Rhodes University has the following bursaries available to postgraduate students in 2017.

Two honours assistantship bursaries to the value of R20 000 are on offer for students who are interested in being part of an exciting interdisciplinary project based at Rhodes University. [download flyer]

One Masters level bursary (R70 000 pa) is available for an exciting interdisciplinary project in the Eastern Cape, and based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. [download flyer]


Please find below advertisements for a new programme in Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies at Stellenbosch University, starting in 2017. The deadline for applications for the PGDip is 30 November 2016. We are also running short courses in Critical Theory for Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies; History, Politics, and Ethics of Health and Development in Africa; and Introduction to Research Methods for Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies. Don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions: tcousins@sun.ac.za. See the website for more details: www.sun.ac.za/sociology.


POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA in Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies

SHORT COURSE Introduction to Research Methods for Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies

“Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice”

University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa)
10th to 13th April 2017

Call for Papers.

In February 2004, the Ohio University hosted the first edition of ‘Sport in Africa’ Conference. Over the last 10 editions of this conference, between 2004 and 2014, a variety of themes were addressed, including Youth, Gender, Health, Communication, Development, Politics, Globalization and Global South, bringing together sports scholars and practitioners from African, American and European Universities.

Continuing this agenda to advance research and knowledge on “Sport in Africa”, the Institute of Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa in collaboration with Ohio University will host the 11th edition of “Sports Africa” Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice”.

This conference will be hosted for the first time in Africa under a new name “Sports Africa”. The conference in Africa and a new name more inclusive of sports by all Africans regardless their geographical location are the symbols of the 11th conference.




Call for papers “Migration, Mobile Goods and Trade Networks in the Caucasus”

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, November 18-19, 2016

Migration is one of the most popular strategies of coping with poverty among citizens from the Caucasus. In addition to economic factors, migration forms a set of practices aimed at securing social security and personal development. Political changes and economic crises within host countries affect migration patterns and the circulation of goods. At the same time, migration dynamics have an impact on changes in border policy, attitude towards migrants and labour market regulations. For those involved, human mobility creates translocal and transnational ties (or networks) that pave the way for the circulation of goods and enable or facilitate movement of immobile people. For people in the Caucasus, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, social networks in their multiple localities play a crucial role in establishing livelihood strategies and ways of operating in domestic economies. Social networks affect not only migration flows from the Caucasus but also influence the kind of survival tactics migrants employ while abroad. In this light, we are interested in how migration chains and communities are built and how they function. Read more


Call for papers “Mistrust, Mobilities, Insecurities Conference”

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, November 16-17, 2016

This international conference will be organised as part of the EU-FP7 CASCADE project (www.cascade-caucasus.eu) by the working group dedicated to issues of migration,
mobilities and poverty in the Caucasus. The central notion to be explored during the conference is mistrust. In contrast to the notion of trust, which has become popular as a social phenomenon in the social sciences of late, the notion of mistrust is mostly overlooked. If at all, mistrust is investigated as the flip side of trust, as an annoying absence and a societal failure. In this vein, post-Soviet citizens such as those from the Caucasus are depicted as notoriously deficient: alienated from the state due to the Soviet past they are still haunted by, incapable of creating a genuine civil society, unwilling to follow the rule of law, relying on personal networks and relations rather than the state apparatus, predisposed to corruption. The most pressing question thus seems to be how to restore trust in the state, and how to foster trust in civil agents and free markets. Read more

Anthropology Southern Africa and the Wenner-Gren Foundation are each offering 3 student travel grants for the ASnA Annual Conference 2016

Anthropolgy Southern Africa Student Travel Grant

The association Anthropology Southern Africa has made available 3 conference travel grants up to the value of R3 000 each (plus a conference fees waiver) for the 2016 ASnA conference (see http://www.asnahome.org/asna-conferences/future-conference for details). The travel grants are intended for travel and accommodation. Please click here to check eligibility and conditions before applying.

Deadlines for submission of applications to the Treasurer:
The deadline is 30 June 2016

For more information please contact:
Name: Hylton White Email : Hylton.White@wits.ac.za

Submission requirements:
Digital submissions may be emailed to the Treasurer, Dr Helen Macdonald – helen.macdonald@uct.ac.za on or before the deadline date.

Wenner Gren International Conference Travel Grant

Wenner Gren has made available three conference travel grants to the value of R5 000 each for the 2016 ASnA conference (see http://www.asnahome.org/asna-conferences/future-conference for details). The travel grants are intended for travel and accommodation. Please click here to check eligibility and conditions before applying.

Deadlines for submission of applications to the Treasurer:
The deadline is 30 June 2016.

For more information please contact:
Name: Hylton White Email : Hylton.White@wits.ac.za

Submission requirements:
Digital submissions may be emailed to the Treasurer, Dr Helen Macdonald – helen.macdonald@uct.ac.za on or before the deadline date.





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Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (“WHC“) is a wholly owned Company of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa) under its Faculty of Health Sciences. WHC provides Faculty with a legal framework within which to operate the research and other activities necessary to support its academic objectives. In addition WHC offers a range of products and services to the Academics conducting these activities in order to assist with the management thereof.

