Bolder action needed for health in Africa - policy brief on prevention of non-communicable diseases

Bolder action needed for health in Africa – policy brief on prevention of non-communicable diseases

“To prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) we need to build systems for health not just health systems,” said Tolu Oni, Public Health Physician and Clinical Senior Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge; Honorary Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town; STIAS Iso Lomso fellow … [Read more]

Regulating Uber: The politics of the platform economy - Public lecture by Kathleen Thelen

Regulating Uber: The politics of the platform economy – Public lecture by Kathleen Thelen

“Lessons from the rich democracies show that Uber can be regulated but countries have to act quickly or mobilise consumers to the cause. Once Uber has established a large, loyal and addicted consumer base, it’s hard to take away – no politician wants to be the one to take away consumer accessibility,” said Kathleen Thelen, … [Read more]

Getting under the skin of a city - Fellows' seminar by António Tomás

Getting under the skin of a city – Fellows’ seminar by António Tomás

“Focusing on the differences between cities in the Global North and South, and the concept of Southern Urbanism is central to many bodies of literature. Theories have emphasised the differences – mostly the primitive in relation to the civilised. I think we need new ways to engage with cities in the Global South. I’d like … [Read more]

Global trade perspectives - Brexit, trade wars and the demise of multilateralism  -  Fellows’ seminar by Andreas Freytag

Global trade perspectives – Brexit, trade wars and the demise of multilateralism – Fellows’ seminar by Andreas Freytag

“The world trading order has come under stress in the last years. Although many assign this to the election of Donald Trump as 45th US President, the roots are deeper. Soon after the Doha-Round had been initiated, the multilateral negotiations stalled. As a consequence, World Trade Organization (WTO) members eager to further reduce trade barriers … [Read more]

Contemplating Zimbabwe’s recent ‘military interventions’ and the repercussions for the country’s future - Fellows’ seminar by David Moore

Contemplating Zimbabwe’s recent ‘military interventions’ and the repercussions for the country’s future – Fellows’ seminar by David Moore

“When is a coup a coup? When is a war a war? Some call it a peaceful transition, but if there are soldiers shooting and forcing resignations that is a coup,” said Prof. David Moore of the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He was reflecting on recent events in … [Read more]

2019 Harvest Day celebrations at STIAS

2019 Harvest Day celebrations at STIAS

On 16 February STIAS held its annual Harvest Day celebration where fellows and staff participated in grape picking, crushing, wine tasting and a traditional South African braai. STIAS and the Perold Vineyard is situated on the historic Mostertsdrift, one of the first farms in the district, dating back to 1683 when Simon van der Stel … [Read more]

Third Iso Lomso cohort of fellows announced

Third Iso Lomso cohort of fellows announced

STIAS today announced its third cohort of Iso Lomso fellows for applications submitted during its last call. The STIAS Research and Fellowship Programme Committee recently concluded its selection of the Iso Lomso cohort of fellows for 2019. Seven candidates were offered the prestigious three-year fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. They join the … [Read more]

Neo-Abolitionism: The case for abolishing the employer-employee contract in favour of workplace democracy - Fellows’ seminar by David Ellerman

Neo-Abolitionism: The case for abolishing the employer-employee contract in favour of workplace democracy – Fellows’ seminar by David Ellerman

“Conventional liberalism implies the abolition of slavery, coverture marriage, and autocracy, and should also imply the abolition of the employment contract. This is a fundamental contradiction running through liberalism,” said David Ellerman, philosopher, political economist and mathematician, and currently Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy Department of the University of California at Riverside and the University … [Read more]

Is the establishment of an African Court with criminal jurisdiction a stillborn project? - Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

Is the establishment of an African Court with criminal jurisdiction a stillborn project? – Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

“The Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union adopted the Malabo Protocol in June 2014, which extended the jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights to criminal matters. But, almost five years later, no member state has ratified the protocol. Will this Court ever become operational and contribute … [Read more]

Are we bound to violence? Looking at depictions of toxic queer masculinities in South African films - Fellows’ seminar by Gibson Ncube

Are we bound to violence? Looking at depictions of toxic queer masculinities in South African films – Fellows’ seminar by Gibson Ncube

“Two South African films Skoonheid and Inxeba, in spite of their diametrically opposed socio-racial contexts, broach violent and toxic queer masculinities. Framed against post-apartheid South Africa, the films present male protagonists who negotiate their sexuality in very conservative societies, Afrikaner in the case of Skoonheid and Xhosa in Inxeba,” said Gibson Ncube of the Department … [Read more]