Fellows’ seminars

Can Art answer the age-old question of what it means to be human? Fellows' seminar by John Noyes

Can Art answer the age-old question of what it means to be human? Fellows’ seminar by John Noyes

“I am interested in the persistence of attempts to understand the unity of humanity alongside manifestations of human diversity.” STIAS Fellow John Noyes during his seminar presentation on 9 March 2017 Prof. John Noyes of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures of the University of Toronto was talking about his STIAS Project – Global … [Read more]

How we look at ourselves and tell our story is very important – Fellows’ seminar by Maxi Schoeman

How we look at ourselves and tell our story is very important – Fellows’ seminar by Maxi Schoeman

“Our identity is very important. It tells us who we are, where we come from and where we are going,” said Prof. Maxi Schoeman. “Debates about our identity at the moment in South Africa create insecurity. We don’t trust our own story about ourselves and how it will play out.” STIAS Fellow Maxi Schoeman her … [Read more]

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access - Fellows' Seminar by Leila Harris

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access – Fellows’ Seminar by Leila Harris

“I read everyday experiences and narratives of water access and governance as a key lens through which to consider states and stateness, evolving state-society relations, and shifting citizen subjectivities,” said Leila Harris. “I’m interested in examining the effect of differentiated access to water on citizenship and politics,” she continued. “And what this means for re-fashioning … [Read more]

Healthy children to healthy adults: promoting brighter futures - Fellows’ seminar by Andrew MacNab

Healthy children to healthy adults: promoting brighter futures – Fellows’ seminar by Andrew MacNab

“Promoting healthy behaviours in children is much more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviours in adults,” said Prof. Andrew Macnab of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia, STIAS fellow and member of the STIAS Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) group. Prof. Macnab was presenting a seminar on his … [Read more]

Healthy mothers, healthy babies – understanding the developmental origins of health and disease - DOHaD Fellows' seminar

Healthy mothers, healthy babies – understanding the developmental origins of health and disease – DOHaD Fellows’ seminar

“What happens in pregnancy and childhood sets us on a trajectory and determines our lifetime risk of disease,” said Prof. Shane Norris of the Department of Pediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand. Norris was speaking at a seminar presented by the STIAS DOHaD group. STIAS fellows Abdallah Daar (left) and Shane Norris, two members of the … [Read more]

Testing low-cost mobile-based applications for health care in low-resource settings - Fellows' seminar by Guy Dumont

Testing low-cost mobile-based applications for health care in low-resource settings – Fellows’ seminar by Guy Dumont

“We want to use mobile health (mHealth) technologies to make a difference to global health – to tackle the burden of disease in low-resource settings,” said Guy Dumont of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of British Columbia. Prof. Dumont was presenting an update on his group’s work on a Phone … [Read more]

Celebrity culture perpetuates old stereotypes - Fellows' seminar by Nina Jablonski

Celebrity culture perpetuates old stereotypes – Fellows’ seminar by Nina Jablonski

“The privileging of light skin colour – both between and within groups – is now recognised as one of the most lamentable cultural universals that exist,” said Prof. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at Penn State University, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, current STIAS fellow and co-convener of … [Read more]

Losing the opportunity - continuities of Apartheid hamper quest for a new society – Fellows’ seminar by Gerhard Maré

Losing the opportunity – continuities of Apartheid hamper quest for a new society – Fellows’ seminar by Gerhard Maré

“While the existence of legacies are described and referred to in measuring progress in a post-1994 democratic order, core aspects of the past are adapted and maintained. This includes capitalism; race, racialism and racism; traditionalism; and patriarchal gender relations which, to some extent, articulate with and therefore shape the other three,” said Gerhard Maré, Emeritus … [Read more]

Need for strengthened institutional capacity for Asia studies on the African continent - Fellows' seminar by Scarlett Cornelissen

Need for strengthened institutional capacity for Asia studies on the African continent – Fellows’ seminar by Scarlett Cornelissen

“A changing world with growing global connectivity and increased economic penetration between Africa and Asia means we need to increase institutional capacity for more comprehensive scholarly interaction between Asia and Africa.” This was the opinion expressed by Scarlett Cornelissen at the first STIAS seminar of the semester. Cornelissen is professor in the Department of Political … [Read more]

The evolving interface between religion and queer politics in Africa – Fellows' seminar by Adriaan van Klinken

The evolving interface between religion and queer politics in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Adriaan van Klinken

“LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues have been heavily politicised in different parts of Africa,” said Adriaan van Klinken, Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds and current STIAS fellow. “Prominent African political and religious leaders have made strong statements about homosexuality being ‘un-African’, ‘un-Christian’ and ‘un-Islamic’, and have used … [Read more]

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