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General Assembly

The ISSC’s General Assembly has been meeting every two years. Following the constitutional amendment approved by the 2010 ISSC General Assembly held in Nagoya, Japan, the General Assembly will now normally meet once every three years. 

November 2008 General Assembly

The XXVIIth General Assembly (GA) of the ISSC was held at the Spier Conference Center, outside Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa, as an extended event from 24 to 28 November 2008.

The 25-26 November GA meeting (which is the highest decision-making body of the ISSC) was followed by a one and a half day scientific symposium on “Knowledge and Transformation: Social and Human Sciences in Africa”, on November 27-28, organised jointly with the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH, which is ISSC’s parallel in the human sciences), and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC, which is the South African national research agency for both social science and the humanities).

The international symposium on “Knowledge and Transformation: Social and Human Sciences in Africa” represented an important milestone in the ongoing integration between the African scholarly communities and the leading international constituent associations in the field of the social sciences and the humanities. In a first-ever meeting of its kind, over 70 leaders of these significant international bodies gathered in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, to confer with their African partners on:

  • the present status of research in their respective disciplines within Africa,
  • the social and cultural impact that these research efforts are currently having, and
  • the prospects for them to positively influence the social development of African societies.

This large interdisciplinary meeting provided a comprehensive overview of the social and human sciences, and a better understanding than previously of how these intellectual disciplines can contribute to African societies’ positive integration into an increasingly globalised world.

The participation of various ministers and decisions-makers from different countries of Africa testified to the importance of the meeting.

Besides the immediate outcome of the meeting, which included a reference volume to be disseminated throughout the symposium partners’ networks (HSRC, Codesria, etc.), a longer-term impact was targetted through the establishment of new scholarly networks involving African scholars alongside international partners and organisations. This is intended to provide higher visibility and enhanced international access for African scholars, highlighting their particular concerns and their original approaches to the human and social issues that they are researching.

For members, more information on these events is accessible at our website Member Zone.

Previous General Assembly Meetings

Since its foundation in 1952, the ISSC has held the following General Assemblies:

Year Place President Secretary-General
2008 Cape Town, South Africa Gudmund Hernes (Norway) Heide Hackmann (Germany)
2006 Alexandria, Egypt Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico) Ali Kazancigil (Turkey)
2004 Beijing, China Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico) Ali Kazancigil (Turkey)
2002 Vienna, Austria Kurt Pawlik (Germany) Leszek A. Kosinski (Canada/Poland)
2000 Paris, France Kurt Pawlik (Germany) Leszek A. Kosinski (Canada/Poland)
1998 Paris, France Else Øyen (Norway) Leszek A. Kosinski (Canada/Poland)
1996 Paris, France Luis I. Ramallo (Spain) Leszek A. Kosinski (Canada/Poland)
1994 Paris, France Luis I. Ramallo (Spain) Stephen C. Mills (UK)
1992 Paris, France Candido Mendes (Brazil) Luis I. Ramallo (Spain)
1990 Palma de Mallorca , Spain Candido Mendes (Brazil) Luis I. Ramallo (Spain)
1988 Barcelona, Spain Candido Mendes (Brazil) Luis I. Ramallo (Spain)
1985 “ Paris, France Candido Mendes (Brazil) Luis I. Ramallo (Spain)
1983 Paris, France Candido Mendes (Brazil) Luis I. Ramallo (Spain)
1981 Paris, France Arthur Summerfield (UK) Samy Friedman (France)
1979 Paris, France Arthur Summerfield (UK) Samy Friedman (France)
1977 Paris, France Stein Rokkan (Norway) Samy Friedman (France)
1975 Paris, France Stein Rokkan (Norway) Samy Friedman (France)
1974 “ Paris, France Stein Rokkan (Norway) Samy Friedman (France)
1973 Paris, France Stein Rokkan (Norway) Samy Friedman (France)
1972 * Paris, France John Stoetzel (France) Samy Friedman (France)
1971″ Paris, France John Stoetzel (France) Samy Friedman (France)
1970 Paris, France Sjoerd Groenman (Netherlands) Samy Friedman (France)
1965 Paris, France Sjoerd Groenman (Netherlands) Kazimiers Szczerba-Likiernik (Poland)
1961 Paris, France Donald Young (USA) Claude Levi-Strauss (France)
1959 Paris, France Donald Young (USA) Claude Levi-Strauss (France)
1957 Paris, France Donald Young (USA) Claude Levi-Strauss (France)
1955 Paris, France Donald Young (USA) Claude Levi-Strauss (France)
1953 Paris, France Donald Young (USA) Claude Levi-Strauss (France)

” 1971, 1974, 1985: Extraordinary General Assemblies.
* 1972: Extraordinary Constitutive Assembly, during which the ISSC was transformed into a federation of disciplinary associations.