PSSA Statement on Student Protests

The PSSA Executive would like to make the following statement on behalf of the members of the PSSA and the philosophical community of South Africa in response to the recent #FeesMustFall student protest movement.

The Philosophy Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) welcomes the 0% increase in university fees for 2016. The PSSA acknowledges that it is a grave injustice to prevent the poor from accessing higher education simply on the basis of unaffordability. The PSSA strongly supports increased government spending in higher education in order to move towards correcting this injustice, while also allowing universities to reconcile their budgets without making cuts that could compromise the academic offerings of our universities. 

We call on all relevant parties to act within the parameters of the law, and to respect the rights of others​.


Final CFP for the PSSA Conference, 18-20 January 2016

Final CFP for the PSSA Conference, 18-20 January 2016 

University of Fort Hare, Crawfords, Chintsa (South Africa)

Deadline: 31 October 2015

This is the final call for papers for the annual conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa (University of Fort Hare) at Crawfords in Chintsa – (Wild Coast, South Africa).

The conference organisers are Filip Maj, Chris Allsobrook and Abraham Olivier.

The date of the conference is 18-20 January (Monday-Wednesday) 2016.

The conference has no theme, and papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should reach the conference organisers by 31 October 2015. Please submit to:

Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November 2015. If you require this information at an earlier date (e.g. in order to obtain funding), please indicate this to the conference organisers.

As in the past, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations for possible inclusion in a special 2016 conference edition of the South African Journal of Philosophy. Please note that submissions must be made online at

Please note that all accommodation arrangements are to be made by delegates themselves. For further information contact Crawfords: Secure accommodation early, since the conference takes place in holiday season. Info regarding alternative accommodation will be provided in the next CFP.

Transport to and from the airport to Chintsa should be arranged by the delegates themselves. Please contact Crawfords for those who want to share transport.

The registration fee for the conference is R660 (R280 per day, final day R100). This includes teas/coffees and lunches, but does not include a formal conference dinner. Informal evening gatherings will be arranged at Crawfords and other venues within walking distance from the conference venue.

The registration form will be available once notification of the acceptance of papers has been sent out in November. Attendees are requested to pay the registration fee in advance as soon as possible after November directly to Crawfords.

Members of the PSSA and Philosophy Departments in South Africa are kindly asked to distribute this notification about the conference to anyone who may be interested in attending or presenting.

Department of Philosophy. University of Fort Hare

Chris Hani Building. Church Street. 1st Floor. East London 7426