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]

Struggle for equality deeply rooted in the lives of women – Shireen Hassim's STIAS lecture

Struggle for equality deeply rooted in the lives of women – Shireen Hassim’s STIAS lecture

Shireen Hassim at STIAS Photo: Christof Pauw “Among the anxieties that plague us is the seeming collapse of social consensus behind one of the centerpieces of South African democracy – the Constitution. The equality clause comes under particular challenge for imposing western individualism and undermining indigenous cultures.” “The refrain is heard that the Constitution is … [Read more]

“An appointment that can only be kept by words on a page” – Fugard reflects on his writing life

“An appointment that can only be kept by words on a page” – Fugard reflects on his writing life

Athol Fugard during his seminar at STIAS Photo: Christoff Pauw “At the heart of it all is a face and a human story, never an idea. I only put words to paper if I have a story to tell,” said Athol Fugard at a seminar at STIAS in which he reflected on 60 years as … [Read more]

Mosibudi Mangena: "Educate, eradicate inequality and make people believe in themselves"

Mosibudi Mangena: “Educate, eradicate inequality and make people believe in themselves”

At the STIAS book launch and discussion of Triumphs and Heartaches: Prof. Hendrik Geyer (STIAS Director), Dr Mosibudi Mangena, Prof Marlene van Niekerk, Prof Peter Vale (Chair of the STIAS Academic Advisory Board) and Dr Morné du Plessis (Chair Designate of the STIAS Academic Advisory Board) Photo credit: Hennie Rudman (SSFD) “We have to educate – … [Read more]

Göran Therborn singles out "Health and education as key long-term solutions to inequality"

Göran Therborn singles out “Health and education as key long-term solutions to inequality”

  Göran Therborn presenting a fellows’ seminar at STIAS Photo: Christoff Pauw “Talking about inequality in South Africa is a bit like discussing rope in a hangman’s house.” said Prof. Göran Therborn. ”South Africa is currently one of the most unequal countries in the world and, according to its own National Development Plan, will be … [Read more]

Future must suffocate racism – STIAS seminar by Njabulo Ndebele

Future must suffocate racism – STIAS seminar by Njabulo Ndebele

The Effects of Race group at STIAS: Back: Nina Jablonski, Aryan Kaganof and Zimitri Erasmus Front: Göran Therborn, Gerhard Maré, Barney Pityana, Crain Soudien, Njabulo Ndebele, Mikael Hjerm and Chabani Manganyi  (Absent: Norman Duncan)  Photo: Anton Jordaan “Our new future must suffocate racism – racism must not continue to suffocate people,” said Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, … [Read more]

STIAS Annual Report for 2014  published

STIAS Annual Report for 2014 published

The STIAS Annual Report for 2014 has just been published. Click on the image below to view, or click here to download the pdf version.   Previous reports may be viewed and downloaded here .

From victims with needs to survivors with capacities – STIAS seminar by Nat Colletta

From victims with needs to survivors with capacities – STIAS seminar by Nat Colletta

Prof. Nat Colletta at STIAS Photo: Anton Jordaan “There are over 50 million displaced people globally – 26% of these are in sub-Saharan Africa, and 36% are in the Middle East and Asia,” says Nat Colletta. “Displacement occurs for very different reasons and reflects very different experiences for those displaced but it has a far-reaching … [Read more]

Preserving our natural resources for current and future generations – STIAS seminar by David Takacs

Preserving our natural resources for current and future generations – STIAS seminar by David Takacs

Prof. David Takacs at STIAS Photo: Anton Jordaan South Africa is on the right track legally to protect water and natural resources but must make sure the strong legal framework that exists is implemented. This was the opinion expressed by Prof. David Takacs from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, in a … [Read more]