Disappearing and reappearing – what effect does copyright and copyright reversion have on the availability of books? Fellows' seminar by Paul Heald

Disappearing and reappearing – what effect does copyright and copyright reversion have on the availability of books? Fellows’ seminar by Paul Heald

Does copyright actually protect books or does it eventually encourage their disappearance from the market? What effect does the length of the copyright have? What happens to the availability of books when authors take back their rights? And what is the effect on all of this of e-books, print on demand and open access? These … [Read more]

Need for more data and more co-operation to protect water quality in Africa - Fellows' seminar by Lydia Olaka

Need for more data and more co-operation to protect water quality in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Lydia Olaka

“Over 45% of people in Africa do not have access to clean drinking water. This number is rising due to unequal distribution of water sources, climate change impacts, rapid population growth and increasing pollution. In order to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on health (3) clean water (6) and sustainable cities (11), there … [Read more]

University and Society research theme invitation

University and Society research theme invitation

STIAS is calling for expressions of interest in its youngest research theme “University and Society: Disruption, Discourse and New Directions”. Projects under this theme should attempt to understand and unpack the deep complexities of the South African university against the background of global discussions on the changing role of the university. Although many of the … [Read more]

One size does not fit all and local practices must be understood - reconsidering social security from an African viewpoint: Fellows' seminar by Augustin Emane

One size does not fit all and local practices must be understood – reconsidering social security from an African viewpoint: Fellows’ seminar by Augustin Emane

“By and large, present-day social-security systems in Africa are failing despite calls from international organisations to extend social-protection cover. We have to ask what can be done and how we can avoid repeating the errors of the past.” “We need different solutions for different parts of the world. We have to observe and understand local … [Read more]

Can South Africa turn crisis into opportunity? Fellows' seminar by John Matisonn

Can South Africa turn crisis into opportunity? Fellows’ seminar by John Matisonn

“The three years 2016 to 2019 will change South Africa more significantly than any other time since the dawn of democracy in 1994. The bookends of that process are the 2016 local elections at which the ruling African National Congress lost control of three of the country’s major cities, and the mid-2019 general election, at … [Read more]

Telling the untold stories - Fellows' seminar by Mignonne Breier

Telling the untold stories – Fellows’ seminar by Mignonne Breier

“There have been moments in the history of the liberation struggle when, as Bishop Desmond Tutu famously put it to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ‘things went horribly wrong’. The violence in Duncan Village, East London, in 1952, at the height of the African National Congress (ANC) Defiance Campaign, could be counted among such moments,” said Mignonne Breier. … [Read more]

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa - Fellows' seminar by Jan Erk

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Jan Erk

“In most parts of Africa, traditional leaders and indigenous customary law enjoy a degree of legitimacy, influence and power that analyses using formal indicators miss,” said Jan Erk. “Despite the role this plays in development and democracy at the local level, no comprehensive picture of the relationship between modern and traditional legal systems exists.” STIAS … [Read more]

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa - Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa – Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

“Conceiving land restitution as an exemplary site, at which the moral modernity of the new South African state is contested, renegotiated and made, the lecture thus comes to a qualified conclusion: restitution has been more successful than its public reputation suggests, but can and must be improved to live up to public expectations,” said Olaf … [Read more]

Energy storage for a cleaner planet - Fellows' seminar by Michael Thackeray

Energy storage for a cleaner planet – Fellows’ seminar by Michael Thackeray

Reflections on the commercialisation of science through the lens of lithium battery development Battery-powered communication connects the world. Most of us can’t get through a day without our laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and we take them so for granted that we rarely think about the science that has gone into their development – specifically … [Read more]

Understanding and promoting cities as drivers of economic development - Fellows' seminar by Gulelat Kebede

Understanding and promoting cities as drivers of economic development – Fellows’ seminar by Gulelat Kebede

“Many African cities are underperforming, and the link between urbanisation and development, ubiquitous elsewhere, has not been automatic or strong for Africa. Africa’s cities are growing in population, often without strong job creation in formal, high-productivity and tradable sectors, resulting in urban poverty and lost opportunities for development,” said Gulelat Kebede of the Milano School … [Read more]