In 2020, the pandemic prompted us to think about how we could be be resilient, responsive and relevant in a shifting Higher Education (HE) context. This thinking is at the heart of discussions that will take place during the 2021 HELTASA (Un)conference between 6 and 10 December 2021.

We have opened up our call for proposals at the end of July and encourage you to make a submission based on the conference themes in the scholarly areas of student learning, professional learning, curriculum development, academic development and/or decoloniality. The (Un)conference will give participants the opportunity to present their thoughts and engage with each other in any of the following formats:

  • Oral paper (10 mins)
  • Poster presentation
  • Provocations (45 mins)
  • Open space methodology (90 mins)
  • Artistic demonstration (15 mins including comments or questions)

Your proposal submission should include:

  1. Title
  2. Selected scholarly area: (1) student learning, (2) professional development, (3) curriculum development, (4) academic development, and/or (5)
  3. decoloniality
  4. Format: Oral paper, poster presentation, provocation, open space methodology, artistic demonstration
  5. Proposal: 500 words and at least two key questions for further engagement that your proposal raises.

Important dates:

  • Closing date for submissions: 20 October 2021
  • Dates of registration: 31 July to 30 October 2021

We hope to receive a proposal from you! If you would like further information, please contact Nomfundo Siqwede at

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