Circuiting to the future: electricity for medical use and a greener society - Fellows' seminar by Magnus Berggren

Circuiting to the future: electricity for medical use and a greener society – Fellows’ seminar by Magnus Berggren

Band aids that monitor body functions and assist in diagnosis; medical packaging that measures temperature; electronic pain killers and devices that stop epileptic seizures; and, plants and paper that can conduct and store electricity. It sounds vaguely like science fiction but these are the challenging areas that electronic engineers and material scientists are working on … [Read more]

Lucie Laflamme and Lee Walls, members of the CC

mHealth – using technology to improve access and equity in health care – Fellows’ seminar by Lucie Laflamme and Lee Wallis

No longer only in the realm of science fiction, mobile technology is increasingly being used to diagnose and recommend treatment options for a variety of disease conditions. “The hand-held diagnostic devices seen on Star Trek and similar programmes are inspiring a host of medical add-ons for smartphones,” said Lucie Laflamme quoting an article from the … [Read more]

Exploring the need for human-centred social cohesion - Fellows' seminar by Håkan Hydén

Exploring the need for human-centred social cohesion – Fellows’ seminar by Håkan Hydén

“South Africa’s diversity is a product of historical experience, ethnographic complexity, racial and economic stratification, and forms of value deprivation that cut across every institutional situation. Diversity extends to language, religion, education, aesthetics and culture,” said Håkan Hydén, Professor in the Department of the Sociology of Law at Lund University and currently a STIAS fellow. … [Read more]

Abdallah Daar named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Abdallah Daar named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Abdallah Daar, convenor of the STIAS Health in Transition theme and Professor of Clinical Public Health, Global Health, and Surgery at the University of Toronto in Canada, has accepted a nomination as Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS; he joins a select group of fellows who “have an open invitation to work at STIAS whenever they … [Read more]

How we look at ourselves and tell our story is very important – Fellows’ seminar by Maxi Schoeman

How we look at ourselves and tell our story is very important – Fellows’ seminar by Maxi Schoeman

“Our identity is very important. It tells us who we are, where we come from and where we are going,” said Prof. Maxi Schoeman. “Debates about our identity at the moment in South Africa create insecurity. We don’t trust our own story about ourselves and how it will play out.” STIAS Fellow Maxi Schoeman her … [Read more]

Lack of vision and restraint undermines just cause in student protests - Public Lecture by Winston Nagan

Lack of vision and restraint undermines just cause in student protests – Public Lecture by Winston Nagan

“Today’s students are fighting a just cause but may lose that cause by ill-discipline and a lack of vision and restraint. The strategies used should advance transparency and accountability.” This is the opinion of Prof. Winston Nagan, Sam T. Dell Research Scholar Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Human Rights, Peace and … [Read more]

Understanding human reproduction and medical conditions from an evolutionary perspective - Public Lecture by Robert Martin

Understanding human reproduction and medical conditions from an evolutionary perspective – Public Lecture by Robert Martin

“Darwinian Medicine, a relatively new discipline, stems from the conviction that understanding evolutionary history can enhance knowledge of human medical conditions,” said Prof. Robert Martin. “Comparative information, not only from other primates but from other vertebrates generally, yields general principles that, in combination with epidemiological evidence, can throw new light on the origins of human … [Read more]

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access - Fellows' Seminar by Leila Harris

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access – Fellows’ Seminar by Leila Harris

“I read everyday experiences and narratives of water access and governance as a key lens through which to consider states and stateness, evolving state-society relations, and shifting citizen subjectivities,” said Leila Harris. “I’m interested in examining the effect of differentiated access to water on citizenship and politics,” she continued. “And what this means for re-fashioning … [Read more]

Healthy children to healthy adults: promoting brighter futures - Fellows’ seminar by Andrew MacNab

Healthy children to healthy adults: promoting brighter futures – Fellows’ seminar by Andrew MacNab

“Promoting healthy behaviours in children is much more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviours in adults,” said Prof. Andrew Macnab of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia, STIAS fellow and member of the STIAS Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) group. Prof. Macnab was presenting a seminar on his … [Read more]

STIAS consultation on South African higher education in a global context

STIAS consultation on South African higher education in a global context

Background At its annual two day meeting in March 2016 the STIAS Academic Advisory Board had an in-depth discussion about the landscape of South African higher education in a global context, following lead-in presentations by Professors Bert van der Zwaan (Utrecht University) and Shireen Hassim (University of the Witwatersrand).  The Board recommended that STIAS initiate … [Read more]