Fellows’ seminars

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]

Rewilding language – reclaiming the words - Fellows' seminar by Duncan Brown

Rewilding language – reclaiming the words – Fellows’ seminar by Duncan Brown

“If we don’t have the words we can’t speak about certain things,” said Duncan Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape and STIAS fellow. Brown is at STIAS to finalise his latest book entitled Wilder Lives: Humans and our Environments. STIAS Fellow Duncan Brown during his seminar presentation … [Read more]

Social justice is key to addressing corruption: Fellows' seminar by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Social justice is key to addressing corruption: Fellows’ seminar by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

“Corruption cannot be fully understood as a single issue. It’s part of the whole. Many African states find themselves fighting something they can’t fully define which is larger than themselves and with which the system collaborates.” STIAS Fellow Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo during his seminar presentation on 2 August 2018 “Despite many positive advances, corruption persists in … [Read more]

Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s agricultural revolution? Fellows' seminar by Matthew Schnurr

Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s agricultural revolution? Fellows’ seminar by Matthew Schnurr

There is a need to address the disconnect between donors and farmers, and engage in meaningful dialogue and research to understand the context and consequences of genetically modified (GM) crops on a case-by-case and setting-by-setting basis. “One size definitely does not fit all!” This is the opinion of STIAS fellow Matthew Schnurr of the International … [Read more]

Finding new ways to repair the heart - Fellows' seminar by Mazin Sirry

Finding new ways to repair the heart – Fellows’ seminar by Mazin Sirry

“Heart disease remains a major killer with the World Health Organization estimating it will be second to cancers by 2030. It’s clear we need new treatment options,” said Mazin Sirry of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan. Sirry was presenting an overview of the research project he is … [Read more]

We are not doing enough – we need to move away from theory and try things - Fellow's seminar by Balakrishnan Rajagopal

We are not doing enough – we need to move away from theory and try things – Fellow’s seminar by Balakrishnan Rajagopal

“There is perhaps too much law already but overall there is not enough change on the ground. We need to ask how we can bring about that change.” “We need to move away from theoretical quandaries and actually do stuff and, if necessary, work our way out of problems. We are not doing enough. You … [Read more]

The transforming power of art - Fellows' seminar by Michelle LeBaron, Kim Berman and Kitche Magak

The transforming power of art – Fellows’ seminar by Michelle LeBaron, Kim Berman and Kitche Magak

“We are asking what the arts can teach us to help us transform to a more liveable world,” said Michelle LeBaron of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. “Our work is about the role of art in transforming conflict. Art is a powerful way of supporting wellbeing and … [Read more]

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]