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Making a case for German Enlightenment thinkers as agents in the history of emancipation -  Fellows’ seminar by Martin Ruehl

Making a case for German Enlightenment thinkers as agents in the history of emancipation – Fellows’ seminar by Martin Ruehl

“For millennia, probably since the first settled agricultural societies, forms of bond-servitude were considered natural, God-given, or at any rate unobjectionable. Then, towards the end of the eighteenth century, something extraordinary happened: small, but well-connected groups of evangelical Christians in Britain and the United States launched an impassioned campaign against slavery – racial slavery in … [Read more]

Embracing the ‘new science’ of complexity - Fellows' seminar by Jean Boulton

Embracing the ‘new science’ of complexity – Fellows’ seminar by Jean Boulton

“Complexity theory is positioned as a ‘new science’, a post-modern science with a strong focus on process and pattern,” said Jean Boulton of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. “It provides an important challenge to the dominance of worldviews informed by classical science, to what we see as science, … [Read more]

Making sense of siege architecture and private security in middle-class residential neighbourhoods in Johannesburg - Fellows' seminar by Martin Murray

Making sense of siege architecture and private security in middle-class residential neighbourhoods in Johannesburg – Fellows’ seminar by Martin Murray

“Johannesburg is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Crime rates have remained high since the 1990s. ‘Crime talk’ – rumour, gossip and hearsay – has become routine in everyday conversation. In middle-class residential suburbs, the signs of ‘siege architecture’ are everywhere: high walls, razor wire, security gates, electric fencing, and the ubiquitous … [Read more]

Lessons of successes and failures in the politics of education reform - Fellows' seminar by Ben Ross Schneider

Lessons of successes and failures in the politics of education reform – Fellows’ seminar by Ben Ross Schneider

“High-quality education as essential for sustained and equitable development. It’s the most sustainable way to address inequality – the silver bullet – so why isn’t it implemented successfully in so many middle-income countries?” “Why do quality reforms succeed in some countries and not in others, and what are the lessons that can be learnt?” These … [Read more]

Approaching a shared topic from different angles: studying the new middle classes in southern Africa  - Fellows' seminar by Maxim Bolt, Claudia Gastrow and Preben Kaarsholm

Approaching a shared topic from different angles: studying the new middle classes in southern Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Maxim Bolt, Claudia Gastrow and Preben Kaarsholm

“Context is important. What is middle class in Amaoti is different to Sandton. We are examining the different self-understandings and identity politics of belonging and aspiration. As well as a matter of property, income, and power, class is also a matter of self-definition with ethnicity, gender, generation and modernism as important markers of distinction,” said … [Read more]

My role in our collective story - Fellows' seminar by Mathatha Tsedu

My role in our collective story – Fellows’ seminar by Mathatha Tsedu

“My project is an autobiography. Whilst an autobiography inevitably centres around the author, I am shying away from it being about me. I attempt instead, and hope the method will succeed, to tell the story of our people in the time that I lived, and my role, however small, in that part of our collective … [Read more]

Unlocking the regeneration and transformation potential to build the urban society we all want in Stellenbosch - the Adam Tas Corridor project

Unlocking the regeneration and transformation potential to build the urban society we all want in Stellenbosch – the Adam Tas Corridor project

“The Adam Tas Corridor is the start of Stellenbosch’s emerging urban transformation district and the vision is to create an integrated urban-development corridor that is liveable, safe, resource-efficient, socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, in which all citizens can actively participate. It is a place that embodies our best knowledge on what constitutes good, … [Read more]

National orders for STIAS fellow Mathatha Tsedu

National orders for STIAS fellow Mathatha Tsedu

Mathatha Tsedu with his wife Marubini Tsedu STIAS is delighted to announce that fellow Mathatha Tsedu will be honoured by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, during the awarding of National Orders at a ceremony in Tshwane on 25 April 2019. Former City Press editor and former SABC board member Tsedu will receive the … [Read more]

Examining the new middle class in Africa - Fellows’ seminar by Deborah James, Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe and Thabisani Ndlovu

Examining the new middle class in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Deborah James, Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe and Thabisani Ndlovu

“Paradoxically, while in Europe and America the old middle class is said to be in crisis, its newer incarnation in the Global South is celebrated as being on the rise. The growth of this class owes itself, in some settings, to the extension of consumer credit to those who were formerly denied it, enabling new … [Read more]

Thinking comparatively across two post-colonial cities: Nairobi and Singapore in the 1970s - Fellows’ seminar by Anne Pitcher

Thinking comparatively across two post-colonial cities: Nairobi and Singapore in the 1970s – Fellows’ seminar by Anne Pitcher

STIAS fellow Anne Pitcher, Professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of Michigan, provided a detailed study of a confidential report on housing provision that was based on a visit to Singapore by Kenyan bureaucrats in 1971. She highlighted the exchange between Singapore and Nairobi as an early example of policy emulation … [Read more]

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