The 'Twenty-five Years of Democracy Conference' is scheduled to take place in the first week of July 2019 (exact date to be confirmed) and will be hosted by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). This conference aims to facilitate a reflective national discourse through rigorous research and robust social dialogue. It will address three key questions:
a) What lessons for governance, socio-economic transformation and nation-building can we identify in reviewing our recent past?
b) What are the critical challenges necessary for South Africa to address in order to realize the democratic promise?
c) What will be the key drivers of success and change in the next 25 years of our democracy?
This call invites authors to shape and make contributions in discussions by submitting abstracts, which will be converted into peer-reviewed, research-based, conference papers. These inputs must be anchored on the following key central themes:
a) Governance and leadership;
b) Socio-economic transformation; and
c) Citizenship and identity
Accepted, peer-reviewed, papers will be published as Conference Proceedings. In addition, a synthetic narrative (The Macro Social Report) - drawing from the conference papers, the 25 Year Review Report, from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and other relevant studies - will be published as the major output of this project.
Papers written for the conference should provide a solid empirical base for informed discussions amongst diverse stakeholders at the conference and in other public platforms that we will organize to broaden the discourse about the past, the present and the future.