Fellows’ seminars

“An appointment that can only be kept by words on a page” – Fugard reflects on his writing life

“An appointment that can only be kept by words on a page” – Fugard reflects on his writing life

Athol Fugard during his seminar at STIAS Photo: Christoff Pauw “At the heart of it all is a face and a human story, never an idea. I only put words to paper if I have a story to tell,” said Athol Fugard at a seminar at STIAS in which he reflected on 60 years as … [Read more]

Göran Therborn singles out "Health and education as key long-term solutions to inequality"

Göran Therborn singles out “Health and education as key long-term solutions to inequality”

  Göran Therborn presenting a fellows’ seminar at STIAS Photo: Christoff Pauw “Talking about inequality in South Africa is a bit like discussing rope in a hangman’s house.” said Prof. Göran Therborn. ”South Africa is currently one of the most unequal countries in the world and, according to its own National Development Plan, will be … [Read more]

Future must suffocate racism – STIAS seminar by Njabulo Ndebele

Future must suffocate racism – STIAS seminar by Njabulo Ndebele

The Effects of Race group at STIAS: Back: Nina Jablonski, Aryan Kaganof and Zimitri Erasmus Front: Göran Therborn, Gerhard Maré, Barney Pityana, Crain Soudien, Njabulo Ndebele, Mikael Hjerm and Chabani Manganyi  (Absent: Norman Duncan)  Photo: Anton Jordaan “Our new future must suffocate racism – racism must not continue to suffocate people,” said Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, … [Read more]

From victims with needs to survivors with capacities – STIAS seminar by Nat Colletta

From victims with needs to survivors with capacities – STIAS seminar by Nat Colletta

Prof. Nat Colletta at STIAS Photo: Anton Jordaan “There are over 50 million displaced people globally – 26% of these are in sub-Saharan Africa, and 36% are in the Middle East and Asia,” says Nat Colletta. “Displacement occurs for very different reasons and reflects very different experiences for those displaced but it has a far-reaching … [Read more]

Preserving our natural resources for current and future generations – STIAS seminar by David Takacs

Preserving our natural resources for current and future generations – STIAS seminar by David Takacs

Prof. David Takacs at STIAS Photo: Anton Jordaan South Africa is on the right track legally to protect water and natural resources but must make sure the strong legal framework that exists is implemented. This was the opinion expressed by Prof. David Takacs from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, in a … [Read more]

Alex Ezeh's STIAS seminar: A tale of many cities – multiple health experiences in the urban space

Alex Ezeh’s STIAS seminar: A tale of many cities – multiple health experiences in the urban space

Dr. Alex Ezeh at STIAS Photo: Anton Jordaan “The world is and will remain an urban one but urban spaces are not unified ones – cities are the most unequal spaces in the world,” says Alex Ezeh, Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya. Dr Ezeh presented some of the … [Read more]

JM Coetzee's STIAS seminar: In search of truth – dialogues between fiction and psychotherapy

JM Coetzee’s STIAS seminar: In search of truth – dialogues between fiction and psychotherapy

STIAS Fellows JM Coetzee, Nobel Laureate for Literature in 2003, and Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences Photo: Anton Jordaan “What are the qualities of a good (a plausible, even a compelling) story? When I tell other people the story of my life – and more importantly when I tell myself … [Read more]

Francis Nyamnjoh's STIAS Lecture: "Rhodes fell because of an illusion"

Francis Nyamnjoh’s STIAS Lecture: “Rhodes fell because of an illusion”

Francis Nyamnjoh delivering his STIAS lecture Photo: Justin Alberts   The toppling of the Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – like its erection in the first instance –was driven by a winner-takes-all logic, and not a need to conduct real conversations about substantive issues, Prof Francis B Nyamnjoh, a fellow of … [Read more]