The South African Sociological Association conducts an annual student essay competition.

Details of the competition are announced via the SASA mailing list during the run-up to each annual conference. Departments of Sociology are asked to encourage eligible students to enter the competition.

The student essay competition invitiation can be downloaded from this link. The essay competition officer is Letitia Smuts (University of Johannesburg). All submission are to reach Ms. Smuts by no later than 28 May 2017. 

 

Past winners of the student essay competition

Conference  
2016 TBC
2015 Contours of Violence: Manifestations, Interventions and Social Justice
Joint winners in the Honours/Masters category:
Mukai Jaison, University of Pretoria (Environment and Natural Resources working group)
Saint Jose Inaka, University of Pretoria (Political Sociology and Law working group)
2014 The Point of Critique: Knowledge, Society & the State in South Africa after 20 years of Democracy
Winning paper: Femi Adeagbo, University of Johannesburg (Lesbian, Gay & Queer Studies working group)
Runner-up: Renelle Terreblanche, Stellenbosch University (Environment & Natural Resources working group)
2013 Doing Sociology from the Periphery: Knowledge, Place and Power (Unisa)
Winning papers: Gugulethu Siziba, Stellenbosch University (Urban Sociology working group) &
Thabang Sefalafala, Wits University (Economic & Industrial Sociology working group)
2012 Gender in Question: Rights, representation and substantive freedom (Cape Town)
Insufficient entries - no winner/s selected
2011 Gender in Question: Rights, representation and substantive freedom (Pretoria)
Winning paper: Michelle Peens, Stellenbosch University (Urban Sociology working group)
Runner-up: David du Toit, Stellenbosch University (Economic & Industrial Sociology working group)
2010 Sport, Leisure and Development in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges (Fort Hare)
Winning paper: Tatenda Mukwedeya, Wits University (Urban Sociology working group)
Runner-up: Lennox Olivier, Emma Vink & Marise Crouse, Stellenbosch University (Environment and Natural Resources working group)
2009 Making sense of borders: Identity, Citizenship and Power in Comparative Perspective (Wits)
No competition held
2008 Society, power and the environment: Challenges for the twenty-first century (Stellenbosch)
Winning paper: Letitia Smuts, University of Johannesburg (Gender Studies working group)
Runner-up: Marius Tredoux, Stellenbosch University (Urban Sociology working group)
2007 Sociology and social reconstruction in South Africa (North West)
Winning paper: (Should you have this information, please email it to )
Runner-up: (Should you have this information, please email it to )
2006 No SASA conference due to ISA conference in Durban
2005 The Renewal of Sociology in South Africa (Limpopo)
Winning paper: Rudzani Mudau, University of Johannesburg (Economic & Industrial Sociology working group)
Runner-up: (Should you have this information, please email it to )