Required minimum education and training
Maters in Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology)
A valid drivers licence

Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please submit (1.) a cover letter (maximum one page) that clearly states which vacancy you are applying for and (2.) a detailed CV to: Lucia Milton at lmilton@wrhi.ac.za. Subject Heading of email must read: Advert reference number: 57 2016 and Job Title of position applied for.

Closing date: 25 April 2016

Dear invitees,

Haere Mai! Yamkela! Welcome!

We are six months out from CEAD 2016, and very excited to share with you our progress for the Association of CEAD's biennial meeting hosted by UCT Anthropology in Cape Town South Africa. As we have had previously, we expect a vibrant and stimulating four days, and hope you will make plans to join us! More details follow and you may also find information at CEAD.org.nz, and in our Facebook group, Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Cape Town in November 2016.

More information

Contributors to these sessions should contact the following people and send abstracts directly to them:

Spanish & Portuguese - Antonio Garcia (garciaquiroga@gmail.com)

isiXhosa/South African languages - Lindiswa Jan (lindiswa.jan@gmail.com)

The Anthropology Section of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics (AXL) at the
University of Cape Town is pleased to invite applications for a full-time 18 month contract, at Lecturer level. The
position has been vacant from 1 January 2016 and the School would like to make an appointment as soon as

Anthropology at UCT has a strong record of teaching and research in Social-Cultural Anthropology, focusing largely
but not exclusively on Southern Africa, with growing links across the Global South.

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Closing date: 19 February 2016

Visit http://www.uct.ac.za/about/intro/vacancies/external/ for more information

4-7 July, 2016, University of Durham

The call for papers is now open.

The call for panels attracted over 90 proposals, and the Scientific Committee has accepted 65 panels, recognising the physical constraints of the venue. This will thus be a large conference with a wide range of panels on the five-stranded theme. Take a read of the accepted panels and see where your work might fit.

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Closing date: 7 January 2016


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Under the overall guidance and direction of the supervisor, the programme specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s Degree in, International Development, Gender, Human Rights, Applied Anthropology, or in other related Social Sciences.
Minimum 5 years relevant experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments, preferably in the field of gender and human rights of women;
Prior experience in the UN System and the Region will be an asset.
Fluency in English is required;
Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.


Innovation, Transformation and Sustainable Futures in Africa June 1-4, 2016

The inaugural joint conference of the AAA and the African Studies Association will present an occasion to focus interdisciplinary research attention on Africa's future.

Proposals for papers, flash presentations and workshops will be accepted until January 10.

Visit www.dakar2016.org for more information.

Anthropology Southern Africa would like to advertise TWO vacancies for editors.

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Closing Date: 20 August 2015

Please address queries to the editorial assistant at asaedassistant@gmail.com.

The association Anthropology Southern Africa has made available four conference travel grants up to the value of R2 000 each (plus a conference fees waiver) for the 2015 ASnA conference (see http://www.asnahome.org/asna-conferences/future-conference for details). The travel grants are intended for travel and accommodation (conference fees are waived).

Applications will be accepted for single applicants OR group applications.

The association will look favourably on group applications (up to the value of R2 000) that maximise the number of students attending. Note that only one conference fees waiver will apply per application.

For more information and to apply click here.

Anthropology Southern Africa is pleased to invite submissions for the 2015 Monica Wilson Prize for the best student essay submitted by a postgraduate student as a paper at the annual Anthropology Southern Africa conference. The prize-winning essay will be selected based on the work that best address the theme of the annual conference or excellently exemplifies the spirit of discovery in ethnographic work.

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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University seeks to employ an associate professor of anthropology. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a scholarly set of programmes in at least one of the field of specialisation in the advancement of scholarship in accordance with the aims of the Sociology and Anthropology Department (incorporating History) at NMMU. The areas of specialisation include: environmental and medical anthropology, paleoanthropology, social justice, forensic anthropology and social anthropology focusing on coastal communities. Within the area of specialisation, the successful candidate will facilitate teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students, engage in scholarly activities including publications, research, and/or presentations, direct and ensure academic engagementand perform administration.

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Job code: 4144


This is a senior role within the company and you would take full responsibility for maintaining relationships with designated clients & providing a quality service that is second to none. Your responsibility will be to build Millward Brown business further by pitching for designated new business. As well to manage, coach, develop and appraise a team of researchers.

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Company Description

Impilo Phambili (Health First) is a public health initiative providing health promotion for townships of Cape Town, SA. Not only does this program positively impact communities of Cape Town, but also provides interns with a truly unique and diverse opportunity for field work in public health and medicine. Impilo Phambili enables interns to diversify their involvement by working with a number of NGOs, as well as participate in directing programmatic focus and navigating their own personal experience.
Our program works directly with those at high-risk, children, care givers and other community members that can benefit from the educational sessions and information on nutrition, wellness, disease management, and self-care offered by Impilo Phambili. Additionally, the program offers healthcare resources to the community, such as in-home medical treatment and counseling. Furthermore, the organization regularly conducts research and gathers input directly from the community to ensure an appropriate focus of the program to address community health care needs and barriers.

