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Examining in/appropriate appropriation/s  - Fellows' seminar by Andrew van der Vlies

Examining in/appropriate appropriation/s – Fellows’ seminar by Andrew van der Vlies

“To speculate that something has shifted in relation to the politics of representation in contemporary culture is not to downplay the significance of long-standing activism over the appropriation of life narratives, images and indigenous knowledge from those with less cultural and political capital by those with greater,” said STIAS fellow Andrew van der Vlies, of … [Read more]

Investigating novel treatment options for heart attacks - Fellows' seminar by Mazin Sirry

Investigating novel treatment options for heart attacks – Fellows’ seminar by Mazin Sirry

“There is a huge need to develop technologies that can be used in less-resourced settings. This treatment should not require a sophisticated surgical setting. It should also be cheaper than other treatments,” said Mazin Sirry of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan. Sirry, who is a STIAS Iso … [Read more]

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open - apply by 15 October 2019

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open – apply by 15 October 2019

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 2019 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]

Examining the impact of technological change on apartheid via literature - Fellows' seminar by Mark Sanders

Examining the impact of technological change on apartheid via literature – Fellows’ seminar by Mark Sanders

“The height of apartheid coincided with a long economic boom in South Africa that, bringing about rapid growth in the 1960s, came to a halt around 1973. A time of rapidly increased mechanisation and automation, the 1960s also saw the spread of computerisation. What did mechanisation and automation mean during this time—to apartheid thinkers, and … [Read more]

Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species - Fellows' seminar by Tatenda Dalu

Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species – Fellows’ seminar by Tatenda Dalu

“Tourists don’t pay to see a crab,” said Tatenda Dalu of the Department of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Venda. “Charismatic animals – like the big five – tend to receive the focus of conservation activities due to the tourist dollars they attract. Often the vital ecological role of the smaller organisms … [Read more]

The artist as observer - Fellows' seminar by Patrick Flanery

The artist as observer – Fellows’ seminar by Patrick Flanery

Novelist Patrick Flanery is at STIAS as Artist-in-Residence where he is working on a new novel, in his words, “about a photographer adrift in contemporary America who is forced to confront the ethics of her practice in a moment at which the very medium of her art has reached a state of volatility, mutability and … [Read more]

Framing me, framing you: Acting gender in South Africa - Fellows' seminar by Debra Shepherd

Framing me, framing you: Acting gender in South Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Debra Shepherd

“A gender-conforming man in South Africa has an expected employment rate of 48%. Gender non-conforming men have an 11% lower probability of being employed, gender non-conforming women 16% and gender-conforming women 12%. So all of these groups face a lowered probability of employment compared to gender-conforming men,” said Debra Shepherd. “Gender-conforming men are also more … [Read more]

Disability is sexy: examining the ‘hidden’ issue of disability and sexuality in the African context - Fellows' seminar by John Ganle

Disability is sexy: examining the ‘hidden’ issue of disability and sexuality in the African context – Fellows’ seminar by John Ganle

“What does it mean to have a physical disability as a woman and to want to be loved, to have sex, to be in a fulfilling sexual relationship, to be married, to reproduce and have children in a context like Ghana? What social and health-system constraints do disabled women face in realising their sexual and … [Read more]

An introduction to QBism: putting the humans into quantum theory - Fellows' seminar by Ruediger Schack

An introduction to QBism: putting the humans into quantum theory – Fellows’ seminar by Ruediger Schack

“There is no typo in the title: While the similarity with Cubism is fully intended, QBism is not an art movement but a radically new way to make sense of quantum theory. The name derives from Quantum Bayesianism, a precursor of QBism. In this talk I will explain what QBism is and how it changes … [Read more]

The ‘Fallist’ movement and ‘where to now?’ for higher education in South Africa  - Fellows' seminar by Susan Levine and Vivienne Bozalek

The ‘Fallist’ movement and ‘where to now?’ for higher education in South Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Susan Levine and Vivienne Bozalek

“This has been an epic period in our history,” said Susan Levine of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. “The movement is helping us to rethink the historical and political struggles between student activism versus the Rainbow Nation, nationalism, democracy and the role of the … [Read more]