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STIAS Annual Report 2016 published

STIAS Annual Report 2016 published

The STIAS Annual Report for 2016 has been published and is available electronically on the STIAS website or in print upon request. Click on the image below to page through, or click to download a PDF version.   For the print version, please contact Ms Nel-Mari Loock by *protected email* or telephone (+27 21 808 … [Read more]

Following the money - Fellows' seminar by Ulf Engel

Following the money – Fellows’ seminar by Ulf Engel

“Where does the money come from?” asked Prof. Ulf Engel of the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig. “How do regional security organisations like the African Union get their money? What are the political and administrative implications of this and how does this speak to power politics and regional relationships?” STIAS Fellow Ulf Engel … [Read more]

Tough decisions needed on what change is acceptable: the tale of the Okavango Delta - Fellows' seminar by Daniel Conley

Tough decisions needed on what change is acceptable: the tale of the Okavango Delta – Fellows’ seminar by Daniel Conley

“It’s about deciding what kind of ecosystem we want to see in the future. As humans we can manipulate this. It’s a political not a scientific question. But science can give valuable advice. There are value questions in everything we do. There is no question that the ecosystem will change and the animals will be … [Read more]

Bringing our hidden history to the public domain - STIAS book launch by Fred Khumalo

Bringing our hidden history to the public domain – STIAS book launch by Fred Khumalo

“I see my writing as a vehicle to reintroduce many dialogues we still have to work through.” “It is a historical novel but should be read as a novel. It would be found wanting as a history book. It uses a historical incident as a springboard to look at our evolution as a nation.” STIAS … [Read more]

Leadership needed for a connected but protected world - STIAS public lecture by Ian Goldin

Leadership needed for a connected but protected world – STIAS public lecture by Ian Goldin

“We live in a world that is hyper-connected – our future is shaped by events that happen elsewhere. The speed of change is accelerating – today is the slowest day you will know for the rest of your life,” said Ian Goldin – Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development; Founding Director of the Oxford … [Read more]

Entering the world of the writer: a quest for story and context - Fellows' seminar by Yvonne Owuor

Entering the world of the writer: a quest for story and context – Fellows’ seminar by Yvonne Owuor

“It’s like testing fate while standing naked,” said Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, STIAS artist-in-residence, who presented a fascinating insight into her creative process at a recent STIAS fellows’ seminar.  STIAS artist-in-residence Yvonne Owuor during her seminar presentation on 30 March 2017 Describing some of the “vulnerability, creative discomfort and alchemy” that accompany the process of entering … [Read more]

Climate change and the emerging disease crisis: An existential threat to technological humanity - Fellows' seminar by Dan Brooks

Climate change and the emerging disease crisis: An existential threat to technological humanity – Fellows’ seminar by Dan Brooks

“Humanity is playing a losing game with respect to emerging diseases, mostly by failing to internalise the scope and cost of the crisis. We need to find these pathogens before they find us.” “I believe we have about a decade to begin coping seriously with what is coming. Any major programme not started in the … [Read more]

Can Art answer the age-old question of what it means to be human? Fellows' seminar by John Noyes

Can Art answer the age-old question of what it means to be human? Fellows’ seminar by John Noyes

“I am interested in the persistence of attempts to understand the unity of humanity alongside manifestations of human diversity.” STIAS Fellow John Noyes during his seminar presentation on 9 March 2017 Prof. John Noyes of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures of the University of Toronto was talking about his STIAS Project – Global … [Read more]

Seeking reasons for why we are where we are - Fellow's seminar by Christopher Hope

Seeking reasons for why we are where we are – Fellow’s seminar by Christopher Hope

“Nearly twenty five years after the fall of apartheid and skin colour has moved to the fore and is more viciously pointed out than ever. No one could have predicted this,” said author Christopher Hope. “There was a conspiracy of silence in the period immediately following 1994. The past was embarrassing so talking about it … [Read more]

Is Ubuntu part of the solution to the values crisis? Fellows' seminar by Bo Stråth

Is Ubuntu part of the solution to the values crisis? Fellows’ seminar by Bo Stråth

“What relevance can Ubuntu have as a global value resource?” This was the question posed by Bo Stråth and Tom Bennett in their recent STIAS seminar.  STIAS Fellow Bo Stråth during his seminar presentation on 23 February 2017 “The ongoing values crisis can be epitomised as an economic crisis that became a political crisis that … [Read more]

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