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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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UFS's Acta Theologica included in Scopus

The Acta Theologica, academic journal of the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS), was again highlighted as quality journal for the research community when it recently was included in the Scopus (of Elsevier Bibliographic Databases). Scopus is the world’s greatest abstract- and citation database of research literature on all fields of study. In the letter that the editorial staff of the Acta Theologica received from Scopus, it is mentioned that this action was taken in acknowledgment of the high quality and relevance of Acta Theologica for the research community. Already two years ago the Acta Theologica was included in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the International Scientific Index (ISI). Since then only one of the 27 other theology journals in South Africa managed to be included in the ISI list.
Photo: Stephen Collet

Prof. Hermie van Zyl is the new chief editor of the Acta Theologica and Dr Lyzette Hoffman will act as the executive editor.

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