SASA has a number of thematic working groups. The possibility of developing these into even more active research committees is being considered. Below is a table presenting the different working groups, with the names of their conveners, in which papers are usually presented. Scholars may submit abstracts related to:

  • the theme of the congress,
  • the field of speciality of the working groups, or
  • other interesting sociological subjects.

SASA Working Group



Clinical sociology

Tina Uys (UJ)
Mariam Seedat (UKZN)


Crime, violence and security

Lindy Heinecken (SUN)



Sultan Khan (UKZN)

Economic and industrial sociology

Pragna Rugunanan (UJ)

Environment and Natural Resources

Wilson Akpan (UFH)

Family and population studies


Gender studies

Kezia Batisai (UJ)




Higher education and science studies

David Cooper (UCT)
Shaheeda Essack (DHET)

Lesbian, Gay and Queer studies

Letitia Smuts 


Media, culture and society


Methodology and Social theory

Derek Gelderblom (Unisa)

Political sociology and law


Race, ethnicity and class

Jantjie Xaba (SUN)


Sepetla Molapo (UP)

Rural sociology

Sonwabile Mnwana


Social movements and popular protest

Carin Runciman (UJ)

Sport, leisure and society

Kiran Odhav (NWU)

Sociology of youth

Jay Govender (UKZN)


Urban sociology

Liela Groenewald (UJ)

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