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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]

A Writer at Work -  Public lecture by NoViolet Bulawayo

A Writer at Work – Public lecture by NoViolet Bulawayo

Zimbabwean novelist, NoViolet Bulawayo read from her novel-in-progress at the third STIAS public lecture of 2019. “I’m both lucky and cursed to be working on a currently unfolding drama, that is, and of course without giving anything away, very much inspired by a most public narrative where pretty much everybody follows and therefore knows and … [Read more]

Understanding theological ethics and their intersection with history, moral psychology and sociology - Fellows' seminar by Arne Rasmusson

Understanding theological ethics and their intersection with history, moral psychology and sociology – Fellows’ seminar by Arne Rasmusson

“There is a long-standing debate in theological ethics (as well as in moral philosophy) between, on the one hand, theories that see ethics as a form of decision theory that can overcome the contingency and arbitrariness of the human body (emotions and intuitions) and the socio-historical context, and, on the other hand, understandings that see … [Read more]

Lost and found in translation - Fellows' seminar by Rúnar Vignisson

Lost and found in translation – Fellows’ seminar by Rúnar Vignisson

“Does it matter in what language we express ourselves? Would the world be a better place if the Tower of Babel had never been built and we all spoke the same language? What would be lost, if anything?” asked Rúnar Vignisson, Director of the Creative Writing Programme at the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural … [Read more]

Understanding religious hybrid identities  - Fellows' seminar by Wanda Deifelt

Understanding religious hybrid identities – Fellows’ seminar by Wanda Deifelt

“The enslavement of indigenous and African peoples was carried out through colonialism, often using theological reasoning to justify occupation. While Roman Catholicism remains the predominant – and, in many cases, official – religion on the continent, religious identities are much more plural and diverse,” said Wanda Deifelt of the Department of Religion, Luther College. STIAS … [Read more]

Combinatorial evolution: a theory of evolution for technology - Fellows' seminar by Brian Arthur

Combinatorial evolution: a theory of evolution for technology – Fellows’ seminar by Brian Arthur

“Technology—the entire collection of individual technologies—evolves in the sense that all technologies, like all species, can trace a line of ancestry back to earlier technologies. But the base mechanism is not Darwinian. Radically novel technologies do not come into existence by the cumulation of small changes in earlier technologies. They spring from combining or integrating … [Read more]

Gathering data on gender inequality from across the globe -Fellows’ seminar by Jody Heymann, Amy Raub and Aleta Sprague

Gathering data on gender inequality from across the globe -Fellows’ seminar by Jody Heymann, Amy Raub and Aleta Sprague

“Gender inequality remains pervasive around the world, costing the global economy trillions of dollars and denying half of humanity their full rights and equal opportunities,” said Jody Heymann of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, University of California. “Laws and policies shape the environment in which we live and can … [Read more]