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]

STIAS Annual Report for 2013 published

STIAS Annual Report for 2013 published

The STIAS Annual Report for 2013 has just been published. Click on the image below to view, or click here to download the pdf version.   Previous reports may be viewed and downloaded here .

STIAS mourns the death of Prof Russel Botman

STIAS mourns the death of Prof Russel Botman

We were saddened and shocked by the news of Prof Russel Botman’s tragic passing over the weekend. Mr Desmond Smith, Chairman of the STIAS Board, expressed his sincere condolences with Prof Botman’s wife, Beryl, his children and family and added that “Russel’s death is a tremendous loss to Stellenbosch University and the larger community he … [Read more]

Declaration on mental health in Africa: moving to implementation

Declaration on mental health in Africa: moving to implementation

Following the February STIAS-Wallenberg  Roundtable on Mental Health Challenges in sub-Saharan Africa (see STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable 2014 ) a formal Declaration on mental health in Africa: moving to implementation has just been published in the journal Global Health Action. Quoting form the declaration: “On February 24th and 25th, 2014 a group of people with a common … [Read more]