Reviving democratic citizenship - Fellows' seminar by Bruce Ackerman

Reviving democratic citizenship – Fellows’ seminar by Bruce Ackerman

“Many of our inherited civic institutions are dead or dying. There has been a disintegration of social democracy in many countries. We need an ambitious reform programme to revive democratic life — both in the US and in South Africa.” “This is a turning point in American history. The next few years are important. If … [Read more]

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue - Fellows' seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue – Fellows’ seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

“There is a need to change the social not just the legal understandings of rape in Uganda,” said Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, Judge in the Uganda Supreme Court and recently appointed member of the International Commission of Jurists. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was informing STIAS fellows about her research around societal definitions of rape in Uganda, specifically looking at the … [Read more]

Writing to fulfil a quest - Fellows' seminar by Jonny Steinberg

Writing to fulfil a quest – Fellows’ seminar by Jonny Steinberg

“I don’t want to convey a message. You can never be so presumptuous or arrogant to assume that you know how someone is going to read your book,” said Jonny Steinberg. “But my books have a quest – something I want to work out. There are a series of questions. A book is given structure … [Read more]

Integration and co-ordination needed to avert future crises - Fellows' seminar by Ian Goldin

Integration and co-ordination needed to avert future crises – Fellows’ seminar by Ian Goldin

“There have been many explanations of the 2008 crash – no two are the same. We were at the precipice of a total economic collapse – and are still experiencing the aftermath.” Ian Goldin of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University was addressing STIAS fellows on his perceptions of the 2008 financial crisis and … [Read more]

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Education empowers young people like Sarah Nasira, a Kenyan pupil leading a class. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Martin Gustafsson, Stellenbosch University The evidence is clear: education changes lives, in ways that are often not fully understood. For instance, quality education can help you live a longer, healthier life. This is because education equips you to approach health … [Read more]

Telling a good story - Fellows' seminar by Zakes Mda

Telling a good story – Fellows’ seminar by Zakes Mda

“My mission is to tell a good story. If I don’t make my characters human – the story will fail,” said Zakes Mda. STIAS Fellow Zakes Mda during his seminar presentation on 1 February 2018 Mda is currently Artist-in-Residence at STIAS where he is finalising his latest work The Zulus of New York, a historical … [Read more]

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights - Fellows' seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights – Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is one of the institutions of the African Union (AU). It was established by a 1998 protocol which came into force in 2004, but only effectively came into operation in 2006. Gerard Niyungeko of the Faculty of Law at the University of Burundi, who was one of … [Read more]

Life-cycle management for sustainable infrastructure development in Africa - Fellows' seminar by Getachew Assefa

Life-cycle management for sustainable infrastructure development in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Getachew Assefa

“Africa needs to seize the opportunity to develop its infrastructure systems in a sustainable manner,” said STIAS fellow Getachew Assefa of the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. STIAS Fellow Gettachew Assefa during his seminar presentation on 25 January 2018 “The infrastructure deficit in Africa is estimated to be $130 – 170 billion per … [Read more]

Exploring the future of artificial and human intelligence - Fellows' seminar by Christian Van den Broeck

Exploring the future of artificial and human intelligence – Fellows’ seminar by Christian Van den Broeck

“I would guess that by 2050 a computer will be able to simulate the human brain fully. This will have huge social, economic and ethical impact. Once you exceed human capacity you have to teach ethical responsibility,” said Christian Van den Broeck of the Department of Theoretical Physics, Hasselt University. Van den Broeck was addressing … [Read more]

(Re)Imagining Africa(ns) in the world - Fellow's seminar by Aretha Phiri

(Re)Imagining Africa(ns) in the world – Fellow’s seminar by Aretha Phiri

“What makes a real African? What is Africanness based on? Who has the right to define Black and African? What Africa do they speak of? It’s a question of authenticity. There is a troubling domination of one vision of blackness,” said Aretha Phiri of the English Department at Rhodes University and STIAS Iso Lomso fellow. … [Read more]