Fellows’ seminars

Are globalisation and social mobility leading to the demise of African modes of child fostering?  - Fellows' seminar by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

Are globalisation and social mobility leading to the demise of African modes of child fostering? – Fellows’ seminar by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

“Cameroonians in Berlin and Paris—and, to a lesser extent, their kin in Yaoundé—are developing new kinscripts, moving from the generalised reciprocity of ‘all our kin’ to an emphasis on ‘just for my kids’,” said STIAS fellow Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College, Minnesota. “This work explores the puzzling absence … [Read more]

Knowing about genocide  - Fellows' seminar by Joachim Savelsberg

Knowing about genocide – Fellows’ seminar by Joachim Savelsberg

“Knowledge, collective memories and representations of genocides can never be taken for granted. Produced through social processes, they are always contested,” said STIAS fellow Joachim Savelsberg of the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. “In my current book project I’m hoping to deepen my focus on genocide and take it from a socio-legal … [Read more]

Getting to grips with the growing problem of falsified medicines - Fellows' seminar by Susanne Lundin and team

Getting to grips with the growing problem of falsified medicines – Fellows’ seminar by Susanne Lundin and team

“The World Health Organization estimates that up to 10% of all medicines globally could be falsified but as much as 30 – 70% could be found in lower-income countries compared to only 1% in higher income. Some countries, including South Africa, don’t report to the WHO’s alert system.We therefore don’t know much about the South … [Read more]

Know thyself: the role of cultural and identity capital in South African education - Fellows' seminar by Debra Shepherd

Know thyself: the role of cultural and identity capital in South African education – Fellows’ seminar by Debra Shepherd

“I want to understand why young people are struggling in the education setting. From my personal interactions with them, many express a feeling they don’t belong or cannot be their true selves. It’s hugely concerning that young people in elite spaces grapple with a negative sense of self. I’m hoping we can put in place … [Read more]

Battling a small but deadly foe - Fellows' seminar by Fara Raharimalala

Battling a small but deadly foe – Fellows’ seminar by Fara Raharimalala

“Insecticides are still the cornerstone of vector control. But there are limited options available, very few new insecticides are commercialised and resistance is a big problem,” said Fara Raharimalala of the Medical Entomology Unit at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar. Raharimalala was presenting a seminar on her Iso Lomso study on the Adaptation of mosquito … [Read more]

‘How things keep falling apart’: adding to the debate on the shaping of the post-colonial African mind - Fellows' seminar by Chielozona Eze

‘How things keep falling apart’: adding to the debate on the shaping of the post-colonial African mind – Fellows’ seminar by Chielozona Eze

“We can’t ignore history but it shouldn’t be a legitimating factor for the present moral position or an excuse to engineer the human condition today. Politicians should be focusing on lifting people from their present economic misery not on blaming the past.” “Forgiveness does not mean forgetting but it does mean not allowing memory to … [Read more]

Depictions of dogs in art and literature and what this tells us about being human - Fellows' seminar by Henrietta Mondry

Depictions of dogs in art and literature and what this tells us about being human – Fellows’ seminar by Henrietta Mondry

“Human/animal hierarchies become prominent in times of revolutionary upheaval and social transformation,” said Henrietta Mondry of the Departments of English and of Global, Cultural and Language Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. “The lives of domesticated animals are affected by cataclysmic events alongside humans. Writers and artists therefore often thematise and problematise the … [Read more]

No quick fix but change needed for Africa’s future - Fellows' seminar by Berhanu Abegaz

No quick fix but change needed for Africa’s future – Fellows’ seminar by Berhanu Abegaz

“There has been a huge expansion of higher education without an injection of human and financial resources. Lack of investment means falling quality. The cumulative growth in scientific outputs is similar to that of the fastest-growing countries – we are a par with India, China and Brazil – but the actual numbers remain low. We … [Read more]

Changing creativity and what it means for the future of fiction writing - Fellows' seminar by Brian Chikwava

Changing creativity and what it means for the future of fiction writing – Fellows’ seminar by Brian Chikwava

What is creativity? Can creative writing be taught? And what are the implications of technological advances for the fiction writer? These are some of the daunting questions tackled by STIAS Artist-in-Residence Brian Chikwava, award-winning writer and musician, who is at STIAS to work on his latest collection of short stories. “Research on creativity is a … [Read more]

Suffering in silence: The need for empirically validated options in the treatment of vulvodynia - Fellows' seminar by Natalie Rosen

Suffering in silence: The need for empirically validated options in the treatment of vulvodynia – Fellows’ seminar by Natalie Rosen

“Many women suffer in silence,” said Natalie Rosen. “One in five women suffer from vulvodynia, there’s an estimated prevalence of 8% in the general population, and only 60% seek any kind of help with only 50% of these receiving an accurate diagnosis. Many doctors don’t know about it and it can take, on average, visits … [Read more]