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Participants at a previous CHUSS event, Telepresence Centre, Level 2, Senate Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.



Event Details

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University invites you to the National Humanities Conference (HumanitiesCon2021). HumanitiesCon2021 will bring together scholars in the disciplines of Philosophy, Religion, History and Archaeology, Creative Arts (Music, Dance and Drama), Languages and Linguistics, Literature, Social Psychology, Critical Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Political Theory, Law and Feminist Studies. 

Theme: Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences Scholarship for a New Era


  1. Multi-disciplinary conceptualising of the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences in the neo-liberal and globalised world
  2. Contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of societal challenges
  3. Humanities, pedagogies and curricula
  4. Exploring the luminaries on whose shoulders we stand: histories and genealogies of Humanities scholarship in Uganda
  5. Humanities and the decolonisation project
  6. Humanities and contemporary development challenges, including climate change, migration, inequalities and pandemics
  7. Repositioning the humanities in higher education
  8. Humanities, human rights, law and governance
  9. Humanities, feminism, gender and sexuality
  10. Indigenous knowledge, archives, heritage and cultural memory
  11. Humanities, identity, nationalism and citizenship
  12. The creative industry and humanistic interventions in society
  13. Humanities in the digital era
  14. Imagining the future of the Humanities

GUEST OF HONOUR:  Mrs. Lorna Magara, Chairperson, Makerere University Council

Note: The conference will be graced by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe


  1. Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, United States International University, Nairobi

  • Presentation: Rethinking the Place of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Post Covid-19 Academy

  1. Prof. Monica Chibita, Dean, Faculty of Journalism, Media and Communication at Uganda Christian University, Mukono

  • Presentation: Humanities and Social Sciences Research for the 21st Century: Reclaiming Scholarly Agency


Please click on the link below to register for the conference.


The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 11th August 2021 starting at 2:00pm and will be presided over by Mrs. Lorna Magara, Chairperson, Makerere University Council.

Zoom link for the Opening Ceremony

Webinar  ID: 927 2442 3707

Passcode: 791936


Please note that the conference proceedings/presentations for Day Two, 12th August 2021 and Day Three, 13th August 2021 will be held between 8:00am-4:00pm.

Links for online participation in the different conference sessions will be shared as soon as they are ready.


The conference is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York with support from Gerda Henkel Stiftung.


All conference proceedings will be streamed live through our social media platforms;MakerereCHUSS MakerereCHUSS

Conference hashtag: #HumanitiesCon2021

For inquiries about the conference, please contact;

  1. Dr Aisha Nakiwala Sembatya - Chair, Organizing Committee, email: aisha.nakiwala[at], Tel:  +256 772516078
  2. Dr Levis Mugumya – Conference Convener, email: lmugumya[at], Tel: +256772475807
  3. Hasifa Kabejja – Principal Communication Officer, CHUSS, email: pr.chuss[at], Tel: +256774904211


Event Venue

Makerere University, Kampala Uganda and on ZOOM.