Contemplating Zimbabwe’s recent ‘military interventions’ and the repercussions for the country’s future - Fellows’ seminar by David Moore

Contemplating Zimbabwe’s recent ‘military interventions’ and the repercussions for the country’s future – Fellows’ seminar by David Moore

“When is a coup a coup? When is a war a war? Some call it a peaceful transition, but if there are soldiers shooting and forcing resignations that is a coup,” said Prof. David Moore of the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He was reflecting on recent events in … [Read more]

2019 Harvest Day celebrations at STIAS

2019 Harvest Day celebrations at STIAS

On 16 February STIAS held its annual Harvest Day celebration where fellows and staff participated in grape picking, crushing, wine tasting and a traditional South African braai. STIAS and the Perold Vineyard is situated on the historic Mostertsdrift, one of the first farms in the district, dating back to 1683 when Simon van der Stel … [Read more]

Third Iso Lomso cohort of fellows announced

Third Iso Lomso cohort of fellows announced

STIAS today announced its third cohort of Iso Lomso fellows for applications submitted during its last call. The STIAS Research and Fellowship Programme Committee recently concluded its selection of the Iso Lomso cohort of fellows for 2019. Seven candidates were offered the prestigious three-year fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. They join the … [Read more]

Neo-Abolitionism: The case for abolishing the employer-employee contract in favour of workplace democracy - Fellows’ seminar by David Ellerman

Neo-Abolitionism: The case for abolishing the employer-employee contract in favour of workplace democracy – Fellows’ seminar by David Ellerman

“Conventional liberalism implies the abolition of slavery, coverture marriage, and autocracy, and should also imply the abolition of the employment contract. This is a fundamental contradiction running through liberalism,” said David Ellerman, philosopher, political economist and mathematician, and currently Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy Department of the University of California at Riverside and the University … [Read more]

Is the establishment of an African Court with criminal jurisdiction a stillborn project? - Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

Is the establishment of an African Court with criminal jurisdiction a stillborn project? – Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

“The Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union adopted the Malabo Protocol in June 2014, which extended the jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights to criminal matters. But, almost five years later, no member state has ratified the protocol. Will this Court ever become operational and contribute … [Read more]

Are we bound to violence? Looking at depictions of toxic queer masculinities in South African films - Fellows’ seminar by Gibson Ncube

Are we bound to violence? Looking at depictions of toxic queer masculinities in South African films – Fellows’ seminar by Gibson Ncube

“Two South African films Skoonheid and Inxeba, in spite of their diametrically opposed socio-racial contexts, broach violent and toxic queer masculinities. Framed against post-apartheid South Africa, the films present male protagonists who negotiate their sexuality in very conservative societies, Afrikaner in the case of Skoonheid and Xhosa in Inxeba,” said Gibson Ncube of the Department … [Read more]

Celebrating unity and diversity in musical composition - Fellows’ seminar by Justinian Tamusuza and Michael Blake

Celebrating unity and diversity in musical composition – Fellows’ seminar by Justinian Tamusuza and Michael Blake

“We have many things in common as composers but we also diverge,” said Justinian Tamusuza. “We are both interested in the coming together of Western and ethnic African music. We have both worked with Western ensembles and studied Western theory, and one of our first influences was church music. We speak the same musical language.” … [Read more]

Finding excellence and unlocking possibilities- Seminar by Peter Wallenberg Jr and Göran Sandberg

Finding excellence and unlocking possibilities- Seminar by Peter Wallenberg Jr and Göran Sandberg

“It’s about excellence in research,” said Göran Sandberg, Executive Director of the Wallenberg Foundations. “Unlocking the potential of ideas, people and society. It’s a quest for knowledge and pushing the boundaries. The possibilities are endless.” Sandberg and Peter Wallenberg Jr, the Chairman of the Wallenberg Foundations, were presenting a seminar at the Stellenbosch Institute for … [Read more]

Unravelling the complicated history of human rights to understand its future - Fellows' seminar by Christof Heyns

Unravelling the complicated history of human rights to understand its future – Fellows’ seminar by Christof Heyns

“The disturbing elements of the history of human rights are as important to understand as the more celebrated parts. With the 70-year celebration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last year it’s important to ask how will we be judged in 70 years’ time, and how much reliance can be placed … [Read more]

How we learnt to think like humans  - Fellows' seminar by Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg

How we learnt to think like humans – Fellows’ seminar by Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg

STIAS fellows Peter Gärdenfors, Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg after their seminar on 29 November 2018 “Our expanding knowledge of the hominin tree, in combination with the archaeological record of sub-Saharan Africa and the reconstruction of ancient human genomes change our understanding of human cognitive evolution. Previously, it was thought that the modern human mind … [Read more]