Knowing about genocide  - Fellows' seminar by Joachim Savelsberg

Knowing about genocide – Fellows’ seminar by Joachim Savelsberg

“Knowledge, collective memories and representations of genocides can never be taken for granted. Produced through social processes, they are always contested,” said STIAS fellow Joachim Savelsberg of the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. “In my current book project I’m hoping to deepen my focus on genocide and take it from a socio-legal … [Read more]

Getting to grips with the growing problem of falsified medicines - Fellows' seminar by Susanne Lundin and team

Getting to grips with the growing problem of falsified medicines – Fellows’ seminar by Susanne Lundin and team

“The World Health Organization estimates that up to 10% of all medicines globally could be falsified but as much as 30 – 70% could be found in lower-income countries compared to only 1% in higher income. Some countries, including South Africa, don’t report to the WHO’s alert system.We therefore don’t know much about the South … [Read more]

Know thyself: the role of cultural and identity capital in South African education - Fellows' seminar by Debra Shepherd

Know thyself: the role of cultural and identity capital in South African education – Fellows’ seminar by Debra Shepherd

“I want to understand why young people are struggling in the education setting. From my personal interactions with them, many express a feeling they don’t belong or cannot be their true selves. It’s hugely concerning that young people in elite spaces grapple with a negative sense of self. I’m hoping we can put in place … [Read more]

STIAS appoints Edward Kirumira as new Director

STIAS appoints Edward Kirumira as new Director

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Professor Edward K. Kirumira as its new Director. He will succeed Professor Hendrik Geyer who completes his final term as STIAS Director at the end of 2018. Prof. Kirumira joins STIAS from the beginning of November 2018 and will assume official duties on the 1st of January … [Read more]

Battling a small but deadly foe - Fellows' seminar by Fara Raharimalala

Battling a small but deadly foe – Fellows’ seminar by Fara Raharimalala

“Insecticides are still the cornerstone of vector control. But there are limited options available, very few new insecticides are commercialised and resistance is a big problem,” said Fara Raharimalala of the Medical Entomology Unit at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar. Raharimalala was presenting a seminar on her Iso Lomso study on the Adaptation of mosquito … [Read more]

STIAS Lecture Series 2018: Jian-Wei Pan – From Einstein’s Curiosity to New Quantum Technologies

STIAS Lecture Series 2018: Jian-Wei Pan – From Einstein’s Curiosity to New Quantum Technologies

  You are cordially invited to attend the final public STIAS lecture of 2018. This presents an opportunity to academics, researchers and students at universities of the Western Cape, as well as members of the public, to learn more about the work of STIAS fellows and associates. Date/Time:  5 November 2018,  18:00 – 19:30 Location:  … [Read more]

‘How things keep falling apart’: adding to the debate on the shaping of the post-colonial African mind - Fellows' seminar by Chielozona Eze

‘How things keep falling apart’: adding to the debate on the shaping of the post-colonial African mind – Fellows’ seminar by Chielozona Eze

“We can’t ignore history but it shouldn’t be a legitimating factor for the present moral position or an excuse to engineer the human condition today. Politicians should be focusing on lifting people from their present economic misery not on blaming the past.” “Forgiveness does not mean forgetting but it does mean not allowing memory to … [Read more]

Berhanu Abegaz named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Berhanu Abegaz named Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS

Berhanu Abegaz, resident fellow at STIAS in 2014, 2017 and 2018, has accepted a nomination as Permanent Visiting Fellow of STIAS; he joins the select group of fellows who “have an open invitation to work at STIAS whenever they can.” Berhanu Abegaz, former Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences and currently Distinguished Visiting … [Read more]

Making massive small change: a vision for urban development - STIAS lecture by Kelvin Campbell

Making massive small change: a vision for urban development – STIAS lecture by Kelvin Campbell

“There is no single solution. Every place has to find its way. Start by starting, mobilising your assets, and not over-strategising. Live like it’s a permanent experiment. Unleash people and learn by doing, get constant feedback, share ideas, act, wait and watch. You don’t have to change the whole system. It’s about discovering the antidote … [Read more]

Depictions of dogs in art and literature and what this tells us about being human - Fellows' seminar by Henrietta Mondry

Depictions of dogs in art and literature and what this tells us about being human – Fellows’ seminar by Henrietta Mondry

“Human/animal hierarchies become prominent in times of revolutionary upheaval and social transformation,” said Henrietta Mondry of the Departments of English and of Global, Cultural and Language Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. “The lives of domesticated animals are affected by cataclysmic events alongside humans. Writers and artists therefore often thematise and problematise the … [Read more]