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]

STIAS and AAS hosts first joint workshop for young scientists

STIAS and AAS hosts first joint workshop for young scientists

Forty participants from thirteen countries convened in Stellenbosch during the last week of June 2016 to take part in a training workshop on stem cell science and its application in Africa. This was the first event to be co-hosted by STIAS and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), based in Nairobi. Participants in the AAS-STIAS … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Marian Horzinek passes away

STIAS Fellow Marian Horzinek passes away

Marian Horzinek giving a STIAS Fellows’ seminar in 2014  – he was joie de vivre personified   Dear Marian, You were so enthusiastic  to tackle your next STIAS project on  Infectious Disease Prevention in Companion Animals, and we were so much looking forward to see you back at STIAS in 2017. And then came your … [Read more]

Need for strengthened institutional capacity for Asia studies on the African continent - Fellows' seminar by Scarlett Cornelissen

Need for strengthened institutional capacity for Asia studies on the African continent – Fellows’ seminar by Scarlett Cornelissen

“A changing world with growing global connectivity and increased economic penetration between Africa and Asia means we need to increase institutional capacity for more comprehensive scholarly interaction between Asia and Africa.” This was the opinion expressed by Scarlett Cornelissen at the first STIAS seminar of the semester. Cornelissen is professor in the Department of Political … [Read more]

STIAS Annual Report 2015 published

STIAS Annual Report 2015 published

The STIAS Annual Report for 2015 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 click Stias-Annual-Report-2015 to download the pdf version.   For the print version, please contact Ms Nel-Mari Loock by *protected email* or telephone (+27 21 … [Read more]

The evolving interface between religion and queer politics in Africa – Fellows' seminar by Adriaan van Klinken

The evolving interface between religion and queer politics in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Adriaan van Klinken

“LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues have been heavily politicised in different parts of Africa,” said Adriaan van Klinken, Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds and current STIAS fellow. “Prominent African political and religious leaders have made strong statements about homosexuality being ‘un-African’, ‘un-Christian’ and ‘un-Islamic’, and have used … [Read more]

The future of health care is data driven – public lecture by Michal Linial

The future of health care is data driven – public lecture by Michal Linial

                     Michal Linial presenting a public STIAS lecture STIAS recently hosted Michal Linial and Samuel Jubé, respectively the directors of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, to discuss the programmes of the three institutes and explore opportunities for collaboration. During their stay Michal Linial presented a public lecture … [Read more]

Chielozona Eze: Forgiveness does not ignore history but takes away vengeance

Chielozona Eze: Forgiveness does not ignore history but takes away vengeance

STIAS Fellow Chielozona Eze during his seminar presentation on 5 May 2016 “Can we still salvage Mandela’s legacy?” asked Chielozona Eze. “There is lots to do to make South Africa the country of true reconciliation – to move out of its current political and moral crisis.” South Africa’s post-1994 success and the euphoria that accompanied … [Read more]

Sofia Näsström: Rethinking democracy in changing times

Sofia Näsström: Rethinking democracy in changing times

STIAS Fellow Sofia Näsström speaking during her seminar presentation on 28 April 2016 Photo: Christoff Pauw “Democracy is an unfinished project, constantly reforming itself. Always in crisis and reinventing itself under novel conditions,” said Sofia Näsström of the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden. Prof. Näsström is currently a fellow at STIAS where she … [Read more]