Call for papers

International Indigenous Astronomy Conference from 27 - 29 July 2022
at the Royal Marang Hotel, Phokeng, Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa.

Call for Papers to be Presented at the Hybrid International Indigenous Astronomy Conference & Launch of the International Indigenous Astronomy Experts Society
Organised by the
Indigenous Knowledge Systems Centre
Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences
North-West University, Mahikeng Campus, South Africa
Conference Theme: Facing the reality, value and relevance of indigenous astronomy in the 21st Century

Abstracts submission guidelines

Abstract: 150 - 300 words.

Font:  Arial 12 font and 1.5 spacing.

Abstract should be accompanied by the following:

  • Full names and title of presenter; institutions;
  • Contact details (including landline, mobile and fax numbers, an e-mail);
  • A 75 - word biography of the presenter and
  • A colour ID photo (+ 150 dpi).

Duration of the presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.

Virtual Poster Presentations

As a poster presenter, you will be allocated 10 minutes during the conference to present. There will be a formal presentation to accompany your poster, you should be ready to provide explanations and answer questions in relation to the material presented on your poster.

When planning and designing your poster, make sure it is self-explanatory.

How to design an effective poster

Here are a few tips to make sure your poster presentation is engaging and insightful:

  • Use the graphics strategically and make sure each serves a specific purpose;
    Your presentation must present original content;
    Don’t add too much information to the poster, however, you also need to make sure that the information you do add is enough to convey the findings.
  • Add a conclusion / results to the poster.
    Before presenting your poster at the event, show it to a peer / colleague to get their feedback;
    Make sure the design is not distracting when selecting a font, size, colours, and other design elements;
    Avoid abbreviations and jargon unless absolutely necessary;
    Center the heading of the poster and make sure it includes such information as the title of your topic, your name, and your contact information;
  • It should be easy to follow, employ reader-friendly icons and symbols, and make smart use of space.

Submit your poster online as provided in the website.

Relevant and related sub-themes for this envisaged conference cover the following:

  • History of indigenous astronomy
  • Indigenous astronomy and modern astronomy
  • Indigenous astronomy and education system
  • Indigenous astronomy and the 4th industrial revolution
  • Indigenous astronomy and cosmology
  • Indigenous astronomy, architecture, art and oral traditions
  • Indigenous astronomy, language and languaging
  • Indigenous astronomical heritage
  • Indigenous astronomy and knowledge management
  • Indigenous astronomy and agriculture
  • Indigenous astronomy and natural disaster management
  • Indigenous astronomy, research, innovation and development
  • Indigenous astronomy and pandemics

Submission details


  • Submission of abstracts: 15 / 07 / 2022
  • Notification of selected papers / abstracts: 10 / 06 / 2022
  • Submission of final papers: 20 / 07 / 2022
  • Abstracts and papers will be peer reviewed and selected papers will be published in a journal.
  • All abstracts / papers / posters must be submitted electronically to the Scientific Committee.


  • All manuscripts must be written in the British English style.


  • Finished manuscripts should be between 6000 - 7000 words, including references. This will be somewhere between 20 - 25 single - sided, double - spaced manuscripts pages.

Reference style

  • Harvard style referencing is an author/date method. Sources are cited within the body of your paper by giving the name of the author(s) followed by the date of publication. All other details about the publication are given in the list of references or bibliography at the end. Reference list must be on a separate sheet at the end of the document and organised alphabetically by author.

Suggested paper outline

  • The paper must have its sub theme, purpose, primary or related issues, importance of the topic, historical, theoretical background, current debates, conclusions and recommendations.

Tables and figures

  • All tables and figures including appendices should be appropriately referenced in the text and submitted with the manuscripts for editorial review. 



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