South Africa 2017 – Call for papers

International Conference of the International Society of History Didactics (ISHD) in conjunction with the South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT)
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng Province, South Africa, 13.-15. September 2017

From 13 to 15 September 2017, the International Society for History Didactics (ISHD) hosts its conference on History from the core to zero gravity in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng Province, South Africa.  As it is the first time that the ISHD will host a conference in southern Africa, the wish of the ISHD and SASHT for this conference is to focus on a wide variety of themes that all come together in the pursuit of efficiency in the education of History as discipline and subject on all levels of education.  So the core for a relationship with History starts with research in a wide variety of history curricula themes world-wide. At the same time teaching and learning History is to be considered in research and in training best practices which should express features of zero gravity, such as dynamic weightlessness with regards to the wide spread of ideas in the teaching and learning of historical knowledge.  Zero gravity goes hand in hand with features of an open-mindedness, not ideas-restricted, pro-creative and featuring a vibrant efficiency in the 21st millennium classroom or lecture hall.

Variables that regularly impact on the research, training and teaching of History as major invariable features, are the ever changing mode and style of historiographical and philosophical thought, of information dissemination through improved technology and of additional ways of communication dissemination. For this conference the ISHD, in conjunction with the SASHT, calls for papers. For more information on the central points of the conference’s discussions, please see below a broad guideline of sub-themes. Proposals for papers are to be submitted in English, through the application form as indicated in the last section of the brochure. The deadline for abstract applications is 13 February 2017.

Purpose of the conference

The purpose of the conference is to attract scholars and researchers from a variety of professions in History to bring together a cohort of established and emerging educators of History in one assembly to deliberate on History Teaching and related to the conference theme and sub-themes.

Sub-themes of the conference

  1. Baseline considerations in teaching History – critical reflections
    • Historical consciousness of learners/students
    • The history curriculum
    • Research on a theme(s) utilised in a history curriculum
    • Textbooks
    • Utilising sources
    • Educators as anchors
  2. Research by researchers on a theme(s), utilised in a history curriculum
    • Debating a theme or phenomenon and its international connectedness (for example post-colonialism, cross-border studies, migration, health, violence, health, phobia)
    • Dealing with a milestone topic making a national history
    • Comparative trends in international historiography, and its impact on history teaching
  3. Ideas for innovative 21st century technology and learning
    • Using tablets, iPads and/or mobiles
    • History software as teaching tools
    • Online opportunities
  4. Exploring some teaching and learning methodologies in History
    • Blended learning
    • Problem-based learning
    • Inquiry learning
    • The flipped classroom
    • Multidisciplinary learning
    • Multicultural learning
    • Embracing diverse perspectives in learning
    • Comparative learning
    • Emotive and controversially perceived learning
  5. Teaching History from a local heritage richness
    • Investigating the individual/group meaning of “homeyness” in local or/and broader regions
    • The place of nostalgia in teaching (for example museums, tourism, material culture, identity)
    • Collective understandings of heritage in teaching history
    • Exploring the value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in History learning
  6. Assessment of, and in, History
    • Assessing basic and higher education history curriculum and programs
    • Improving assessment practices in the History classroom
    • Mobile learning and e-assessment in History
    • The use of Apps in the assessment of history content
    • Assessment and distance history learning
  7. Any other theme, preferably related to the main conference focus


The programme (to be determined in early April 2017) will include presentation of papers (20 minutes) followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Poster presentations are also welcome. A display area will be available and poster presentations of 10 minutes will be scheduled.

For SASHT members a motivation can be made for panel sessions of 90 minutes each. Panel discussions will comprise three or more presenters who all focus on the same theme.

We invite you to submit abstracts for:

  • individual papers: About 300-400 words: Paper title, names (s) of presenter(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) and four to six keywords and the sub-theme into which the paper best fits.
  • panel presentations (90 minutes): About 1 000 words: Panel topic, panel chairperson and names of panel participants, affiliation and email addresses of participants, four to six keywords and the sub-theme into which the panel best fits.
  • poster presentations: Posters will be displayed in a public area and will also comply to a time programmed of 10 minutes during a walk-about. Explain the content focus of the poster presentation as envisaged. Four to six keywords and the sub-theme into which the paper best fits.

