Fellows’ seminars

Chielozona Eze: Forgiveness does not ignore history but takes away vengeance

Chielozona Eze: Forgiveness does not ignore history but takes away vengeance

STIAS Fellow Chielozona Eze during his seminar presentation on 5 May 2016 “Can we still salvage Mandela’s legacy?” asked Chielozona Eze. “There is lots to do to make South Africa the country of true reconciliation – to move out of its current political and moral crisis.” South Africa’s post-1994 success and the euphoria that accompanied … [Read more]

Sofia Näsström: Rethinking democracy in changing times

Sofia Näsström: Rethinking democracy in changing times

STIAS Fellow Sofia Näsström speaking during her seminar presentation on 28 April 2016 Photo: Christoff Pauw “Democracy is an unfinished project, constantly reforming itself. Always in crisis and reinventing itself under novel conditions,” said Sofia Näsström of the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden. Prof. Näsström is currently a fellow at STIAS where she … [Read more]

Food Security in Southern Africa - in search of a full and nutritious food basket

Food Security in Southern Africa – in search of a full and nutritious food basket

The research experts making up the core group of the STIAS-Forum continue their important work on sustainable intensification of agricultural production in southern Africa at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). Three of the members of the STIAS long-term project on the Impact of sustainable intensification of food production on environment and human well-being, … [Read more]

Njabulo Ndebele: Behind sweaty windows – reflections on the boxing Mecca of South Africa

Njabulo Ndebele: Behind sweaty windows – reflections on the boxing Mecca of South Africa

STIAS Fellow Njabulo Ndebele during his seminar on 7th April 2016 Photo: Christoff Pauw Why has Mdantsane, created in the 1960s as a labour reservoir of the city of East London, produced so many world and national boxing champions? What is it that makes boxers from this area so successful and what lessons are there … [Read more]

Mining the archives of our lives - seminar by Mandla Langa

Mining the archives of our lives – seminar by Mandla Langa

“South Africa is a country where so much waits to be unearthed and put out in the open,” said poet and novelist Mandla Langa. “There are not enough hours in the day to explore the lives of men and women in their daily struggles with poverty, hunger and disease.” STIAS Fellow Mandla Langa after his … [Read more]

More is not enough - seminar by Alice Pell

More is not enough – seminar by Alice Pell

Creative thinking needed to produce enough of the right foods to feed the world and fight the rising overweight burden Alice Pell presenting a fellows’ seminar at STIAS Photo: Christoff Pauw “There are currently 900 million undernourished people in the world which is 132 million less than 20 years ago – that’s the good news … [Read more]

A crucible for our thoughts - social transformation through the arts

A crucible for our thoughts – social transformation through the arts

Cynthia Cohen, Kim Berman and Michelle LeBaron at STIAS  (Photo credit: Hennie Rudman, SSFD) “The arts create a space for the conversations that just don’t happen to happen,” said Michelle LeBaron. “They allow us to say the things that can’t be said directly. They are a crucible for our thoughts.” LeBaron (of the University of … [Read more]

Is learning a sign language different? – STIAS seminar by Anne Baker

Is learning a sign language different? – STIAS seminar by Anne Baker

Understanding the learning of sign languages may enhance our understanding of the learning of spoken languages – Anne Baker Photo: Christoff Pauw “Fully understanding language acquisition in sign languages can challenge some of our theories of spoken language acquisition, and means that we may have to adapt the theories and models,” said Anne Baker, Emeritus … [Read more]

Struggle for equality deeply rooted in the lives of women – Shireen Hassim's STIAS lecture

Struggle for equality deeply rooted in the lives of women – Shireen Hassim’s STIAS lecture

Shireen Hassim at STIAS Photo: Christof Pauw “Among the anxieties that plague us is the seeming collapse of social consensus behind one of the centerpieces of South African democracy – the Constitution. The equality clause comes under particular challenge for imposing western individualism and undermining indigenous cultures.” “The refrain is heard that the Constitution is … [Read more]

“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]