University of Botswana through the Department of Sociology hosted the 1st RC33 Regional Conference: Africa – Botswana from the 23rd to the 25th of September 2021 online. The conference was organized in partnership with Technical University of Berlin and in cooperation with the Research Committee on “Logic and Methodology in Sociology” (RC33) and the Research Network “Quantitative Methods “(RN21) of the European Sociology Association” (ESA). The main aim of the conference was to create a global network of discourse on social science methodology that will integrate scholars from the Global South and the Global North. SMUS Conference Botswana was the first of the many conferences that will be hosted by RC33 in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” and it was made possible by funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). RC33 in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” will host yet another anticipated conference, The 2nd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods and 2nd RC33 Regional Conference-South America: Brazil, which will take place in Brazil from the 8th to the 10th of September 2022. More details on the conference will be announced on the official RC33 website and Newsletter as while as the GCSMUS website.
The conference commenced with a “Call for Sessions” followed by a “Call for Abstracts” with the objective of appealing to scholars to submit papers that presented a methodological problem to sessions of interest from different fields of study, particularly spatial and social sciences. Combining methodologies from social and spatial fields to accelerate the SDG 11 goal of promoting sustainable cities and communities was one of the primary goals of SMUS Conference Botswana. A total of 132 abstracts which met the set acceptance requirements were submitted to 25 various sessions by postgraduate students, early career researchers, advanced researchers, and experts from various disciplines and geographical areas. In terms of conference participation, a total of 639 participants registered to attend the conference representing 40 countries from all continents.