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Call for Papers: Colloquium on African Stand-up Comedy Practice

Call for Papers: Colloquium on African Stand-up Comedy Practice

STIAS is planning to host a colloquium which aims to chart the future course of stand-up research in Africa. The colloquium will be convened by STIAS Iso Lomso fellow, Dr Izuu Nwankwo. Call for Papers Popular arts became prevalent at the dawn of 1990s across sub-Saharan Africa partly due to its affordability and comparative ease. … [Read more]

STIAS joins prestigious international group of Institutes for Advanced Study

STIAS joins prestigious international group of Institutes for Advanced Study

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) has been invited to join a group of international institutes for advanced study known by the acronym SIAS – Some Institutes for Advanced Study. This makes STIAS the first southern hemisphere and first African institute to join this consortium which includes nine institutes, namely: The Princeton Institute for … [Read more]

Suffering in silence: The need for empirically validated options in the treatment of vulvodynia - Fellows' seminar by Natalie Rosen

Suffering in silence: The need for empirically validated options in the treatment of vulvodynia – Fellows’ seminar by Natalie Rosen

“Many women suffer in silence,” said Natalie Rosen. “One in five women suffer from vulvodynia, there’s an estimated prevalence of 8% in the general population, and only 60% seek any kind of help with only 50% of these receiving an accurate diagnosis. Many doctors don’t know about it and it can take, on average, visits … [Read more]

Rewilding language – reclaiming the words - Fellows' seminar by Duncan Brown

Rewilding language – reclaiming the words – Fellows’ seminar by Duncan Brown

“If we don’t have the words we can’t speak about certain things,” said Duncan Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape and STIAS fellow. Brown is at STIAS to finalise his latest book entitled Wilder Lives: Humans and our Environments. STIAS Fellow Duncan Brown during his seminar presentation … [Read more]

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open - apply by 20 October 2018

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open – apply by 20 October 2018

Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding seven years are invited to apply for the Iso Lomso fellowship. For the 2018 call up to seven candidates will be awarded a three-year fellowship. Iso Lomso, meaning “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, was launched in 2016 and aims to boost … [Read more]

Social justice is key to addressing corruption: Fellows' seminar by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Social justice is key to addressing corruption: Fellows’ seminar by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

“Corruption cannot be fully understood as a single issue. It’s part of the whole. Many African states find themselves fighting something they can’t fully define which is larger than themselves and with which the system collaborates.” STIAS Fellow Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo during his seminar presentation on 2 August 2018 “Despite many positive advances, corruption persists in … [Read more]

Trump, Brexit and beyond – a need to nurture new values: Public lecture by Manuel Castells

Trump, Brexit and beyond – a need to nurture new values: Public lecture by Manuel Castells

“The beams of light in the dark include social movements like the women’s movement – notably the #MeToo movement – youth groups, groups of gay, lesbian and transgendered people, environmental groups – these offer a glimpse of hope and the possibility of nurturing new values for the future.” “We can’t trust the political system we … [Read more]

Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s agricultural revolution? Fellows' seminar by Matthew Schnurr

Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s agricultural revolution? Fellows’ seminar by Matthew Schnurr

There is a need to address the disconnect between donors and farmers, and engage in meaningful dialogue and research to understand the context and consequences of genetically modified (GM) crops on a case-by-case and setting-by-setting basis. “One size definitely does not fit all!” This is the opinion of STIAS fellow Matthew Schnurr of the International … [Read more]

Finding new ways to repair the heart - Fellows' seminar by Mazin Sirry

Finding new ways to repair the heart – Fellows’ seminar by Mazin Sirry

“Heart disease remains a major killer with the World Health Organization estimating it will be second to cancers by 2030. It’s clear we need new treatment options,” said Mazin Sirry of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan. Sirry was presenting an overview of the research project he is … [Read more]

We are not doing enough – we need to move away from theory and try things - Fellow's seminar by Balakrishnan Rajagopal

We are not doing enough – we need to move away from theory and try things – Fellow’s seminar by Balakrishnan Rajagopal

“There is perhaps too much law already but overall there is not enough change on the ground. We need to ask how we can bring about that change.” “We need to move away from theoretical quandaries and actually do stuff and, if necessary, work our way out of problems. We are not doing enough. You … [Read more]