In: 2016 Stellenbosch, important 04 Feb 2016

Dear friends and conference delegates

We are only a few weeks away from the start of the Societas Homiletica conference and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Stellenbosch!

We would like to share a few final arrangements:

The conference takes place at Protea Hotel Stellenbosch in Technopark, with magnificent views of the Helderberg mountains and Stellenbosch vineyards. The hotel is approximately 6km from the central town of Stellenbosch.
Address: Techno Avenue, Techno Park, Stellenbosch. Tel: +27 21 880 9500
To learn more about Stellenbosch and its many attractions, click here.

Registration will take place in the foyer of the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch on Friday 11 March 2016 from 14:00 – 17:00. Each registered participant will receive a conference bag with a plastic folder, pen and paper.

The updated conference program, the list of papers and abstracts, and the template for papers and workshops are available. Note: those that will be presenting, please check whether you have been allocated a slot – we have truly been graced with a large number of contributions in this regard! Please note also that some changes had to be made since the last version of the template.

A data projector and technical support will be available in all the venues. Please bring your presentation on a memory stick. Unfortunately we will not be able to make any copies of the papers.
The plenary sessions will take place in the auditorium (Omega room) and the parallel sessions in rooms which will be indicated on the final program in your conference pack and on the notice boards.

All meals are included in the registration fees. It is important to notify us of any dietary restrictions/preferences; please send an e-mail to Helette before 28 February 2016.

Three book launches are scheduled as part of the programme on 14 March 2016, and there will be book exhibitions and books will be for sale at special conference discounts.

For the sake of those that are still considering some excursions before or after the conference, we added some extra possibilities.

The weather in the Western Cape is pleasant in March with mild temperatures ranging from 22°C – 30°C. However, the evenings can be cool – please be sure to bring some warm clothes for the evening excursions.

The conference venue is 25km from the airport. The shuttle company Citi Hopper is the official shuttle service provider for the Societas Homiletica Conference. They are located in the Arrivals hall in the Central Terminal building of Cape Town International Airport and will meet you with a name board at Arrivals. Please complete the Itinerary form and return to Helette,  before 28 February 2016.

Have a safe journey!


Some further information concerning our upcoming conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 11-16 March 2016.

The detailed program will be sent to all members and visitors closer to the date of the conference. We are looking forward to an interesting (and full!) program, with keynote speakers like Father Michael Lapsley, Deborah Mumfoard, Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen, and Allan Boesak. As is our custom, there will be workshops, inter alia on themes like the following: Music and Voice/Music and Preaching; Preaching and Art/Painting; Preaching and Rap/Preaching and Hip Hop; Language and Paradox; a PhD-Café Poster session, etc.

Conference Registration
Registration for the Stellenbosch conference is open, follow this link.

If you encounter any problems, please contact Alexander Deeg (international secretary) or Theo Pleizier (webmanager).

Please note: you are responsible to make your own reservations at the Protea Hotel. See next tab.
Accomodation and Hotel Reservations
The conference organisers have made a preliminary booking at PROTEA HOTEL STELLENBOSCH IN TECHNO PARK
70 x Standard Rooms (Single or Twin)
50 x Deluxe Rooms (Single or Twin)

R1324 (€96 / $106) per person per night in Single Standard Accommodation
R808 (€59 / $64) per person per night in Sharing Standard Accommodation

R1624 (€117 / $129) per person per night in Single Deluxe Accommodation
R958 (€69 / $76) per person per night in Sharing Deluxe Accommodation

The above rates include a Full English Breakfast and 14% VAT, but exclude 1% Tourism Levy. (The rates are in South-African Rand, as a courtesy the rates given in Euro's and US dollars are estimations based upon the exchange rate July 2015.)

Delegates are responsible to make their own reservations. When making a reservation, GUESTS are to quote the reference:
E-mail: Reservations manager Ms. Tammy van der Merwe
Telephone: +27 21 880 9500
Fax: +27 21 880 9505
Note: don't use the online bookingsystem of the hotel for making reservations, since the systems has blocked rooms that are only available for the conference. Make your reservations by phone or by email.

Delegates will be responsible for their own cancellation fees.
Up to 60 days prior to arrival, rooms reserved may be cancelled with no cost.

The PROTEA HOTEL STELLENBOSCH IN TECHNO PARK will hold the allocated accommodation (as stated above) until 20 January 2016. Thereafter subject to availability. GUESTS will be helped on a first come first serve basis at the best available rate of the day.
Call for Papers
We are also now opening up the call for papers. An abstract of about 300 words, inclusive of the title of the paper, should be sent to the President and/or the International Secretary at the latest by 1 October 2015. The abstracts will be published on the homepage. We envisage papers of about 5,000 words, in order to allow time for discussions, and the complete papers must be sent to the President and the International Secretary at the latest two weeks before the conference. No copies of the papers will be made at or during the conference as such, in view of the peer-review editing process for the publication of the proceedings (Studia Homiletica) after the conference.
Contact the Stellenbosch360 office for bookings and other travel information:

(Download the overview of tours here; newly added in February 2016 are these extra possibilities for Safari-excursions.)


Cape Peninsula Drive, including Kirstenbosch Gardens, Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Town City, including Robben Island, historical museums, District Six and Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain, township drive-through

Full day chocolate, olive oil, cheese and wine tour
Hermanus and False bay coast
Safari Day trip

Stellenbosch on Foot
White shark adventures
Wine route tour


Cape to Addo Elephant National Park

Cape to Kruger National Park
Garden Route

Stellenbosch, South-Africa

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