Deadline for submissions: 31 Decemebr 2015


The Demography and Population Studies Programme of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in collaboration with South-South Network for Demographic Training and Research in Africa [SSNDTRIA] and Network for Research in Family Demography is pleased to issue this Call for Papers inviting submissions from researchers and graduate students in demography and allied disciplines as well as practitioners in family-focused programmes and services in Africa to a three-day international conference on Family Demography in Africa and Post-2015 Development Agenda, slated to hold between June 25 – 28, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Conference will focus on the role and status of the family and implications of family transitions in the achievement of post-2015 development agenda. It will facilitate empirical research evidence on the status, context and consequences of family changes in Africa.  Social policy relevant papers will also be accepted.


The themes of the conference will revolve around issues of definition, theory and methodological strategies in family research. Other themes will include comparative empirical studies on family formation, types, composition and transitions in Africa; micro, meso and macro context of the changes in African family; consequences of these changes including family health and well-being and how these will be positive or otherwise on post-2015 development agenda. Issues of intergenerational relationships, family economics, impact of diseases on African family, review of social development policies on family etc, will be considered. All papers must adopt comparative empirical approaches from different African countries. Papers emphasising mixed-method approaches will be given consideration.



  • Submissions of papers should include a short abstract of not more than 200 words, with an extended abstract of 2 – 4 pages.
  • Submissions are due by December 31, 2015.
  • Submit  all abstracts to and



Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by January 31, 2016 and full papers must be submitted by  March 31, 2016.

Conference Programme: Authors of abstracts selected will be invited to attend the Conference for presentation to an audience of scholars and researchers in the continent.


Dissemination: Organisers plan to publish peer-reviewed conference proceedings in an ISI-listed Journal. Top quality papers will also be considered for a Book of Readings on Family Demography and Post-2015 Development Agenda to be published by an International Publishing House, Netherland.


Assistance: Limited financial support will be available for authors who submit completed manuscripts by the deadline.



Enquiries should be directed to Nicole De Wet ( and Clifford Odimegwu, (