Volkswagen Foundation supports a post-doctoral fellowship module at STIAS

Volkswagen Foundation supports a post-doctoral fellowship module at STIAS

STIAS is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Foundation of Germany has agreed to support a post-doctoral fellowship module at STIAS. Agreement was reached earlier this year (2015) that — within its “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa” funding initiative — all current post-doctoral fellows of the Volkswagen Foundation will be … [Read more]

JM Coetzee's STIAS seminar: In search of truth – dialogues between fiction and psychotherapy

JM Coetzee’s STIAS seminar: In search of truth – dialogues between fiction and psychotherapy

STIAS Fellows JM Coetzee, Nobel Laureate for Literature in 2003, and Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences Photo: Anton Jordaan “What are the qualities of a good (a plausible, even a compelling) story? When I tell other people the story of my life – and more importantly when I tell myself … [Read more]

Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley: Realities and Discourses on South African Xenophobia

Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley: Realities and Discourses on South African Xenophobia

Heribert Adam, Kogila Moodley and Breyten Breytenbach with a copy of Imagined Liberation at the STIAS book launch 5 March 2014. (A link to Breyten Breytenbach’s keynote address at the book launch appears at the bottom of this page.) The responses to the January 2015 looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto and in April in … [Read more]

Francis Nyamnjoh's STIAS Lecture: "Rhodes fell because of an illusion"

Francis Nyamnjoh’s STIAS Lecture: “Rhodes fell because of an illusion”

Francis Nyamnjoh delivering his STIAS lecture Photo: Justin Alberts   The toppling of the Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – like its erection in the first instance –was driven by a winner-takes-all logic, and not a need to conduct real conversations about substantive issues, Prof Francis B Nyamnjoh, a fellow of … [Read more]

Vincent Brümmer awarded the Andrew Murray Prize for Theology

Vincent Brümmer awarded the Andrew Murray Prize for Theology

Vincent Brümmer at his November 2011 STIAS seminar on Spirituality and the Hermeneutics of Faith Photograph: Aryan Kaganof Vincent Brümmer was recently awarded the 2015 Andrew Murray Prize for theology publications in Afrikaans for his book Vroom of Regsinnig? Teologie in die NG Kerk (“Piety versus Orthodoxy? Theology in the Dutch Reformed Church”)  in which … [Read more]

Ivan Vladislavic Wins Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction

Ivan Vladislavic Wins Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction

Ivan Vladislavic and Athol Fugard – artists in residence at STIAS in 2012 The South African author Ivan Vladislavic, who spent six months as Artist in Residence at STIAS in 2012-2013, was recently awarded the Yale University’s 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. The $150,000 prizes (each) were established in 2013 by novelist Donald Windham and … [Read more]

Participants of the Agricultural Transformation Roundtable at STIAS in Stellenbosch. Photo by Anton Jordaan.

Feeding the region: towards a healthy food basket for southern Africa

“Roundtables are the start of discussion,” says Maud Olofsson (Minister for Enterprise and Energy from 2006 to 2011 and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2010). “We know we can do things better – create more profitable agribusiness, use all our resources, knowledge, engagement and time. If we work hard, we can make … [Read more]

A tribute to Simon Marais

A tribute to Simon Marais

The 1986 theoretical physics graduate group and lecturers at Stellenbosch University: Back: Evan de Kock, Fritz Hahne, Jean Joubert, Frederik Scholtz, Hendrik Geyer, Chris Engelbrecht, Cecile Thom, Jan Engelbrecht and Jacqueline Marais Seated front: Pierre Lacock and Simon Marais It was with shock that we learned about the passing last week of Dr Simon Marais, … [Read more]

JM Coetzee

JM Coetzee to work on an anthology of world poetry at STIAS

JM Coetzee, South African novelist and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature will be spending time at STIAS in April. He will be working on the compilation of an anthology of world poetry, 51 Poets: an Anthology of World Poetry, for a Latin American publisher.

Dr Peter Wallenberg passes away

Dr Peter Wallenberg passes away

Peter Wallenberg signs the visitors’ book in the STIAS Boardroom at the opening of the Wallenberg Research Centre – 15 November 2007 Peter Wallenberg 29 May 1926 – 19 January 2015 It is with great sadness that we received this morning the news that Dr. Peter Wallenberg (88), the great benefactor and staunch supporter of … [Read more]