Making massive small change: a vision for urban development - STIAS lecture by Kelvin Campbell

Making massive small change: a vision for urban development – STIAS lecture by Kelvin Campbell

“There is no single solution. Every place has to find its way. Start by starting, mobilising your assets, and not over-strategising. Live like it’s a permanent experiment. Unleash people and learn by doing, get constant feedback, share ideas, act, wait and watch. You don’t have to change the whole system. It’s about discovering the antidote … [Read more]

Depictions of dogs in art and literature and what this tells us about being human - Fellows' seminar by Henrietta Mondry

Depictions of dogs in art and literature and what this tells us about being human – Fellows’ seminar by Henrietta Mondry

“Human/animal hierarchies become prominent in times of revolutionary upheaval and social transformation,” said Henrietta Mondry of the Departments of English and of Global, Cultural and Language Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. “The lives of domesticated animals are affected by cataclysmic events alongside humans. Writers and artists therefore often thematise and problematise the … [Read more]

Ian Goldin named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Ian Goldin named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Ian Goldin, Donald Gordon resident fellow at STIAS in  2017 and 2018, has accepted a nomination as Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS; he joins a select group of fellows who “have an open invitation to work at STIAS whenever they can.” STIAS Fellow Ian Goldin In accepting his nomination Goldin, who was born in South … [Read more]

No quick fix but change needed for Africa’s future - Fellows' seminar by Berhanu Abegaz

No quick fix but change needed for Africa’s future – Fellows’ seminar by Berhanu Abegaz

“There has been a huge expansion of higher education without an injection of human and financial resources. Lack of investment means falling quality. The cumulative growth in scientific outputs is similar to that of the fastest-growing countries – we are a par with India, China and Brazil – but the actual numbers remain low. We … [Read more]

Changing creativity and what it means for the future of fiction writing - Fellows' seminar by Brian Chikwava

Changing creativity and what it means for the future of fiction writing – Fellows’ seminar by Brian Chikwava

What is creativity? Can creative writing be taught? And what are the implications of technological advances for the fiction writer? These are some of the daunting questions tackled by STIAS Artist-in-Residence Brian Chikwava, award-winning writer and musician, who is at STIAS to work on his latest collection of short stories. “Research on creativity is a … [Read more]

Call for Papers: Colloquium on African Stand-up Comedy Practice

Call for Papers: Colloquium on African Stand-up Comedy Practice

STIAS is planning to host a colloquium which aims to chart the future course of stand-up research in Africa. The colloquium will be convened by STIAS Iso Lomso fellow, Dr Izuu Nwankwo. Call for Papers Popular arts became prevalent at the dawn of 1990s across sub-Saharan Africa partly due to its affordability and comparative ease. … [Read more]

STIAS joins prestigious international group of Institutes for Advanced Study

STIAS joins prestigious international group of Institutes for Advanced Study

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) has been invited to join a group of international institutes for advanced study known by the acronym SIAS – Some Institutes for Advanced Study. This makes STIAS the first southern hemisphere and first African institute to join this consortium which includes nine institutes, namely: The Princeton Institute for … [Read more]

Suffering in silence: The need for empirically validated options in the treatment of vulvodynia - Fellows' seminar by Natalie Rosen

Suffering in silence: The need for empirically validated options in the treatment of vulvodynia – Fellows’ seminar by Natalie Rosen

“Many women suffer in silence,” said Natalie Rosen. “One in five women suffer from vulvodynia, there’s an estimated prevalence of 8% in the general population, and only 60% seek any kind of help with only 50% of these receiving an accurate diagnosis. Many doctors don’t know about it and it can take, on average, visits … [Read more]

Rewilding language – reclaiming the words - Fellows' seminar by Duncan Brown

Rewilding language – reclaiming the words – Fellows’ seminar by Duncan Brown

“If we don’t have the words we can’t speak about certain things,” said Duncan Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape and STIAS fellow. Brown is at STIAS to finalise his latest book entitled Wilder Lives: Humans and our Environments. STIAS Fellow Duncan Brown during his seminar presentation … [Read more]

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open - apply by 20 October 2018

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open – apply by 20 October 2018

Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding seven years are invited to apply for the Iso Lomso fellowship. For the 2018 call up to seven candidates will be awarded a three-year fellowship. Iso Lomso, meaning “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, was launched in 2016 and aims to boost … [Read more]