Food Security in Southern Africa - in search of a full and nutritious food basket

Food Security in Southern Africa – in search of a full and nutritious food basket

The research experts making up the core group of the STIAS-Forum continue their important work on sustainable intensification of agricultural production in southern Africa at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). Three of the members of the STIAS long-term project on the Impact of sustainable intensification of food production on environment and human well-being, … [Read more]

Njabulo Ndebele: Behind sweaty windows – reflections on the boxing Mecca of South Africa

Njabulo Ndebele: Behind sweaty windows – reflections on the boxing Mecca of South Africa

STIAS Fellow Njabulo Ndebele during his seminar on 7th April 2016 Photo: Christoff Pauw Why has Mdantsane, created in the 1960s as a labour reservoir of the city of East London, produced so many world and national boxing champions? What is it that makes boxers from this area so successful and what lessons are there … [Read more]

Mining the archives of our lives - seminar by Mandla Langa

Mining the archives of our lives – seminar by Mandla Langa

“South Africa is a country where so much waits to be unearthed and put out in the open,” said poet and novelist Mandla Langa. “There are not enough hours in the day to explore the lives of men and women in their daily struggles with poverty, hunger and disease.” STIAS Fellow Mandla Langa after his … [Read more]

More is not enough - seminar by Alice Pell

More is not enough – seminar by Alice Pell

Creative thinking needed to produce enough of the right foods to feed the world and fight the rising overweight burden Alice Pell presenting a fellows’ seminar at STIAS Photo: Christoff Pauw “There are currently 900 million undernourished people in the world which is 132 million less than 20 years ago – that’s the good news … [Read more]

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2016 STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable statement on inclusive and sustainable innovation released

The 2016 STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable on Innovation for Prosperity focused on conditions in developing economies and societies, especially Africa. Close to 60 delegates (see photo) attended the 2016 STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable on Innovation for Prosperity at the STIAS campus on 22 and 23 February. The Roundtable event afforded the opportunity for lively discussions and debates with South African, … [Read more]

STIAS launches Iso Lomso Fellowships for early career researchers

STIAS launches Iso Lomso Fellowships for early career researchers

Iso Lomso, “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, is a new fellowship programme that will boost the careers of some of the brightest minds in African academia. Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding eight years are invited to apply for the fellowship. For the 2016 call at least … [Read more]

Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for STIAS

Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for STIAS

Marian Horzinek giving a STIAS Fellows’ seminar in 2014   PRESS RELEASE by African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN)  Initiative supported by Zoetis Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study One of the world’s most distinguished veterinarians, Professor Emeritus Marian Horzinek, is to support the … [Read more]

A crucible for our thoughts - social transformation through the arts

A crucible for our thoughts – social transformation through the arts

Cynthia Cohen, Kim Berman and Michelle LeBaron at STIAS  (Photo credit: Hennie Rudman, SSFD) “The arts create a space for the conversations that just don’t happen to happen,” said Michelle LeBaron. “They allow us to say the things that can’t be said directly. They are a crucible for our thoughts.” LeBaron (of the University of … [Read more]

SASCA-3 report on constitutional adjudication in Africa

SASCA-3 report on constitutional adjudication in Africa

The Third Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2015), jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa from Wednesday 16 September to Friday 18 September 2015. … [Read more]

Is learning a sign language different? – STIAS seminar by Anne Baker

Is learning a sign language different? – STIAS seminar by Anne Baker

Understanding the learning of sign languages may enhance our understanding of the learning of spoken languages – Anne Baker Photo: Christoff Pauw “Fully understanding language acquisition in sign languages can challenge some of our theories of spoken language acquisition, and means that we may have to adapt the theories and models,” said Anne Baker, Emeritus … [Read more]