The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), in partnership with Universities South Africa (USAf), will be hosting the 2021/2022 HSRC-USAf Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities on 12 April 2022 under the theme ‘Engaged Scholarship’.
The medal is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to scholarship in the social sciences and humanities through their research. The awards aim to anchor and celebrate the social sciences’ role in understanding societal issues and informing policy and programmes to improve people’s lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to re-imagine the role of all branches of scientific activity in addressing pressing societal challenges. During this time, the need for credible science to inform decision-making has been crucial.
Emphasis has been placed on collaborative research in partnership with key constituencies. Engaged scholarship helps to democratise knowledge by closing the gap between knowledge production and societal impact and allowing the public to contribute to shaping the discourse around public policy.
In 2021, several academics and researchers have demonstrated key characteristics of engaged scholarship in their work through participatory, engaged and action research approaches, by supporting the co-production of knowledge and by facilitating inclusive public engagement with science.
The awards ceremony will be a hybrid event with physical attendance at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice (221 Garsfontein Road, Menlyn, Pretoria) and virtual attendance via Zoom. Please register to attend the virtual event. Due to COVID-19 regulations, physical attendance will be by invitation only.
Date: 12 April 2022
Please click here to link to webinar.