Fellows’ seminars

The power of words - Fellows' seminar by David Simpson

The power of words – Fellows’ seminar by David Simpson

“After 9/11, the USA declared war on an emotion – terror. Like many who followed the political and media representation of the events of 9/11, I was struck by the absence of a robust critical response to the invocation of a ‘war on terror’. Only a few left-wing intellectuals (who were kept away from US … [Read more]

Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease - Fellows' seminar by Nicole Sampson

Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease – Fellows’ seminar by Nicole Sampson

“An estimated 9 million people have active tuberculosis (TB) globally – 11% of these are children – 200 million children are infected and likely to develop disease. TB remains the leading cause of death by infectious disease. South Africa has the third-highest incidence in the world – estimated at 1000 per 100 000. 74% of … [Read more]

Exploring post-apartheid South Africa and the rise of xenophobia - Fellows' seminar by Fred Khumalo

Exploring post-apartheid South Africa and the rise of xenophobia – Fellows’ seminar by Fred Khumalo

“Devil With Blue Eyes is a novel of dislocation that seeks to explore and expose the rise of xenophobia in South Africa,” said journalist and author Fred Khumalo. “It also seeks to interrogate post-apartheid complexity.” STIAS Artist-in-residence Fred Khumalo during his seminar presentation on 26 May 2017 Khumalo gave STIAS fellows a tantalising glimpse into … [Read more]

“Let the dead speak for themselves - mummies rule!” Fellows' seminar by Salima Ikram

“Let the dead speak for themselves – mummies rule!” Fellows’ seminar by Salima Ikram

“For some scholars, a culture is largely created as a reaction to the natural world,” said Salima Ikram. “Certainly this holds true to a large extent for the Ancient Egyptians. Their language, religion and the raw materials that were the building blocks of their physical existence were all derived from or in reaction to the … [Read more]

The logic of life: bridging the physical, chemical and biological worlds - Fellows' seminar by Addy Pross

The logic of life: bridging the physical, chemical and biological worlds – Fellows’ seminar by Addy Pross

“Though we all recognise the material world is made up of living and non-living forms, the logical connection between these forms remains a continuing scientific puzzle,” said Addy Pross, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Ben Gurion University, Israel and current STIAS fellow. “Living and non-living systems are strikingly different. Yet the established principles … [Read more]

Following the money - Fellows' seminar by Ulf Engel

Following the money – Fellows’ seminar by Ulf Engel

“Where does the money come from?” asked Prof. Ulf Engel of the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig. “How do regional security organisations like the African Union get their money? What are the political and administrative implications of this and how does this speak to power politics and regional relationships?” STIAS Fellow Ulf Engel … [Read more]

Tough decisions needed on what change is acceptable: the tale of the Okavango Delta - Fellows' seminar by Daniel Conley

Tough decisions needed on what change is acceptable: the tale of the Okavango Delta – Fellows’ seminar by Daniel Conley

“It’s about deciding what kind of ecosystem we want to see in the future. As humans we can manipulate this. It’s a political not a scientific question. But science can give valuable advice. There are value questions in everything we do. There is no question that the ecosystem will change and the animals will be … [Read more]

Entering the world of the writer: a quest for story and context - Fellows' seminar by Yvonne Owuor

Entering the world of the writer: a quest for story and context – Fellows’ seminar by Yvonne Owuor

“It’s like testing fate while standing naked,” said Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, STIAS artist-in-residence, who presented a fascinating insight into her creative process at a recent STIAS fellows’ seminar.  STIAS artist-in-residence Yvonne Owuor during her seminar presentation on 30 March 2017 Describing some of the “vulnerability, creative discomfort and alchemy” that accompany the process of entering … [Read more]

Climate change and the emerging disease crisis: An existential threat to technological humanity - Fellows' seminar by Dan Brooks

Climate change and the emerging disease crisis: An existential threat to technological humanity – Fellows’ seminar by Dan Brooks

“Humanity is playing a losing game with respect to emerging diseases, mostly by failing to internalise the scope and cost of the crisis. We need to find these pathogens before they find us.” “I believe we have about a decade to begin coping seriously with what is coming. Any major programme not started in the … [Read more]

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]