How we learnt to think like humans  - Fellows' seminar by Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg

How we learnt to think like humans – Fellows’ seminar by Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg

STIAS fellows Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg after their seminar on 29 November 2018 “Our expanding knowledge of the hominin tree, in combination with the archaeological record of sub-Saharan Africa and the reconstruction of ancient human genomes change our understanding of human cognitive evolution. Previously, it was thought that the modern human mind … [Read more]

Examining an African perspective on legal, human rights and governance issues - visiting scholars, Nkatha Kabira and Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika, highlight their projects

Examining an African perspective on legal, human rights and governance issues – visiting scholars, Nkatha Kabira and Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika, highlight their projects

The law of commissions – a comparative study of the place of commissions in law and governance “Commissions have come to occupy a central place in law and governance particularly in Africa. However, they are often seen as an indication that the government has no intention of doing anything about the problem and wishes to … [Read more]

Clear evidence that needs implementation - DOHaD fellows' seminar

Clear evidence that needs implementation – DOHaD fellows’ seminar

“Prevention of cardiovascular and other non-communicable disease starts with a wish for a child. The first 1000 days shape who we are,” said Tessa Roseboom, Professor of Early Development and Health at the University of Amsterdam. “The field has acquired substantial momentum over the last 25 years – now is a good time to operationalise … [Read more]

One coat with many threads - STIAS book launch by Abdallah Daar

One coat with many threads – STIAS book launch by Abdallah Daar

“Martin Luther King’s dream is largely unfulfilled. The promise of globalisation seems to be coming apart. We need to talk about what we have in common rather than what divides us. We are one species with a common human destiny. Our common humanity is not a cliché but a fact – we need to apply … [Read more]

We need to think about health, cities and healthy cities differently - Fellows' seminar by Tolu Oni

We need to think about health, cities and healthy cities differently – Fellows’ seminar by Tolu Oni

“We need a greater focus on prevention strategies that act on the upstream determinants of health in African cities. Such interventions should target the physical and policy environments, and societal norms that shape the conditions in which people live and work. This requires co-ordination across health and non-health sectors given that the majority of exposures … [Read more]

Are globalisation and social mobility leading to the demise of African modes of child fostering?  - Fellows' seminar by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

Are globalisation and social mobility leading to the demise of African modes of child fostering? – Fellows’ seminar by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

“Cameroonians in Berlin and Paris—and, to a lesser extent, their kin in Yaoundé—are developing new kinscripts, moving from the generalised reciprocity of ‘all our kin’ to an emphasis on ‘just for my kids’,” said STIAS fellow Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College, Minnesota. “This work explores the puzzling absence … [Read more]

Launch of Aliquid Novi, the unique Pinotage wine from the iconic Perold Vineyard at STIAS

Launch of Aliquid Novi, the unique Pinotage wine from the iconic Perold Vineyard at STIAS

STIAS is proud to announce the launch of the unique Pinotage wine – Aliquid Novi – from the Perold Vineyard on Mostertsdrift, home to STIAS. The wine and vineyard is the result of the dedication of a consortium of stakeholders which includes: STIAS which has overall responsibility for managing the vineyard in accordance with STIAS’ … [Read more]

Knowing about genocide  - Fellows' seminar by Joachim Savelsberg

Knowing about genocide – Fellows’ seminar by Joachim Savelsberg

“Knowledge, collective memories and representations of genocides can never be taken for granted. Produced through social processes, they are always contested,” said STIAS fellow Joachim Savelsberg of the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. “In my current book project I’m hoping to deepen my focus on genocide and take it from a socio-legal … [Read more]

Getting to grips with the growing problem of falsified medicines - Fellows' seminar by Susanne Lundin and team

Getting to grips with the growing problem of falsified medicines – Fellows’ seminar by Susanne Lundin and team

“The World Health Organization estimates that up to 10% of all medicines globally could be falsified but as much as 30 – 70% could be found in lower-income countries compared to only 1% in higher income. Some countries, including South Africa, don’t report to the WHO’s alert system.We therefore don’t know much about the South … [Read more]

Know thyself: the role of cultural and identity capital in South African education - Fellows' seminar by Debra Shepherd

Know thyself: the role of cultural and identity capital in South African education – Fellows’ seminar by Debra Shepherd

“I want to understand why young people are struggling in the education setting. From my personal interactions with them, many express a feeling they don’t belong or cannot be their true selves. It’s hugely concerning that young people in elite spaces grapple with a negative sense of self. I’m hoping we can put in place … [Read more]