Joseph E. Stiglitz to be in residence at STIAS in November

Joseph E. Stiglitz to be in residence at STIAS in November

  Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001, will be in residence at STIAS in November as a Donald Gordon fellow. On 14 November he will present a public lecture at STIAS with the title:    The Revolution of Information Economics: … [Read more]

Freeing the African mind more complex than simply decolonisation – Fellows’ seminar by Denis Ekpo

Freeing the African mind more complex than simply decolonisation – Fellows’ seminar by Denis Ekpo

“In many parts of Africa, the debate on decolonisation and the Africanisation of knowledge appears somehow dated,” said Prof. Denis Ekpo, of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and current STIAS fellow. “In South Africa, the debate which has been simmering since the end of apartheid, has flared up … [Read more]

STIAS launches new long-term theme project on the university

STIAS launches new long-term theme project on the university

STIAS today announced the launch of a new project among its long-term research themes. The University and Society theme will seek to sketch out the past and the future of higher education in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world and to translate real and perceived instances of disruption and discourse into new … [Read more]

Examining the impact of corruption in Africa – SASCA Seminar 2017

Examining the impact of corruption in Africa – SASCA Seminar 2017

“Corruption is no longer just a simple crime or even just a crime against development but should be ranked amongst crimes against humanity. The relentless persistence of endemic corruption in Africa and the failure since independence to seriously control it poses one of the greatest threats to the on-going faltering attempts to promote a culture … [Read more]

Urgent need for evidence to inform policies and practices to protect precious groundwater for the future - Fellows' seminar by Daniel Olago

Urgent need for evidence to inform policies and practices to protect precious groundwater for the future – Fellows’ seminar by Daniel Olago

“The management of groundwater resources in sub-Saharan Africa is deteriorating rather than improving,” said Daniel Olago of the Institute for Climate Change Adaptation and the Department of Geology at the University of Nairobi. At a time when the Western Cape is experiencing extreme drought conditions, Olago’s project looking at groundwater development, supply and governance in … [Read more]

When words do something you cannot forget - Public Lecture by Gabeba Baderoon

When words do something you cannot forget – Public Lecture by Gabeba Baderoon

“I started to write poetry late in life. Now 18 years later the sense of being a terrified beginner has not left me,” said Prof. Gabeba Baderoon, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and STIAS fellow, who presented a poetry reading from her current work Axis … [Read more]

What does the decolonisation of knowledge mean for black historians? Fellows' seminar by Jacob Dlamini

What does the decolonisation of knowledge mean for black historians? Fellows’ seminar by Jacob Dlamini

“Student protestors since 2015 have made demands for the decolonisation of knowledge production and the Africanisation of universities – what does this mean for a black historian?” asked Jacob Dlamini. “Implicit in these demands is the idea of an archive of black history that is yet to be tapped. And, that if this archive is … [Read more]

Special issue of Global Health Journal on mHealth published

Special issue of Global Health Journal on mHealth published

The versatility of smartphones and the increasing availability of wireless networks worldwide have sparked the development of various digital approaches to prevent, diagnose, or treat disease. Image-based diagnostic support, the focus of this special issue of Global Health Action, is promoted as a means to significantly increase the readiness of healthcare services to deal with … [Read more]

New call for Iso Lomso Fellowships opened

New call for Iso Lomso Fellowships opened

Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding seven years are invited to apply for the Iso Lomso fellowship. For the 2017 call at least five candidates will be awarded a three-year fellowship. Iso Lomso, “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, was launched in 2016 and aims to boost the … [Read more]

The quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa - Fellows' seminar by Uchenna Okeja

The quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Uchenna Okeja

“The idea of coming together in a public space to talk and discuss is a feature of many African societies,” said Uchenna Okeja. “I see it as something related to democratic practices. However, it has not been explored sufficiently and, only descriptively, not theoretically.” “Might it be a way to re-imagine traditional democratic practices?” he … [Read more]