Fellows’ seminars

A story of idealism and betrayal - Fellows' seminar by David Attwell

A story of idealism and betrayal – Fellows’ seminar by David Attwell

At rush hour on 24 July 1964, a bomb exploded at Johannesburg’s Park railway station, killing a grandmother, severely burning her granddaughter, and injuring several others. The bomb maker was John Harris, a member of a small sabotage group, the African Resistance Movement (ARM), whose members, till then, had been committed to not using violence against … [Read more]

Business as usual will not do: we need better and more professional management of water resources worldwide - Fellows' seminar by Janos Bogardi

Business as usual will not do: we need better and more professional management of water resources worldwide – Fellows’ seminar by Janos Bogardi

“Time is running out. There has been too much inertia. Business as usual must be left behind. We need global scale co-operation and a sustainable co-operative spirit.” STIAS Fellow Janos Bogardi during his seminar presentation on 30 November 2017 This was the opinion expressed by Prof. Janos Bogardi of the Centre for Development Research at … [Read more]

Even where the science is clear translating it is a challenge - Fellows' seminar by the DOHaD group

Even where the science is clear translating it is a challenge – Fellows’ seminar by the DOHaD group

“As a paediatrician I’ve spent a lifetime caring for sick and critically injured children. I realised many of these illnesses were preventable,” said Andrew Macnab of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia. “The healthcare system in many lower and middle-income countries doesn’t have the resources to ‘fix’ things, we therefore have … [Read more]

It was a Jazz Life - Fellows' seminar by Catherine and Darius Brubeck

It was a Jazz Life – Fellows’ seminar by Catherine and Darius Brubeck

As Artists-in-Residence Catherine and Darius Brubeck addressed STIAS fellows on their book project, which is a memoir of a quarter century of performing, teaching and promoting jazz in South Africa. “Jazz affected change in South Africa as it has done throughout its history,” said Catherine Brubeck. “Covering the period from 1983 to 2005, the book … [Read more]

Clotting in aneurysms: identifying the good and the bad clots - Fellows' seminar by Malebogo Ngoepe

Clotting in aneurysms: identifying the good and the bad clots – Fellows’ seminar by Malebogo Ngoepe

“The presence of a clot can either stabilise the aneurysm, reducing the risk of rupture, or accelerate the time to rupture,” said Malebogo Ngoepe. “The key question when deciding on an appropriate intervention is when is the aneurysm likely to rupture and therefore, when should it be treated?” STIAS Fellow Malebogo Ngoepe during her seminar … [Read more]

The challenges of translating works of literature - Fellows' seminar by Derek Attridge

The challenges of translating works of literature – Fellows’ seminar by Derek Attridge

“A literary work is an event experienced by a reader – an event of singularity and inventiveness. Translation is an attempt to produce a similar experience for readers in a different language. A translator is trying to make possible an event for a new reader related to the experience of the reader of the original … [Read more]

Feeding our children’s children - update from the sustainable agro-ecosystems group

Feeding our children’s children – update from the sustainable agro-ecosystems group

“It’s about our children’s children,” said Richard Sikora. “They will live with these problems if we don’t do something now. We have to target the breadbaskets of southern Africa.” STIAS Fellow and project convenor Richard Sikora during their seminar presentation on 19 October 2017 Sikora, who is from the Institute of Crop Science and Resource … [Read more]

Freeing the African mind more complex than simply decolonisation – Fellows’ seminar by Denis Ekpo

Freeing the African mind more complex than simply decolonisation – Fellows’ seminar by Denis Ekpo

“In many parts of Africa, the debate on decolonisation and the Africanisation of knowledge appears somehow dated,” said Prof. Denis Ekpo, of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and current STIAS fellow. “In South Africa, the debate which has been simmering since the end of apartheid, has flared up … [Read more]

Urgent need for evidence to inform policies and practices to protect precious groundwater for the future - Fellows' seminar by Daniel Olago

Urgent need for evidence to inform policies and practices to protect precious groundwater for the future – Fellows’ seminar by Daniel Olago

“The management of groundwater resources in sub-Saharan Africa is deteriorating rather than improving,” said Daniel Olago of the Institute for Climate Change Adaptation and the Department of Geology at the University of Nairobi. At a time when the Western Cape is experiencing extreme drought conditions, Olago’s project looking at groundwater development, supply and governance in … [Read more]

The quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa - Fellows' seminar by Uchenna Okeja

The quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Uchenna Okeja

“The idea of coming together in a public space to talk and discuss is a feature of many African societies,” said Uchenna Okeja. “I see it as something related to democratic practices. However, it has not been explored sufficiently and, only descriptively, not theoretically.” “Might it be a way to re-imagine traditional democratic practices?” he … [Read more]