Fellows’ seminars

To survive, democracy must transcend borders and become inclusive and responsive - Fellows' seminar by Marcelo Neves

To survive, democracy must transcend borders and become inclusive and responsive – Fellows’ seminar by Marcelo Neves

“To be sustainable, democracy has to care about its political environment and be responsive towards other political systems. Without such responsiveness, there is a trend among today’s democracies to collapse,” said Prof. Marcelo Neves. “It is no longer sufficient to associate democracy with the phrase expressed in the preamble of the US constitution ‘We the … [Read more]

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]

Hearing the 'hidden voices' - Fellows' seminar by John Ganle

Hearing the ‘hidden voices’ – Fellows’ seminar by John Ganle

“The project will seek to enquire into the reproductive, sexual and maternal healthcare needs and challenges of women with disabilities in Ghana; challenge assumptions about disability and asexuality; and, ask how the issue of disability in contexts such as Ghana could be better theorised and studied,” said John Ganle, STIAS Iso Lomso Fellow from the … [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]