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Dr Sherianne Kramer’s current research focused on child and female perpetrations of violence and victims thereof has been awarded a competitive NRF Thuthuka Grant and a European Research Council (ERC) Grant which is an extension of the Thuthuka Grant. As part of the ERC Grant, Sherianne has been invited as a visiting research fellow to the Institute for Social Science, University of Amsterdam (UvA) to conduct collaborative work on male victims of both female and male offenders as part of a larger project run by UvA on Masculinities in Africa.

Dr Sherianne Kramer’s book titled “Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse Knowledge, Power, and the Cultural Conditions of Victimhood” published by Routledge in the UK has recently been released for pre-order. The book will be available on e-copy in May and hard and paper copy in June. For more information, visit https://www.routledge.com/Female-Perpetrated-Sex-Abuse-Knowledge-Power-and-the-Cultural-Conditions/Kramer/p/book/9781138211094.


The historic 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress is taking place between 18 and 21 September 2017 at the Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa. The conference will be hosted by The Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU), the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), and PAPU members in Africa. Visit http://www.panafricanpsychologyunion.org/ for more details.

Registration is now open for the 8th SA AIDS Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa from 13 to 16 June 2017. The conference theme, The long walk to prevention: Every voice counts, addresses prevention interventions and social and structural change required to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Visit http://www.saaids.co.za/ for more details.

The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Bi-annual Conference is taking place between 5 and 7 July 2017 in Aberystwyth, UK. The 2017 theme is A Supportive Space for Qualitative ResearchersEarly bird registration deadline is until 24 May 2017. For more information visit https://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/qualitative-methods-psychology-section-bi-annual-conference-2017

The Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) Conference will be held from 30 August to 1 September 2017 at the Saint George Hotel in Pretoria. The conference theme is Applying mixed methods to move disciplines forward and will be the first research design and methodology conference in mixed methods offered in South Africa. Prof Anthony Onwuegbuzie and Cheryl Poth will be presenting keynote addresses as well as workshops at the conference. For enquiries contact: E-mail: conferencepl@gmail.com

The School of Statistics and Actuarial Science (SSAS) at Wits University, in collaboration with the DST-NRF CoE-MaSS, will be holding a 5-day short course from 17-21 July 2017 at Wits University in Johannesburg. The purpose is to familiarise delegates with the open-source statistical software, R, in addition to its use as a statistical analysis, modelling and interpretation tool. Registration fees are R2500 (university staff and registered students) and R5000 for all other delegates. For more information and to book, contact:

Linda.McRae-Samuel@wits.ac.za or Edith.Mkhabela@wits.ac.za

PsySSA has recently convened two meetings to consult on the way forward regarding the Scope of Practice (SOP) for the profession of psychology, and further meetings are planned across other regions in South Africa. In addition, PsySSA has created a survey aiming to establish the preferences of as many psychology professionals and students on the possible ways forward for the SOP. The survey closed in May and PsySSA is in the process of providing feedback of the results.

The DRM will be arranging two symposia for the 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress, including:

Bringing Research into Practice: Why psychology and research are mutually inclusive

The symposium aims to discuss the role of research across all categories. The status of research psychology will be explored, in addition to a re-imagined scope of practice. The symposium also aims to connect psychology professionals to key stakeholders in South African research and to promote the DRM to students and psychology professionals.

Beyond the Research Ethics Committee: Towards being ethical in Psychology research and practice

The aim of this symposium is to foreground the most current and eminent ethics issues in socio-behavioural research and application for psychology and related fields. Possible context-specific problems are highlighted and solutions proposed in two unique settings, namely the military and corporate forensics. Emphasis is also placed on the consideration of scientific rigour and integrity as an ethical obligation. The symposium will also discuss community-based participatory and collaborative research practices and the application of psychological tests in an ethical manner.

Divisional News

PsySSA Roadshows hosted by the DRM and Student Division (SD) of PsySSA are coming to various universities across South Africa. Psychology students will have the opportunity to engage with PsySSA, the DRM, and the SD.  The objective is to ensure that the next generation of psychologists gains early access into the profession through networking and collaboration.

Professor Laher, Dr. Fynn and Dr. Kramer are currently editing a book titled Social Science Research in South Africa: Theory and Applications. The chapters in the book combine conceptual and application issues, where experts in various research methods illustrate these through actual examples from their original research. The book is being published by Wits University Press and is planned to be released in December 2017.

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