Celebrating unity and diversity in musical composition - Fellows’ seminar by Justinian Tamusuza and Michael Blake

Celebrating unity and diversity in musical composition – Fellows’ seminar by Justinian Tamusuza and Michael Blake

“We have many things in common as composers but we also diverge,” said Justinian Tamusuza. “We are both interested in the coming together of Western and ethnic African music. We have both worked with Western ensembles and studied Western theory, and one of our first influences was church music. We speak the same musical language.” … [Read more]

Finding excellence and unlocking possibilities- Seminar by Peter Wallenberg Jr and Göran Sandberg

Finding excellence and unlocking possibilities- Seminar by Peter Wallenberg Jr and Göran Sandberg

“It’s about excellence in research,” said Göran Sandberg, Executive Director of the Wallenberg Foundations. “Unlocking the potential of ideas, people and society. It’s a quest for knowledge and pushing the boundaries. The possibilities are endless.” Sandberg and Peter Wallenberg Jr, the Chairman of the Wallenberg Foundations, were presenting a seminar at the Stellenbosch Institute for … [Read more]

Unravelling the complicated history of human rights to understand its future - Fellows' seminar by Christof Heyns

Unravelling the complicated history of human rights to understand its future – Fellows’ seminar by Christof Heyns

“The disturbing elements of the history of human rights are as important to understand as the more celebrated parts. With the 70-year celebration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last year it’s important to ask how will we be judged in 70 years’ time, and how much reliance can be placed … [Read more]

How we learnt to think like humans  - Fellows' seminar by Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg

How we learnt to think like humans – Fellows’ seminar by Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg

STIAS fellows Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg after their seminar on 29 November 2018 “Our expanding knowledge of the hominin tree, in combination with the archaeological record of sub-Saharan Africa and the reconstruction of ancient human genomes change our understanding of human cognitive evolution. Previously, it was thought that the modern human mind … [Read more]

Examining an African perspective on legal, human rights and governance issues - visiting scholars, Nkatha Kabira and Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika, highlight their projects

Examining an African perspective on legal, human rights and governance issues – visiting scholars, Nkatha Kabira and Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika, highlight their projects

The law of commissions – a comparative study of the place of commissions in law and governance “Commissions have come to occupy a central place in law and governance particularly in Africa. However, they are often seen as an indication that the government has no intention of doing anything about the problem and wishes to … [Read more]

Clear evidence that needs implementation - DOHaD fellows' seminar

Clear evidence that needs implementation – DOHaD fellows’ seminar

“Prevention of cardiovascular and other non-communicable disease starts with a wish for a child. The first 1000 days shape who we are,” said Tessa Roseboom, Professor of Early Development and Health at the University of Amsterdam. “The field has acquired substantial momentum over the last 25 years – now is a good time to operationalise … [Read more]

One coat with many threads - STIAS book launch by Abdallah Daar

One coat with many threads – STIAS book launch by Abdallah Daar

“Martin Luther King’s dream is largely unfulfilled. The promise of globalisation seems to be coming apart. We need to talk about what we have in common rather than what divides us. We are one species with a common human destiny. Our common humanity is not a cliché but a fact – we need to apply … [Read more]

We need to think about health, cities and healthy cities differently - Fellows' seminar by Tolu Oni

We need to think about health, cities and healthy cities differently – Fellows’ seminar by Tolu Oni

“We need a greater focus on prevention strategies that act on the upstream determinants of health in African cities. Such interventions should target the physical and policy environments, and societal norms that shape the conditions in which people live and work. This requires co-ordination across health and non-health sectors given that the majority of exposures … [Read more]

Are globalisation and social mobility leading to the demise of African modes of child fostering?  - Fellows' seminar by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

Are globalisation and social mobility leading to the demise of African modes of child fostering? – Fellows’ seminar by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

“Cameroonians in Berlin and Paris—and, to a lesser extent, their kin in Yaoundé—are developing new kinscripts, moving from the generalised reciprocity of ‘all our kin’ to an emphasis on ‘just for my kids’,” said STIAS fellow Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College, Minnesota. “This work explores the puzzling absence … [Read more]

Launch of Aliquid Novi, the unique Pinotage wine from the iconic Perold Vineyard at STIAS

Launch of Aliquid Novi, the unique Pinotage wine from the iconic Perold Vineyard at STIAS

STIAS is proud to announce the launch of the unique Pinotage wine – Aliquid Novi – from the Perold Vineyard on Mostertsdrift, home to STIAS. The wine and vineyard is the result of the dedication of a consortium of stakeholders which includes: STIAS which has overall responsibility for managing the vineyard in accordance with STIAS’ … [Read more]