South African townships suffer inimitable challenges in the health care field, due to factors such as poor sanitation, widespread poverty, and lack of access to quality medical resources. The country also faces some of the worldwide highest incidences of childhood, maternal, and adult mortality. Furthermore, South Africa is the country with the fourth highest incidence rates of HIV/AIDS and the third highest of tuberculosis.

Job Description

Gain Public Health Experience in South Africa!
June 22 - 17 July, 2015

This is a truly unique internship, offering professional, hands-on experiences that most internships can not offer, as you grow from intern and student to teacher and educator via research, training, and exposure to the underserved communties.

Applicable Fields of Study/Interest:
• Public Health/Health/Health Promotion
• Pre-med/Nursing
• Nutrition
• Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology
• Statistics
• Education
• Development
• Advertising/Marketing
• Social Work
• Anthropology
• Behavioral Health/Psychology
• Other related field

Make an impact in the lives of others while experiencing your own life-altering journey. The breathtaking city of Cape Town proffers the unique dichotomy of the exceedingly underserved communities scattered among the splendid European-like African city. With seven native languages and exceedingly deeply-rooted cultures, South Africa is rich in diversity and unique complexities. The challenges your work to overcome for the health and wellness of the township residents are sure to be profoundly rewarding.

This faculty-led internship program features an array of field work in the fields of public health, specifically health promotion, and pre-med with a focus on both chronic and acute diseases. Interns perform research in the townships alongside established South African NGO’s making remarkable impacts. The scope of the research is developed directly by the interns under the guidance of the Impilo Phambili program director. The interns meet with township residents in various venues, such as treatment centers, homes, and public meeting grounds. Each day is a new experience for the intern, as continuous rotations are made among the various NGO programs. The research, exposure, and learning experience of the health care status for the township residents culminates into health promotion workshops developed and conducted, in part, by the interns.

The valuable experiences gained though the Impilo Phambili internship program include field work and direct access to township residents, research, and a unique profundity of health status and care on a global scale. The first week of the program is comprised of an exciting orientation and tour of the city of Cape Town. Lessons on the history and culture of South Africa, including Xhosa language classes and public health status, are provided. Training on basic nutrition, wellness, and medical treatment/care is also delivered to the interns.

If interested, please submit your CV and a brief paragraph describing your interest in the program by 17 June 2015, but we accept on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better!


Conduct research in the field, work directly with community members, coordinate with a number of entities, reveiw and analyze research quickly, implement research into workshops. conduct workshops
Applicable Fields of Study/Interest: Public Health/Health/Health Promotion, Pre-med, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, Anthropology, Behavioral Health/Psychology, or Other related field
Must be good with people, sensitive to other cultures, a dedication to public health care equality, motivated to learn and teach, excited to learn and diversify your background, creative and innovative

Additional Information


  • The cost to partcipate in the program is $2400.00 USD and includes:
  • Housing from 22 June through 17 July 2015
  • Transportation to and from the airport upon arrival to and departure from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Most meals
  • On the ground support, orientations, and overall guidance and opportunities to meet and interact with South Africans and other interns alike
  • Ground transportation to the internship sites and return
  • Red Bus City Tour of Cape Town
  • Access to local organisations and community
  • Direct guidance from the programme director, who will provide overall and technical training and education
  • Training in various aspects of health
  • Language Classes
  • Education on South African history and current health status and climate
  • Authentic twonship braai (South African BBQ Party)
  • Opportunities to work with previously-collected data from the local community, to learn, and to educate
  • Gaining experience in leadership, project development, and hands-on public health work
  • Tours, discounted activities, and much more!

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The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s mission is the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections.

DTHF seeks to appoint a Socio- Behavioural Scientist. This 1 year fixed term contract position will be based at our Head office in Cape Town, Observatory.

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Closing Date: 12 June 2015



The successful candidate will be required to provide genealogical services in the recognition of traditional leadership with the
following responsibilities:

  • manage research on genealogical processes for the recognition of Amakhosi and Amabambabukhosi
  • ensure that research is undertaken on customs and traditional rituals of various clans
  • providesupport during recognition and installation of Amakhosi and Amabambabukhosi
  • provide advice and guidance to Amakhosi
  • Manage the resources of the Sub-Directorate.


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APPLICATIONS TO BE POSTED TO: The General Manager, Human Resource Management and Development,
Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Private Bag X9078, Pietermaritzburg, 3200 or HAND
DELIVERED TO: 330 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg for the attention of Ms NB Mthembu

Closing date: 8 June 2015 (Applications received after this date will not be accepted).

Varsity College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education is a registered higher education institution.

The Cape Town campus is seeking an independent contractor to lecture Anthropology

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Closing date: 29 May 2015

This is a reminder that the deadline for paper proposals for IUAES Inter-Congress 2015 is coming up in less than two weeks.

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