Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We are working closely with our local partners and are in the process of considering how to create safe conditions for an in-person experience. We will work toward this goal for as long as it remains a viable option. At the same time, we are on the front foot -- offering all presenters the ability to prepare for the possible move online. And, with the completion of your Presenters Page digital media giving the pathway for a rich online experience. In the end, we believe that this kind of practice will be a part of a blended future. Again, we are doing all we can to meet in-person — because, we know how much that contact would mean. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in-person in a later year. This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Conference Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2011, the Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network is brought together by a common concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twelfth International Conference on Health, Wellness, & Society features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • Theme 1: The Physiology, Kinesiology, and Psychology of Wellness in its Social Context
  • Theme 2: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Theme 3: Public Health Policies and Practices
  • Theme 4: Health Promotion and Education
  • 2022 Special Focus—Government and Society Collaborations: Responding to Pandemics

Conference Partner

Local Organizing Committee

  • Busisiwe Nkala-Dlamini (Dr), Senior Lecturer Researcher, School of Human and Community Development/Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Hlologelo Malatji, SARCHI PhD Fellow,
    Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Kelebogile Tadi, Public Relations Officer, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Laetitia Petersen, Lecturer PhD Candidate, Social Work Department, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Lerato Moroeng, Financial Officer, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Makgotso Maja, Employee Assistance Programme Clinician, Momentum Holdings
  • Mamakiri Mulaudzi, Senior Research and PhD Candidate, Perinatal HIV Research Unit
  • Nkosiyazi Dube (Dr), Lecturer and Researcher, Social Work Department Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Reshma Lakha-Singh, Campaign and PR Manager, Development and Fundraising,University of the Witwatersrand,
  • Sello Tshabalala, Senior IT Technician, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Sinazo Pato, Senior Outreach Specialist, International Partnership for Microbicides
  • Thobeka Nkomo (Dr), Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Social Work, University of the Witwatersrand

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