Fellows’ seminars

Disappearing and reappearing – what effect does copyright and copyright reversion have on the availability of books? Fellows' seminar by Paul Heald

Disappearing and reappearing – what effect does copyright and copyright reversion have on the availability of books? Fellows’ seminar by Paul Heald

Does copyright actually protect books or does it eventually encourage their disappearance from the market? What effect does the length of the copyright have? What happens to the availability of books when authors take back their rights? And what is the effect on all of this of e-books, print on demand and open access? These … [Read more]

Need for more data and more co-operation to protect water quality in Africa - Fellows' seminar by Lydia Olaka

Need for more data and more co-operation to protect water quality in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Lydia Olaka

“Over 45% of people in Africa do not have access to clean drinking water. This number is rising due to unequal distribution of water sources, climate change impacts, rapid population growth and increasing pollution. In order to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on health (3) clean water (6) and sustainable cities (11), there … [Read more]

One size does not fit all and local practices must be understood - reconsidering social security from an African viewpoint: Fellows' seminar by Augustin Emane

One size does not fit all and local practices must be understood – reconsidering social security from an African viewpoint: Fellows’ seminar by Augustin Emane

“By and large, present-day social-security systems in Africa are failing despite calls from international organisations to extend social-protection cover. We have to ask what can be done and how we can avoid repeating the errors of the past.” “We need different solutions for different parts of the world. We have to observe and understand local … [Read more]

Can South Africa turn crisis into opportunity? Fellows' seminar by John Matisonn

Can South Africa turn crisis into opportunity? Fellows’ seminar by John Matisonn

“The three years 2016 to 2019 will change South Africa more significantly than any other time since the dawn of democracy in 1994. The bookends of that process are the 2016 local elections at which the ruling African National Congress lost control of three of the country’s major cities, and the mid-2019 general election, at … [Read more]

Telling the untold stories - Fellows' seminar by Mignonne Breier

Telling the untold stories – Fellows’ seminar by Mignonne Breier

“There have been moments in the history of the liberation struggle when, as Bishop Desmond Tutu famously put it to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ‘things went horribly wrong’. The violence in Duncan Village, East London, in 1952, at the height of the African National Congress (ANC) Defiance Campaign, could be counted among such moments,” said Mignonne Breier. … [Read more]

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa - Fellows' seminar by Jan Erk

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Jan Erk

“In most parts of Africa, traditional leaders and indigenous customary law enjoy a degree of legitimacy, influence and power that analyses using formal indicators miss,” said Jan Erk. “Despite the role this plays in development and democracy at the local level, no comprehensive picture of the relationship between modern and traditional legal systems exists.” STIAS … [Read more]

Energy storage for a cleaner planet - Fellows' seminar by Michael Thackeray

Energy storage for a cleaner planet – Fellows’ seminar by Michael Thackeray

Reflections on the commercialisation of science through the lens of lithium battery development Battery-powered communication connects the world. Most of us can’t get through a day without our laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and we take them so for granted that we rarely think about the science that has gone into their development – specifically … [Read more]

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto - Fellows' seminar by Clive Glaser

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto – Fellows’ seminar by Clive Glaser

“During the 1960s and early 1970s Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto had its most successful years. It produced good-quality education and graduated numerous students who went on to university and became professionals. It was among the top two most prestigious high schools in Soweto.” “This project attempts to explain how Morris Isaacson High School … [Read more]

Reviving democratic citizenship - Fellows' seminar by Bruce Ackerman

Reviving democratic citizenship – Fellows’ seminar by Bruce Ackerman

“Many of our inherited civic institutions are dead or dying. There has been a disintegration of social democracy in many countries. We need an ambitious reform programme to revive democratic life — both in the US and in South Africa.” “This is a turning point in American history. The next few years are important. If … [Read more]

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue - Fellows' seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue – Fellows’ seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

“There is a need to change the social not just the legal understandings of rape in Uganda,” said Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, Judge in the Uganda Supreme Court and recently appointed member of the International Commission of Jurists. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was informing STIAS fellows about her research around societal definitions of rape in Uganda, specifically looking at the … [Read more]