Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species - Fellows' seminar by Tatenda Dalu

Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species – Fellows’ seminar by Tatenda Dalu

“Tourists don’t pay to see a crab,” said Tatenda Dalu of the Department of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Venda. “Charismatic animals – like the big five – tend to receive the focus of conservation activities due to the tourist dollars they attract. Often the vital ecological role of the smaller organisms … [Read more]

The artist as observer - Fellows' seminar by Patrick Flanery

The artist as observer – Fellows’ seminar by Patrick Flanery

Novelist Patrick Flanery is at STIAS as Artist-in-Residence where he is working on a new novel, in his words, “about a photographer adrift in contemporary America who is forced to confront the ethics of her practice in a moment at which the very medium of her art has reached a state of volatility, mutability and … [Read more]

Framing me, framing you: Acting gender in South Africa - Fellows' seminar by Debra Shepherd

Framing me, framing you: Acting gender in South Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Debra Shepherd

“A gender-conforming man in South Africa has an expected employment rate of 48%. Gender non-conforming men have an 11% lower probability of being employed, gender non-conforming women 16% and gender-conforming women 12%. So all of these groups face a lowered probability of employment compared to gender-conforming men,” said Debra Shepherd. “Gender-conforming men are also more … [Read more]

Disability is sexy: examining the ‘hidden’ issue of disability and sexuality in the African context - Fellows' seminar by John Ganle

Disability is sexy: examining the ‘hidden’ issue of disability and sexuality in the African context – Fellows’ seminar by John Ganle

“What does it mean to have a physical disability as a woman and to want to be loved, to have sex, to be in a fulfilling sexual relationship, to be married, to reproduce and have children in a context like Ghana? What social and health-system constraints do disabled women face in realising their sexual and … [Read more]

An introduction to QBism: putting the humans into quantum theory - Fellows' seminar by Ruediger Schack

An introduction to QBism: putting the humans into quantum theory – Fellows’ seminar by Ruediger Schack

“There is no typo in the title: While the similarity with Cubism is fully intended, QBism is not an art movement but a radically new way to make sense of quantum theory. The name derives from Quantum Bayesianism, a precursor of QBism. In this talk I will explain what QBism is and how it changes … [Read more]

The ‘Fallist’ movement and ‘where to now?’ for higher education in South Africa  - Fellows' seminar by Susan Levine and Vivienne Bozalek

The ‘Fallist’ movement and ‘where to now?’ for higher education in South Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Susan Levine and Vivienne Bozalek

“This has been an epic period in our history,” said Susan Levine of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. “The movement is helping us to rethink the historical and political struggles between student activism versus the Rainbow Nation, nationalism, democracy and the role of the … [Read more]

A Writer at Work -  Public lecture by NoViolet Bulawayo

A Writer at Work – Public lecture by NoViolet Bulawayo

Zimbabwean novelist, NoViolet Bulawayo read from her novel-in-progress at the third STIAS public lecture of 2019. “I’m both lucky and cursed to be working on a currently unfolding drama, that is, and of course without giving anything away, very much inspired by a most public narrative where pretty much everybody follows and therefore knows and … [Read more]

Understanding theological ethics and their intersection with history, moral psychology and sociology - Fellows' seminar by Arne Rasmusson

Understanding theological ethics and their intersection with history, moral psychology and sociology – Fellows’ seminar by Arne Rasmusson

“There is a long-standing debate in theological ethics (as well as in moral philosophy) between, on the one hand, theories that see ethics as a form of decision theory that can overcome the contingency and arbitrariness of the human body (emotions and intuitions) and the socio-historical context, and, on the other hand, understandings that see … [Read more]

Lost and found in translation - Fellows' seminar by Rúnar Vignisson

Lost and found in translation – Fellows’ seminar by Rúnar Vignisson

“Does it matter in what language we express ourselves? Would the world be a better place if the Tower of Babel had never been built and we all spoke the same language? What would be lost, if anything?” asked Rúnar Vignisson, Director of the Creative Writing Programme at the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural … [Read more]

Understanding religious hybrid identities  - Fellows' seminar by Wanda Deifelt

Understanding religious hybrid identities – Fellows’ seminar by Wanda Deifelt

“The enslavement of indigenous and African peoples was carried out through colonialism, often using theological reasoning to justify occupation. While Roman Catholicism remains the predominant – and, in many cases, official – religion on the continent, religious identities are much more plural and diverse,” said Wanda Deifelt of the Department of Religion, Luther College. STIAS … [Read more]