Humankind in period of historic transition – Manuel Castells

Humankind in period of historic transition – Manuel Castells

A highlight at STIAS and in Stellenbosch this year was a public lecture early in June by renowned sociologist Manuel Castells who, among other things, cast light on the recent rise of social movements across the globe. Looking back at that lecture now provides useful context to what should surely be considered one of South … [Read more]

Four of the team members (from left): Janos Bogárdi, Lucas Gakale, Richard Sikora and Eugene Terry.

Working to replenish southern Africa’s food basket

“Agriculture in the southern Africa region is faced with major constraints affecting the region’s ability to provide sufficient and nutritious food to both urban and rural populations in the near future. Rapid urbanisation, population increases, soil degradation, limited access to improved (modern) and appropriate production technology, reduced water availability, pre- and post-harvest pest losses and … [Read more]

Athol Fugard at the 26th Praemium Imperiale Awards Ceremony

Athol Fugard at the 26th Praemium Imperiale Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, October 15th, HIH Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, presented the Praemium Imperiale Awards at a formal ceremony in Tokyo to this year’s Laureates; internationally renowned artists who have shown extraordinary achievements in the fields of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Theater/Film. Among the five laureates was STIAS Fellow Athol … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Paul Vlek awarded the 2014 World Agriculture Prize

STIAS Fellow Paul Vlek awarded the 2014 World Agriculture Prize

STIAS Fellow Paul Vlek, a world-renowned soil scientist from Bonn University, was recently awarded the 2014 World Agriculture Prize during ceremonies in Nanjing, Jiangsu province of China. The prize is awarded jointly by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences and Nanjing Agriculture University and in 2014 recognised “Paul … [Read more]

Christof Heyns's STIAS Lecture – Autonomous Weapons Systems: Coming to a theatre near you?

Christof Heyns’s STIAS Lecture – Autonomous Weapons Systems: Coming to a theatre near you?

Christof Heyns delivering the STIAS lecture   “Do we really want to live in a world where robots make decisions over life and death?” ​This was the question Christof Heyns, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, posed and examined on … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Michael Ruse receives Honorary Doctorate from University College London

STIAS Fellow Michael Ruse receives Honorary Doctorate from University College London

Michael Ruse, a current STIAS fellow working on the project Apocalyptic themes in the global warming debate, recently travelled to London where he received an honorary degree  from University College London (UCL). The degree Doctor of Science was conferred on him by President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur at the UCL graduation for the Faculty … [Read more]

Nina Jablonski named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Nina Jablonski named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Nina Jablonski, recently named Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University, has accepted a nomination as Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS; she joins a select group who “have an open invitation to work at STIAS whenever they can”. Nina Jablonski is a co-convener of the long … [Read more]

STIAS and Stellenbosch University sign funding agreement

STIAS and Stellenbosch University sign funding agreement

Author: Alec Basson STIAS and Stellenbosch University (SU) signed a funding agreement on Thursday (28 August 2014) that heralds a new era in the relationship between the two institutions. Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen, acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU, and Mr Desmond Smith, Chairperson of the STIAS Board, signed the agreement on behalf of the University and … [Read more]

"Theory from the South" and "Climate Change Remedies" published in the STIAS series

“Theory from the South” and “Climate Change Remedies” published in the STIAS series

Two new volumes have recently been added to the STIAS series: Theory from the South  by STIAS fellows Jean and John Comaroff: and Climate Change Remedies edited by STIAS fellows Jaap Spier and Ulrich Magnus: These volumes may be ordered from the publisher SUN PRESS by clicking the respective links above, or the icons below: … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Athol Fugard receives prestigious 2014 Praemium Imperiale arts prize

STIAS Fellow Athol Fugard receives prestigious 2014 Praemium Imperiale arts prize

Writer Ivan Vladislavic and playwright Athol Fugard — Artists in residence at STIAS in 2012   Renowned South African playwright, director and actor, Athol Fugard, has been named the theatre and film laureate for the 2014 Praemium Imperiale arts prize from the Japan Art Association. He becomes the first African winner since the award’s conception … [Read more]