STIAS launches Iso Lomso Fellowships for early career researchers

STIAS launches Iso Lomso Fellowships for early career researchers

Iso Lomso, “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, is a new fellowship programme that will boost the careers of some of the brightest minds in African academia. Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding eight years are invited to apply for the fellowship. For the 2016 call at least … [Read more]

Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for STIAS

Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for STIAS

Marian Horzinek giving a STIAS Fellows’ seminar in 2014   PRESS RELEASE by African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN)  Initiative supported by Zoetis Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study One of the world’s most distinguished veterinarians, Professor Emeritus Marian Horzinek, is to support the … [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]

SASCA-3 report on constitutional adjudication in Africa

SASCA-3 report on constitutional adjudication in Africa

The Third Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2015), jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa from Wednesday 16 September to Friday 18 September 2015. … [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]

Mosibudi Mangena: "Educate, eradicate inequality and make people believe in themselves"

Mosibudi Mangena: “Educate, eradicate inequality and make people believe in themselves”

At the STIAS book launch and discussion of Triumphs and Heartaches: Prof. Hendrik Geyer (STIAS Director), Dr Mosibudi Mangena, Prof Marlene van Niekerk, Prof Peter Vale (Chair of the STIAS Academic Advisory Board) and Dr Morné du Plessis (Chair Designate of the STIAS Academic Advisory Board) Photo credit: Hennie Rudman (SSFD) “We have to educate – … [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]