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From prickly cactus to 3D-printed houses – visiting scholars at STIAS outline their projects

From prickly cactus to 3D-printed houses – visiting scholars at STIAS outline their projects

“Opuntia engelmannii – the prickly cactus – is classified as an invasive alien species in Kenya,” said Eunice Githae of the Department of Biological Sciences, Chuka University, Kenya. “I want to fully understand its taxonomy, establish how it interacts with the environment and understand its socio-economic impact on rural communities in Kenya.” Visiting scholars Eunice … [Read more]

Exploring post-apartheid South Africa and the rise of xenophobia - Fellows' seminar by Fred Khumalo

Exploring post-apartheid South Africa and the rise of xenophobia – Fellows’ seminar by Fred Khumalo

“Devil With Blue Eyes is a novel of dislocation that seeks to explore and expose the rise of xenophobia in South Africa,” said journalist and author Fred Khumalo. “It also seeks to interrogate post-apartheid complexity.” STIAS Artist-in-residence Fred Khumalo during his seminar presentation on 26 May 2017 Khumalo gave STIAS fellows a tantalising glimpse into … [Read more]

Prof Enos Njeru

PANGeA and STIAS launch early career fellowship programmes

The Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics – PANGeA – has launched an early career fellowship programme with the aim of identifying future African academic leaders and providing them with access to specific training in university management and administration. The network will award 50 fellowships over the next four years to candidates who have … [Read more]

Is a legal order that can include without excluding possible? Fellows' seminar by Hans Lindahl

Is a legal order that can include without excluding possible? Fellows’ seminar by Hans Lindahl

“Is an all-inclusive legal order possible? A global order of human rights, which would include without excluding, and offer leverage for taming exclusionary processes?” asked Hans Lindahl of the Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. “Should we be postulating the gradual emergence of one legal world that all humans could share as their own … [Read more]

“Let the dead speak for themselves - mummies rule!” Fellows' seminar by Salima Ikram

“Let the dead speak for themselves – mummies rule!” Fellows’ seminar by Salima Ikram

“For some scholars, a culture is largely created as a reaction to the natural world,” said Salima Ikram. “Certainly this holds true to a large extent for the Ancient Egyptians. Their language, religion and the raw materials that were the building blocks of their physical existence were all derived from or in reaction to the … [Read more]

The logic of life: bridging the physical, chemical and biological worlds - Fellows' seminar by Addy Pross

The logic of life: bridging the physical, chemical and biological worlds – Fellows’ seminar by Addy Pross

“Though we all recognise the material world is made up of living and non-living forms, the logical connection between these forms remains a continuing scientific puzzle,” said Addy Pross, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Ben Gurion University, Israel and current STIAS fellow. “Living and non-living systems are strikingly different. Yet the established principles … [Read more]

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]

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