science Forum(WSSF2015) will host delegates and speakers from more than 50 countries.from 13 to 16 September 2015.  This year the focus is […]

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Hundreds of Delegates from all over the World have arrived in Durban for the WSSF 2015.

Durban will yet again play host to another major international event – the fourth annual World Social Science Forum(WSSF2015) will host delegates and speakers from more than 50 countries.from 13 to 16 September 2015.  This year the focus is on the theme of “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World. You can follow the #WSSF2015 on twitter for regular updates on what is happening at the event.

Speakers scheduled to speak at the forum include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) director general, Irina Bokova. The event is being held at the Durban International Convention Centre.

World Social Science Forum 2015 - Durban
World Social Science Forum 2015 – Durban

The World Social Science Forum (WSSF) is a global event of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) that brings together researchers and investors in international social science co-operation.  The purpose of this forum is to address current global issues and future priorities for international social science.  The forum promotes innovative and cross-disciplinary work, cross-science partnerships in the natural and human sciences, and engagement with donors and decision makers in the science community worldwide.

A broad range of topics will be addressed under the theme “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World”, many of which are open to interdisciplinary and comparative examination. These topics include, amongst others, global inequalities as it relates to governance, patterns of production and consumption, cultural exchanges, quality health and education, climate change and adaptation, and human rights and social justice.

WSSF 2015 is being held at the ICC Durban
WSSF 2015 is being held at the ICC Durban

Ministers from participating countries and the likes of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Professor Jomo Kwama Sundaram, Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Professor Jayati Ghosh, and executive director of the African Arts Institute Mike van Graan will also speak at the forum.

“We are trying to understand the cultural dimensions of development,” said Van Graan of his focus at the forum. “How do you pursue development and how do you understand development, both itself as a cultural construct, but also in the context of societies where culture is an important player?” Additional areas to be covered at the forum will be gender, violence, climate change, poverty and citizenship, ethics, and the challenges and opportunities for overcoming global inequality.

The World Social Science Forum (WSSF) 2015 will be hosted by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in cooperation with other universities and research centres.