The evolving interface between religion and queer politics in Africa – Fellows' seminar by Adriaan van Klinken

The evolving interface between religion and queer politics in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Adriaan van Klinken

“LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues have been heavily politicised in different parts of Africa,” said Adriaan van Klinken, Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds and current STIAS fellow. “Prominent African political and religious leaders have made strong statements about homosexuality being ‘un-African’, ‘un-Christian’ and ‘un-Islamic’, and have used … [Read more]

The future of health care is data driven – public lecture by Michal Linial

The future of health care is data driven – public lecture by Michal Linial

                     Michal Linial presenting a public STIAS lecture STIAS recently hosted Michal Linial and Samuel Jubé, respectively the directors of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, to discuss the programmes of the three institutes and explore opportunities for collaboration. During their stay Michal Linial presented a public lecture … [Read more]

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]

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2016 STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable statement on inclusive and sustainable innovation released

The 2016 STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable on Innovation for Prosperity focused on conditions in developing economies and societies, especially Africa. Close to 60 delegates (see photo) attended the 2016 STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable on Innovation for Prosperity at the STIAS campus on 22 and 23 February. The Roundtable event afforded the opportunity for lively discussions and debates with South African, … [Read more]