STIAS appoints Edward Kirumira as new Director

STIAS appoints Edward Kirumira as new Director

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Professor Edward K. Kirumira as its new Director. He will succeed Professor Hendrik Geyer who completes his final term as STIAS Director at the end of 2018. Prof. Kirumira joins STIAS from the beginning of November 2018 and will assume official duties on the 1st of January … [Read more]

Battling a small but deadly foe - Fellows' seminar by Fara Raharimalala

Battling a small but deadly foe – Fellows’ seminar by Fara Raharimalala

“Insecticides are still the cornerstone of vector control. But there are limited options available, very few new insecticides are commercialised and resistance is a big problem,” said Fara Raharimalala of the Medical Entomology Unit at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar. Raharimalala was presenting a seminar on her Iso Lomso study on the Adaptation of mosquito … [Read more]

STIAS Lecture Series 2018: Jian-Wei Pan – From Einstein’s Curiosity to New Quantum Technologies

STIAS Lecture Series 2018: Jian-Wei Pan – From Einstein’s Curiosity to New Quantum Technologies

  You are cordially invited to attend the final public STIAS lecture of 2018. This presents an opportunity to academics, researchers and students at universities of the Western Cape, as well as members of the public, to learn more about the work of STIAS fellows and associates. Date/Time:  5 November 2018,  18:00 – 19:30 Location:  … [Read more]

‘How things keep falling apart’: adding to the debate on the shaping of the post-colonial African mind - Fellows' seminar by Chielozona Eze

‘How things keep falling apart’: adding to the debate on the shaping of the post-colonial African mind – Fellows’ seminar by Chielozona Eze

“We can’t ignore history but it shouldn’t be a legitimating factor for the present moral position or an excuse to engineer the human condition today. Politicians should be focusing on lifting people from their present economic misery not on blaming the past.” “Forgiveness does not mean forgetting but it does mean not allowing memory to … [Read more]

Berhanu Abegaz named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Berhanu Abegaz named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Berhanu Abegaz, resident fellow at STIAS in 2014, 2017 and 2018, has accepted a nomination as Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS; he joins the select group of fellows who “have an open invitation to work at STIAS whenever they can.” Berhanu Abegaz, former Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences and currently Distinguished Visiting … [Read more]

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]