Public lecture

Trump, Brexit and beyond – a need to nurture new values: Public lecture by Manuel Castells

Trump, Brexit and beyond – a need to nurture new values: Public lecture by Manuel Castells

“The beams of light in the dark include social movements like the women’s movement – notably the #MeToo movement – youth groups, groups of gay, lesbian and transgendered people, environmental groups – these offer a glimpse of hope and the possibility of nurturing new values for the future.” “We can’t trust the political system we … [Read more]

After Mandela: South Africans indebted to Madiba

After Mandela: South Africans indebted to Madiba

We have to recognise our debt to Nelson Mandela, said philosopher, political scientist and public intellectual Prof Achille Mbembe from the University of the Witwatersrand on Wednesday (18 July 2018). He was one of four experts who participated in a roundtable discussion at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) on the Stellenbosch campus. The other … [Read more]

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa - Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa – Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

“Conceiving land restitution as an exemplary site, at which the moral modernity of the new South African state is contested, renegotiated and made, the lecture thus comes to a qualified conclusion: restitution has been more successful than its public reputation suggests, but can and must be improved to live up to public expectations,” said Olaf … [Read more]

Reading the World – moving away from universalising to a recognition of difference: Public lecture by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Reading the World – moving away from universalising to a recognition of difference: Public lecture by Abdulrazak Gurnah

“A South-South dialogue would disperse the source of critical and aesthetic concerns from the Eurocentric influence which colonial education and global dominance has made inescapable. It would promote and make possible the existence of a ‘south’ canon of equivalent value to the ‘north’, whose concerns will make reference to issues of interest to them and … [Read more]

Need for new regulation in the information economy - STIAS lecture by Joseph Stiglitz

Need for new regulation in the information economy – STIAS lecture by Joseph Stiglitz

“We thought that new technology would increase competition but it has led to more concentration. New technology has increased the ability to exploit. The move to an information economy has given market power to those who dominate in grabbing information – like Google, Facebook and Amazon. They use information to discriminate in pricing and distort … [Read more]

More work needed on dementia in Africa - Public lecture by Carlos Ibanez

More work needed on dementia in Africa – Public lecture by Carlos Ibanez

“Few studies to determine the prevalence of dementia have been conducted in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Prof. Carlos Ibanez. “and recent work suggest it’s likely that we are seriously underestimating the problem.” STIAS Fellow Carlos Ibanez during his public lecture on 17 October 2017 Ibanezwas presenting a STIAS public lecture at Stellenbosch University. He is a … [Read more]

When words do something you cannot forget - Public Lecture by Gabeba Baderoon

When words do something you cannot forget – Public Lecture by Gabeba Baderoon

“I started to write poetry late in life. Now 18 years later the sense of being a terrified beginner has not left me,” said Prof. Gabeba Baderoon, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and STIAS fellow, who presented a poetry reading from her current work Axis … [Read more]

Reconceptualising health in cities: less disease care, more healthcare - Public lecture by Tolu Oni

Reconceptualising health in cities: less disease care, more healthcare – Public lecture by Tolu Oni

“What good does it do to treat patients only to send them out to the conditions that made them sick in the first place?” asked Prof. Tolullah Oni. “Health is much more than the absence of disease, instead it encompasses a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing.” Oni is Associate Professor in the … [Read more]

Leadership needed for a connected but protected world - STIAS public lecture by Ian Goldin

Leadership needed for a connected but protected world – STIAS public lecture by Ian Goldin

“We live in a world that is hyper-connected – our future is shaped by events that happen elsewhere. The speed of change is accelerating – today is the slowest day you will know for the rest of your life,” said Ian Goldin – Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development; Founding Director of the Oxford … [Read more]

Understanding human reproduction and medical conditions from an evolutionary perspective - Public Lecture by Robert Martin

Understanding human reproduction and medical conditions from an evolutionary perspective – Public Lecture by Robert Martin

“Darwinian Medicine, a relatively new discipline, stems from the conviction that understanding evolutionary history can enhance knowledge of human medical conditions,” said Prof. Robert Martin. “Comparative information, not only from other primates but from other vertebrates generally, yields general principles that, in combination with epidemiological evidence, can throw new light on the origins of human … [Read more]

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