Bloemfontein, South Africa



The University of the Free State, in conjunction with its new Centre for Higher Education and Capabilities Research (CHECaR), is hosting an exciting conference on critical studies in higher education, with a specific focus on diversity, change and social justice.

Papers delivered by leading national and international scholars, master classes presented by international experts on conducting higher education research, as well as posters and papers, will all take up key challenges for higher education, human development and advancing social justice, both theoretically and operationally in empirical research projects.

Two keynote speakers will also be welcomed at the conference: Dr Severine Deneulin of the University of Bath, UK, and Professor Elaine Unterhalter, University of London, UK.

With three main themes: (i) Student transitions and trajectories: access, success and participation in and beyond higher education; (ii) Knowledge, curricula, pedagogies and in/equalities; and (iii) Policy and public universities in the 21st century, this conference promises to be a highlight on the conference calendar.

Doctoral and post-doctoral researchers attending the conference may also be interested in attending our pre-conference writing development workshop. Under the “Call for abstracts”, you will find the guidelines on how to apply to attend this workshop on 25 June.

During this conference, the official launch of the Centre for Higher Education and Capabilities Research (CHECaR) will also take place.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of the Free State – and to Bloemfontein.

Professor Melanie Walker
SARCHI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development
Director, Centre for Higher Education and Capabilities Research (CHECaR)

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