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Professional Associations

Professional Associations have been supported to further enhance the HSS, especially in matters related to curriculum reform. The NIHSS extends support to professional associations in the HSS. This is to ensure that the higher education landscape is more responsive to and inclusive of HSS and its disciplinary particularities. Professional associations are awarded funding toward the following activities:
  • Conferences/annual general meetings;
  • Workshops and seminars;
  • Publication of academic journals and special editions;
  • International collaborations; and
  • Student conference attendance and participation.
Professional associations that received support from the NIHSS to date include:
Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) supports a community of social work educators who are committed to the continuing development of social work education, training, research and practice in the 16 South African universities

Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established to maintain and promote archaeology in Southern Africa. Archaeology is recognised as an important component of our heritage.

Society of South African Geographers (SAAG) primary objective is to advance the research and education activities of the South African Geographers. Amongst some of its core activities is to publish scholarly research in The South African Geographical Journals and other publications. 

South African Sociological Association (SASA) aims to promote research, discipline, as well as promote cooperation in the sociology profession in Southern Africa and beyond.
  Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) is a professional association of philosophers which aims to represent "the interests of the academic philosophical community in Southern Africa.

African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) is a body of scholars, which aims to encourage rhetors and researchers in public speaking from all over Africa and different parts of the world to participate in rhetorical debates as they relate to democratic governance and other pertinent intersections that may be of interest. AAR publishes its  research in the African Journal of Rhetoric and other publications.

Education Association of South Africa (EASA) is a network of academics, researchers, and practitioners in the education sector, particularly education in South Africa.

International Society for Gesture Studies is an association of international scholars coming diverse academic and creative disciplines including anthropology, linguistics, psychology, history, neuroscience, communication, art history, performance studies, computer science, music, theatre, and dance. 

Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (LSSA) is devoted to promoting the disciplines of Linguistics. It serves professionals in the linguistics and language-related disciplines in the region and all the languages of Southern Africa.

South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) represents professionals working in the discipline of political science and international relations in South Africa.

South African Education Research Association (SAERA) aims to improve the educational research and collaboration amongst scholars in South Africa. 


South African Society for Research in Music (SASRM) main objective is to facilitate collaborations and dialogue between music researchers. Although it is based in South Africa, it welcomes members in Southern Africa.