Abstract submissions from South Africa: Abstracts must be sent to Prof Elize van Eeden at in MS Word format.

Abstract submissions from outside South Africa must be done via this e-form. Please note that the e-form offers space for max. 1500 characters (including spaces) and max. 600 characters (including spaces) for the “guiding questions” and the “relation to the conference” respectively (keywords possible). (The specifications for the E-Form slightly differ from the requirements mentioned in the CfP).

The draft and final programme for the conference can be followed from 14 April onwards on as well as on

Important dates

  • Final date for submission of abstracts: 13 February 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts:13 March 2017
  • Registration opens: 14 March 2017
  • Closing date for registration: 1 September 2017
  • Closing date for payment (submit proof of payment): 8 September 2017


Registration Fee: ZAR 2 500.00

Early Bird Special: ZAR 2 150.00

Early Bird & SASHT Members: ZAR 2 000.00

One day Attendance: ZAR 850.00

Unfortunately no refunding is possible, but you are most welcome to send a substitute at no extra cost. Complete the delegate registration form at URL:

An official invoice will subsequently be e-mailed to you to confirm your successful registration.

The SASHT has limited access to funds that will be utilised to financially support educators of History to attend the conference (Registration Fee only). To be considered, please apply (with motivation) before/by 03 February 2017. Applications to be sent to Prof Elize van Eeden at: Email:

Please e-mail a copy of the deposit slip or proof of electronic transfer, to Ms Ronélle van Staden and Prof Elize van Eeden at: Email:

Post conference excursion

A post conference excursion will be organised for the afternoon of 15 September 2017. All who wish to attend the excursion will be transported to Vredefort Dome for a tour accompanied by an official tour guide. (Excursion costs are not included in the registration fees).

Post conference tours

Option 1: 4-Day Victoria Falls

Option 2: 4-Day Cape Town

Option 3: 4-Day Pilanesberg National Park & Sun City

Option 4: 4-Day Kruger National Park

Option 5: 4-Day Garden Route

(The costs for conference tour packages are not included in registration fees).

More information about the post conference tours is set out in the Registration form available at the URL as set out under Registration. To book please contact Lizelle Trauernicht at: Email: Mention to her the ISHD-SASHT conference and ES van Eeden who has corresponded with Highline.


General and Registration: Ms Ronélle van Staden (Conference Administrator); Email:; Tel: +27(0) 18 285 2102

Conference Chairperson(s) / Coordinator(s): Dr. Pieter Warnich (; Prof Elize van Eeden (

SASHT Secretary: Dr. Susan Bester (

Accomodation and transport

Please take note:

All costs (travel, accommodation, subsistence) related to your participation in the conference must be covered by the participant, regardless of the proposal acceptance. ISHD, SASHT or the NWU is not liable and holds no responsibility for any of these costs.

Accommodation is available at the venue: Riverside Sun Hotel, on the banks of the Vaal River Barrage, Corner Wenning & Emfuleni Drive, Vanderbijlpark.

Tel: +27(0) 16 682 7322


Special Accommodation fees:

ZAR 1 430.00 per single person (B&B)

ZAR 1 430.00 2 people sharing (B&B) [Need to book and pay at the same time]


Little Eden Guest Lodge, Telephone number: +27(0) 16 932 2124, Fax number: +27(0) 16 932 2124, Email address: Web Address:

Beethoven’s Lodge, Telephone number: +27(0) 86 180 1802 or international +27(0) 21 710 5800, Fax number: +27(0) 86 634 2346, Web Address:

Stonehaven on Vaal, Telephone number: +27(0) 16 982 2952, Fax number: +27(0) 86 505 8768, Email address:, Web Address:

Quest Conference Estate, Telephone number: +27 (16) 910 3008/1/2, Fax number: +27 (16) 933 4715, Email Address: (Petro) or , Web Address:

Transportation is available at the venue: Riverside Sun Hotel arranges for the participant to be collected and dropped off at the airport.


Bidvest, Telephone number: +27(0) 86 101 7722, Email address: , Web Address:

MAG Tours & Safari’s, Telephone number: +27(0) 83 628 3861, Fax number: +27(0) 86 503 6457, Email Address:

To download the call for papers as a pdf-file, click CALL FOR PAPERS.