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Unravelling the myth of hymen - Fellows' seminar by Margaret Ferguson

Unravelling the myth of hymen – Fellows’ seminar by Margaret Ferguson

“Derived from an ancient Greek word signifying both a ‘thin membrane’ and a sexually ambiguous minor god associated with the celebration of marriage, hymen is a historically contested sign that travels across geographic, temporal, and linguistic borders in ways that remind us that human female virgins are made, not born. And in some cultures, past … [Read more]

To survive, democracy must transcend borders and become inclusive and responsive - Fellows' seminar by Marcelo Neves

To survive, democracy must transcend borders and become inclusive and responsive – Fellows’ seminar by Marcelo Neves

“To be sustainable, democracy has to care about its political environment and be responsive towards other political systems. Without such responsiveness, there is a trend among today’s democracies to collapse,” said Prof. Marcelo Neves. “It is no longer sufficient to associate democracy with the phrase expressed in the preamble of the US constitution ‘We the … [Read more]

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]