Social justice is key to addressing corruption: Fellows' seminar by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Social justice is key to addressing corruption: Fellows’ seminar by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

“Corruption cannot be fully understood as a single issue. It’s part of the whole. Many African states find themselves fighting something they can’t fully define which is larger than themselves and with which the system collaborates.” STIAS Fellow Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo during his seminar presentation on 2 August 2018 “Despite many positive advances, corruption persists in … [Read more]

Trump, Brexit and beyond – a need to nurture new values: Public lecture by Manuel Castells

Trump, Brexit and beyond – a need to nurture new values: Public lecture by Manuel Castells

“The beams of light in the dark include social movements like the women’s movement – notably the #MeToo movement – youth groups, groups of gay, lesbian and transgendered people, environmental groups – these offer a glimpse of hope and the possibility of nurturing new values for the future.” “We can’t trust the political system we … [Read more]

Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s agricultural revolution? Fellows' seminar by Matthew Schnurr

Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s agricultural revolution? Fellows’ seminar by Matthew Schnurr

There is a need to address the disconnect between donors and farmers, and engage in meaningful dialogue and research to understand the context and consequences of genetically modified (GM) crops on a case-by-case and setting-by-setting basis. “One size definitely does not fit all!” This is the opinion of STIAS fellow Matthew Schnurr of the International … [Read more]

Finding new ways to repair the heart - Fellows' seminar by Mazin Sirry

Finding new ways to repair the heart – Fellows’ seminar by Mazin Sirry

“Heart disease remains a major killer with the World Health Organization estimating it will be second to cancers by 2030. It’s clear we need new treatment options,” said Mazin Sirry of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan. Sirry was presenting an overview of the research project he is … [Read more]

We are not doing enough – we need to move away from theory and try things - Fellow's seminar by Balakrishnan Rajagopal

We are not doing enough – we need to move away from theory and try things – Fellow’s seminar by Balakrishnan Rajagopal

“There is perhaps too much law already but overall there is not enough change on the ground. We need to ask how we can bring about that change.” “We need to move away from theoretical quandaries and actually do stuff and, if necessary, work our way out of problems. We are not doing enough. You … [Read more]

The transforming power of art - Fellows' seminar by Michelle LeBaron, Kim Berman and Kitche Magak

The transforming power of art – Fellows’ seminar by Michelle LeBaron, Kim Berman and Kitche Magak

“We are asking what the arts can teach us to help us transform to a more liveable world,” said Michelle LeBaron of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. “Our work is about the role of art in transforming conflict. Art is a powerful way of supporting wellbeing and … [Read more]

After Mandela: South Africans indebted to Madiba

After Mandela: South Africans indebted to Madiba

We have to recognise our debt to Nelson Mandela, said philosopher, political scientist and public intellectual Prof Achille Mbembe from the University of the Witwatersrand on Wednesday (18 July 2018). He was one of four experts who participated in a roundtable discussion at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) on the Stellenbosch campus. The other … [Read more]

Changing our Worlds - new publication in the STIAS Series

Changing our Worlds – new publication in the STIAS Series

“Our goal was to write a broadly accessible book documenting why and how arts practices foster resilience, and the unique ways arts help people move beyond utilitarian, technically-oriented ways of seeing and being.” This is how STIAS fellow Michelle LeBaron, professor of Law at the University of British Columbia and co-editor of the twelfth volume … [Read more]

STIAS Annual Report 2017 published

STIAS Annual Report 2017 published

The STIAS Annual Report for 2017 has been published and is available electronically on the STIAS website or in print upon request. Click on the image below to page through, or download the PDF version here: For the print version, please contact Ms Maria Mouton by *protected email* or telephone (+27 21 808 2963) with … [Read more]

Disappearing and reappearing – what effect does copyright and copyright reversion have on the availability of books? Fellows' seminar by Paul Heald

Disappearing and reappearing – what effect does copyright and copyright reversion have on the availability of books? Fellows’ seminar by Paul Heald

Does copyright actually protect books or does it eventually encourage their disappearance from the market? What effect does the length of the copyright have? What happens to the availability of books when authors take back their rights? And what is the effect on all of this of e-books, print on demand and open access? These … [Read more]