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“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]

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]