The quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa - Fellows' seminar by Uchenna Okeja

The quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Uchenna Okeja

“The idea of coming together in a public space to talk and discuss is a feature of many African societies,” said Uchenna Okeja. “I see it as something related to democratic practices. However, it has not been explored sufficiently and, only descriptively, not theoretically.” “Might it be a way to re-imagine traditional democratic practices?” he … [Read more]

Unravelling the myth of hymen - Fellows' seminar by Margaret Ferguson

Unravelling the myth of hymen – Fellows’ seminar by Margaret Ferguson

“Derived from an ancient Greek word signifying both a ‘thin membrane’ and a sexually ambiguous minor god associated with the celebration of marriage, hymen is a historically contested sign that travels across geographic, temporal, and linguistic borders in ways that remind us that human female virgins are made, not born. And in some cultures, past … [Read more]

To survive, democracy must transcend borders and become inclusive and responsive - Fellows' seminar by Marcelo Neves

To survive, democracy must transcend borders and become inclusive and responsive – Fellows’ seminar by Marcelo Neves

“To be sustainable, democracy has to care about its political environment and be responsive towards other political systems. Without such responsiveness, there is a trend among today’s democracies to collapse,” said Prof. Marcelo Neves. “It is no longer sufficient to associate democracy with the phrase expressed in the preamble of the US constitution ‘We the … [Read more]

The power of words - Fellows' seminar by David Simpson

The power of words – Fellows’ seminar by David Simpson

“After 9/11, the USA declared war on an emotion – terror. Like many who followed the political and media representation of the events of 9/11, I was struck by the absence of a robust critical response to the invocation of a ‘war on terror’. Only a few left-wing intellectuals (who were kept away from US … [Read more]

Reconceptualising health in cities: less disease care, more healthcare - Public lecture by Tolu Oni

Reconceptualising health in cities: less disease care, more healthcare – Public lecture by Tolu Oni

“What good does it do to treat patients only to send them out to the conditions that made them sick in the first place?” asked Prof. Tolullah Oni. “Health is much more than the absence of disease, instead it encompasses a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing.” STIAS Iso Lomso Fellow Tolullah Oni … [Read more]

Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease - Fellows' seminar by Nicole Sampson

Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease – Fellows’ seminar by Nicole Sampson

“An estimated 9 million people have active tuberculosis (TB) globally – 11% of these are children – 200 million children are infected and likely to develop disease. TB remains the leading cause of death by infectious disease. South Africa has the third-highest incidence in the world – estimated at 1000 per 100 000. 74% of … [Read more]

What do we wish to change with regard to race, racism and racialism? Fellows' Seminar by the 'Effects of Race' group

What do we wish to change with regard to race, racism and racialism? Fellows’ Seminar by the ‘Effects of Race’ group

“The project faces a daunting challenge. What can we possibly say that is new about race in South Africa and will make a difference in the lives of people?” said Nina Jablonski, project leader of the STIAS Effects of Race (EoR) Group. Jablonski and members of the EoR core group were updating STIAS fellows on … [Read more]

Hearing the 'hidden voices' - Fellows' seminar by John Ganle

Hearing the ‘hidden voices’ – Fellows’ seminar by John Ganle

“The project will seek to enquire into the reproductive, sexual and maternal healthcare needs and challenges of women with disabilities in Ghana; challenge assumptions about disability and asexuality; and, ask how the issue of disability in contexts such as Ghana could be better theorised and studied,” said John Ganle, STIAS Iso Lomso Fellow from the … [Read more]

Thinking not just selecting genes - Fellows' seminar by Scott Turner

Thinking not just selecting genes – Fellows’ seminar by Scott Turner

“If adaptation is a cognitive process and adaptation is an evolutionary process and adaptation is an intentionally driven process – does this mean evolution is a cognitive and intentional process?” “We’ve been getting evolution wrong for a century. Darwin’s successors lost the deep understanding of adaptation that Darwin himself had.” STIAS Fellow Scott Turner during … [Read more]

From prickly cactus to 3D-printed houses – visiting scholars at STIAS outline their projects

From prickly cactus to 3D-printed houses – visiting scholars at STIAS outline their projects

“Opuntia engelmannii – the prickly cactus – is classified as an invasive alien species in Kenya,” said Eunice Githae of the Department of Biological Sciences, Chuka University, Kenya. “I want to fully understand its taxonomy, establish how it interacts with the environment and understand its socio-economic impact on rural communities in Kenya.” Visiting scholars Eunice … [Read more]