‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access - Fellows' Seminar by Leila Harris

‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access – Fellows’ Seminar by Leila Harris

“I read everyday experiences and narratives of water access and governance as a key lens through which to consider states and stateness, evolving state-society relations, and shifting citizen subjectivities,” said Leila Harris. “I’m interested in examining the effect of differentiated access to water on citizenship and politics,” she continued. “And what this means for re-fashioning … [Read more]

Healthy children to healthy adults: promoting brighter futures - Fellows’ seminar by Andrew MacNab

Healthy children to healthy adults: promoting brighter futures – Fellows’ seminar by Andrew MacNab

“Promoting healthy behaviours in children is much more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviours in adults,” said Prof. Andrew Macnab of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia, STIAS fellow and member of the STIAS Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) group. Prof. Macnab was presenting a seminar on his … [Read more]

STIAS consultation on South African higher education in a global context

STIAS consultation on South African higher education in a global context

Background At its annual two day meeting in March 2016 the STIAS Academic Advisory Board had an in-depth discussion about the landscape of South African higher education in a global context, following lead-in presentations by Professors Bert van der Zwaan (Utrecht University) and Shireen Hassim (University of the Witwatersrand).  The Board recommended that STIAS initiate … [Read more]

Optimising breastfeeding in Africa - DOHaD & SDGs workshop

Optimising breastfeeding in Africa – DOHaD & SDGs workshop

Individual knowledge is not enough – macro-level policies and interventions are needed in urban poor settings in Africa “Despite high awareness, only a small proportion of mothers in urban poor settings breastfeed optimally,” said Dr Elizabeth Kimani-Murage of the African Population and Health Research Center based in Kenya. “In urban poor settings in Kenya, barely … [Read more]

Five candidates selected as first STIAS Iso Lomso Fellows

Five candidates selected as first STIAS Iso Lomso Fellows

Five candidates out of over 250 who applied for the Iso Lomso fellowship programme, which was announced in February 2016, have been selected to receive this prestigious award. John Ganle, Malebogo Ngoepe, Uchenna Okeja, Tolu Oni and Aretha Phiri will form the inaugural cohort of Iso Lomso fellows. In view of a next cohort of … [Read more]

Healthy mothers, healthy babies – understanding the developmental origins of health and disease - DOHaD Fellows' seminar

Healthy mothers, healthy babies – understanding the developmental origins of health and disease – DOHaD Fellows’ seminar

“What happens in pregnancy and childhood sets us on a trajectory and determines our lifetime risk of disease,” said Prof. Shane Norris of the Department of Pediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand. Norris was speaking at a seminar presented by the STIAS DOHaD group. STIAS fellows Abdallah Daar (left) and Shane Norris, two members of the … [Read more]

STIAS fellows spearhead its Iso Lomso programme at Radcliffe IAS and the National Humanities Center

STIAS fellows spearhead its Iso Lomso programme at Radcliffe IAS and the National Humanities Center

STIAS fellows Grace A. Musila and Scarlett Cornelissen will this month join the cohort of fellows at respectively the National Humanities Center in North Carolina and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. STIAS Fellows Grace A. Musila and Scarlett Cornelissen ahead of their departure to the US Musila and Cornelissen are the … [Read more]

Testing low-cost mobile-based applications for health care in low-resource settings - Fellows' seminar by Guy Dumont

Testing low-cost mobile-based applications for health care in low-resource settings – Fellows’ seminar by Guy Dumont

“We want to use mobile health (mHealth) technologies to make a difference to global health – to tackle the burden of disease in low-resource settings,” said Guy Dumont of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of British Columbia. Prof. Dumont was presenting an update on his group’s work on a Phone … [Read more]

Celebrity culture perpetuates old stereotypes - Fellows' seminar by Nina Jablonski

Celebrity culture perpetuates old stereotypes – Fellows’ seminar by Nina Jablonski

“The privileging of light skin colour – both between and within groups – is now recognised as one of the most lamentable cultural universals that exist,” said Prof. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at Penn State University, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, current STIAS fellow and co-convener of … [Read more]

Losing the opportunity - continuities of Apartheid hamper quest for a new society – Fellows’ seminar by Gerhard Maré

Losing the opportunity – continuities of Apartheid hamper quest for a new society – Fellows’ seminar by Gerhard Maré

“While the existence of legacies are described and referred to in measuring progress in a post-1994 democratic order, core aspects of the past are adapted and maintained. This includes capitalism; race, racialism and racism; traditionalism; and patriarchal gender relations which, to some extent, articulate with and therefore shape the other three,” said Gerhard Maré, Emeritus … [Read more]