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The power of words - Fellows' seminar by David Simpson

The power of words – Fellows’ seminar by David Simpson

“After 9/11, the USA declared war on an emotion – terror. Like many who followed the political and media representation of the events of 9/11, I was struck by the absence of a robust critical response to the invocation of a ‘war on terror’. Only a few left-wing intellectuals (who were kept away from US … [Read more]

Reconceptualising health in cities: less disease care, more healthcare - Public lecture by Tolu Oni

Reconceptualising health in cities: less disease care, more healthcare – Public lecture by Tolu Oni

“What good does it do to treat patients only to send them out to the conditions that made them sick in the first place?” asked Prof. Tolullah Oni. “Health is much more than the absence of disease, instead it encompasses a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing.” STIAS Iso Lomso Fellow Tolullah Oni … [Read more]

Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease - Fellows' seminar by Nicole Sampson

Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease – Fellows’ seminar by Nicole Sampson

“An estimated 9 million people have active tuberculosis (TB) globally – 11% of these are children – 200 million children are infected and likely to develop disease. TB remains the leading cause of death by infectious disease. South Africa has the third-highest incidence in the world – estimated at 1000 per 100 000. 74% of … [Read more]

What do we wish to change with regard to race, racism and racialism? Fellows' Seminar by the 'Effects of Race' group

What do we wish to change with regard to race, racism and racialism? Fellows’ Seminar by the ‘Effects of Race’ group

“The project faces a daunting challenge. What can we possibly say that is new about race in South Africa and will make a difference in the lives of people?” said Nina Jablonski, project leader of the STIAS Effects of Race (EoR) Group. Jablonski and members of the EoR core group were updating STIAS fellows on … [Read more]

Hearing the 'hidden voices' - Fellows' seminar by John Ganle

Hearing the ‘hidden voices’ – Fellows’ seminar by John Ganle

“The project will seek to enquire into the reproductive, sexual and maternal healthcare needs and challenges of women with disabilities in Ghana; challenge assumptions about disability and asexuality; and, ask how the issue of disability in contexts such as Ghana could be better theorised and studied,” said John Ganle, STIAS Iso Lomso Fellow from the … [Read more]

Thinking not just selecting genes - Fellows' seminar by Scott Turner

Thinking not just selecting genes – Fellows’ seminar by Scott Turner

“If adaptation is a cognitive process and adaptation is an evolutionary process and adaptation is an intentionally driven process – does this mean evolution is a cognitive and intentional process?” “We’ve been getting evolution wrong for a century. Darwin’s successors lost the deep understanding of adaptation that Darwin himself had.” STIAS Fellow Scott Turner during … [Read more]

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]

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