Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa - Fellows' seminar by Jan Erk

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Jan Erk

“In most parts of Africa, traditional leaders and indigenous customary law enjoy a degree of legitimacy, influence and power that analyses using formal indicators miss,” said Jan Erk. “Despite the role this plays in development and democracy at the local level, no comprehensive picture of the relationship between modern and traditional legal systems exists.” STIAS … [Read more]

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa - Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa – Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

“Conceiving land restitution as an exemplary site, at which the moral modernity of the new South African state is contested, renegotiated and made, the lecture thus comes to a qualified conclusion: restitution has been more successful than its public reputation suggests, but can and must be improved to live up to public expectations,” said Olaf … [Read more]

Energy storage for a cleaner planet - Fellows' seminar by Michael Thackeray

Energy storage for a cleaner planet – Fellows’ seminar by Michael Thackeray

Reflections on the commercialisation of science through the lens of lithium battery development Battery-powered communication connects the world. Most of us can’t get through a day without our laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and we take them so for granted that we rarely think about the science that has gone into their development – specifically … [Read more]

Understanding and promoting cities as drivers of economic development - Fellows' seminar by Gulelat Kebede

Understanding and promoting cities as drivers of economic development – Fellows’ seminar by Gulelat Kebede

“Many African cities are underperforming, and the link between urbanisation and development, ubiquitous elsewhere, has not been automatic or strong for Africa. Africa’s cities are growing in population, often without strong job creation in formal, high-productivity and tradable sectors, resulting in urban poverty and lost opportunities for development,” said Gulelat Kebede of the Milano School … [Read more]

Deadline for second semester 2019 STIAS applications extended

Deadline for second semester 2019 STIAS applications extended

In response to numerous enquiries the deadline for applications for the second semester of 2019 has been extended to Tuesday 22nd May 2018; applications received after this deadline will be considered subject to availability in the STIAS programme, as indicated before. See Application to the Stias programme  for full details.

STIAS fellow Derek Attridge on reading Marlene van Niekerk

STIAS fellow Derek Attridge on reading Marlene van Niekerk

In an article that appeared recently on the website of Public Books titled ‘The Triumph of Afrikaans Fiction’ STIAS fellow Derek Attridge recounts his reading of well-known South African author Marlene van Niekerk’s novel Agaat. The opening paragraphs of the article appear below, followed by a link to the full article. The Triumph of Afrikaans … [Read more]

STIAS now has a Newsletter - edition one available online

STIAS now has a Newsletter – edition one available online

“An expanding family demands (and deserves!) more resources and active communication channels to keep abreast of developments, mutual interests and challenges, as well as achievements. The ever growing STIAS family – now counting close to 700 fellows and many friends – is, of course, no exception”, writes STIAS Director Hendrik Geyer in the foreword of … [Read more]

Second Iso Lomso cohort selected

Second Iso Lomso cohort selected

STIAS is pleased to announce its second cohort for the Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers. The STIAS Research and Fellowship Programme Committee recently concluded its selection of the Iso Lomso cohort of fellows for 2018. Seven candidates were offered the prestigious three-year fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. They join … [Read more]

Reading the World – moving away from universalising to a recognition of difference: Public lecture by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Reading the World – moving away from universalising to a recognition of difference: Public lecture by Abdulrazak Gurnah

“A South-South dialogue would disperse the source of critical and aesthetic concerns from the Eurocentric influence which colonial education and global dominance has made inescapable. It would promote and make possible the existence of a ‘south’ canon of equivalent value to the ‘north’, whose concerns will make reference to issues of interest to them and … [Read more]

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto - Fellows' seminar by Clive Glaser

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto – Fellows’ seminar by Clive Glaser

“During the 1960s and early 1970s Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto had its most successful years. It produced good-quality education and graduated numerous students who went on to university and became professionals. It was among the top two most prestigious high schools in Soweto.” “This project attempts to explain how Morris Isaacson High School … [Read more]