Fellows’ seminars

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]

How we look at ourselves and tell our story is very important – Fellows’ seminar by Maxi Schoeman

How we look at ourselves and tell our story is very important – Fellows’ seminar by Maxi Schoeman

“Our identity is very important. It tells us who we are, where we come from and where we are going,” said Prof. Maxi Schoeman. “Debates about our identity at the moment in South Africa create insecurity. We don’t trust our own story about ourselves and how it will play out.” STIAS Fellow Maxi Schoeman her … [Read more]

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access - Fellows' Seminar by Leila Harris

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access – Fellows’ Seminar by Leila Harris

“I read everyday experiences and narratives of water access and governance as a key lens through which to consider states and stateness, evolving state-society relations, and shifting citizen subjectivities,” said Leila Harris. “I’m interested in examining the effect of differentiated access to water on citizenship and politics,” she continued. “And what this means for re-fashioning … [Read more]